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Christmas 2018

Logan slept in on Christmas morning. I think he was worn out from all the excitement! But he woke up and immediately said he wanted to see Santa! I told him that Santa already came to our house and he was home at the North Pole. 😉 Sleeping!

Logan opened a few presents with us and then we waited for my parents to come over for breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage and cinnamon rolls). Stevie and Bella got to open their presents from Santa!

Then he got to open ALL his presents! Logan was so funny! He said “Oh that’s a good one!” To every present. 😉 He loved unwrapping them and he was excited about everything he got.

After all the presents and excitement, my parents headed back to Seattle. Logan asked several times if he could take a nap. You think he was overwhelmed? LOL He had lunch and then fell asleep in seconds. I had a quick lunch of leftover mac n’ cheese, took a nap, too, and then when I woke up I relaxed on the couch watching Die Hard and snuggling under the super soft blanket my brother got me:

When Logan got up from his nap he was ready to play with all his toys and then it was time for round two! Michael’s family came over. We did presents first while Michael smoked and grilled ribs.

When dinner was ready we sat down to eat. Michael’s mom made delicious pinto beans and Michael’s brother brought coleslaw from Kenny & Zuke’s. So delicious! Dinner was fantastic!

Michael’s sister made a ton of Christmas cookies and candy so that was dessert. She makes the best Christmas cookies. Of course there are tons of leftovers I am trying not to eat too much of. 😉

It was a really nice holiday and I’m glad we hosted. It was fun and I liked being able to have everyone together. Unfortunately, Michael and I both woke up the next day with head colds! I’m still sick and not feeling great. Hopefully I get better before New Years!

Smokin’ Weekend

Over the weekend we got to try out our new Traeger smoker!

Saturday

We had another couple over for dinner to have ribs. Michael started the ribs at about noon and then we ate at 7-ish.

Michael has been really good at BBQing ribs, it’s one of his specialties, but smoking them for several hours first made them out of this world!

He used a combination of a BBQ seasoning rub and a recipe that the Traeger book recommended (honey, mustard, brown sugar) and then for the last hour of the cooking he added the BBQ sauce.

The ribs were absolutely perfect! The meat fell off the bone. The flavors were so rich and smokey. It was like nothing we’d ever had before. Smoking the ribs was sooo good.

Michael said next time he does ribs he’d do the timing a little different. I think he was saying it was a 3-2-1 process where you smoke them for 3 hours then cook them in foil for 2 hours then the last hour is cooking uncovered on the grill and using BBQ sauce. He said he wanted to play with the time a little bit next time.

Our friends brought a delicious Asian-inspired cucumber salad. The cucumbers were from her garden. The salad was really tasty and went so well with the ribs.

Sunday

Michael bought a giant hunk of brisket at Costco and started the Traeger at 7am. He followed the recipe in the Traeger book for the first time. A few years ago I bought him Franklin’s BBQ book so I think he’ll use that in the future, too.

This was definitely an all day process and he said he should have started it a bit earlier in the morning.

I picked the first batch of jalapenos from the garden and Michael pickled a bunch and then saved a few and made poppers as an appetizer. SO TASTY!

Michael’s mom and stepdad, sister and friend Jeremy came over to be guinea pigs for the first ever brisket.

Once the brisket was done, we wrapped it in foil to rest for almost an hour.

More wine:

And the unveiling!

Michael’s mom made potato salad from scratch and Michael’s sister made a delicious salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. It was all really tasty and went perfectly with the meat.

For a first attempt, the brisket was really, really good. There were a few tough pieces but for the most part it was great! The flavor was outstanding. We are all super excited to try again!