Merry and Bright: Christmas 2013

Happy day after Christmas, friends!

I hope you’ve had a very merry week so far, regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas!

It’s 2:24 as I start this post, and I’m happy to tell you that I’m sitting in pajamas on the living room couch in the house I grew up in.

I have a sleepy dog next to me.

henry sleepy rosey rebecca

And I have no plans to move anywhere for the afternoon—except maybe to get a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate.

Teavana tumbler and Trader Joe's dark chocolate rosey rebecca

Life is good.

While we’re on the topic of life, let me also tell you that since it moved so quickly over the past day or two, most of my photos are blurry.

I blame this on my impatient desire to inhale every dish on the table on Christmas eve.

Christmas Eve Dinner- Vegetarian- Rosey Rebecca

Lentil Loaf with vegetarian mushroom gravy- Rosey RebeccaDiana’s Lentil Farro “Meatloaf” with a Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy*

Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with cranberry sauce- Rosey RebeccaAngela’s Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry Pear Sauce

And the fact that my niece and nephew were just too excited for Santa to come to sit still for a picture.

Eloise- Rosey Rebecca

Nicholas- Rosey Rebecca

Blur or not, I’m happy for the memories!

Christmas morning- rosey rebecca

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family as well!

*Quick Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy: 1 TBSP olive oil, 1 package cremini mushrooms (chopped), 2 TBSP butter, 2 TBSP flour, 3/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth, salt & pepper to taste. Sauté mushrooms in oil over medium heat until tender and most of the water evaporates, lower heat & melt butter in pan with mushrooms, slowly sprinkle in flour, mixing constantly to combine, trickle in vegetable broth a little at a time until absorbed, add salt & pepper to taste. Voila! Easy, delicious mushroom gravy!

P.S. I’m the only vegetarian in my family and the mushroom gravy and lentil mushroom walnut balls were the stars of the evening! My meat-loving brothers enjoyed every bite!

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Come For Thanksgiving Next Year

Holy Moly! When did December get here?

Pardon me for taking almost an entire week to wake up from my food coma and get back into the swing of things.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (and to those reading outside the U.S., I hope the end of November treated you well!)

I know it’s cliché but I’m so thankful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my family and Jeff this year. For reasons I’d rather not discuss, I nearly missed the opportunity to celebrate, but through a fortunate turn of events on Wednesday afternoon, Jeff and I were able to make the last-minute trip to New York to spend four wonderful days with my family.

Thanksgiving is my mom’s favorite holiday and this was the third one we’ve celebrated without my father. I’m finding that the holidays get a tiny bit easier every year and this was probably the best one yet!

This was also my fourth vegetarian Thanksgiving and, I have to say, it’s hard to feel bad about skipping the turkey when there’s pumpkin ravioli with butter sage sauce and bourbon mashed sweet potatoes on the table.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter Sage Sauce

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Let me tell you, If you’re a vegetarian and find yourself missing meat next Thanksgiving, just head on over to my mom’s house and she’ll set you up.

Even if you’re not a vegetarian, come on over to my mom’s house next year. I’m sure she won’t mind. 

Seriously. You won’t be disappointed.

Because if next year’s feast is anything like this year’s, there will be green bean casserole and stuffin’ muffins.

Green Bean Casserole

Stuffin Muffins

What’s in a stuffin’ muffin, you ask?  I don’t really know, but they are delicious. I promise.

Come to my mom’s next year, and I can guarantee you will eat three different types of dessert.


I can also promise that Buddy will wait at least three days before stealing half the leftover turkey out of the fridge.

Buddy Harpoon

You think I’m kidding.

Come for Thanksgiving next year, and we’ll indulge in a morning-after breakfast made up of bagels and fruit. (Yes, more food.)


And you’ll get to enjoy coffee and conversation with my niece, Eloise.


And play checkers with my nephew, Nicholas.


Come over for Thanksgiving next year and my mom and I will invite you along on a weekend tea date to Charlotte’s.

Charlotte's Tea Room, Warwick, NY

Charlotte's Tea Room, Warwick, NY

Charlotte's Tea Room, Warwick, NY

Where I’ll detox with a salad…


…and then share the most delicious chocolate cake of my life with you…

Chocolate Cake, Charlotte's Tea Room, Warwick, NY

Come to my mom’s for Thanksgiving next year, and, like me, you’ll never want to go back home.

Come on over for Thanksgiving next year…


Buddy will be waiting.

What were the highlights of your Thanksgiving weekend?

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