Monday, January 30, 2012

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 43

A few months ago during week 32 of our plastic tally, plastic toothbrushes were the item du jour that we gave up. I was convinced that if this family could do it, we could too. I looked into all kinds of options from tooth powders to chew sticks, but none of the suggested plastic free options seemed do-able for us. I have sensitive teeth, so anything terribly abrasive is generally out and we don't have a whole lot of options here in PG as far as shopping goes. After giving up the item, then realizing that I couldn't find an alternative I kind of got scared.

Then I found The Green Sheep.

This online store carries The Environmental Toothbrush, as used by Bea and her family. And it's home based out of PG- Score! I stopped by her house to pick up my order this week

1. Packaging from a bottle of scotch
2. Lululemon Fedex bag
3. Lululemon product bag
4. Tag from new Lululemon item
5. Chocolate wrapper
6. Seal to bottle of vitamins
7. Bandaid wrappers
8. Mayo jar lid
9. 2 Booze (glass) bottle lids
10. Salad tub
11. Wrapping around 4 pack of pasta sauce
12. 2 Toothbrushes
13. Protein powder jug

Yep, that's right... I forgot to take a picture before I tossed these items (and probably others, unaccounted for). I know it wasn't a "heavy" week this week, but there's definitely things missing from this list. Sorry. 

In other news, whatever happened to mayo jars a)being glass, and b)having a metal lid? I seem to recall a distinct sound from the Miracle Whip jar when I opened it as a child!

Spicy Chicken & Mushroom Lasagna with Goat's Milk Ricotta

A little over a year ago Mr.C decided that dairy wasn't an option in his diet any longer, and it's been gone since. That is until he tried goat's milk and realized that he didn't react the same way to it as he did to cows dairy. A lifesaver if you ask him... but nonetheless there are still lots of things we used to eat that we don't so much anymore as a result. For example, it's been some time since I made lasagna...

Actually that's not true. We tried this 9 layer lasagna a few months ago, and it was okay. I'm not sure I'd make it again though as the prep was fairly extensive given the end result. I used to make 2 or 3 lasagnas at a time a few times a year before, and with the snowy weather we've been having these past few days we're both finding that comfort food is just what the doctor ordered.

When I was growing up, my mom made lasagna similar to how I used to make mine. Layers of tomato & meat sauce, layers of spinach with parmesan & cottage cheese, and layers of shredded mozzarella (and noodles of course!) alternating. Exchange the noodles for gluten free, the mozza for daiya & the cottage cheese for.... ricotta and it's pretty close! I went to our health food store yesterday and bought seven liters of goat's milk. We usually get one a week...

And so, we made ricotta.


This was actually WAY easier than I ever could have thought possible. Ricotta isn't something that I normally buy, but based on the simple fact that I now know how to make it myself, I'll probably start using it more often! This was definitely the first time I actually used cheesecloth to make cheese- who knew?


To make the Ricotta you'll need:

2.5+ liters milk of choice (non-dairy probably isn't going to work, sorry)
1-2 tbsp white vinegar
large pot
measuring cups & spoons
strainer & bowl for underneath

Read this which was based off of this. Remember, this is not difficult!

If it doesn't work the first time, try it again. Using the teaspoon of vinegar suggested in the first link, ours didn't curdle. We added everything back into the pot along with an additional tablespoon of vinegar and it went smoothly the second time around. Don't dump your milk if you fail the first time!

What's left over (whey) is very nutritious and can be used in a multitude of recipes (but doesn't taste very good on its own!)

This fantastic lasagna was based on this recipe.

2 cups crumbled goats milk ricotta
3+ cloves fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
1 lb chicken sausage meat
1 jar pasta sauce of choice
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 cup "mozzarella" daiya
1 box gluten free lasagna noodles

While in Calgary over Christmas last month, we stopped by the new Calgary Farmers Market to visit The Missing Link Sausage Co. I had placed an order via email, so it was ready to pick up when we got there. Words don't do justice describing the product that they sell, so you're just going to have to go try it. We used "King & Thai" sausage meat in our lasagna.

In a medium sized bowl, mix ricotta with garlic, salt & pepper. Set aside.

