Christmas Day

Happy day after Christmas!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not it’s hard not to share the holiday-season excitement. 
I am nestled all snug and warm in my ski house with the fire place burning, the snow falling, and the skiers skiing!
Yesterday I woke up to the most glorious white Christmas ever and around 2:00pm my mom and I strapped on our snow shoes and made our way to our favorite trail to our first hike of the season. The snow was light but steady and we had a wonderful 2 mile trek. Unfortunately, the trail was washed out by hurricane Irene so we had no choice but to make it a 2 miler– but it ended up being the perfect amount for our first day back since last year. Next time we’ll probably go the other route we know to get the distance in. 
Today I went for a nice jog outside. The roads were wet but not slick and the snow was ever so lightly falling while the sun peaked out among clouds and blue sky patches. 
Anyways, here’s a little recap of my Christmas! 
We woke up to a beautiful dark snowy morning. What could be better?

 Oh, I know. Cookies. My sister and I decorated (non-vegan) sugar cookies. After my mom saw what a blast we were having she joined in the fun, and I retired to continue to read my book.

 As the day progressed the snow picked up to thick fluffy flakes.

 We got the fire roaring.

And before we knew it it was time for appetizers and cocktails. Campari spritzers to keep things festive. I learned of this drink in Europe this summer- it is seriously the most popular cocktail over there. All you need is a splash of Campari, and prosecco (because Campari is Italian) or bubbly of choice. If you’ve never had Campari I can only liken it to a smokey non-cherry grenadine. It has no fruit flavor but it isn’t a savory smokey. The website doesn’t seem to have an obvious description of the flavor but the spirit has a pretty cool backstory about the recipe being top-secret, known to only a few. Check it out people.

 Baked Brie with walnuts and truffle oil mushrooms.

 For dinner we had 3 courses. The first was a Carrot Ginger soup that was delicious. The ginger added spice and the carrot added sweet. It was vegan but really creamy. Delish.

 My parents and sister enjoyed a filet mignon, and we all had broiled asparagus and Hasselback potatoes. Thank you Pinterest for the potato inspiration!

 No meat for me. I had considered making a baked tofu as a direct replica of the meat, but decided I was full from a day of snacking, so there was really no need.

Lastly, we had a vegan chocolate cake that we purchased from Whole Foods before we left. I honestly haven’t had time to try my hand at vegan baking so I decided to better my chances of convincing my family that veganism is delicious as well as healthy. Unfortunately, I don’t think that we handled the cake properly (aka we should have frozen it immediately after we bought it), because it was SO dry that I couldn’t eat it. 
I have officially learned my lesson, and am off to bake from vegan chocolate chip cookies! Wish me luck and I will let you know how they go tomorrow!
I hope you all have a great day!
How was your Christmas or Hanukkah this year? Did you do anything special?
If you are vegan or vegetarian, what did snacks and meals did you prepare for holiday eating?
Was anyone responsible for preparing a certain meal or dish? I did the cocktails and the potatoes, and both were great hits! 
Christmas Day

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