Natsumi, our sweet Japanese friend, spent a few days with us before she went home to celebrate her special birthday! We love having her with us for the holidays--this was her second year to help us decorate our tree. I love looking at my traditions and beliefs through the eyes of another culture.
We mostly relaxed at home and enjoyed each other. With older kids, their activities and work kept things moving, but we managed to play games and see movies and drink home-made hot chocolate and snuggle by the fireplace. Just having everyone together meant more this year after my daughter's semester abroad.
We visited my parents for a few days, where it seemed everyone was sick! My mother, a wonderful cook who has embraced gluten-free cooking for her many gluten-intolerant children and grandchildren, cooked up a Christmas feast anyway--along with some help from my sister. Here are some of their creations (Yes, you should be envious. My mom cooks mostly without recipes, by touch and taste. I did not inherit this talent.) There was also gf dressing, gravy, about six other pies and fruitcake, candy, etc. A completely gluten-free weekend. Delicious!
|GF Coconut Cream Pie|
Gluten-Free Pantry's French Bread Mix
Filled with Pizza Toppings and cheese
|Cherrybrook Kitchen Cookies|
When Christmas break began, I was still very weak and not breathing well. Most of my lung tests were normal, and by Christmas day I was starting to breath more normally, too. The official diagnosis, as is stands now, is methotrexate lung, which is a form of
I am looking forward to and hoping for a quieter 2012. Better breathing. No more shingles. RA under control.
Happy New Year to you!