I can't believe it is already December! With the Christmas countdown underway, I thought we could talk about what's going on this month with all things food, kitchen, and home-related. For this month's Food Chat With Amy, I have been busy decorating the baking kitchen, working on Christmas baking, and something totally new: starting on a plant based diet. So let's chat!
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Let's Chat About Christmas Baking
I started out my Christmas baking this year with the cutest Gingerbread Cupcakes. I used one of my Meri Meri Christmas cupcake decorating kits to create these festive Christmas cupcakes that my kids loved. And you know what?! They go perfectly with my dark hot chocolate recipe for a cozy treat! For the rest of the month, I am hoping to do some gingerbread men, spritz cookies, Christmas brownies (our favorite), and a few other treats. Do you have a favorite Christmas treat? Need a recipe? I am happy to help, scroll to the bottom, and leave a comment.
Farmhouse Kitchen Christmas Decorating
Let's chat about my favorite little space in my kitchen! My baking kitchen got a little Christmas joy this month. I added small wreaths, twinkle lights, and garland. It is the perfect spot to work on our gingerbread men, spritz cookies, and all of the other baked goods we can dream up.
I love that all of my ingredients are close at hand. We built this area of the kitchen ourselves and it has worked out so well for me and my baking endeavors. I love that all of the ingredients are close at hand. I feel like dragging ingredients in and out of the pantry is a REAL hassle, so having them on top of the counter and scoopable is the best. We still have a few little things (like the rest of the shelving and art) to add before I post a full tour.
Our New Plant-Based Diet
I am most excited to tell you about a new lifestyle change for us. We first watched "Forks Over Knives" a couple of weeks ago and it changed the way we looked at our family's diet. It talks about healing your body with a whole food plant-based diet. Since I suffer from an autoimmune disease, I was particularly interested. Subsequently, we watched "What The Health" and found it even more informative/shocking. Since then, we have watched at least ten more documentaries and have made the decision to no longer eat animal products and proteins and follow a plant-based diet. You might be wondering "but what about your chickens and fresh eggs"? Let's chat about that.
Well...we love our chickens and they are our pets here on the farm. Each of them has a name and their own special personality that we love. We love taking good care of them, and our kids will continue to eat eggs (but only our own fresh eggs).
STARTING A VEGAN PLANT-BASED DIET HASN'T BEEN HARD (SURPRISINGLY)
We haven't felt like making the jump has been difficult at all. There are plenty of great swaps out there. The biggest change I have noticed is in the way I feel. There was never any adjustment period of feeling awful when we started. I felt great from the beginning and it only got better from there. After about 10 days I started waking up at 4:30 am ready to roll for the day, and just had so much energy throughout the day...it has been shocking.
More to come on all of this next month in the Let's Chat: January Food Chat with Amy, but just know- we will be featuring mostly (amazing) plant-based recipes from here on out (with plenty of substitutions for our non-plant-based friends).
COMING UP THIS MONTH:
- Farmhouse Christmas: My Christmas Kitchen Island
- How To Make Mulled Wine
- Gingerbread Cupcakes
- How To Make Dried Orange Slices
- Tomato-Based Vegetable Soup with Garbanzo Beans
- Gingerbread Breakfast Granola
- Cranberry Orange Sparkle
- Vegan Peppermint White Russian
- My Favorite Plant-Based Meals of 2020
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