Thursday, December 12, 2013

January Jeans 2014: Beautiful Fruit and Veggie Holiday Treats (and Christmas cleaning)

Here was an inspiring healthy fruit basket I saw that is being sold in Internet:



Wow...That is pretty, inviting, and I already have a basket and can probably find a ribbon or get one at the dollar store. I can't wait for the perfect oranges and grapefruits of the Christmas season. Really, even the cheap bows, curling ribbon, plastic holly and ivy, and velvet poinsettias would work :D

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We should spend just as much time making our fruits and veggies look special as the high calorie treats. 

I'm also laying out an assortment of teas (spiced apple chai, green tea with lemon, berry) and cocoas (regular cocoa, mint, and mocha) on a decorative plate over the microwave. They are a great alternative to high calorie treats.

Other than that: I've made a Christmas cleaning schedule to make sure everything is cleaned and decorated by December 19th, when middle daughter comes home from school. This way, I can do dusting of doors, radiators, ceiling fans, and windows, washing of window panes and molding, and hand-scrubbing of floors and related cleaning ahead of time. I'm over halfway done with the worst tasks. Cleaning schedules equal less stress.

What do *you* think? Are you planning to make your fruits and veggies beautiful for the holidays? How's your holiday cleaning going? As usual, add your own ideas. I'm sure they're great and I'd like to hear them.

Have a lovely day!

:-) Marion

27 comments:

  1. The fruit tree looks amazing. I am bringing a fruit tray for Christmas day but who knows I just may get ambitious and attempt to make a tree of fruit. At this time of year I look forwards to clementines. I still haven't found a good batch yet but maybe I will on my next shopping trip

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    1. Hi Katrin, I honestly don't think the fruit tree would be that hard. I'm guessing that there is one of those floral styrofoam cone shapes under there and the fruit is tooth-picked on. What was sort of exciting to me is that I could make these and be successful at it. (vs. frosting cookies in fancy designs). :D

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  2. Love the looks of these! I know that if I take time to arrange a nice plate of veggies and/or fruit, I will eat so much more of it than when it's just stuffed in the fridge!

    Hope you're well Marion!

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    1. Hi Maren, I've really been working on keeping veggies and/or fruit on the kitchen countertop so that it is the first thing I think of when I want a snack. It's just in white bowls though, I could do better. :D

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  3. Such wonderful ideas. It is amazing how I automatically think of sweets and such for holidays. This is definitely a nice change. I am going to try to make the brocolli tree, seems simple enough. Thanks for the ideas
    Hope your day goes well

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    1. Hi Anna Marie, Yes, that broccoli tree looks easy! And I was thinking of other red, green, and yellow veggies that could be added to the tree. Basically it's the shape of the tree that seems to matter. We could soooo do this! :D

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  4. I could see doing the veggies on the side like a christmas tree, but the tree standing one looks like an edible game of jenga! :) And I'm behind on everything. EVERYTHING. Yeesh!

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    1. Hi Kyra, Well, I just read on your blog that you're going to miss a week of cleaning. I'd probably have to close some door if that happened.

      Have a great time on your vacation. :D

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  5. I love that last veggie tree! GREAT ideas!

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    1. Hi Gwen, Yes, that last one is a true wonder. I'm thinking that it would be fairly easy to make on of those, since we have a photo. Or not...However, given the microchondria and dna beading I've seen pinned on styrofoam by my kids for science projects, I thin, these trees are very doable. :D

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  6. The fruit and veggie trees look wonderful!

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    1. Hi Laura, yes, and probably easier to make than cookies, I think...and less grueling. :D

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  7. I keep promising myself to get ALL the tile floors cleaned and get the Christmas tree up. My deadline is this weekend. Honestly, when that is done, I'll feel like I have accomplished a LOT. :)

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    1. Hi Caron, I have a super long list of stuff to clean for a very big house. So I totally agree--it will be a HUGE accomplishment. And it will be so good to be fresh and tidy for Christmas. :D

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  8. It's summer here in Australia! My sister-in-law put out a beautiful fruit platter for breakfast when I was there last weekend. Mango cheeks, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, melon, pineapple. Drool while you shiver there in the northern hemisphere!

