Christmas 2012

Gooo oood morning!

So, I’m a tad late on recapping my Christmas…

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But better late than never, right?

My family and I have a confession:

We open all our presents on Christmas Eve and save stockings and “Santa presents” for Christmas morning. This, of course, is not something I have a problem with. 😉

IMG_3584This year my aunt Robin and uncle E. hosted Christmas. I always love going to their house – my aunt is an exceptional decorator and will one day design/decorate my home. 😀

IMG_3576My parents are some good looking people, eh? 😉

Before heading over to E. and Robin’s, my family fueled up on breakfast – which was a total hit by the way. Thanks Iowa Girl Eats for this awesome recipe. Thinking about making it again with a few adjustments. I’m thinking jalapeños, red onion, paprika, chili powder…oh the possibilities are endless!

IMG_3618Considering this is a food blog I’m seriously sucking at taking photos of FOOD! But here’s some Christmas cookies Zach and I made on Christmas Eve Eve.

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Before Christmas dinner was served we had a Quinlivan Dirty Santa. I contributed a few good reads that my cousin Russ ended up getting to keep.

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Just a little look in to my family’s humor.

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Christmas dinner was deeelish. Beef tenderloin, corn soufflé, salad with feta, walnuts, and fig + walnut vinaigrette, whole wheat rolls, garlic mashed potatoes, and greens beans.

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Annnd dessert included: chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon-raisin-apple bread pudding with rum sauce (courtesy of me) and a festive cheesecake from Junior’s that my grandma contributed.

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Caught her sneaking another cookie. 🙂

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IMG_3607Mom bought a hand/eye coordination game for Dirty Santa and everyone had a good time trying to show off their skills.

IMG_3600The goal was to get the hole in the ball to land on the point of the handle.

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My uncle would be the one to correctly do it and then grant himself bragging rights.

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Christmas this year couldn’t have been better; good food, good people, good times.

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You know that ESPN commercial where everyone does ^^^ that little move and says Roll Tide? Well I swear my dad and Zach can’t mimic that commercial enough. We’re thinking that gesture might be a good celebration move after Zach throws a nice TD pass. Whadda ya think? 😉

A good way to wrap this up would we with a Roll Tide and wishing everyone a happy New Year!