A Coastal Christmas
I hope everyone’s Christmas Day was wonderful! I took a couple really looooong walks with my parents this afternoon and it was fabulous. For the first time in a long time, my blackberry was not attached at my hip and I felt like I could just “be”. Good to get grounded every once in awhile, no?
After we walked for about an hour, I snacked on an apple that I zapped in the micro for 2 minutes and topped with a mix of 1/4 c oats, a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, roasted pumpkin seeds and pom seeds.
And then I pretty much laid on the window seat with a cup of hot cocoa and read for the rest of the afternoon. It was splendid.
Around 5:00 we busted into the Christmas wine!
I LOVE Hartford Court
wines!!! I think this Fog Dance Pinot is my very favorite….I tried this for the first time at Thanksgiving and it was love at first sip. Lots of raspberry and juicy flavors. Mmm!!
My mom roasted the chicken and I got to work on the veggies. I roasted parsnips and brussels sprouts in a bit of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper:
While everything was cooking, I explored the kitchen on a deeper level. Turns out the owner of the house is a big time bread baker and has a 50 year San Francisco sourdough starter in the fridge! He told me I could take a little bit home and I’m so excited to bake the good stuff again. I also spied an amazing cookbook and jotted down some recipes I want to try…
I found a recipe for PEANUT BUTTER BREAD!!! Mmmmmmmmm
My mom stuffed our rocky chicken breasts with a mixture of local goat cheese, paprika and smashed garlic. It was delicious!
I also split a sweet potato with my mom. It was such a satisfying Christmas dinner!
Dessert was a little bit of dark chocolate Toblerone:
After dinner I soaked my sore yoga muscles/black & blue knee in the bathtub, which is the size of a small swimming pool. It felt sooooooooo gooooooood. I’m a big sucker for bubble baths 🙂
I’m off to bed to read and journal. Goodnight all!