I hope that tonight’s blog post finds you uplighted and loved. It’s been a relaxing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house. We watched the Opus & Bill movie,
On Christmas Eve afternoon, we watched the Opus & Bill movie, A Wish for Wings that Work. After that, Nick fixed a nice dinner for us before we headed out to my favorite church service of the year: the Christmas Eve candlelight service. When we sing Silent Night by candlelight at the end of the service, it brings back a flood of memories from childhood, and it reminds me why we’re celebrating the Christmas season.
One of the most fun parts of the holiday for us this year was watching our almost two-year-old, Small Shaw, open up Christmas presents on Christmas morning. She started out strong, but she revealed her fundamental lack of Christmas morning endurance about a fifth of the way through opening her gifts…
Christmas Morning Blueberry and Walnut Muffins
Small Shaw she got so sidetracked by her new Elmo doll and a DVD of traditional Christian kids’ songs that she refused to open anything else. While she sat, mesmerized by the DVD, we took the opportunity to have a little family picnic on the living room floor. After church on Christmas Eve, I made these delicious (and healthy) homemade Blueberry and Walnut Muffins, and now it was time to eat them:
I brought a bowl full of them, along with a stack of napkins, into the living room, and we refueled for Christmas Morning Part Duex. I followed the little note at the bottom of this recipe that suggests using half self-rising and half whole wheat flour for extra fiber. As a result, the muffins were plenty moist (so many blueberries, mmmm!), but were also hearty and filling.
Go ahead: drool with muffin envy. While you do that, I’ll give you the quick pregnant update on Bavarian Baby Shaw.
Pregnancy Update – 24 Weeks!
We’re 24 weeks now, and things are going well. I’ve been feeling fatigued, so I think it’s time to try to eat more iron-rich and protein-rich foods. In the meantime, I’ve been taking it easy on my workouts, focusing on low-key, low-intensity exercise like long family walks. Hopefully I’ll get my second wind soon, because I miss my hard workouts.
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Did You Say “Healthy Crepes”?
On Christmas Eve morning, I tried out this crepe recipe for the family, and oh. my. gosh. It was so good! I’ll warn you that this was my first time making crepes, and that I learned the hard way that those paper-thin fancy-shmancy crepes at restaurants are just as difficult to make as you might think. I settled for slightly thicker, but just as delicious, variety of crepe. Small Shaw and Nick were fascinated!
After each crepe was cooked, I added a thin layer of melted almond butter for extra protein, and a few frozen raspberries (thawed) for sweetness, vitamins, and antioxidants. Finally, I put a very light drizzle of pure maple syrup on top with a dash of powdered sugar. Mmmm…
These were a big, big hit. Small Shaw couldn’t get enough — especially of the raspberries, and Nick raved about them, too. This was definitely a recipe we’ll make again around here.
Note: I double the recipe, and had leftovers. For two people, a single batch would probably be plenty, but for two adults and a hungry toddler, I’m glad I went two-fold.
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