BFC Servings Reminder

BFC Servings Reminder
15/6 = 15 grams sugar/6 carb servings
Carb serving (no more than 2 per meal)
5 grams - 20 grams = 1 serving
20 grams - 40 grams = 2 servings
Eat no more than 40 grams carbs and 5 grams sugar per meal!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas (a couple days early)

 Merry Christmas Everyone!!

I thought I'd better wish everyone a Merry Christmas now while I have a chance.  I really like being part of this blogging community and though I've never met any of you, I feel I know you a little because of these blogs. I think about all of you as you go about your day to day joys and struggles with this diet and life in general.

For this blog I thought I'd just share a little of what I'm making to eat to help me through the holidays!  Only my husband and I were home last night (weird) and we had the best soup and sandwich meal ever.  I wish I had taken a picture of everything, but anyway, here is what we had.   The soup was a spicy butternut squash soup with black beans, red peppers and cilantro, that I found over here on  Then, because I LOVE to watch the show Top Chef, I got inspiration from a sandwich challenge they had and made a really good sandwich on some homemade Flax Meal Focaccia Bread.  I cut the bread into sandwich squares and then mashed up some avocado mixed with lemon juice, garlic and a little olive oil, and spread that on the bread.  Next some carmelized onion and cooked cherry tomatos, cheddar cheese, smoked turkey and bacon!  Yum!   It was a little messy to eat but SO good.

For Christmas I have alreay made regular gingerbread cutout cookies decorated with icing, ginger spiced chocolate chip cookies, meltaway bars, and snowtopped mint chocolate cookies for the boys and any guests we might have.   For me, my husband, oldest son, and his girlfriend I'm making Maria's Healthified Italian Pillow CookiesNew Chocolate Chip Cookies ( I use Jay Robb vanilla whey and sugar free chips instead of the chocoperfection bar), and lastly Orange Pound Cake from Jeri's old blog (I miss Jeri).  I might even make some more lemon coconut bread for Christmas breakfast....remember how much we used to all make that?!  I love having goodies sitting out in old fashioned tins for the holidays and this way we can have things to grab all the way until New Years.

 I tried to take a picture of our two trees this morning with my cell phone, but my phone doesn't have the greatest camera.

   So I'm almost finished with everything, just have to to a little more baking today, wrap the last few presents and then I'm ready.  My oldest son and his girlfriend are coming to stay with us on Christmas Eve and into the holidays.  I tried to get my dad to come for the day, but he doesn't want to go anywhere this year, which I can understand.  It will be a little sad for him.  The Thursday after Christmas my family and I are going to go down and see him and take him out to an old Inn for dinner and then stay the night at his house.  I might try and get my brother and his family to come too.  On Christmas day my husbands's parents are coming over to see us.  They take care of two mentally handicapped people through the county that they live in, so those "ladies"(they seem like kids to me even though they are in their forties) will be coming too.  I bought them coloring books, crayons and slinkies so they'll have something to open over here. 

For Christmas day I started a tradition of NOT having a big dinner and instead I set up a buffet in the mid-afternoon for everyone to get food as they want.  This year I think I'm putting out fried mozzarella and sugar-free marinara sauce, spinach artichoke dip and tortilla chips, a spiral ham, rolls (for those that want to turn the ham into a sandwich), a crock-pot of spicy meatballs, deviled eggs, and a huge veggie tray.  Also all the goodies listed above.  Most of this stuff I make ahead and that gives me a chance to enjoy the day with everyone too and not be stuck in the kitchen.  Plus I realized from years past, that when everyone is home on Christmas, spending a lot of the day in their PJ's, and snacking on goodies,  no one seems to want a huge dinner that night anyway.  

                                  Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year to all of you!

The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas


  1. Wow you are a baking and cooking fool. Everything sounds great and I hope you all have a great holiday. :-)

  2. I love your buffet idea! And that sandwich sounds super yummy. I wish in fact that I had the ingredients to make that now. Going to double check that I dont have an avocado. Right now. Merry Christmas!!

  3. You are an over achiever! Or am I an under achiever? It all looks and sounds wonderful! We just do snacky foods for Christmas evening too. Everyone is still always full from breakfast. This year I am doing a Christmas/New Years dinner on the Sunday after Christmas. It will be the big family meal that we didn't have all the other Holiday's.
    I have been thinking that I need to make some goodies for the people that eat them. I have never been a Christmas cookie Mom so they certainly don't expect it:) I really am craving some of the Mexican Wedding cake cookies. I bought some Frango's yesterday at Macy's, but the taste wasn't good enough to splurge. 1 Frango is 5 sugars! They seem tiny compared to what I remembered too.

    Have a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your wonderful family and my thoughts and wishes for a Blessed year are with you and yours!!!

  4. Two trees that's awesome! and the buffet and PJ's my favorite type of Christmas and playing with your new toys! I have enjoy getting to know you through our blogging community this year. Merry Christmas and good wishes for 2013. Looking forward to blogging with you in 2013.

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