Christmas weekend included many blessings, from visiting with family and friends, to remembering our Savior’s birth (although I was sad to miss out on a church service this year) to enjoying a bounty of good food. As I head into the remainder of this week, here’s a little bit of what happened over the last few days.
My baking this year included easy to transport goods. For the first time ever I made placek, a Polish coffee cake made with raisins and (optional) orange peel. I could probably devote an entire post to this labor of love! In short, the the
beat down kneading of dough made it a difficult one to make. At a later date I might give this bread all the attention it deserves with a recipe post and full photo spread.
I also baked Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt as featured on Two Peas & Their Pod. I really enjoyed the salty and sweet combination, along with the secret ingredient — greek yogurt.
For the first time in about four years we were able to visit the Toledo Zoo and see The Lights Before Christmas displays. As always they were beautiful.
The peacock display is one of my favorites.
I tried to get my fitness on via a run on Christmas Eve morning — my first run outdoors since my half-marathon on November 20! It was just below freezing outside and although I probably only made it 1.5 miles, at least the effort was there.
I followed my run with a yoga DVD I checked out from the library.
Over the course of the weekend, which also included a lot of traveling, although not as much as in years past, I also was gifted enough coffee, tea and Starbucks gift cards to last me through July!
Let the record state this is not a bad thing. 😉