I’m BAAACK! Well, sorta. I’m back from Christmas vacation to grind out some work for a few days before we celebrate New Years with a party with some friends and then a trip to Chicago. SO, maybe I’m not back in full force yet but I wanted to say hi and tell you all about the perfect Christmas we had.
Unfortunately some rain made it so that we didn’t have a ton of snow ON Christmas but then it made up for it by a super Christmasy snow storm the day after Christmas. We were able to grind out a few more holiday songs and extend the season by a day.
We enjoyed time with family and some much-needed relaxation. I would have to say that one of the most relaxing times of my year is Christmas Eve when we light the candles on our tree. We turn off all our phones and all of the lights in the house, cuddle up with some egg nog and watch the candles on the tree as Christmas music plays in the background. It’s calming me down just thinking about it.
I must have been really good this year because Santa was VERY nice to me. We all went a little overboard this year but it’s always so much fun to give things to the ones you love.
You guys will benefit from one of my gifts. I finally got a tripod for my camera so I’ll be able to take much better photographs now! I also got some fun new kitchen toys that I’m sure you’ll be hearing about soon. I just made a pizza with my new Breville Pizza Maker tonight. One word. YUM. It was super crispy as if it was made in a brick oven, score!!
Since we’re talking about food now, let’s reflect on all the amazing things that made it into my belly this holiday. Life is good when your father is a chef…
For dinner the day we arrived we had roasted potatoes, peas, braised cabbage and goose with a green peppercorn gravy.
For Christmas Eve we had green beans, pumpkin risotto and filet mignon over a mushroom duxelles and an amazing reduction sauce. We generally have our largest meal on Christmas Eve because on Christmas Day, this happens…
After opening presents we pig out on a lunch of delicious hors d’oeuvres. This year we enjoyed some amazing jamon iberico, dips, octopus, pickles, shrimp, smoked fish, cheese, olives & champagne. Needless to say we’re not too hungry when dinner time comes around, plus half of us are usually passed out in a champagne coma by mid-afternoon.
Of course there were also lots of cookies & chocolate consumed this week. I’m going to have to hit Crossfit & the veggies hard after a week of over consumption. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday! Happy NEW YEAR!!