Holiday Recap

I can’t believe Christmas is over! Everyone said it didn’t feel like Christmas because of the warm weather, but growing up I spent Christmas in Florida visiting my grandma so I didn’t mind the warm weather one bit. It went by so quickly though, and I can’t believe it’s almost 2016.

I got to make some treats for the holidays, which are all long gone now. My sweet tooth never fails, and these were fantastic. I made peanut butter blossoms that I talked about here along with chocolate turtles using dates and chocolate peanut butter balls. YUM!


It’s great having both Craig and my families in town, and this year we decided to not see everyone on Christmas (our live Four Christmases like the movie). Having Christmas on Friday is great, though, because we had all weekend to see everyone!

Christmas Eve we had a big feast at Craig’s mom and stepdad’s. We had beef tenderloin with gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes (that we brought), green beans, black eyed peas (love them), and bread. Craig’s mom makes the best pound cake, so we took a piece home to share. We spent the night at our house and woke up Christmas morning to exchange gifts. Marlee got her gifts first..


Then off to my mom’s for brunch! We have a tradition in my family to eat ham gravy on Christmas with Smithfield country ham, which I love. My mom’s dad taught her to make it, and now that I think about it I need to learn how! We stayed there for a bit and then came back to our house Christmas evening, and saw the rest of our families over the weekend.

And for gift highlights.. I don’t know how to highlight just some because they were all so great!

  • Frye boots (from Craig) – could not love them (or him) more!
  • Pyrex snapware – cooking means food storage and so does packing lunch everyday; these are sooo great
  • Hiking shoes – I’m so eager to hike more but have to wait until my knee heals more (I’m tired of waiting!) and these will be great for our Cali trip in April
  • Lunch bag – I desperately needed a new one and this is so cute! Love all my Scout stuff

What food and gifts did you enjoy this year?