Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Colorado! The hubs and I have had a wonderful little holiday here. The sun has been out, and the sky is a beautiful blue. We spent the better part of Christmas Eve cooking up our own little Italian feast, and it turned out pretty awesome. It is a ton of work to make the noodles from scratch and build everything up just right, but the taste of everything was so good!!

We opened presents this morning, and now I have big plans to watch the movies we received, along with the traditional "Elf" and "Bad Santa."  We will be enjoying a lazy day together, thinking of all of you.  Sending all our love!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Happy Holiday Season!

Thanksgiving is already a week past, and Christmas is upon us. My shopping is only half-way done, and my calendar tells me that I need to ship out packages to everyone this weekend! Eek!! I definitely have some work to do...

This year, the hubs and I made our Thanksgiving meal from scratch. (Ok, I didn't raise and slaughter the turkey or grow the ingredients on my tiny porch, but it was as "from scratch" as possible). I even baked the bread this year, along with a pie AND a cake. It was pretty fabulous, if you ask me.

 In its entirety, the meal consisted of homemade mac & cheese, homemade "smashed" potatoes, grandma's stuffing, mom's gravy, homemade pretzel knots and a butterball turkey. For dessert, my spiced pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting fell in the oven, but still tasted good. And the pumpkin cheesecake with maple walnut topping was seriously to die for! I was glad we had leftovers... And we had plenty! (Honestly, I just finished them today).

I even set up a little table, using our "good" wedding dishes, silverware and our favorite beer mugs from Tiffany's. I think we're ready to host the dinner! Now we just need to convince people to get on a plane to come out here to see us, and possibly acquire more than two place settings of the nice stuff...