Weekend Coffee Share; Dec. 27, 2020

As I sit here coloring my adult coloring book I am reminiscing about Christmas as I relax and enjoy this gift. I have to tell you that my artsy crafty side of my brain is completely addicted to this coloring book! This isn’t my first one, I am not sure where my other coloring book is but this one has cool sayings and quotes. I am enjoying it immensely! I’ll share a page and you can color too! Haha, you will find it very addicting. I am coloring away thinking I really wanted to share coffee with you today and share the happenings of my Christmas weekend. So I will set it aside for now, and I’ll share what I’ve colored so far.

My daughter is on her way home up North and we had a great time together with my son and my hubby. We video chatted with my family in Arizona as we opened gifts that we sent each other. We did a secret Santa (website) so that it would pick names so that we could buy each other gifts to make Christmas a little easier. We use this website where we can share our wish lists, which sure comes in handy and makes shopping so much easier. It was great fun opening up gifts together (video chat) and catching up and seeing those beautiful grand kids!

I told my daughter I wanted to try and have a Swedish dinner for Christmas. It wasn’t exactly authentic as we made everything vegan. We made Swedish meatballs using frozen vegan meatballs which heated up super fast. I found the recipe for the IKEA Swedish meatball sauce, and I may have made more sauce to meatball ratio, which is okay in my book and YUMMY! My daughter made homemade Swedish Cardamom bread, and even though we may have over-proofed it (I think that was our mistake?) It turned out delicious! We made a Swedish Potato casserole and a Swedish beet and apple salad. Dessert was pumpkin cheesecake bars. It was so fun cooking with my daughter! ❀ We started baking/cooking at 3:30pm and didn’t stop until we sat to eat at 7:30pm Christmas day. Cooking from scratch takes a lot of time! BUT WORTH IT! Now I need to find the energy to make soup for dinner tonight! Haha πŸ˜€

The cardamom bread was so delicious. It is a little sweet and I just LOVE the taste of cardamom. We were struggling with timing everything as I only have the one oven and since we didn’t meal plan or plan out the timing of everything, unfortunately we think the bread sat too long before we could get it into the oven to bake. Being a yeast bread, that can make a huge difference. It was still very soft and tasted wonderful but was slightly dense in the middle and that bigger loaf a little under done in the center, but just barely. It sure smelled good while baking! All the food tasted wonderful and how can it not when it is made with Love! ❀

We decided to go out for a hike as my daughter is always inspiring me trying to fit in exercise where we can. We had a bit of winter weather which brought rain which clears the air and the next day was beautiful! My daughter wanted to hike to Pumpkin Rock which is a huge boulder at the top of this hill in our town. The locals here keep pumpkin rock painted, as it will get a bit of graffiti and/or fade over time. I just googled it and it is there as Pumpkin Rock Trail Loop which is 1.7 miles long. Sounds just about right! Here are some photos from our hike.

We had a blast on our hike up and down on Pumpkin Rock Trails. As we were leaving the rock and started back down we were laughing at our shadows. We just had to take photos and I thought it would be fun to share. I didn’t take my phone so I didn’t have my camera and my son did a great job with all the photos I am sharing with you. We could not have picked a better day to hike, only 65F such a beautiful, gorgeous day. I will say that as I am sharing with you this last weekend of reminiscing, I am realizing that we didn’t take any photos of present opening. I usually always take photos of at least one gift each person opens, oh well, it was a fun day even though I didn’t digitally record it and it goes with this rather strange year.

Thanks for having coffee with me today. I forgot to ask you for a refill but I just get going on and on about things so I apologize for my lack of hospitality. I do enjoy our visits and hope you enjoyed your holiday however you were able to celebrate!

Happy Christmas Weekend!

Love, Diana ❀

20 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; Dec. 27, 2020

  1. It sounds just perfect to me, to have a lot of good food, and some exercise together πŸ™‚ And the fact that you made Swedish food on top of everything! Sounds like a lovely Christmas. We had a video chat with my daunter’s relatives in the US as well. I hope you get to enjoy some more time off with your new colouring book. My daughter also got some art things form Santa, and we’ve been making clay figures from one of her favourite games. Thank you for the coffee!

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    1. It truly was perfect and thank you so much for visiting with me today! Isn’t technology WONDERFUL!! I’m so happy your daughter could video chat too! πŸ’ž Those clay figures sound fun, so I will be coloring instead of crochet for awhile as it’s fun to trade off on crafts! Have a wonderful week! πŸ₯°

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      1. AWW, I’m so sorry about that…. That’s a long time!! I wish she wasn’t so far away. Now I feel bad complaining about my grandkids being 5 hours away. My heart goes out to you and maybe one day sooner than later you two will be together again. Here’s praying for that! πŸ™β€οΈ

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  2. Pumpkin rock looks awesome and kinda spooky hahaha hiking up Pumpkin Rock trail is definitely a great way to sweat off all the festive meals
    speaking off which I probably need to burn off some calories
    ~B

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    1. Thanks B! It’s definitely popular during Halloween. Haha, and not as difficult to climb to as I once thought. I’ve lived here over 15 years and this was the first time we took to the trail! Yes! A great way to burn those holiday calories! Cheers! πŸ₯‚πŸ₯°

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      1. Whaaaat how do you live there with a big pumpkin painted rock and never go up the trail 🀣 that’s the first thing I would do as soon as I laid eyes on it… Or was it The working nights which didn’t leave time for such πŸ€”
        ~B

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      2. Umm, I’d love to use the excuse of working nights, tired all the time (lazyness) might have played a part! Haha! Shameful, I know!! Now I can get out and see things with my new hours I work! πŸ€”πŸ˜²πŸ€£

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  3. Love the techno, foody, hiking, freaky fun rock, shadowy Christmas family time, sounds & looks so filled with such funness. Our mountains are more like hills really in comparison,haha. What better way to start an outlook with an equestrian centre really shouldn’t that be in all town views. Happy New Year to you & yours my wonderful pony sister friend. May your year be filled to overflowing with fantastic wealth in every aspect & of course many many many pony rides & much equine joyousness.

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    1. Thank you so much my pony sister friend!! I agree, every town should have a nice big equestrian center! I really truly feel lucky and blessed to call this horse town my home as my family likes it’s small town feel but not much else. πŸ™‚ I’m the CRAZY horsey person in my family! 🀠🐴
      Happy New Year to you too!! And I hope this New Year brings many happy, exciting, horse back riding days to you also! ❀️

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