Paleo Christmas Cookie Roundup

 

One of my favorite childhood traditions was the baking of Christmas cookies. My mom, my brother, and I would spend hours in the steamy, sweet-smelling kitchen mixing, rolling, forming, baking, and decorating. It was so fun and people always loved to get our goodies. Best yet, we loved eating them too!

As I’m working toward healthier eating, meaning pretty-paleo, gluten-free, and low or no refined sugar, I have been looking for recipes to use for this year’s treats. I may just dip into Mom’s favorite, The Joy of Cooking, and doctor up some of those recipes to fit new dietary needs.  Until then, I thought I’d share these with you. I haven’t made them yet, but I’ll let you know my results when I do!  Enjoy!

Here are the links, clockwise from top left:

Paleo Iced Gingerbread Cookies from beautyandthefoodie.com

No-Bake Rum Balls from paleoinpdx.com

Pumpkin Spice Cookies from primalpalate.com

Grain-Free Cut-Out Cookies from powerhungry.com

No-Bake-Coconut-Delights from wholenewmom.com

Thanks to all of these bloggers for lovely photos and recipes!

Let me know how it goes if you make any of these, or any other healthy holiday treats!

 

Finishing Projects Wabi-Sabi Style

How to finish craft projects:
1.  Wait for a rainy day.
2.  Find some good binge t.v. show to watch (I watched and recommend The Bletchley Circle on Netflix. It’s a murder-mystery starring a group of women who met as WWII Code Breakers at Bletchley Park. A+ for character development and historical value!).
3.  Make, make, make.
4.  Take some pics.

The blanket isn’t done yet, but closer! The stripey circle pillow has been half done for over a year. Now it has a similar, but slightly different stripey pattern on the back and is all sewn up. It’s a little wonky, or should I say, wabi-sabi (the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection).

Embracing wabi-sabi is my m.o. these days. I have let go of trying to make things perfect. Small, spare, bent, broken, wonky–these are qualities to embrace. Even watching too much binge t.v. can be embraced occasionally.

I am hoping to give some homemade gifts this Christmas, but I’m a little stuck as to what to make for people. I’m hoping that I’ll get inspired by finishing up some of these other projects.

Are you doing handmade Holidays?  What are you making for people?