2015 M & A Christmas, better late than never…

Here’s a picture recap of our 2015 holiday season in Ohio:












Notice a recurring theme here?  My niece Micah Marie and my dog Bailey…they make my heart happy!

And this year we repeated our Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes in the last 12 seconds of the year on New Year’s Eve.  Let me just be clear with the Spanish readers of this blog that when you eat the grapes on the last 12 seconds in the United States, the seconds are NOT slowed down – which means 12 grapes in 12 actual seconds, not an easy task!  We have fun with this every year, though, so I highly recommend it be a tradition for all!

And finally, here’s a recap of recipes I made and LOVED over the holidays:

Crispy Cornmeal Sweet Potato Fries – Sadly, I cannot find the orange version of sweet potatoes in Morocco (there are sweet potatoes here, but a different kind – purple skin and white on the inside), so let me just say that I enjoyed these sweet potatoes over and over again while in Ohio.  Delish!

Raw Cashew Dreamcake – This was amazing…basically a cheesecake without the heavy cream cheese and calories.  Definitely a dream, if you ask me.

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam – Take a cup of raw raspberries and mash them up with a fork.  Add one tablespoon of honey or maple syrup and one tablespoon of chia seeds and mix together.  Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes (the chia seeds will take on a thick, gel-like consistency) and voila, you have raspberry jam!


Kale Salad with Apple, Dried Cherries, Leeks, & Pistachios – An Andrea creation…combine chopped kale, apple, dried cherries or cranberries, thinly sliced leeks, and pistachios (or other preferred nut) with a honey-mustard vinaigrette.  Simple and yummy.  For the vinaigrette, whisk together 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and a pinch of salt.  Enjoy!


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