Christmas In Alberta

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Hi everyone!

Thank you for your kind words about my Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls entry for Challenge #8! The post was in the works for about 3 weeks now and I was soooo happy to finally hit publish. Voting is now open if you care to show your support. They are cutting 50% of contestants, so only 12 will remain for round #9.

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What’s with all this snow, you ask?

Eric and I are in Alberta visiting my family for an early Christmas celebration!

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We leave on Wednesday and I am already very sad to say goodbye to my family. I’m pretty sure I am going to stuff my nephews in my suitcase and make a run for it. ;)

We were a bit scared during the days leading up to our trip out West because we heard that there was a deep freeze going down in the Prairies…

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Burrrrrr.

Luckily, OSGMOM told us that it would be ‘warming up’ to –10C by the time we arrived.

Err… ;)

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I need layers…lots and lots of layers.

I have also been drinking my body weight in hot chocolate and tea.

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Luckily, fur ball Rudi has been keeping us warm…

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He is never cold!

Well, sometimes…when he wants to snuggle up to The Cat Whisperer (Eric).

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I hope Sketchie doesn’t see this!

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They have a view of The Rockies from their backyard. I guess this makes up for the cold! :)

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Gorgeous, eh?

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My mom and sister Kristi surprised us with a mostly vegan Christmas dinner on Sunday night.

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It was very exciting.

I came into the kitchen to find that they were working hard on a bunch of my recipes!

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Remember that crazy night?

This time I got to have it made for me!

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Mom said, ‘I hope you will still love me if I screw up these recipes!!’

I said, “I don’t care what you do as long as I don’t have to cook!’ ;)

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I had total faith in my worker bees.

I kept them in line with a spoon!

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I got to make the vegan gravy and then I forgot about it on the burner and nearly fried it! Just a day in the life…

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The non-vegans had stuffed chicken and myself and my friend Ashley had In A Jiffy spelt veggie patties.

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They were awesome in a roll with vegan gravy! It was a great idea to make for the vegan protein portion.

High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

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I also brought along Soft Peanut Butter Cookies for my nephews and the rest of my family. They were a huge hit!

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Mmmm, I filled my plate and was one happy vegan!

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I had a whole wheat dinner roll with vegan butter, peas, butternut squash, This Ain’t Grandmas Sweet Potato Casserole, High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes, In A Jiffy Veggie Spelt patties, vegan gravy, and Cranberry, Pear, and Pecan Spinach Salad.

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For dessert, my mom made my Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream!! Gosh I love this dessert.

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And some non-vegan layered cake!

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The boys watched the Grey Cup football…

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The ladies did not. :)

Then we exchanged gifts with Kristi and the family. I got some amazing pictures of my nephews, a new apron, a holiday table runner, and artwork from my oldest nephew. :)

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I told my nephew that my fridge was covered in his artwork, but I was going to add all of the new drawings to it too, and his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and he said, ‘REALLY???’

Then Papa and mammoth Kinder Eggs stole the show and that was that!

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Well, we are off for another day of adventures. See you later!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 30, 2010

Aw, how fun!!! That makes me so excited for Christmas!

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Lois November 30, 2010

That looks like the view from my sister’s house… they must be neighbors! Enjoy your family vacation.

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KaraHadley November 30, 2010

your family seems so amazingly supportive. that must have been the best christmas gift ever.
oh, and your nephews seem too cute for words.

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Alicia November 30, 2010

Sounds like a fun time! That marshmallow sweet potato yumminess looks sooo good, is that recipe in your recipe section? (not sure what its called)

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 30, 2010

I love the pic of the boys! Too cute.

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Laura November 30, 2010

An early Christmas celebration! So fun!
I havent even started shopping :O

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Kate @ Walking in the Rain December 1, 2010

That view is amazing!

Rudi looks like a great way to stay warm if its -33C.

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Steph in Dubai December 1, 2010

I wondered where you were! Glad you are having a good time with your gorgeous family!

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Wei-Wei December 1, 2010

Your family is amazing! Their acceptance of your veganism is lovely, too. Have you done a post on that? I’m curious to know what they thought when you first went vegan!

