No- Spend Christmas Challenge

Yeah, I know, old meme. We’re over it. I don’t even watch that show.

Why am I so excited for Christmas this year? Because I have a plan.

I’m planning on spending zero money on gifts this year. (Not counting the money I had previously spent on craft supplies.

I know, I know, I can practically hear your responses.

“WHAT? Your POOR children will be SO DEPRIVED!” etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

Nope. Because I am going to make all their presents. I’m planning on having my husband help out a little, but… yeah.

Why, you ask? Because I think I can. I’m reasonably crafty. I only have 2 kids. And goodness knows that Christmas could be horrifically expensive. Or, practically free. We already have all the decorations from last year, but I’ll be making a bunch of amazing Christmas crafts pretty much weekly counting down to Christmas, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring some holiday magic this year.

This picture of Robbie and our pet bunny from last Christmas seemed to fit.

A no-spend Christmas?!?!
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Kale Pesto

This Post is written by Samuel, Bonnie’s husband

Today I wanted to give a quick share of a great recipe for kale pesto pizza and help you overcome its one flaw: it isn’t clear how much kale to use. the recipe is found at:

As shown below, I made the pesto last night.

Unfortunately, the recipe says “3 cups packed kale.” I could lightly pack it, and not get enough, or I could really pack it and get 3 times as much. The correct level of packing is probably somewhere in the middle, but I decided that you needed a picture of how much greens I used.

As you can see I also used Spinach. This turned out to be about the right amount of greens, but maybe a little bit excessive.

I’ve made this pesto a few times. The pizza is phenomenal. The pesto was not bad with pasta, but I was disappointed remembering how good the pizza was.

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Recipe Review-Vegan Tahini Mushroom Sauce

This post is written by Samuel, Bonnie’s husband has a recipe for Tahini Mushroom Sauce that we highly recommend with 2 caveats. The link is

Rich and Creamy Tahini Mushroom Sauce over Penne #vegan #lovingitvegan

First, we found it too salty. It calls for soy sauce, and we plan to try it with less next time. We may do a follow up post if we figure out how to get the goodness of the recipe without so much salt, but we only tried it twice, and the first time we only loosely followed the recipe and hoped that the saltiness was because of poor measurement. We discovered the second time that the recipe is just too salty for us.

Second, it needs some lemon. This is very easy to fix. We put it on individual servings, but I estimate 1-1½ Tablespoons would be perfect.

All in all, we really enjoyed it over noodles even with our complaint about the saltiness.

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