This Christmas was pretty epic… well, it definitely felt that way. At times, it felt like a little too much, especially with forever fluctuating guest lists, uncooperative cookie dough, unending to do lists – but at the end of the day, like always, everything worked itself out (with the help of awesome people and cheer to go around)!
The Christmas dinner menu looked something like this: Appetizers – sweet onion dip, bean salsa, avocado dip with smoked salmon; Mains – Norm the turkey (brined and rubbed with herb butter), grilled veggies, seafood pesto pasta, ham, oxtail stew, prosciutto, sweet potato salad and spinach arugula salad with caramelized walnuts and tangerine; Dessert – raspberry cheesecake, lemon meringue pie, lemon vanilla shortbread cookies, chocolate gingerbread cookies, cranberry orange cookies, chocolate caramel sandwiches, cheesecake cups, vanilla peppermint cupcakes and apple pie pops. Hot damn!
Oh and presents! This year, I got two chocolate cookbooks (I think the universe is trying to prep me for treats galore for the boy’s arrival), an awesome faber castel birch pencil, the cutest charm bracelet, a mega-awesome flash, a musical recorder and production kit (finally! I’ve been wanting one of these for so long), cool yoga pants, a ton of bath stuff and a pretty pretty ruffled headband. I heart! So much love and thanks! :)
I hope all of you had an amazing Christmas and are still having the most festive of holidays!
It’s almost twenty.eleven!
Christmas in T-1 days (thankfully I don’t start counting down a week in advance because I’m sure this could get thoroughly annoying)!! Anyhow, preparations are going well for the big dinner. We’ve finished grocery shopping, albeit with some minor hiccups (what do you mean you’ve got no bay leaves! no fresh cranberries! $10 for a small pack of pecans! no peppermint extract!) so now it’s just a matter of actual culinary skill and well, stamina.
So the rest of the day will be spent waging war (or better yet, making peace) with the oven, a giant tube of cream cheese and a carton of strawberries, brittle snackers, whoopie pies and maybe, just maybe, some yoghurt snack cakes (mmm, delish!). And though it might be a tad ambitious for our tiny oven, I think we might just make it.
And then, we will relieve our tree of it’s presents, which are now exploding out from under it. I really love the look that people have when they catch the first glimpse of their just-perfect-for-them gift underneath the wrapping paper, don’t you?
And so my lovelies, I leave you with this, Fran and Marlo’s spontaneous piano playing at the Mayo Clinic whilst waiting for their checkup (they’ve been married 62 years!). Because it seems fitting in the holiday spirit, and it melts my heart like a chunk of butter and makes me smile uncontrollably:
[Video link via A Cup of Jo]