Mason jar glasses: Buffalo Plaid Christmas

A Very Buffalo Plaid Christmas

Table Scapes: A Very Buffalo Plaid Christmas

If you know me, or have been following along for a while you know how much I love these sorts of things but also that I don’t ever execute them myself! This year my brilliantly creative Sister in Law hatched a plan for a Buffalo plaid themed Christmas dinner and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

If you are like us and Christmas itself is only the beginning of many family meals in many different places you might still be looking for some ideas to break away from the traditional festive feast decor & this is a great one! With Buffalo plaid being so in right now you can actually find quite a few different things to add to your decor just at your local craft or dollar store!

As we are in Pemberton this year there was no shortage of firewood and trees to add to the effect, but you could always use whatever branches, berries or boughs you can forage wherever you are at!

Here’s quick run down, but you could do as much or as little as you want and add your own touches too!

  • Wrapping paper table runner! Inexpensive as well as easy to clean up, just toss it in the fire (or recycling).
  • Paper straws – can be found at most dollar stores and craft stores these days and add a great touch!
  • Mason jars for glasses, I had just bought a pack of 12 for freezing smoothies in but hadn’t put that plan in motion yet. You can buy them at most grocery stores this time of year, or in the canning aisle at your hardware store.
  • Place cards – plain white with plaid ribbon detail and little bear shaped paper notes with names written on them.
  • Black or brown plain wrapping paper in the centre of the table – you can write on it easily with chalk however you want to add some detail!
  • Red and white votive candles to add that nice glowy light.
  • Tree boughs, a wreath, pine cones and firewood to keep on the lumberjack theme!
  • You can even ask everyone to wear plaid too, it added an extra element of fun!

A very Buffalo Plaid Christmas: napkins

A very Buffalo Plaid Christmas: table scapes

A very Buffalo Plaid Christmas: firewood centre pieces

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Cranberry & Pear Smoothie - Be kind to Santa and give him (and the reindeer) the gift of health! Imaginary Sails Blog

Cranberry & Pear Smoothie

What could be more delightful than a Christmas themed smoothie? How about a beautiful Christmas themed smoothie that is not only a festive colour, is packed full of anti-oxidants, and tastes great?

I will cut right to the chase, cranberries are fabulous for your health, high in nutrients and mix well with other flavours. This is a great addition to your smoothie rotation and chances are at this time of year you will have the ingredients on hand.

Cranberry & Pear Smoothie, a great way to get some goodness into yourself in an indulgent time of year! Imaginary Sails Blog


Ingredients:

2 Cups of fresh or frozen cranberries

1 Whole Banana

1 Whole ripe Pear (or even two if they are on the small side)

1 1/2 Tbsp chopped Ginger (I am a huge ginger fan, if you are not, simply omit. If you are also a fan, check out some other gingery smoothies here and here)

1/2 Cup Cherries (optional: I added because my pear was not super ripe – see notes below)

2 Cups Liquid (I added one cup water, one cup coconut milk – if you prefer a sweeter smoothie I would recommend one cup of juice such as orange or apple. You could also add some yogurt if it tickles your fancy)

Cranberry & Pear Smoothie, a great way to get some goodness into yourself in an indulgent time of year, blend it up! Imaginary Sails Blog

Directions:

Toss it all in your blender and blend well! Pour and enjoy, if you have a festive straw – even better ;)

Cranberry & Pear Smoothie, a great way to get some goodness into yourself in an indulgent time of year, blend it up! Or leave it for Santa to give him a boost on his big night! Imaginary Sails Blog

Notes:

  • Although I had them for days fully expecting them to be quite ripe my pear was still on the firm side, so you may not need to add cherries, or you may need less liquid).
  • My hubby tried it with some black rum and said it tasted better without, so if you are opting to spike it maybe something more mild like white rum! (you are welcome)
  • Our little one loved it & I love adding new tastes and foods to the rotation as much as possible)

I hope you enjoy this so much & it makes you feel so great to get some extra goodness in! I’m all for cookies and milk, but I’m sure Santa gets tired eating his way around the world so you could leave one of these for him too!

Cranberry & Pear Smoothie - Be kind to Santa and give him (and the reindeer) the gift of antioxidants! Imaginary Sails Blog

Cranberry & Pear Smoothie Give yourself and Santa the gift of health this year. Imaginary Sails Blog

Why I am NOT Hibernating this December

So it’s December! How in the world did that happen? The last two months have been a complete blur, I think I have my baby (okay fine, he’s pretty much a toddler but I just can’t bring myself to say it yet) and my other baby – this blog to thank for that swift flight of time. There’s something that I tend to do at the beginning of December, and it has nothing and everything to do with the upcoming Christmas festivities. And winter. And Bears. I pretty much start preparing my body as if I am going to be hibernating, at whatever stage I am at with my fitness (or most often lack of), I pretty much just let it all go and figure that I will deal with it once it is all over in January which needless to say is not a great route. I always feel like a blob by January. So gross, and feeling guilty because I haven’t been taking care of myself and then it just takes that much longer to get motivated, the worse it is the longer it takes etc. etc. – you get the picture…

So I mentioned a few posts back that I had run a 5km fun run and it wasn’t as bad as I thought so I wanted to do a little more running. Well that was about two and a half weeks ago and although I’ve been for a few walks and have done one Barre workout via YouTube (if you haven’t heard of those they are pretty awesome and intense and not too loud if you have a sleeping little one you don’t want to alarm with a bunch of jumping around). No runs. Not that running is the be all end all of my fitness but it is such a good release!

I dragged myself out for a run tonight, checked the time and told myself I couldn’t go home for at least 20 minutes. It was pouring rain, cold, windy, dark, I was by myself – all of my least ideal scenarios when it comes to a run. Pretty much all of the excuses I usually use to talk myself out of a run. I considered finding a video on youtube, or sitting and writing a blog post but instead I put on bright turquoise pants and a neon pink jacket (that doesn’t currently zip without looking ridiculous thanks to not enough runs and too many chocolate breaks), and got my booty out that door. (more…)