Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Menu & a Giveaway!

Hello everyone! There are only 4 days left until Christmas! Is everyone rushing to get their last-minute shopping done?! I did all of my food shopping today so I won't have to worry about it later in the week. I planned my Christmas Menu ahead of time and made a list of ingredients that I will be needing. Since I am the only vegan in my family, I decided to make a mix of vegan and non-vegan items. Here is my Christmas Menu:

-Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip with baby carrots, celery sticks and baked vegetable chips
-Bread + Cheese

Sides: (all vegan)
-Balsamic Collard Greens with Dried Cranberries & toasted Pumpkin Seeds
-Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes
-Rosemary Roasted White + Red Potatoes

-Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells
(I'm going to make a portion of this vegan-friendly by using a tofu-ricotta filling and vegan Daiya Mozzarella cheese to top it with)

-Pomegranate Martini

-Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
-Peppermint Bark
-Sugar Cookies
-Vegan Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I chose simple dishes will be prepping some of the meals the night before so I don't have to spend my entire Christmas day stuck in the kitchen! Plus I know I won't be the only one cooking, so I kept it basic.

Since its the holidays, I wanted to have a special giveaway with some of my favorite winter items! The winner of this giveaway will receive two boxes of my absolute FAVORITE holidays teas from Trader Joe's!:

Vanilla Cinnamon Black Teas & Candy Cane Green Tea

I am halfway through my 2nd box of the candy cane green tea and need to buy another box of the vanilla cinnamon...so that should tell you how much I LOVE these!

To enter this giveaway:
1. Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite teas are
2. Add me to your blog roll
3. Post a link back to this contest on your blog

This contest ends December 24th at midnight [just in time to try and sneak a peak of Santa! ;)]

What are you most looking forward to this holiday weekend? For me, its baking on Christmas Eve, giving people their gifts and spending quality time with family!

Are there any holiday traditions in your family?
This is the second Christmas my boyfriend and I are spending together so we have started a new tradition: Christmas Eve will be spent with my boyfriend's family, Christmas morning we will be attending church and Christmas Day will be spent with my family.

Tonight I am hosting my Healthy through the Holidays teleclass! For those of you who missed registration, I will be recording the class and posting it on my website, so look out for it!

Enjoy your evening!


  1. I love peppermint green tea.
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  2. Such cute pictures! My favorite tea is mango green - but you now have me dying to hit up TJ's for these phenom winter flavors!


  3. Awwwww thanks love! I love the purse too and hoping to get it : ) hehehehe!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Your menu looks amazing, what time is dinner?!

    Love this giveaway! I drink tea everyday! Green tea is my fave!!!!

  4. My favorite tea right now is Peppermint, plain and simple, no sugar. I love love love, though, chai teas (again, no cream, no sugar -- I am a plain gal!).

    And you're already on my blog roll ;)

  5. I love this giveaway! Thank you! And your blog is so cute! You are beautiful :)

    My favorite tea is green tea peppermint

  6. first time commenter! Just found your blog. :D

    My favorite tea is green tea!