Merry Christmas to You and Yours

December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas Eve

We’re nearing the end of the holiday parties, big meals, peppermint chocolate treats, traffic to and from Target, and exhausted looking delivery people. I’ve been making pies for Christmas at Food at First today, setting aside a few slices for our mail carrier who, I’m sure will be knocking on our door around 6 (he’s looking extra weary the past few days)

I’m also doing a bit of baking for the open houses we’re going to tonight

This year I’ve decided to take a week or so off from blogging – a chance to be fully present and enjoy the holidays. I’m hoping to spend time with friends and family (both near and far), and indulge in some festive fun.

Also, in the mix?  Planning new blog content for the year, the world’s longest nap, and pots of something delicious simmering on the stovetop

The other night , as my husband threw a couple more logs into the fireplace, I chatted with my grandson via Facetime. Which means I asked him questions and he told me about Buzz and Woody.  All the while, he gathered photos of their family from various parts of the house, and held them up for me to see



Sam – September 2017 – 21 months old

(Many of his favorites are mine as well)

I could help but think

“He’s watching.  He’s watching them.  He’s watching me.  At the grocery, at the post office, at home, while we’re doing the laundry and taking photos of dinner. We’re shaping him, our words and reactions and behavior providing the wheel at which his clay spins

And although these are the shots he ended up with, these are the ones that matter

Merry Christmas to you and yours, friends.  May you enjoy many moments of peace, love, fuzzy slippers, and little ones who delight in your shadow ..



ps:  I’ll be back on January 2nd, ready for another year of healthy recipes, and a few stories to share along the way

(Photo Credit: Feature Image – Instagram @madeleinlumley)

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  • Reply Ava December 24, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Same to you! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Annie December 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Merry Christmas Ali!! Thank you for another year of wonderful, meaningful, and timely writing. They are some of my favorite words to read, and I always read them, even if I have no intention of cooking whatever you’re teaching me to cook. I appreciate you. Have a great holiday, and I look forward to what you bring to the world next year. xo

  • Reply Willow December 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Merry, Merry Ali! Wishes for a wonderful time with your family.
    BTW … I brought your Festive Holiday Balls to my Christmas party at work and everybody loved them! Such a nice break from the standard sugary treats.

  • Reply Maggie December 24, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Merry Christmas, Ali!
    Thanks for another great year of stories and recipes. x

  • Reply Krystal December 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Thank YOU for everything.

    The stories,

    The blog,

    The recipes,


    Taking for us on your adventure

    Happy, Merry to you all too. (I just love your dogs, Harry and Sally)

  • Reply Sarah December 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    A Merry Christmas to you to. It has been wonderful to share your journey from the sides. All the best and looking forward to hearing more in the New Year.

  • Reply Vicki December 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve become a regular reader just this year and wanted to thank you for making me smile with the wonderful stories that you weave into your posts, and for giving me the courage to cook and bake things I didn’t think possible. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a healthy and happy 2018!

  • Reply Ashley December 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    True confessions? My husband and I are addicted to your wedding cake (shame on us!).
    I love it that you’re finding more time to blog again. You were missed out here in blogland!! Wishing you a joy-filled and healthy 2018. x

  • Reply Marie December 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Happy Christmas Ali! I very much appreciate you taking the time to write this for us this – it’s not at all taken for granted.

    For tomorrow morning I’m hesitating between making your oat and blueberry muffins or greek yogurt pancakes… tough call!
    Love from Lyon (France)

  • Reply Deb December 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Enjoy the holidays with your family and have a wonderful Christmas! x

  • Reply Emma December 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Your thoughts are always so spot on. Thanks for this reminder. Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for always being so uplifting 🙂

  • Reply Heather December 24, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you! Following your blog and cooking along with you have brought many simple pleasures… and amazing chocolate and ginger cookies to my life! xox

  • Reply Brenda December 24, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Ali – Thank you for the joys you bring – your blog, wonderful recipes, and engaging stories. Many blessings at the holidays and throughout the new year!

  • Reply Jane December 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Ali, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Thank you for taking us on life’s journey with you. I’m searching your site for my New Year’s celebration assignment for our family gathering: desserts.

  • Reply Patty December 25, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Merry Christmas, Ali. Thank-you for the gifts you’ve given us all year long. Have a good one with your family and we’ll see you on the flip side.

  • Reply Angie December 25, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Merry Christmas Ali! Wishing all of you a wonderful New Year filled with many more fabulous, new adventures!

  • Reply Stephanie December 25, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Merry Christmas to you all. Thank you for this blog, and how much a wonderful pleasure it is to sit down at my computer with cup of coffee in the morning and to see I have a post to read! xo

  • Reply Isabella December 25, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Merry Christmas, Ali. Thanks for writing all through this very busy year – it’s been inspiring! xx

  • Reply Lizzie December 25, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Thank YOU for the bloggy goodness of 2017 ?

  • Reply Paisley December 25, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Happy and Merry Christmas to you too, Ali! I’m going to make your frozen pink cheesecake for my golden birthday tomorrow because I think the year ahead holds incredible potential (and because it’s sooooo good). Thanks for letting us all into your world.

  • Reply Kathy December 25, 2017 at 11:18 am

    back @ you all!
    You’ve given us a wonderful perspective on perseverance, determination, love, joy and strength.
    May 2018 bring you much joy & happiness … and please continue fueling us with your posts.

  • Reply Sophia December 25, 2017 at 11:42 am


    I agree with all the commenters before me, you have given your readers more than you know.

    Keep doing what you enjoy and enjoy what you are doing in 2018!


  • Reply Niekartistiek December 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    It is such a good resolution of yours to take a week off! Focusing on friends & family is important indeed. How nice that you saved a slice of your cakes for the mail carrier! That’s the Christmas Spirit 😉

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you as well! May the indulging in Christmas fun be a blast!

  • Reply Laurence December 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    That is a good to decision to spend holidays with your family. A good chat with your grandson 🙂 Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!!!

  • Reply Esperanza Scotto December 26, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I think it’s wise to take a break from blogging every once in awhile especially around the holidays!

  • Reply Melanie December 26, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Ooo I do love a real log fire place, so cosy and winter feeling. I did alot of baking at Christmas and will be doing throughout the festive season and the new year lol. Merry Christmas x

  • Reply Adea December 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I don’t celebrate Christmas but it’s always interesting to hear about other cultures and religions and how they celebrate their special days. I’ve also taken some time off of blogging these two weeks, and I guess we ssometimes just need it when there’s a lot going on. Marry Christmas!

  • Reply UtMinh December 26, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Merry Christmas, Ali!
    And Have year-end holidays fun party your family.
    I am also very happy with my parties and recipes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anoop Kumar December 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Merry Christmas!!
    Have a great time with your family. Your grandson looks cute.

    I not only like your recipes, but also the way you write your blog posts, and the design of your blog.

  • Reply Sheri December 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

    We did so much this Christmas I feel like I need a holiday from the holidays. I am glad I had a lot of time away from the computer and from Social Media too. Loved it!

  • Reply Rachel December 29, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and are enjoying the crimbo limbo between Christmas and new year! I also decided to ease of this week and relax, but am also using the time to refresh and brainstorm for a productive and bright new year!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus January 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I think that taking a break from blogging is a great way to recharge your batteries, especially over the festive season. I hope that you had a wonderful season of festivities, I took a few days off which was really nice. I never take breaks and I know you rarely do too! How was your new year, hope you had a lovely night of celebrations? x

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