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What I ate for Christmas

santa paws

This is Gangnam style.

This is Batman style.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope yours was as joyful and fun-filled as Batman’s. He spent the season barking his head off at the UPS man, basking in the extra attention lavished upon him, and chasing a toy train around and around and around our Christmas tree until he couldn’t run any more. Then he napped quite a bit.

My Christmas was also wonderful, but I feel like it’s been forever since my last post, and I’ve missed it!


We attended a bigger party a few days before, so the actual night before Christmas was just a quiet dinner at my parents’ house… on very classy snowman dishes.  I tried something new and it happily turned out magnificently: a lentil dish loaded with fresh vegetables and spices, perfect for a wintery night. (Recipe coming soon.)

Along with the lentils: roasted sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and cinnamon, steamed green beans, roasted pecans, and two slices of homemade cornbread. Since I’m the only vegetarian in the family, everyone else ate ham and gravy for their main course, but we shared the side dishes.

For the bread, I used this cornbread recipe.

It’s my favorite!

christmas dinner

Dessert was eaten later, while watching It’s a Wonderful Life. I had two of all the vegan options; I like even numbers!

vegan cookies

The cookies: Mexican wedding or snowball cookies, chocolate-chip cookie bars from a recipe going in my cookbook, and two Chocolate-Chip Brownie Cookies.

Christmas Day began with an early-morning run through absolutely beautiful 65-degree sunshiney weather… Oh wait. No, Christmas morning began at 2am with giant thunder clashes that shook the house, terrified Henry, and didn’t stop until noon. Then, the thunder and rain magically transformed into this:

snow in texas

texas snow  dallas snow

A white Christmas in Texas Smile.

We received about an inch of snow (our first snowfall of the season). Not enough to be a nuisance… just enough to look beautiful for Christmas.

Also looking beautiful on Christmas:

dear santa

Batman got a new sweater to keep him warm. It’s quite appropriate for him!

Link of the Day:

………..Pumpkin Frappuccinos

Published on December 27, 2012

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  1. Joy @ Caspara says

    That last picture is so adorable!! Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!
    We haven’t had snow yet where I live, but it’s been raining and in the upper thirties/ low forties for days and days. Ah, the Pacific Northwest!

  2. Eating 4 Balance says

    Everything looks great! Mexican wedding cookies are my FAVORITE 🙂 And I can’t wait to see the recipe for those chocolate chip cookie bars in your cookbook! When are we getting an update on that? Like, publisher, publishing date, etc. So excited to hear more about it.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health says

    I was so excited for white Christmas in Dallas. So unexpected but pretty! I am looking forward for the lentil soup recipe to keep me warm. I had a wonderful time with my boyfriend and I am glad that you had a great one too 🙂 i like the idea of eating two of each dessert.

  4. petrina says

    I think everyone got snow but us here in Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana. Oh well! Your pictures are beautiful! Your lentil dish looks yummy, can’t wait for the recipe! Lentils are one of my favorite foods.

  5. Andie says

    Looks like you had an amazing Christmas! Your dogs are adorable, and remind me of the new shelter puppy our family just got as a Christmas present! Your photos are spectacular….can’t wait for the cookbook!!

  6. Karen says

    SO…MUCH…CUTENESS, I can’t stand it!!! And yumminess – and a beautiful place…what’s not to adore??? 😀 Blessed Holidaze, sweetie!

  7. Julia says

    OMG! Cookie dough bars sound like heaven! That cookbook needs to come SERIOUSLY FAST!!! 😉 Like seriously I am DYING without it!! Especially the 100 calorie cinnamon rolls! Hurry lol! I’m soo excited I will pay anything for it! 😀

  8. Shay says

    Your dog is sooo adorable!!!!! 🙂
    Just out of curioustiy, have ever accidentially eaten something non vegan , Katie?
    Happy (early) new years!!!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yeah, a few times it’s happened. It’s no fun… but I’m vegan first and foremost for ethical reasons, so thankfully I’m not going to get sick (more than just a stomache ache from my body not being used to dairy for so long) from accidentally consuming an animal product.

