This is going to be a quickie, since it’s 11:30 and I’m plain tuckered out after a busy but fun Christmas celebration. 😀
First things first…starting the day with a delicious and filling bowl of pumpkin oats, with some pumpkin flax and almond butter on top.
Feeling well fueled, I decided to head out for a run about an hour or so later. I asked dad to join me for a 4-mile run, which ended up turning into a 6-miler. 😀 That’s what I love about running with other people—I always end up pushing myself fasther and further then normal. I have a feeling that I’ll be feeling this run tomorrow too, due to the insane hills!!
I knew there was a big dinner coming tonight, so I wanted to fit in a healthy, super-sized salad. I topped it with:
- black olives
- 1/4 avocado
- garbanzo and black beans
- red onion
- carrots, cucumber, tomatoes
- balsamic vinegar and a splash of orange juice…
+ sweet potato fries and some catsup! 😀
Throughout the afternoon, I made myself a granola & raisin yogurt parfait along with some grapefruit slices, but my camera battery was charging so I didn’t have a chance to snap a photo…but it carried me through until it was time to PARTAY! 😉
Nicole and Nate were the first ones to arrive. I snagged Nicole for a photo. 😉
There was a TON of food tonight. Appetizers included shrimp (definitely helped myself to those! 😀 ) chips, and cheese and crackers.
And everyone contributed by bringing desserts and side dishes. Every year my memere makes a French recipe of pot pie. It has salted pork and potatoes inside, and the crust is to die for amazing! I look forward to this every single year. 😀
And the spread included grilled orange marmalade salmon, cauliflower grautin, homemade cranberry sauce, gingered squash, candied carrots, green beans, homemade crescent rolls, and a rib eye roast. I just wanted to sample everything!
Tyler enjoyed the orange marmalade salmon… 😀
So I did. 😉 The center is the cauliflower gratin, which had three different cheeses on it. One word: amazing. Although I think my favorite item was the pot pie from my memere. Delicious! 😀
My contribution on the dessert table were these espresso brownies, which were anything but light. 😉 They were also super rich and sweet, so I cut them really tiny for everyone to sample. 😀
I followed the sampling theme and went with a small slice of the espresso brownie, a rocky road treat with marshmallows, a small sliver of peanut butter fudge, a peice of my memere’s cranberry date bars, and 1/2 of my memere’s peanut butter candies. Mmm…sooo tasty! 😀 It was just enough to satisfy my tastebuds on a lil’ of everything. 😀
Then we had a Yankee Swap of gifts…here’s my Pepere unwrapping his gift. 😀
Now I’m officially zonked out! My sis is sleeping over tonight too, and I’m sure we’ll be up early opening gifts tomorrow morning, so I should definitely hit the hay. 😀 I hope you all had a very merry Christmas Eve, and have a great Merry Christmas tomorrow! 😀
(p.s. I’m sorry if there are a ton of spelling errors in this post…I think my brain has officially checked out for the night. haha 😉 )