Grain-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

This recipe is a perfect grain-free, naturally sweetened and Paleo-legal alternative to the traditional wheat-based gingerbread cookies.  Made with almond flour and sweetened with honey and coconut sugar, these cookies turned out deliciously crunchy, chewy, and fragrant with holiday spices. 3 cups almond flour (and extra for rolling out dough) 3/4 cup coconut sugar 1/2…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #8. A Christmas Play

The tradition of plays at Christmas time is ancient, and goes far beyond the old Medieval custom of mummering and janneying.  Shakespeare himself drew inspiration from these old dramatic customs.  Until quite recently, family Christmas plays were common holiday fun – replaced, I believe, by television.  I have found Christmas plays featured in some of…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #7. Family Game Night

It’s cozy to curl up with a book on dark winter evenings, but for more lively entertainment, a family game night is the perfect way to spend time together. If you don’t have to have a full game shelf!  there are many games that require only a deck of cards.  Speed, Rummy, Crazy Eights, Spoons,…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #6. Making A Festive Wreath

A real, home-made wreath is a rarity in these days of plastic, store-bought wreaths.  Technology has tried its best to replace them with garishly plastic, perfumed ones, but it simply can’t replicate the real thing –  fresh, heavy with holly, and smelling of the fragrant forest. Making a Christmas wreath is not at all difficult…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #4. Elving

(Shhh….because of course we won’t really have absolutely no presents this year!) Despite what anyone who is selling something says, you don’t have to buy something to make a present for someone.  Thrift, a virtue I have come to appreciate more and more, is the near-magical talent of seeing what you already have, adding a…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #1. Scrumping Citrus

  There is a sort of transcendental peace about poverty.  I usually find the holiday season fun, but very stressful.  The crush of shopping, making sure all the favorite holiday things are celebrated and everyone will get what they want, and all the worry about planning the holiday make me anxious. This year, when Black…

Cassava Stuffing – An All Local/Homegrown Recipe

There is nothing to inspire thankfulness and gratitude more than sitting down to a meal that is all home grown.  When all the sweat and worry is yours, when you have watched the seasons turn as small seeds became large plants, as chicks became pin feather-studded adolescents, and finally a flock of magnificent birds with…