  9. Samantha says

    I NEED that sweater for Nim. Off to look for Doberman sizes. Curses. That would have been so appropriate this year.

    I look forward to your lentils recipe. It looks like you had a peaceful holiday.

  10. Laura says

    I was excited for the cookbook before, but those cookie bars have made me REALLY excited for it! Are the Mexican wedding cookies going in the cookbook as well?

  11. Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit says

    LOL I LOVE Batman’s sweater! 😀 So cute. I’m hoping to get a little puppy this year and I can’t wait to dress him up in cute little sweaters like that.

  12. Kit-Kat says

    I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas!!! Batman looks so cute in his new sweater!!

    BTW: My family watches “It’s a Wonderful Life” every year before we go to Christmas Mass at midnight. It’s a tradition that we love to keep 😉

  13. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur says

    Your lentil dish look delicious, I can’t wait for the recipe! Your dinner looks just like what I have most nights, especially the sweet potatoes. Batman looks absolutely adorable, by the way!

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  15. Kay says

    Yum! Can’t wait for your lentil dish recipe. It looks delicious! Batman looks so adorable in his Santa hat and his new sweater. Didn’t Henry get a sweater or hat?? He must be jealous! LOL! Have a Happy New Year! Can’t wait for a new year of great recipes.

  16. Vicki says

    Food looks good and the snow looks wonderful, I miss snow! Your dogs are cute, the one with lots of white is absolutely adorable!! You told us what Batman got for Christmas, what did the other one get?

      • Vicki says

        My dog doesn’t like sweaters or bones. She’ll tug at a sweater the whole time it’s on, and won’t even look at a bone. She also only likes one toy, will NOT play with any of the others we’ve bought her. Picky eater too, I’ve finally given up and only give her meat from the deli etc. She’s a very hard to please dog!! But I love her SO much!!

  17. Betty says

    Would love to make the cornbread but am allergic to apples. Any suggestions for what I can sub for applesauce?? I’m allergic to all fruits except bananas :(. Happy New Year!!!

  18. Sarah @ SummertimeDaffodily says

    Hey Katie! I just wanted to send a quick thank you for your recipes. This Christmas, I made your pumpkin bars, which impressed my future mother-in-law (thank you!!!), and a batch of your banana doughnuts that my mom and I systematically nibble at so we don’t run out too soon! haha

    You are such a blessing, and I pray that you continue to have a wonderful break with your family. From our family to yours, merry Christmas! 🙂

  19. Sally - only gluten free baking says

    I’m so jealous you had some snow on Christmas, I haven’t had that since I was a child living in England. Here in Australia it reached about 38C I think that’s nearly 100F, so these days Christmas is all about cooling down in the pool. Your vegan desserts looked fantastic as usual. Have a Happy New Year I can’t wait to read your 2013 blog posts.

  20. Tami says

    This lentil dish looks wonderful! Can’t wait for the recipe 😉
    You must be close to me, we had the same snow for Christmas. I am in North Fort Worth.

    Glad you had a nice Christmas.

  21. Kelley says

    Katie, wanted to tell you that I made your peanut butter pie recipe with a gluten free pie crust for Christmas dinner dessert and it was a HUGE hit. Thank you!

  22. Christina says

    What a wonderful Christmas dinner!!! On another note, when do you expect your cookbook to be out? I am so excited to buy one (or 3)!

  23. Jennifer says

    OMG! Your dogs are sooooo cute! I have a Chi named Paco 🙂
    I also have 2 other dogs and 2 cats!
    I love your blog and your pics!!!! Awesome place you have here!

  24. Erika says

    What a fantastic Christmas weather result! And amazing-sounding Christmas meal. Thanks for the reminder–I’ve been wanting to try your cornbread for so long! And I recently got spelt flour, so I will be trying your brownie cookies soon!

  25. Cazz says

    Oh I can’t stop looking at the first picture of Batman. My little spike looks exactly like that. In fact I would swear that was him.

    So adorable

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