Every year we do our annual Christmas outing to get our tree, a new ornament, and then head into New York City to see all the windows, visit favorite places, and check out the Nutcracker ballet. It’s always a fun day! Here is a video I put together from this year’s outing.
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We did our annual trip to New York City last week and as promised, I’m sharing some photos with you today from our outing. We had a lovely time and the windows and decorations at all the locations were wonderful.
Wow, counting down to Christmas Eve. Lights are up. Tree is up. Gifts are being wrapped and the Christmas Village is up. I changed it up a little this year from year’s past so today’s Throwback Thursday is a look at the 2010 village as well as photos from this year’s village!
I’ve set a few stories in Manhattan, including one at Christmas time that I plan to re-release next year. This is one of the most fun times to be in New York City. Today’s photos are of Bryant Park, the NY Public Library and Rockefeller Center. Click here if you cannot see the video below.
I’m not really a baker, but I love cookies and cakes! Especially cookies. This time of year is both glorious and difficult since I’m sticking to my goal of eating healthier, but those Christmas cookies and treats are so so tempting.
As for me, I’ll try a couple of these when I have more time and I think I’ll try making some of them healthier with some substitutions. For example, you can substitute a can of diet soda or seltzer in brownie and cake mixes instead of the oil and eggs. Applesauce and mashed bananas can be used as well in lieu of the oil for some cakes, brownies and cookies. You can click here for The Ultimate Guide to Healthier Baking infographic which has a number of other substitutions you can make for healthier eating.
Boxing Day is not something we normally celebrate in the U.S., but a number of people have off today since Christmas fell on a Thursday. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We had a wonderful time and I did manage to get all the presents wrapped, finishing the food shopping, prepare the meal and more importantly, celebrate the holiday with family and friends.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! This is a busy time of the year so I hope you’ll excuse me a slightly erratic blog schedule until January 5 when things will calm down and be back to normal. I’m still wrapping and decorating and tomorrow is our big day to go get the Cuban specialities for the Christmas Eve dinner. Tomorrow is also the day I start cooking for all the guests that we are going to have for the holiday. I can’t wait, but for now, I want to leave you with this tasty Man Candy Santa and some photos from our annual trip to New York City to see the decorations.
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