Christmas in Alberta: Part 2

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 3, 2010





Eric wrapping our nephew’s gifts!




Rudi and his catnip that got stuck on his tooth.


Flashback five years ago to Christmas 2005…


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A lot healthier these days!


This was before a dinner out on Saturday night to an Italian restaurant.


I realized it was a bad choice not wearing an empire waist for that meal!

Then we were back in the kitchen once again with Timmy’s coffee in hand and recipes in the other.


OSGMOM had a couple helpers…and I got to wear my new polka-dot apron from my sis.


I made ultra fudgy brownies with spelt flour.


I let someone lick the spoon when it was all over! :)


Then we got busy on dinner.


Mom made a regular mac ‘n cheese and then I made the vegan mac ‘n cheese.


This time I doubled the sauce recipe and it turned out even better.

It was so good, I revised the original recipe!


Everyone tasted it and said they couldn’t tell it didn’t have cheese in it. :) My mom actually preferred the vegan version and said she will make this from now on. We also agreed that the sauce would be wonderful over broccoli.


We had a big sweets tray for dessert filled with Soft peanut butter cookies, ultra fudgy brownies, ultimate oatmeal raisin cookies, and other goodies.



Hi Pete :) (my brother in law)


Then we opened a few gifts…

Rudi wanted to come home with us.



Sketchie had to put his foot paw down though.

Coming up, the hummus recipe my mom introduced me to that changed everything…


I actually said the words, ‘I’ll never buy store bought again.’

I don’t joke around when it comes to hummus.

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traci December 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

What a fun time and a beautiful family :) You really do glo. I’m glad you had a great trip!


Jenny December 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm

your sister’s sparkly dress is FABULOUS!


Kath December 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

OMG RUDI!! xoxoxo


Moni'sMeals December 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

wow! Radiance and Health is what I see. :)


Noelle December 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Oh I can’t wait to read about the hummus!


Healthy Chocoholic December 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

All of your pictureslook sooo professional!!!!!!!! Gorgeous! The food looks tasty, too! I’m glad you had a good time visiting your family!


Ashley (Taste For Healthy) December 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Beautiful photos!! And you look so radiant & healthy in all of them! Looks like you had an amazing time!

P.S. I really love your necklace… it makes your face sparkle even more! :)


Camille December 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

You guys all look gorgeous all dressed up! It looks like a wonderful time :)


Amber K December 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I’m addicted to hummus. A homemade version that’s worth it? I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’s there.


Alaina December 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

You look so happy and cute with Eric!! And I love that cat. Reminds me of my parents except different colors.

Glad you had a happy holiday!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

what beautiful photos, angela!!!

of your family, food, YOU, kitty, tim horton’s coffee :) and just the special times…gosh, I can feel the love and holiday spirit in this post!

have a wonderful weekend :)


Alicia December 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Hummus should never be joked about. Looks like a fun time! Can’t wait for the hummus recipe :)


Gina December 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Wow, Alberta, GA looks so beautiful! Especially this time of year.

Love your photos, you look stunning! So happy and healthy :)


Lauren December 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Doubling the sauce? Genius!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Wow, what a difference between 2005 and now! It looks like you guys have aged in reverse. It’s amazing how good health and happiness can make such a difference in our appearances. :)


Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo December 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

You look gorgeous in that dinner pic! It’s a very pretty dress. I can’t wait for the hummus recipe; we made some over the Thanksgiving weekend, but I’m curious to see what yours has in it.


Cara Craves... December 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

It must be fun to be able to spread out your Christmas celebrations like that…
makes the season feel a lot longer.

Looking forward to the hummus recipe.


ronnie December 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Great looking food, Angela! And you two look lovely in your photos- so happy and glowing! I’m actually having a party for my mom’s b-day soon and was wondering what to make for dinner. Any ideas? I’d like to make something that we don’t usually have or haven’t had before, but I want to make sure I’m making something that someone will definately recommend to me. I’m trying to find dinner and dessert. Ahhhh! What would you say about your mac n cheese or cheryl’s spinach cheesy pasta you’d posted before? Anyway, nice to see you had a good time!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Id go with the mac n cheese…it’s delicious!


