Hi friends! I hope you all had a great long weekend and Christmas holiday if you celebrate. I am back at work today, but wanted to share a quick recap of our holiday festivities, including the yummy food and some fun gifts Santa brought. As I mentioned in my 24 Days of Togetherness post, Christmas Eve was spent with Boyfriend’s family eating McDonald’s and opening gifts in our PJs. I ended up having an Egg McMuffin (sans meat) and a Mango Pineapple Smoothie for dinner, which wasn’t so bad after all.
Waking up to our first Christmas Day in our new home was something I’ll cherish for a long time. I was excited to get ready for our guests, so I was up super early and let Boyfriend sleep in. I enjoyed a big mug of tea in quiet, reflective bliss looking at our Christmas tree before getting started on cooking and cleaning.
As I’m writing this I’ve realized I was a total blogger failure and barely took pictures over the weekend, so there aren’t many pretty food and gifts pics to share! Oops. Our Christmas menu included Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Au Jus, Pumpkin Risotto and Balsamic Roasted Veggies. Thank goodness Santa brought me a beautiful Cuisinart Dutch Oven, because as I began cooking I realized I didn’t have a roasting pan to make the beef in!
As I cooked, I enjoyed a few glasses of my favorite Montepulciano and even used some in the Au Jus. The food turned out fabulously, though I have to take everyone else’s word on the beef. I dry rubbed it with this BBQ Rub from Trader Joe’s and it was a big hit! Here’s boyfriend slicing it up…
And he’s rocking a Justin Bieber Santa hat! After dinner, we enjoyed dessert and coffee/tea and soaked up family time. Boyfriend’s niece was the star of the show, of course.
Santa was good to her and to all of us! In addition to my beautiful new dutch oven, I received awesome knives, essential oils and a diffuser, jewelry, adult coloring books, audible credits (!) and more. I still love giving gifts more than I like to receive them, but it is fun to get some thoughtful new things on Christmas. More than anything, I’m thankful we had such a great first Christmas in our home. Even this guy agrees:
How was your holiday weekend? Was Santa good to you too? Tell me about it…