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Chai, Fresh Outta the Oven

My family’s oven is still in a coma, and with less than a week until Christmas, I’m getting antsy!!

Christmas baking + cooking, ack! Something about the season feels lumpy and out of place without it – sweet peppermint cookies help the spirit to bloom!

I fought through the anxiety to a clear mind. Clear minds make plans. (Hopefully good plans!)

Our microwave’s little pizza oven. A slightly awkward, slightly uncertain “eureka” moment!

I decided that for the trial round, to make just a few Chai Spice Scones. I think this was my first time using a mix for baking – it did feel a little restrictive, since I usually play with recipes as I make them. (Probably not always a good habit!!)

Somehow…yay! (The mix was yummy, too!!)

My mom was surprised, hehe. : )

It’s calming to know I have something to untie all of this “no-baking” tension that’s twisted around me!! The scuzzy side is, though, that I can only make small batches at a time, and no cake, muffins, anything the rises too much or doesn’t fit. Cooking is awfully limited, and baking is left to mostly cookies + bars. That doesn’t mean I’m not grateful, though!! It’s an improvement, and I’ll appreciate it as that! : )

Since break started, I’ve also had time for doodling!

Here is a curly-haired, frantic-faced, “huzzah”-ing little boy. : )

Have a fun + happy day – look to the spirit of the holidays to keep your mood up!

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Ugly duckling…

Beautiful swan!

I’m starting holiday break off well! I want to do what makes me happy….pancakes make me happy! : ) So, I invite in the pancakes!

I welcome you too, dainty apple + Nutcracker Sweet tea!

(I’m an absolute novice pancake-chef, though, so I used Nature’s Path buttermilk mix. Still amazing and yummy!)

I’m staying with my goal of positivity – starting, by enjoying the little positive things!

Enjoy the rest of your morning! For me, today is present shopping for my family. : ) Yoga first, then I’m ready to go!

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Frohes Fest

“What is your favourite part about the holidays?”

Questioned Hayley’s history teacher, via Smart Board.

Hayley scrawled, “How light-hearted and airy life becomes. Tension hides away in the corner, at least for a couple of weeks!”

Still, she knew she had to tunnel deeper than that. Shovel every extra scrap of gravel away, weave through every artery, kick past all barriers blocking her inmost spirit, until Hayley’s fingertips could brush the response mounted in the bottom of her heart.

Ahah! Found it.

“Also, the heightened social acceptability of replacing meals with chocolate.”

Really, I promise, that was raw genunuity! : )

School today – the flashy neon bridge leading over to holiday break – was just what I thought it would be; smooth, and clear enough for ease of passage!

German holiday card – approriately meshed together during German class. An example of what we accomplished during school today! : )
The other blocks of the day weren’t very different…consumed whole by doodling! (Even if scribbling my wrist to near fracture wasn’t the task…for the circumstances that we were given a casual assignment!)

And, we wrapped up our week-of-poetry in language arts. (With a pretty Christmas bow!) Yesterday, we worked on limericks.

“There once was a girl with a dream,
To travel in a blue time machine.
A quirky Doctor to be her guide,
In a police box that’s much bigger on the inside,
Through the universe’s infinite scheme.”

Happy holidays! Melt into the spirit, let happiness bloom, and appreciate every generous essence of life! (Am I making it obvious that my goal for the next couple of weeks is to embrace positivity?! Try it!! I really, really believe everyone should – take full advantage of the already cheerful season and convert it into solid, positive energy!)

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Sweet little breakfast – 

Another Ezekiel English muffin! Jelly + maple almond butter and chocolate hazelnut spread.

Chubby persimmon!

…I gathered a small bundle of holiday tidbits while grocery shopping with my mom!

December issue of Whole Living,

+two husky candy cane friends! Gingerbread and chocolate filled. : )

Drifting deeper into the gingerbread + chocolate theme….Theo gingerbread chocolate bar! Half the bar has already disappeared. The ginger is so strong and yummy! Probably my new very favorite bar. (For now – I’ve been trying to whoosh away my diet into wider variety….chocolate = included!!)

Auditions for drama club’s February show are tomorrow! (Shoo, anxious energy!!) The cast should be posted before the end of the week – line memorization + practice is left for our own responsibility, over the holiday break. (No school = no organized rehearsals! Ah!) The new play is called “Titanic, Trial, and Tragedy”. It’s a medley of scenes from three shows: Titanic (not the movie), The Crucible, and Romeo & Juliet. I would loovvvee to play Abigail (The Crubible)…roles that are driven so powerfully by the character’s physicality + emotion are super fun. : )

Today was woven with vinyasa flow yoga, homework, guitar….and Doctor Who! I’m happy that I could help myself by relaxing, while still not putting my mind into a slump over getting “nothing done”. It feels nice to have found a gentle balance!

Now, I’m going to decorate the tree!


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Time Enjoyed Wasting

It is Saturday… Get it?! 🙂 Sat.

That’s why it’s okay that I didn’t get anything productive done. Hehe. 😀

Anyway, I have to remember – “time you enjoy wasting, is not time wasted”! Exactly why, loosely, I could call a day of Pinterest-ing + watching Doctor Who absolutely justifiable!!

At least, it is every once in a while…homework lies on the horizon!

Still, I did learn something today: hummus deserves to be on every salad I make from now on. The occasional globs of hummus + greens were lovely – even though it doesn’t sound too appetizing, verbally!

Monster salad of butter lettuce + spring greens, hummus, an egg, and SprouTofu baked tofu (teriyaki flavour!).

Topped with pepper + sea salt.

Sitting right alongside, a little dish of cranberry granola, kefir, pumpkin, and cinny-mon.

Marking the third can of pumpkin I’ve emptied since ~September – okay, I probably could have done better! Probably my final quota for the “pumpkin season”…with winter beginning to peek in!

***Notice: Do not use your small dog as a pillow! She cannot be trusted, and will leave you late in the night, allowing your neck to flop down in an odd position. The sore neck the next day is (maybe) not worth a few moments of cuddly-puppy-bliss before falling asleep!

One more (manageable!) school week left until holiday break. 🙂 Then, just over half-a-month off!! Sleeeeppppp!!!

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Smells Like Christmas

I’ve actually been being a weirdo and sleeping in the living room the past few nights.

Because – we got our Christmas tree! Haha, it smells like pine, and pine smells like Christmas, and Christmas makes me giddy…apparently, I sleep more soundly when I’m happy!! (Even if I can only smell it faintly – I have a cold 😦 )

(This will only last a few more nights before my parents cast their intervention)

Sunday was tree-finding day for my dad + me:

Originally, we had an exciting plan to travel down to the state’s biggest Christmas tree farm. (They have carriage rides!)

Instead, we ended up flowing with tradition – the local tree sellers we go to every year. I’m not complaining over it, though! Their little tree line-up is adorable and always boosts the holiday feel.

We’re still going to try to make it down to the big Christmas tree farm before the 25th – for thy carriage rides!

(Look deeply into the above picture…lots ‘o little doggies! They were barking over something of severe alarm (squirrel? groundhog, maybe?) right by the tree shop.)

This weekend: tree decorating, yay!

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