NEW CAMERA.

My mom got me a new camera for Christmas and I honestly cannot stop playing with it to save my soul. It’s not a Canon Rebel, but a Canon PowerShotSX30 IS.  It’s basically like my old camera but, as the Barefoot Contessa says with her customary wink, ‘with the volume turned up.’
So basically my Mom has been laughing hysterically at me, as I try to take pictures of everything in the house in order to play with the settings.  And of course, that means, the food!
I hope everyone else had a lovely Christmas full of food, family, and friends.
As for my Christmas feasting? I managed to hold true to my ‘one dessert ONLY’ rule.  Every time I caught myself going for another cookie, I said to myself ‘what do you want to feel like tomorrow morning?’ (note: This is not because I fear gaining weight.  In fact, I would like to! But I’ve dealt with sugar comas and for me, they are absolutely awful and render me incapacitated for the next entire day! I didn’t want to be like that on Christmas.  So I enjoyed myself, ate what I wanted, and woke up feeling relatively fine this morning and not in a hung-over, gross state.  Although I’m pretty dehydrated…alcohol will do that to you.
Another good rule of thumb? Think about what you will eat on a holiday that you won’t get any other time of year.  For me, that’s my grandmother’s gnocchi and her special tiramisu cake.  So, I ate gnocchi, some eggplant parmesan, two crabcakes, a piece of tiramisu with cool whip, and one of my grandmother’s pineapple cookies.  I was full, but not stuffed to the point where I wanted to die.  I was, however, exhausted.  Then, on Christmas Day, I had a HUGE meal of roasted pork tenderloin and sauteed vegetables, and a few servings of chocolate layer shortbread trifle.  And dark chocolate.  Where would I be without it? YUM.
I’m still exhausted, but looking to get back into the healthy swing of things after a weekend of sugar and booze.
Today’s bowl of gingerbread pumpkin oats got a huge makeover in the form of my camera-lovin self!

I was so confused as to what I wanted for breakfast.  At first, I wanted whipped banana oats.  Then I remembered I had a can of open pumpkin in my fridge I should use, so I went to banana pumpkin gingerbread.  THEN I remembered I had a big thing of very small Granny Smith apples and a few bags of cranberry left…so I ended up with Apple Cranberry Pumpkin Ginger Oat Bran.


1/2 c oat bran
1 VERY small chopped Granny Smith
1/2 c raw cranberries
2 roasted chestnuts
1/4 c pumpkin puree (I use Libby’s)
1 tsp molasses
1/2 a packet of Truvia (just because the molasses sweetens it up on its own)
ginger and cinnamon to taste

Topped with a dollop of sunflower seed butter (SO salty, I love it) and a little drip drip of Stonewall Kitchen Caramel Apple Butter.  This stuff is like crack in a jar.

Of course, Christmas isn’t just about food.  It’s about this little guy right here.

And how this star was found…

By these rather…erm…odd looking men.

Thanks, Mom.  I can’t wait to annoy you on New Year’s Eve with all the pictures I’ll be taking.

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