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! December 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I actually told my husband he’s not allowed to let me buy storebought hummus ever again! So far, it’s worked!


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I loooove your apron!


Anne Marie December 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Oh my goodness, I MISS TIM HORTONS! I’m from Buffalo, NY…this will be my first winter without TImmy Ho’s hot chocolate :( …until I go home to see my family! Great post, as always!


lindsay (goodiesgalore) December 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Damn girl, you look smoking in that black dress!


Lisa December 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Ok you, your mom, & sis look like the Barbie Christmas edition! So pretty.


stacey-healthylife December 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Eric looks so much healthier and happier 5 years later. You to look very healthy and happy together.


Stephie December 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm



Angela (Oh She Glows) December 4, 2010 at 9:35 am



Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Wow! Eric looks so much younger now! Go you two!!
Congrats on advancing to the next round in PFB!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Thanks for the heads-up, Stephie!)


Bronwyn Coyne December 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

OH so good. I really must try the vegan mac n cheese this christmas when I’m home. Hopefully the parents will want to eat some. heeheehee. :D


Andrea Bloomfield December 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Your pictures are amazing Angela ~ my family lives 12 hrs away in KY, USA and I can’t wait to spend some holiday time with them in a few weeks! I tried the mac & cheese and I think’ll I’ll double the recipe next time as well. Can’t wait to hear about your hummus recipe….one of my fave foods of all time!

PS – congrats on making it through to the next round in the Project Food Blog – I think you have a really good chance of winning – Good Luck!!!


[email protected] December 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

that mac and cheese looks amazing!!!!


Marina December 4, 2010 at 2:17 am

Everything looks so beautiful, and cozy! But you three girls are really stunning, and glowing with happiness!


Marie @ quarterlife quandary December 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

to echo everyone else- you are positively glowing with happiness- it’s so genuine and great to see! makes me so excited to go home over the holidays! :)


JL goes Vegan December 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

What a gorgeous holiday! I must try that mac and cheese. I’ve yet to make a vegan one (and love the idea of using the sauce over broccoli…which reminds me of a non-vegan broccoli casserole my mother used to make every holiday…maybe your cheese sauce can veganize it! Must try!


jen December 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

Beautiful pictures!!! Love the transformation from 2005 until now! You both look a lot happier :)



annelies December 4, 2010 at 7:08 am

What a feast! I especially loved you making vegan mac n cheese that outshined the regular. I too am a hummus fiend and find it’s so easy to make homemade (I like mine really lemony).


Casey Thomas December 4, 2010 at 7:50 am

Looks like you had a fabulous time! Hope the missing-the-family-blues pass soon!


Roz December 4, 2010 at 9:19 am

What wonderful photos. You and your husband do look healthier now. And Rudi? AWWWW!!!


Rachel (tea and chocolate) December 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

I love that kitty picture! Too much catnip, I guess. :) Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time.


Kim December 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm

So excited to try the hummus!

I have been baking a lot of your cookies lately (tis the season) and had a question. When it asks for maple syrup is there anything else that you could substitute for it? maybe honey?

I so love your recipes! They are great because they do not make a ton of food and simple to create. Thanks so much for making my life easier :)


Chelsea @ LoveBugBites December 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Love your christmas pictures!! they all look so beautiful. Hope you had a great time visiting with family, can’t wait till I get to visit mine!


Kim Dave December 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm

OMG I finally got to make the Vegan Mac & Cheese and it is beyond amazing! Everyone couldn’t believe there was not cheese in it. I realized I didn’t have any lemon when I came to that part so I used a little less lime and added some water and I couldn’t tell any difference. Yummy! Thanks for making such awesomeness!

I have also been making lots of your cookie for the holiday season. They are so fantastic. I did have a question. When it calls for Maple Syrup is there something else I could sub for it. Maybe honey or Agave Nectar?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

ususally honey or agave work as subs, although they will change the flavour a bit :)


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