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Christmas

Did you know that there are only 48 days left until Christmas? Crazy, right? For most of my adult life, I’ve handmade all or most of Christmas gifts. Last year was the first year that we bought all of our Christmas gifts, only because the Husband and I were both in school part-time and working full time. But this year, we are resuming the practice of a handmade Christmas. In past years, we started making our holiday gifts in August. I started this year’s this week. Yeesh! Way behind.

I’ll be spending a lot of time right here:

Sewing

Beyond just handmade, we are also trying to upcycle most of our materials. Which is super fun! Last Christmas, we upcycled a lot of our wrapping by collecting scraps of fabric and trimmings. While we didn’t have time to make all of our gifts last year, we did spend a few hours crafting up some fun wrapping.

Wrapping

I’ve finished one gift so far and obviously, I can’t show all the picture because our recipients read here, but here’s a little preview.

Flower

Breakfast

It is 22 degrees outside. Is there really any question what I had for breakfast?

Oats

Hot oats!

Oats

In the pot:

1/3 c. skim milk
1/3 c. water
1/3 c. oats
1/2 banana, sliced thin
1 tbsp. chia seeds
Dollop of pumpkin (3 tablespoons?)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla <———add in at the end
2 tbsp. plain greek yogurt <——-add in at the end

Oats

This was SUCH a good base. The yogurt make it so fluffy and creamy. Highly recommended.

Oats

Topped with cinnamon chips, the other half of the banana, peanut butter and a crumbled up oat square. I made those this week and they are SO good.

  Oat Squares

One of the best bowls to date!

Oats

Of course, because of the 22 degree weather (and my refusal to turn on the heat) had to have a warm mug of tea.

Tea

Peach DeTox, because it was the first one I grabbed from the pantry.

Breakfast

In my Cherry Republic mug. Ahh, remember beaches? Missing summer a bit.

tea

Warm and cozy breakfast.

Breakfast

Now I’m off to get all bundled up and head to the farmer’s market. It does seem a little strange to need a winter coat to go to the farmer’s market, but winter squash need to be purchased!

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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7 Responses
  1. The bowl of oatmeal looks fantastic…I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow…yum!! Don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but the Kroger downtown (on College and 2nd) has pumpkins on sale for 50 cents each!!!! Gotta love a bargain like that!!

  2. Kimberly Jones

    Hi there! This is YOURJONES from Spark People, by the way. Yum! Those oats do look mighty good if I say so myself! I love that you make your own Christmas gifts. I’m not very crafty but whoever is on your gift list is really lucky! Have fun at the farmers market. I love going to them!

    1. Thanks! I’m totally obsessed with armwarmers now. For those of us (*coughMEcough*) that refuse to turn on the heat, it makes blogging, photography and just living much more comfortable.

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