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Posted on Dec 27, 2011 in Food | 12 comments

A Christmas (Food) Story

I really do not want to be at work today, she thought with a sigh.

She looked down with disdain at the half-empty styrofoam cup of weak coffee on her desk, already on her second of the morning, and cracked her knuckles to give them respite from their endless plodding on the keyboard. Leaning back in her chair, she let her mind wander back to the deliciousness that had occurred just a few days prior.


It had started innocently enough with a few, ahem, “accidental” cookie casualties from her family’s annual Christmas cookie decorating and gingerbread house-making extravaganza.


Three Dog Bakery

Cookie Tin

Gingerbread House

But it was Christmas weekend, after all, so this was only the beginning.

"Light" Lunch

Christmas Eve brought a “light” lunch of glazed ham, broccoli slaw, and potato salad.


And was followed with a snack of grapes, cheese, and crackers that afternoon.

Christmas Eve Fettucine

Before the finale of spinach fettucine and salads with golden beets. So much for her plans to take it easy food-wise on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Brunch

She figured that all the calories she burned ripping through presents the next morning must have helped balance it out somehow… even if they were only to be undone by a Christmas brunch of eggnog pancakes, eggs, and bacon. Of course, all of this was simply a precursor to the real main event: Christmas dinner!

Christmas Plate

Just remembering the dishes from that night was making her mouth water all over again. There was roast beef stuffed with garlic, grilled asparagus, mushroom napoleon, tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil, and the best batch of her roasted garlic mashed potatoes she’s ever made.

Roast BeastLoverly
Aspargus'dMushrooms Napolean
CapreseMashed Taters

Incredible, she thought. And the leftovers were fantastic, too.


The phone on her desk began to bleep mercilessly, jolting her back to the present. The reality was that the past four months days of deliciousness sans-calorie counting had been wonderful, but ultimately left her feeling kind of lousy. She knew that soon she would have to face the music, step back on the scale, and get working on her new year’s resolution (and blog-long goal) to finish out her weight loss.

Still, she thought, at least it’s been one delicious ride.


  1. That is exactly how I’m feeling this morning as I eat my first healthy meal in weeks (oatmeal) while sitting at my desk in my empty office. Apparently I’m the only sucker working today.

    PS That food looks amazing. I’m crashing your family’s Christmas next year.

  2. One more sucker sitting in an empty office.

    And also will be at your house next year! YUM!

    Merry-After-Christmas-but-not-yet-New-Years day!

  3. I’m also thinking longingly of the amazing food I’ve been eating all week (well, all of last week). Mostly I’m thinking of how much happier I would be if I were in bed right now instead of at my desk with weak coffee. I’m looking forward to getting back to the healthy food and portion sizes but it’s much easier when you don’t have to think about it, isn’t it?

  4. You have got MAD cookie decorating skills!! All of the food looks amazing- and I think I gained 5 lbs. just looking at the photos (seriously- with me- that would be possible).
    I love what you said at the end of your post- it’s been one delicious ride.
    Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with overdoing it a bit during the holidays. It kind of sets you back into reality (hopefully) because you realize that eating all of those rich and high-calorie foods TASTE really good, but they leave you feeling icky. When you actually look forward to getting back on track- that’s a good thing. 🙂

    • I’m so scared to weigh myself… eeeerp!

  5. My God…those mashed potatoes look divine!

    • They were amaaaaaazing, my best yet! I used like, twice as much garlic this time, so maybe that’s the key. I may have to revise my recipe!

  6. Oh I think I just gained a few inches reading this post! I went a bit overboard this weekend but I did enjoy every moment of it! Now back to the grind this week until the festivies this weekend! After that it’s training time for me! Signed up for my first 10K.

  7. I love the schnauzer cookies!! Your food pictures are giving me a major case of the hungries even though I just ate lunch. That all looks delicious.

  8. I love the cookies! I feel like all I’ve done this past month is eat and eat and eat. And come January I have to get back to eating healthier and exercising but until then…

  9. SO CREATIVE! Christmas Eve and Day dinners were definitely scrumptious and filling… Thank goodness for stretchy pants 😛

  10. WOW! Talk about holiday grub. YUMYUM! Who did all the cookin? Marvelous.

    For sure, I am a garlic and mashed potato freak. Any type of mashed will do. With veggies + salads …. I can make that my entire meal. No meats in my tummy.

    At Thanksgiving-time, I add plenty of roasted garlic and also blue cheese crumbles, (the good stuff) which made the taters extra creamy. Do not add any salt to the potatoes when the cheese goes in. Makes them perfect!

    Ohgosh …. those cookies are rockin the holiday Gretchen! Sadly, no butter cookies (I always make tons of shortbreads …. too many calories tho) were baked in my kitchen this Christmas. Boohoo. Maybe for Valentine’s Day.



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