    Seriously though, have a lovely Christmas with your pears and oranges.

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    1. Hi Natalie! Well, believe it or not, we have all of those fruits available year round, despite it being 4 degrees F this morning. I have 2 pineapples on the kitchen counter top right now. I think that the oranges and grapefruits are perfect around Christmas, but a pineapple has an interesting top to decorate. Our strawberries and mangoes are definitely not as good in the winter. I can't even imagine what cherries would cost in December. I think that many of us in the U.S. love being seasonal for our fruit. This is the citrus season--just starting. Can't wait! Seriously! During December and January, we'll buy about 16 pounds of oranges per week for our home. Many ruby red grapefruit too.

      However, I am so jealous of warm weather that you have for Christmas. I currently have two t-shirts under a very thick sweatshirt, along with 2 layers of socks. Normally, at this time in December, it's quite a bit warmer in Wisconsin. :D

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    2. Actually when we head into winter I love the citrus too! For a little while I lived surrounded by orange orchards and the neighbours were happy for me to have as many as I could eat - which was quite a few! Fantastic when they are fresh. Grapefruit straight from the tree, too, are nothing like what you get from the shops. Every season has its wonderful fruit. Except I always think spring is a bit thin, which is why I am revelling so much in the summer fruit now.

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  9. The veggie tree is such a great idea! I always try to make my veggies look pretty. Pretty food just tastes better! :)

    I've been cleaning a lot and am almost done. A clean and organized house makes me feel so much better... :)

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    1. Hi Andrea, I've always admired how you present your food. It's so true that appealing food tastes better. Also, if healthy food is attractive, it often passes the first impression test of more fussy eaters.

      I'm also nearly done, but will wait to wash all of the sheets/blankets until the day before my daughter arrives, and a few other tail end things. And I need to set out the cranberry frost hand soap, and stuff like that. :D

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  10. By now I usually have house decorated, gifts purchased and fridge on high alert.

    Not this year. This is my year to unplug and redefine my Christmas Insanity/Spirit. I will finish cleaning this weekend. Decorate on Sunday and Monday and do all my shopping on the Internet.

    I am going to make a fruit basket and if I do a veggie tree I will send photos. Last year we did a foam Gingerbread house.

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  11. The tree on the white plate looks doable to this non-artsy cook. I'll keep that idea tucked away as a possible item to take to the family Christmas dinner.

    We splurged this year (fundraiser for our cousin's cousin) and bought a box of juice oranges. They are so good and much better than the boxed version. Citrus is so tasty this time of year and I'm thankful.

    Sounds like your house is all ready to go Marion. After Thanksgiving we rearranged the living room for optimal space for my yoga and dance video game. We made a cozy reading and board game/puzzle section for quiet contemplation. We rented a shampooer and did our carpeting last weekend. I cleaned the oven and kitchen counters this week. We have the teen nephews this weekend--after they go home I'll do a good deep cleaning. The winter sun is showing streaks on the window glass and dust on the bookshelves.

    I'm thinking of going to more natural cleaning products (making my own) and next week will be a good time to research the idea. I checked out some classical music pieces from the library and am looking forward to listening and cleaning.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for the veggie inspirations!

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  12. That gift basket would make a lovely gift for my boss. He's turned Paleo! I'm gonna copy. Thanks for the idea Marion:)

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  13. Thanks for the great inspiration with the beautiful fruit and veggie platters! I am in charge of a veggie platter for Christmas eve at my mother-in-law's, so this is perfect timing for me.

    Good luck with all your cleaning - I'm just trying to keep up with the basics right now, but since we don't have any company coming that's okay.

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  14. I've been looking at ideas like that for the things to serve when people come over for a visit. Such great variations!

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  15. That's pretty! Such a good idea! Colorful and fun foods are appealing!

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  16. Just beautiful Marion!

    My dad's wife did her own version of a veggie appetizer tray for thanksgiving. Visit my blog for photos. I think I need to send her the ones you posted!

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