Ship’s Log–Christmas Eve


Our Christmas Eve Tradition is to bake sugar cookies from my Mema’s recipe, which has been in the family for at least 75 years, possibly closer to 100. These aren’t your normal sugar cookies…they are a less sweet, cake Pennsylvania Dutch recipe that has been handed down in our family for three generations. I have modified the recipe a wee bit, replacing the Crisco with trans-fat free vegan shortening, using whole wheat pastry flour, and subbing soy milk for the milk. I still use the egg, since there is no viable substitute that keeps the light, cake texture that make these unique.

In the evening we gather at my parents’ home for pizza and a little relaxation. Since we’ve developed a good relationship with one of the local pizza places, we were able to get some of the pizzas made with Daiya cheese. This year my sister made a pot of mulled wine with a recipe she had gotten in Germany, and we also had my cousin, his wife, and their baby daughter join us. It was nice to spend a little down time with family before tucking the kids in with a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

This year The Hub and I had somehow managed to get all our gift wrapping finished ahead of time, so for the first time since having children we were able to site back, have a drink, and relax before going to sleep fairly early. I think this will be a goal for all future Christmas’s.

Today’s Fitness:

3.28 mile fast run, followed by 10 minutes of yoga to stretch


  • 1 1/2 big ass mugs of coffee with chocolate stevia and unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/2 blueberry muffin and 1/2 Christmas muffin (cherry) from Cravings bakery. Not vegan. So sue me.

Morning Snack:

  • Post-run: banana and peanut butter
  • Post-news that the family cat had died: peppermint chocolate bark, then some green olives


  • Tempeh avocado wrap
  • Potato chips
  • Peach-pear seltzer

Afternoon Snack:

  • Coffee with hot chocolate powder and soy milk
  • Cookies and cookies
  • A few more olives


  • Whole wheat veggie pizza with Daiya
  • Mulled red wine
  • Cookies

Late Night–The Santa Hour:

  • Innis & Gunn Rum Aged Beer
  • Cookies

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