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retro sweets December 1, 2010

It’s only December first and you already got your gift???? Huhu.. will you be my Santa and give me that cute little fuzzy cat? :)

Anyway, I love your dinner table. I thought you’ll include the brown ribbons in your peanut butter cookies, they look great with it.

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes December 1, 2010

All this good looks so good! If only I could climb into the pictures to enjoy the food with you!

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Kristy December 1, 2010

That was so kind of your family! Y’all look so happy!!! :-)

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Liana @ femme fraiche December 1, 2010

Awww what a special holiday. I loved your table decor…have a great trip! It looks beautiful

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Coco December 1, 2010

The roasted butternut squash pic looks so good. Butternut is such a sultry vegetable, especially when purreed to make silky soups!

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 1, 2010

beautiful photos! i love clear teapots – i see it hidden in that photo haha!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 1, 2010

You guys look just alike – and you’re all gorgeous! (So is the food! :) )

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Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 1, 2010

Oh how I’d love a piece of pumpkin gingerbread cake now! I love icing and that all looks scrumptious!

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Erin December 1, 2010

Welcome back to Alberta! It’s hard to beat on a sunny winter day, especially when you can see the mountains. It’s so beautiful here today – glad you got some nice weather in the end :) You sure look like your mom and sister. What a beautiful family. Your dinner looks amazing too! It’s awesome that your family is so supportive.

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Christina December 1, 2010

Angela,
You obviously have some mad photography skilz girly. Would you mind sharing a bit about the SLR camera that you use, and how you’ve developed your skills over the years? I am really interested in purchasing a DLSR camera, but am a bit intimidated by all the choices out there. Thanks so much!

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Jessica @ Jessica Balances December 1, 2010

OH my goodness – Eric, the Cat Whisperer! So adorable and funny! :) glad you are enjoying an early holiday!

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Becky December 1, 2010

Love your post! It looked so beautiful! I love snow! I have a question do you have any kind of recipe for a vegan pizza? I love pizza and I have been craving it, but didn’t know how to make it vegan. I am new to vegan, I also incorporate raw into my diet, however, it is getting cold where I live and I need some warm food. Thank you so much! I hope that you had a safe trip home!

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Allison December 1, 2010

Wow, your pictures look amazing! I can’t believe all that snow up there! We just got our first flurries in Chicago!

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Roz December 1, 2010

Those are fantastic photos. Looks like you are having a great time! And Rudi is adorable!!!!

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kristin @ the expat diaries December 1, 2010

It’s so awesome that they surprised you with your vegan yummies. Have a wonderful visit! Those sweet potatoes look SO amazing. And the Rockies aren’t to shabby either!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 1, 2010

What a beautiful Christmas you had with your family :-)

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Laura December 1, 2010

Love the fluffy kitty!!! My mom has those same bowls with the nursery rhymes written inside.

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Erica December 2, 2010

I’m glad to hear you’re having a wonderful time in Alberta (and that you escaped the weird cold snap, especially since it’s not usually past -30 until jan/feb). Since you’re so close to the mountains, if you have the time, you should give some of the trails a try; there are few things prettier than the Rockies in winter.

Thanks for sharing your lovely photographs with us readers.

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RhodeyGirl December 2, 2010

Now I am REALLY excited for the holidays!!!!!!

Have fun with your family. It is so sweet that they made such an effort to have vegan dishes! They are awesome!!

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Hope December 2, 2010

Lurker but never a commenter….. but I’m quite curious, is that picture of Springbank Rd just outside of Calgary?

Love your site and recipes, I have tried so many and never had a failure yet! Glad you had a great trip!

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Helen December 11, 2010

i made your gingerbread, but omitted the pumpkin and altered the frosting a bit–instead of using the spice blend, i used 1/4 tsp peppermint extract and once i frosted the gingerbread, sprinkled crushed candy cane on top. so good! a fun alternative of your recipe for christmastime. although, i will definitely need to make your pumpkin version next year!

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Lauren October 20, 2012

Seriously in LOVE with the Beatrix Potter table wear! I would love to find something like that.

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