Slice mushrooms into a small bowl & set aside. Note: you may saute these if you wish depending on your texture preference. I think the next time we make this we will cook them beforehand for a softer texture.

In a frying pan over medium heat, crumble sausage meat stirring frequently & breaking into small bits. Cook thoroughly.

While the sausage is cooking, boil a large pot of water for the lasagna noodles. Cook until al dente, about 10 minutes (depending on brand).

To assemble:

Spread 1/4 cup pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9"x13" "lasagna pan".

Place 3 noodles in the pan to make the first layer.

To the best of your abilities, "spread" 1/3 of ricotta over noodles. This is definitely a hands-on layer. We found it easiest to have one person deal with the cheese and one person do the rest. If you have a helper, take advantage!

Next sprinkle 1/3 of mushrooms, 1/3 of sausage and 1/3 of goat cheese. Repeat these layers (sauce, noodles, ricotta, mushrooms, sausage, goat cheese) until fillings are used up.

Top with remaining sauce, then with daiya.

Cover loosely with foil & bake at 350F, checking after 30 minutes. If your ricotta is still warm when you are using it in the dish, or if you have cooked the mushrooms the cooking time will be less than if these are cold. 40 minutes should do it otherwise. Take the foil off for the last few minutes of cooking to allow the daiya to melt.

Let stand 10 minutes if you can help yourself. It will be much easier to handle if you do.

Check out more allergy friendly recipes at this week's Allergy Free Wednesdays Bloghop!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bitlet's For You This Past Week: Jan 23-29, 2012

Misconceptions about the word "Diet"...
Fuel on the fire of Why Not To Support Vaccination.  I know what I'll be doing when I have my own kids...

Another mainstream gluten free article- love it! Maybe one day kids wont be allowed to bring gluten containing foods to school, just like most schools are peanut-free now?

A few sneaky places gluten can be hiding. I checked my mustard powder, and it's okay.

Oh great... Thanks for nothing Monsanto.

There are many known evils regarding soft drink consumption, but guess what: "Sports Drinks" aren't any better. What do you know about bromine?

Need some help getting more veggies into your life?

This is pretty much how I feel about Weight Watchers too.

Find Food... near you!

How to say "no" to "normal food" in social situations... whatever your reason may be.

Why to avoid "as seen on tv" in real life.

This makes me rethink where my groceries are going to live when I bring them home on Saturday.

Why "just one bite" isn't okay.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 42

Last week we reached our goal of 20 items, but sadly the success was short lived. We reached 20 items a mere two days into our week this time. Largely due to a big house cleaning day last Sunday. The forecast was extremely disgusting, so there wasn't a whole lot of outside the house activity aside from the required attendance of school & work. We did do some downsizing (as we often do) and filled yet another box for donation. It's not only our no longer needed plastic items that go however. We donate a lot of clothing & household items as well.

A lot of the time the higher than desired numbers on our weekly plastic tallies are due not only to consumables, but to other items we already have in the house. Last Sunday I also made a pot of veggie stock while we were cleaning & reorganizing. I use (yes, plastic!) containers that are 1.5 or 2 cups in size to freeze measured amounts of stock in for convenient use. First reduce your usage, then reuse, then recycle. Some of these containers are from Community Natural Foods, which is located in Calgary (where we haven't lived in 2.5 years!). Sure the lids are beginning to chip, but they were designed for bulk nuts & seeds not frozen liquids. I'll do the best I can with what I have!

As you go about your day to day cooking, instead of composting or throwing away things like onion skins, garlic trimmings, green bean ends etc toss them in a container in the freezer. I find that two freezer bags full of veggie scraps (throw chicken skin & bones as well as seafood shells in too!) fits into my stock pot well. You can buy bones from your butcher or fishmonger to make beef or fish stock, but veggies are just fine too! Fill the pot (leave room so it doesn't boil over) with water and add sea salt, peppercorns and any other herbs & spices you like or have on hand. I usually include basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, sage, coriander & a few bay leaves. Boil for at least an hour and strain through a fine mesh sieve into containers (leave room for expansion in the freezer). You can use this easily in recipes such as Rainy Day Potato Leek Soup, Curry Lentil Soup, Prawn Green Curry Soup, Coq au Vin, or (our new favorite) Fire Pot Soup!

