I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Mine was filled with lots of family and good food.
Christmas started on Friday night, with my dad's side of the family. It's hard for all of us to get together, because everyone is scattered all over the place, but there was a really great turn out. Many of my cousins have their own families now, or are expecting, so it was fun to see the older ones running around, passing around the little ones, and see the two who are expecting. I feel like it was full circle - this is what my aunts and uncles must have felt like with all of us running around and now it's the cousins' turn. My aunt made fudge, of course, and we had lots of other yummy food, too. After we left, we headed around town to see some lights. There were some nice houses, but I am definitely partial to my parents. I just love the classic look. Ohhh, and we finished the Christmas puzzle!
Christmas Eve was spent in the kitchen. We were cooking for Christmas Eve meals, as well as dishes for Christmas the next day, not to mention finishing up some sugar cookies! One thing I wanted to do this year was to make some Christmas cookies. My dad choose sugar cookies as one, so that was the first thing on the agenda that morning. It took us a few batches to figure out how to roll them nicely. We used a recipe my mom had from a fellow teacher and holy cow, were they delicious. I can totally understand why people go through all the effort of making the dough, chilling it, rolling it out, baking, cooling and then frosting. Seriously delicious. My mom made a potato soup for lunch, which was delicious and very easy. While I love my baked potato soup, this one seemed a bit lighter, which is a nice alternative. We finally got out of the kitchen around 4:30 and started in on some Christmas movies - The Santa Clause. Dinner was stuffed shells, a favorite of mine, with garlic cheese bread and chopped salad - yum! We watched A Christmas Carol afterwards, but I passed out around like 8:00 and missed the majority of it.
I was up bright and early Christmas morning, so I ended up watching the movie I had missed the night before. We opened presents, then had our usual monkey bread for breakfast. It was SO GOOD. My mom paired it with scrambled eggs and a little bit of bacon, which was a nice compliment. After eating and getting ready, we hit the road to go to my grandma's. While the crowd was smaller, it was still a nice Christmas. We snacked while opening presents, then turned on the basketball games. The guys watched, my grandma, mom and aunt started on dinner, and I poured over my new cookbook, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow. I really have an obsession with cookbooks, and this one is no exception. There are a ton of recipes I want to try out, and since I was gifted the book from Target, it includes 4 bonus recipes at the end! If you have any recommendations on recipes you have tried from this book, please let me know! Dinner was amazing, as were my aunt's cookies. The evening ended up with cards, and then a foggy and rainy drive home.
The day after Christmas was one to just relax and recharge. Christmas on the weekend is the best, because that means you automatically get a longer weekend.
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