Simple Holiday Decorating

I love every holiday and I love decorating my house to reflect that holiday but this year has been really difficult with all the time that I have spent away either on a trip or in the office. It isn’t getting better for me anytime soon. But I don’t want to pass up any more holidays this year and not decorate so I have been in search of very simple and quick ideas to help me feel more like me during the holidays.

Here are 5 ideas to help spur you along down a simpler path as well.

Not Your Usual Sweets

It is that time of year again when everyone turns on their ovens and starts baking. This year for me is a little different. I have actually given up sugar . . .actually even more then that, I have given up sugar, sweeteners of any kind, and any food that tastes sweet. I am not sure if or when I might incorporate somethings back into my diet but it won’t be for awhile.

In the meantime, I was thinking about everyone else with this post. Sometimes that greatest step we can make for ourselves is making the smallest change. Consider baking this year but using different flours, different sweeteners, or adding veggies to the mix. You never know but you might end up with something new you like.

So here are 5 recipes to get you thinking outside of the box.

  1. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Coconut Macadamia Bars
  3. Healthy Chocolate Donuts
  4. Deep Dish Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies
  5. Homemade Healthy Tagalongs

Destination: Tacoma

Another work destination had me located in Tacoma for a few days. It was nice spending some time getting to know a place that I usually drive through to other locations. There was a lot of fun things to see and do while I was there and while I have posted before about the Museums, this time I found myself exploring another area. Here are 5 new things that I found that I would go back to in a heartbeat.

  1. Cook’s Tavern
  2. University of Puget Sound
  3. Hotel Murano  
  4. Old Town Tacoma
  5. Boathouse 19