In the meantime, here's the plastic junk we got rid of this week:

1. Chocolate wrappers leftover from Christmas
2. 2 Expired/Emptied vitamin bottles
3. 2 Seals from new vitamin bottles
4. Goji berry bag
5. Allspice pouch
6. 2 Pieces tape
7. Gasline antifreeze bottle
8. Wine glass stickies package
9. Makeup tube
10. Lid to glass liqueur bottle
11. Sesame seed pouch
12. Stickers on fruit
13. Pull tab from carton of chicken stock
14. Pull tab from carton of tomato soup
15. Pull tab from carton of almond milk
16. 2 Cheese packages
17. Keytag card
18. Garbage bag (not shown)
19. Curry paste (glass) jar seal
20. Healthy Top carton
21. Lid & seal to liquid calcium bottle
22. Daiya bag
23. 3 Christmas giftcards
24. Jar of face cream
25. Melted Ziploc bag- oops
26. Seal from glass peanut butter jar
27. 2 Bread bags
28. Salad tub
29. Pasta bag
30. Mustard bottle
31. Bandaid wrapper

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 41

Maybe some of you have made an environmental effort part of your New Years resolution this year? Maybe you've committed to reducing the amount of plastic you are "throwing" back at mother nature this year... Maybe I can help?

While plastic consumption is different in everyone's house, some things I think would have the biggest impact for most would be:

-Milk/Juice/Beverage Containers: We buy goat milk in returnable glass bottles, and don't buy other plastic containers. Juice isn't generally consumed in our home (nor does it really need to be for that matter)
-Produce: Does that head of lettuce really need to go in a bag? I don't use the thin plastic produce bags at the grocery store. If I'm buying something like Brussels sprouts I'll maybe put them in a cloth bag that I've brought along, or a paper mushroom bag if I haven't. Otherwise, most things really don't require a bag.
-Meat: We bring our own containers to RogersAnchors on the weekends, but we don't eat very much of it anyways. October Farms sells their ground bison at the Farmers Market, wrapped in butchers paper as well.
-Bulk Bins: Invest in some cloth bags & take advantage of the variety of items available without packaging, often at discounted prices.
-Prepared Foods: Just don't. For the sake of your health, gravitate towards a whole foods diet.

Here's what ended up in our plastic pile this week:

1. Protein container
2. Stickers on fruit
3. 2 Mysterious unknown bags
4. Green bean bag
5. Pump bottle of bunny water additive
6. Chocolate wrappers
7. Salt shaker
8. Styrofoam from ice cream maker (Christmas gift)
9. Bison stew meat package
10. Kale chip bag
11. 2 Daiya bags
12. Bread bag
13. Tea canister lid
14. Bandaids & wrappers
15. Fedex bag
16. 2 Lululemon garment bags
17. Chopstick wrapper (is this really necessary?!?)
18. Goat yogurt container
19. Emergen-C packet
20. 2 Clothing tags

Were aiming to keep our weekly tally under 20 items, and it looks like we cut it just close enough this week! Constant small changes add up & make a difference!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bitlets For You This Past Week: Jan 08-15, 2012

 This guy says wheat is best avoided by everyone these days. I kind of agree...

More on GMO's, and how they change us at beyond the cellular level.

Sometimes simple and right are the best way: Best Food Film 2011 by The Chef’s Directory

One in two people will have cancer within your lifetime. That means there's a 50% chance it's gonna be you. Here's the good news: You have the power to prevent 40% of all cancers from happening to you. (if not more!)

 How to dismantle a giant tuna!

5 Packaged foods you never need to buy again.

Prioritizing eating meals together as a family pays off big time.

Ugh, to think that this was in your food to begin with is sickening- good thing it's not anymore.

The many dangers of... wheat.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday: Gluten Free in Calgary & Edmonton

Hello & welcome to a very special Christmas roadtrip edition of WIAW! There's lots to see, so lets get started!

As you may already know, Mr.C & I spent nearly two weeks traveling back to Alberta to visit with friends & family over Christmas. While we made an effort to eat at "home" (wherever that might have been that particular day), we certainly did on a few occasions eat out. Okay, okay a lot.

