Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a good holiday!

We had a good, but busy week. We had friends over Sunday night for Yule dinner and presents. Then on Christmas Eve my parents came into town to visit for a few days. Michael smoked some chicken and I made a really delicious Brussels Sprout dish for dinner. (Cut sprouts in half, season with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped shallots, red pepper flakes, bake for 15 minutes then top with cubes of brie cheese and chopped walnuts, bake for another 15 minutes. So good!)

This year was particularly fun. Logan understood Christmas a lot more and was SO excited! We left out milk and cookies for Santa and first thing Christmas morning, Logan walked past all the presents and went to inspect the milk and cookies to see if Santa ate them. šŸ˜‰

Logan got lots of cool stuff from everyone. He got a Star Wars cape from his Auntie Rachel. šŸ™‚ Lots of dinosaur stuff. Coloring books from us. And headphones from Santa for his very first plane ride next month!

He got Frozen PJs on Christmas Eve and LOVED them and wore them all day on Christmas.

I got some nice goodies! A tray for my jacuzzi tub (and a bathtub pillow!!)– I can’t wait to use it! My brother got me some keto chocolate and much needed new swim goggles. Michael got me a wireless charger for my phone for work. It was a really nice day.

Christmas Day was low key. Logan and I took a nap. He played with his new toys and watched movies with Grandpa. Stevie was loving all the attention. Then Michael’s family came over in the afternoon for Christmas #2 and dinner.

Lots of good food! For dinner we made a spiral ham and Michael’s mac n’ cheese. Michael’s sister made green bean casserole, deviled eggs and her famous beef and green bean appetizers. There were tons of munchies.

It was a full table!

All the food turned out great. There was tons of it, too. Leftovers for days.

More presents. Logan got a bunch of new PJs, clothes, underwear and new shoes (which were probably his favorite present!).

Christmas cookies made by Michael’s sister (she makes the best cookies!). It was chaotic but fun having a full house.

The day after Christmas we had breakfast and then my parents headed to the beach for a few days before going home to Seattle. Michael and Logan went to Michael’s mom’s house to set up some technology they got for Christmas. I went to the gym and then after-Christmas shopping.

The rest of the day was pretty low-key. Cleaning and then preparing for another dinner party with Michael’s childhood friends. This time it was chicken enchiladas (from the leftover smoked chicken) and leftover Mac n’ cheese. It was a fun night but I am so ready to have a few relaxing days this weekend!

Happy holidays!

Christmas Salmon


Michael and I had a lovely Christmas! I slept in and awoke to the sounds of him bustling around making a fire in the fireplace. We kind of chilled out for a little bit and then opened presents together. You get a gold star if you can guess the movie that was on in the background in the above photo.

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Michael did a great job! Lots of goodies: snowshoeing scarf, a necklace and earring set, a new water bottle for hiking, a huge insulated growler (basically for both of us) AND a fancy new flash attachment for my camera! I spent most of the day playing with that and learning how to use it. IĀ could just read the instruction manual but…I’m more of a hands-on kind of person. I got Michael lots of goodies that he asked for, mostly practical things like a rolling tool chest, a new magnetic knife holder for the kitchen (I’ll share pictures once it’s up) and some other things.





The rest of the day was very low-key. We stayed in our pajamas for most of the day watching TV shows that had been on our DVR for weeks. Neither of us felt like moving off the couch much! Michael made a smoked salmon and cream cheese omelette for us to split for breakfast. Eventually we had to get our lazy butts off the couch and get ready for the trip to his mom’s house.



It was a really, really nice Christmas! Michael’s mom is an excellent cook and she made salmon for dinner. She spread some dijon mustard on it, seasoned it with salt and pepper, drizzled some olive oil on it, cut up fresh dill, topped it with minced garlic, lemon zest and then sliced up two lemons to go on top of the salmon. It was simple but perfect and delicious. I’m going to steal her idea for the next time I make salmon!



There were also veggies, salad and creamy mashed potatoes. I had a few glasses of wine as well.


We lounged around and then opened presents. Michael’s mom is awesome! She got me a new pair of running shoes!!! YAY! I desperately needed a new pair, too. I also got some nifty kitchen gadgets that I will write about soon. She got Michael the Kitchen-aid mixer attachment to make pasta. He’s excited to experiment with that.



Michael’s brother Doug made his amazing apple pie for dessert and then the evening was winding down. I think everyone was tired from the holidays and falling into a food coma. We called it a night and went home. I wanted to stay up late to play with my camera but I just could not keep my eyes open. It was a really nice holiday and I was so glad we planned some fun things for it.

QUESTION: What was your favorite Christmas present?