Christmas, Scones, and New Year’s Resolutions

I hope all of you who celebrate had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a lovely time visiting with relatives and feasting on wonderful food.  I contributed some sauteed kale with dried cranberries (red and green, of course!), homemade cranberry sauce with apples, a tofu swiss chard quiche, and my homestyle vegan pumpkin pie.

I was going to make Mama Pea’s Silk Nog scones for breakfast on Christmas morning, but I decided to relax instead.  🙂  I couldn’t resist making them today, though.  (pictured above.)  They are delicious, so go check out her recipe, and her beautiful blog!  I hear she even has a cookbook in the works.

My husband gave me a light box for taking photos this year!  I am so excited about this gift because my photos always turn out so dark and drab during the winter.  I love to photograph my food outdoors, but often by the time I have made dinner, it is already dark out this time of year.  I gave it a test run this afternoon with my scones.  It is amazing what a difference lighting can make!   And I learned something new today – don’t use the flash!  Look at how washed out these scones look when I had the flash on my camera:

washed out photo with flash

My camera is nothing fancy – no big lens, and I’ll be the first to admit that I am not much of a photographer.  I don’t even know how to work with the features of our small digital camera, and I confess that I set it to “easy” to snap my photos.  Really!  This year I will be having a little more fun with my food photos…and maybe I’ll even learn to tweak the settings on our camera!

My mom gave me another great gift…the Klutz book of Knitting!  I am so excited about this.  This weekend I have already learned to cast on, knit, and purl, and I’m attempting a little purse now!  Who knew knitting could be so much fun?  I have visions of homemade scarves, hats, and maybe even sweaters in my future…

Now that Christmas is behind us, we can move on to thinking about New Year’s…and those dreaded New Year’s Resolutions!  I have an idea.  Instead of taking on something daunting and boring like losing weight or flossing every day (not that there’s anything wrong with those), why not resolve to learn something new?  Take up a new hobby, hone a skill?

So far I have a few ideas:

1.)  Learn to knit

2.)  Become a better photographer

3.)  Get involved in music and theater again!

Looks like I have a head start on numbers 1 and 2, and I’ve already signed up for an evening acting class next month!

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

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  1. Your picture caught my eye. I’ve been whining for a photo box since winter hit; my kitchen is on the dark side all year long. The Pacific Northwest, what can you do?!

    My resolution every year: “Be happy & be content.” If I happen to lose some weight along the way, bonus! I already floss every day (boring, I know).

    Happy New Year!

    1. Good for you on the flossing, I am so not consistent with it. It’s one of my resolutions every. single. year. I’m probably also doing the whole get in shape thing. I tend to be that person with 10 items on their New Year’s Resolution list!

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