After our first 8 hour driving day on highways that were not recommended for travel outside of emergencies, we popped into Diner Delux in West Edmonton Mall. We had been to another location of this Edmonton chain before and knew that they had gluten free choices available. I had a burger on my last visit & wasn't too impressed with the bun as it completely disintegrated. Sadly, they're still using the same buns.

Grilled cheese & tomato sandwich.

The next day, we had lunch at Chianti's which I reviewed here.


Before leaving for Calgary the next morning, we stopped in at Kinnikinnick to stock up on a few "supplies" including these (far right) gluten free, dairy free mint nanaimo bars. It's not often that either Mr.C or I can have nanaimo bars, let alone both of us!

That night, we had tickets to a hockey game & visited Milk Tiger, a lounge within walking distance from the arena with a completely gluten free menu. 

We started with their tacos, which came with a choice of protein, fresh salsa, cheddar & creme fraiche. Standard gluten free with an upscale kick.

 Mr.C had a meatball sandwich that while messy, was delicious.

 I opted for the smoked salmon nachos with creme fraiche, fresh salsa & fried capers. You would think I would have chosen something not-so-typical when given a whole gluten-free menu!

Look for fried capers coming to a recipe near you soon!

I had a gluten free mac & cheese from Craft Beer Market on Thursday night. 
They offer an amazing number of gluten free options, and the email response I got from Chef Paul McGreevy was phenomenal; addressing every concern I had about being able to eat something there.

A newly diagnosed celiac within our group ordered a burger on a gluten free
bun which they reported (and it looked it) to be very good and didn't fall apart at all. I would go back here in a heart beat! They also had five gluten free beers available. I didn't even know there were that many on the market in Canada!

I had the gluten free prosciutto pizza at Una Pizzeria on 17th Ave...
Who would have thought to put arugula on a pizza? 
Much to my surprise, I ate the whole thing. Don't tell anybody.

 I was so impressed (spotted while waiting for the washroom) 
with their recycling!

 I had gluten free pizza at Double Zero Pizza as well. 
This time I opted for Salami with Goat Cheese & Olives.
It seems that I also opted to only take a photo of the menu.

On boxing day, we drove out of town to visit my dad & grandparents. After a feast at dad's place, we headed over to Grannie & Pa's for dessert. Using this recipe & MimicCreme we recreated a Norwegian dessert called Krumkake.

No, I'm not Norwegian. The iron came to be in Grannie's possession years ago after a neighbour (presumably Norwegian) died. I have fond memories of these being served at Christmastime at their house as a child

The batter is very thin, and spooned onto the cast iron surface only a little at a time. It is cooked for a minute perhaps, until golden in color, then is wrapped around a wooden cone to harden. The "waffle cone" hardens long before the next one is done.

The cone is then filled with (frozen & thawed) strawberries mixed with whipped cream. At least that's how we always had them... 
Comfort food for sure!

Two days later we met up with friends at a downtown spot called Boxwood.  
I reviewed them this summer after my first visit & was compelled to go back!
Similar to my last visit, I had their quinoa salad (which had changed from the summer) and a white bean stew. Both of which were very good!

After driving back up to Edmonton that afternoon, we were hungry! 
I read about Brit's earlier in the month on Gluten Free Edmonton & was excited about the very idea of having fish & chips that didn't come out of my own kitchen!

We visited the south location as was suggested in the reviews we had read and ordered a 3 piece halibut meal to share. I don't think I would have been able to eat two pieces to myself. A half portion of fries and a piece & a half of fish were more than enough for both Mr.C and I.

Regrettably I don't think we'd go back here. I likened the experience to having gluten free pizza at Boston Pizza. It's not great, but sometimes it's nice to be able to get "normal" gluten free food like this without having to make it yourself. I think I like "my" fish & chips better (which is actually this recipe).

Friday, January 6, 2012

Super-C Smoothie

I don't know about you, but in our house everyone seems to get sick sometime after the holidays. A pre-emptive strike against almost certain illness is a mass consumption of emergen-C packets and probiotics out the ying-yang if ya know what I mean. One can only drink the little fizzy packages so many times before becoming bored of "drinking the kool-aid". Enter the smoothie. Disclaimer: idea totally yanked from here!

