Last Four Standing

December 24, 2011


This really was such a neat day!! Our customers came in flocks this morning and then thinned out by afternoon and by 4pm it was a ghost land – time to close! I really did feel like the end of college exams – saying goodbye for a month of Christmas Break freshman year! “See you next year!”

[Go, Alex, Go!]


It took us a looooooong time to get everything all cleaned and tidy for a week off – including removing all things perishable AND packaging up everything that was left for donation.


Our last stop of the night was a visit to the local food bank where we took two HUGE bins of leftover loaves of bread, treecakes, cookie packs, tons of rolls and seven pecan pies. So glad we were able to help out in this way.

Not a crumb to be found!


Once we were back home, we ventured across the street to take our neighbors a big box of sweets. We have the most darling family as neighbors!! They invited us in for snacks and drinks while their kids had dinner and prepped for Santa’s arrival. It certainly made our Christmas Eve more special.

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We had mackerel (which was like a giant sardine – loved it!) on crackers, a taste of gluten-free sweet potato muffins and guac made with fresh ginger and lime juice that I must recreate!

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Back at home, we were thrilled to hear Seamane and Rob were coming over for more socializing – and bringing homebrews! I set out some snacks to nibble on – Matt and I weren’t really all that hungry for a big dinner. Christmas Eve is a time to nibble anyways!


We sipped homebrews and some kombucha


And ended the night with this HILARIOUS You Tube video and Seamane’s homemade almond-raspberry macarons, which tasted just like wedding cake in a cookie!



And Matt in his ‘kerchief, and I in my cap – say goodnight!


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1 Sana December 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

:) I hope everyone at the food bank appreciates the lovely treats you brought them!


2 Kris December 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Now all we need is a picture of Matt in his kerchief, and you and your cap, settling in for a long winter’s night. Merry Christmas to you!


3 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Just finished wrapping the boys Christmas gifts…checked out your blog…had a good laugh over the You Tube video…love you donate your baked goods…retiring now to a night cap before bed …Merry Christmas!


4 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

How great you were able to deliver all the perishable goodies to the food bank. And the guac sounds great. Look forward to your recreation of it.

Tell Alex he has a great game face for ur blog posts. Lol.
And yay for neighbors! Its just about Christmas time for you, huh?

Merry Christmas to u all!


5 Alex Groff December 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thank you! I try to keep a game face on at all times!


6 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Sounds like a fun night! Those macaroons look amazing!!


7 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

enjoy a much deserved week off!

merry christmas, kath :)


8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 24, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love that you bring the extra bread and sweets to the food bank. :)

And after seeing that orange, my mouth is watering for one. Good thing there’s one waiting for me for breakfast in the morning. :)


9 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl December 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Merry Christmas Kath!!

Have a wonderful vacation!


10 Faith December 24, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Yay for vacation!! Wishing you and Matt a wonderful Christmas, Kath!


11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I can’t believe you posted…you are dedicated! Thank you for that, too!

“Seamane’s homemade almond-raspberry macarons, which tasted just like wedding cake in a cookie!” <– My grandma made these sandwich cookies with raspberry in the middle that was like a dainty, delicate dough on the outside…they were so fussy and hard to make and I could gobble a dozen like nobody's business as a kid. I would love to sink my teeth into one of Seamane's creations. She always has the best stuff!


12 Mom December 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

So glad it went well. We miss you!

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone!


13 Lee December 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Oh, the maple kind, yeah? yeah?


14 Angel7 December 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Glad you had a prosperous day at the bakery, and cheers to a prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas, Kath!


15 Becky O'Brien December 25, 2011 at 12:10 am

Merry Christmas! Amazing success you have enjoyed – Congratulations!


16 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

Ha! Love talking dogs!!!


17 Khushboo December 25, 2011 at 12:51 am

Have a great, and well-deserved break!


18 Elisabeth December 25, 2011 at 5:35 am

Looks like you had a splendid day at the bakery & a great ending to your first Holiday season as Bakery owners – congratulations! Merry Christmas to both of you & your families and I hope that you get to thoroughly enjoy your week off from the bakery :)


19 Lindsay December 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

Merry Christmas to you!! We celebrated the day already here in S. Korea~ So we know the future looks bright for all our stateside friends:) Have an awesome and blessed Christmas!!


20 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 25, 2011 at 7:09 am

I love that you guys give back to your community in ways such as donating your leftovers to the food bank. Awesome! Looks like you had an unexpected but festive and fun Christmas Eve. Enjoy your time off and Merry Christmas! :) As always, love reading.


21 Simply Life December 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

I bet it will be a nice feeling to have the whole week off! Merry Christmas!


22 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

Thos cookies sound wonderful. How nice of you to donate so much to the food bank. I’m sure it was appreciated. Merry Christmas!


23 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 25, 2011 at 9:27 am

What a great Christmas Eve feast!


24 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

Merry Christmas!!


25 Brittany December 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

Merry Christmas you both! Have a wonderful vacay!


26 Cait's Plate December 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

Merry Christmas Eve!! I’m so glad it was such a successful day at the bakery!


27 Meagan December 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Have you ever thought about Matt setting up a kombucha continuous brew??


28 KathEats December 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Yeah, but I think he’s worried about contamination


29 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

That’s so sweet of you guys to donate your leftovers to the food bank! I’m sure that helped to make Christmas extra special for those who needed it! :)


30 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

Sounds like a great holiday! Vacation sounds a bit dreamy about now :) Enjoy!


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