If at almost no other time of year, the months leading up to and following Christmas are crazy, hectic & stressful. Even if you're not going out of your way to boost your immune system way up, it's often difficult to ensure you're eating properly. Lets face it, sometimes you're not. Breakfast seems to be the first one to go when you're running low on time, despite the very true cliche that it's the most important meal of the day. Smoothies are a lifesaver when you're crunched for time in the mornings, and I turn to a liquified breakfast often. It only takes a few minutes, it's portable and therefore consumable on your commute, plus all the chewing is taken out of the equation, so digestion is a breeze.

Our magic bullet is likely the most popular appliance in our kitchen. Possibly even more popular than my new KitchenAid ice cream maker (thanks mom!). We use it every single day & would have been worth every penny had we been the ones to buy it (Shout out to the MIL- gotta love housewarming gifts!).

1 packet raspberry (or other flavor) emergen-c
4 oz water
1 heaping cup strawberries (or other fruit)
1/2 cup organic, probiotic yogurt (I like this one)

Completely dissolve emergen-c packet in water
at the bottom of your blender or magic bullet cup.
Add berries & yogurt.
Blend until smooth

Enjoy your immune boosting breakfast! It's definitely better than any boxed cereal out there, or even no breakfast at all!

Here's one of my other morning faves, the berry banana chocolate protein smoothie.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Week's Worth of Plastic: Week 40

Our first week back from holidays yielded the biggest list we've had in a WHILE. We counted a mere nine things on this weeks list that are items we regularly consume. Things like salad, pasta & toothpaste. It's not every day you buy a car charger for your phone, or ten different kinds of cookies, chocolates & candies in one week. Not in this house anyways. I feel like (if nothing else) this is a good starting point for a new year. I vow to not let our plastic "situation" get worse than this for the rest of 2012. Period.


1. Real Fruit Gummies bag
2. Chocolate covered cherries tray & wrapping
3. Chocolate Hedgehog trays
4. 3 Caramilk singles wrappers
5. 3 Reeses singles wrappers
6. Bread bag & tag
7. Stickers on fruit
8. Packaging from pair of nylons
9. Salad tub
10. Toothpaste tube
11. Udi's cookies container
12. 3 Bandaids & wrappers
13. 2 Emergen-C packages
14. Seal from bottle of hair product
15. Lid to metal tube of homeopathic creme
16. Seal from carton of almond milk
17. Styrofoam packaging & plastic bag from pizza stone (Christmas gift)
18. 4 Packages from cables required for "new" T.V.
19. Seal from glass jar of peanut butter
20. Seal from glass jar of vanilla sugar
21. Cepacol throat lozenge blister package
22. Tape holding paper label to stainless steel cookie sheet
23. Tag from silicone slotted turner
24. Package of shower suction cup hooks
25. iphone car charger package
26. Pasta bag
27. Kelp noodle bag
28. Windshield washer fluid container
29. Cheese sauce packet
30. Tray from box of chocolates
31. Swedish berries bag
32. Yogurt container
33. Biscotti bag
34. Saran wrap from gifted Christmas baking
35. Licorice bag
36. 3 bags of chocolates from Christmas
37. Expired eye drops

This week we're giving up packaged cookies. They're not an item that makes its way into our house often, and they're an easy item to make from scratch. In fact, I'd much rather have homemade than store bought most often.

Next Christmas we're staying home, so one could assume we wont be dealing with anywhere near this much stuff. And trust me, there was much more stuff that we got out of the house before this week's tally started. It's a new year, friends... Why don't you hop on over to My Plastic Free Life & make some changes around your house too!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Yup, It's That Time of Year Again...

With all those New Years resolutions floating around about eating healthier and losing weight, one would expect to see lots of support from me around here.

Truth be told, I have way too much chocolate to go through before I can even think about making any drastic changes to my eating regime.

You can't let this stuff go bad!

Besides, New Years isn't always the best time to go gung-ho on the kale & chlorella anyways. The best time to do it is when you're ready. When it fits into your life. If you're not ready for it, you're not going to be successful. There's a $*!#-ton of support and resources out there right now, but if it's just not your time don't sweat it. I'm not condoning your procrastination, but you need to be ready to make a lifestyle change (I'll say it again) and if you're not, you will not see the results you want to see.

Besides, who wants to wait in line at the gym for a treadmill amidst fellow Januarians anyways? Not I. I'll meet you just west of town with my snowshoes instead thank-you-very-much. Or maybe we'll go for a yoga date. Ya know, to the class that I attended in December as well. Yeah, the Thursday noon class, it's one of my favorites.

I'm all about goal setting, don't get me wrong, I'm just a believer that you need to be in the right mind frame when you're setting those goals. And please, don't try to do a bajillion things all this month. Small changes in your lifestyle are definitely the way to go. You can't expect to go no-plastic all of a sudden when you're used to buying pre-packaged everything. You probably will get knocked out of the water when you realize that it's going to take you extra time to prep all of those things "from scratch" instead of buying the pre-cut red onions in the plastic tub instead. And (while some have done it), don't expect success jumping on board a raw food or vegan eating plan from a Standard American Diet. It takes a lot more work than you think. I want you to be successful just as much as you do.

Here are a few changes I'll be instituting while I'm downing all that chocolate:

-Be on time/early for everything: this means getting myself a little more organized to getting out the door. Less sleeping, more doing.

-Sweat once a day: and I'm not talking stress. This is the schedule to my yoga studio. This is somewhere else I'd like to find myself sweating this month.

-Drink a bottle (600ml) of water before noon every day: If I can get this head start on my days water consumption, I feel like I can meet my daily goals (3 bottles+). Getting the aforementioned sweating in will probably help too!

-Take a photo every day (you can see what I've got so far here)

-Take time to meditate before bed every night. This means not falling asleep on the couch so often.

-Finish reading a book every month. Right now I'm reading this one.

Now try not to call me a hypocrite, this is a big-ish list, but I feel like they're all small things. Slight adjustments to what I'm already doing on the day-to-day. I'll keep you posted on my success!

Talk to me about the changes you are or aren't making in your life this year- I'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Calgary: Gluten Free Pasta at Chianti's!

We've been to Chianti's many times for the gluten free pasta (their fresh wheat based pasta is also amazing I'm told!) With 3 locations in Calgary and 2 in Edmonton (verify)... My favorite dish (Fulminante) isn't on the menu at some of the locations, but they can still make it for me! A creamy curry sauce with smoked salmon, black olives, onions & baby shrimp- so tasty!

On our "Christmas Adventure" this year, we visited the Chianti's location on Whyte Ave in Edmonton as well as in Crowfoot Crossing in Calgary. I ordered my usual on both occasions. Historically the Whyte Ave location has served a gluten free penne pasta, however it seems that they have changed to a rotini. Sadly the pasta was quite overcooked this time, and (as gluten free pasta does) disintegrated into small bits. 

The Crowfoot Crossing location (has for at least the last 5 years) served their gluten free guests a white rice vermicelli similar (if not the same) to what you would expect at a Vietnamese restaurant. After my first visit to their location years ago, I sent an email suggesting better pasta choices but did not receive a response.

I will continue to frequent Chianti's whenever I am in town, as there are not very many places (especially at home in Prince George) where gluten free pasta is available to me. Mr.C doesn't mind the fresh fettucini either!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bitlet's For You This Past Week: January 01-07, 2012

Welcome back... I'll go easy on ya this week ;)

Milk: Does A Body Good? I don't think so. Neither do they.

7 Foods to avoid. 

The truth about the HealthCheck symbol.

Wet socks aren't exactly my idea of a good time, but I think I'll try this next time I get sick!

The problems with how wheat is grown today... from a wheat farmer.

Looking for something to strive towards?

From down under: new law governing foods labeled as gluten free

Green habits = healthy lifestyle. And not just for mother nature.

Behind the pharmaceutical companies closed doors...

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, friends! It's been a long couple of weeks for me, as we prepped, traveled & recovered from a 2 week road trip for the holidays. In fact we're still "recovering" with a round of mucky sinuses, sore throats & body aches despite the pre-trip dousing with Emergen-C and probiotics. Thanks for your patience. I've got lots to share with you since we've been gone!

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas & A Happy New Years.