I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. I watched a lot of Christmas movies and played lots and lots of Christmas music. Everything was going great. I put up all of my decorations over Thanksgiving weekend. Even decorated my office. But then a monkey wrench was thrown into the program and for a while I wasn't sure if I was going to get back to enjoying the holiday. However by the weekend before Christmas I was in awesome spirits again.
Besides laptop issues, I loss the use of my brakes while driving on a busy road a week before Christmas. Thank goodness I didn't cause any accidents. Needless to say, the money spent to have the repairs done cut big time into my holiday budget. Let me tell you, I was feeling the pressure. I still had to buy food for my Christmas Eve family dinner and gifts for family members. I had no clue how I was going to get through this holiday. That's what I get for putting things off. The first time, I've ever done this, and will NOT be repeating.
So I had a decision to make and in the end everything turned out great. I just explained that not everyone was going to have their gifts until after Christmas and my family was truly understanding. That's why I love them so.
The week leading up to Christmas was the most busiest and fun week of all and when I began to relax and enjoy the holiday again. Over the weekend I baked cookies - 10 different kinds - and took in a large tray as well as a tin for my coworkers. Those cookies were gone before lunchtime.
I tried a new cookie recipe this year. Cheesecake thumbprint cookies. They are the little white ones in the center of the tray. I must admit I was not to sure anyone would like them. The dough has a shortbread taste and I guess I was hoping for it to be a little sweeter, but my coworkers truly enjoyed them. I also gave my favorite neighbor and her son a basket of cookies and the rest, well my family took care of that.
I found an easy image on the internet to copy as I am not Picaso by a long shot - lol. I forgot to paint the holly on his hat and the mustash is a little funny on one side but I had a blast doing this.
Here's me and my girlfriend in our ugly sweaters:
Tuesday I rested and Wednesday I got started on prepping the meal. On Christmas Eve family and close friends gathered at my house. I love seeing everyone and catching up with those who I don't get to see as much because of everyday life. I had a problem with my phone so I was unable to take pictures. Needless to say I added purchasing a new digital camera to my master shopping list for next year.
Because I had to work on Christmas Eve - the first time in 15 years - I created an easy menu which included purchasing a few premade dishes. That which I cooked myself I prepared the night before. I wasn't sure how I was going to have everything ready before guests arrived but as luck would have it, my boss allowed me to leave a couple hours early. Big help! The menu consisted of...
-Fried chicken (that I ordered from one of my favorite restaurants)
-Minced BBQ (I let that cook in the crock pot while I was at work)
-Lasagna (I put it together the night before so all it needed was to go into the oven)
-Mac & Cheese (same as the lasagna)
-Spinach & Artichoke dip
-potato salad I purchased from Walmart. I love their Amish potato salad.
-deviled eggs made the night before
-green beans also cooked in a crock pot
-Hawaiian ham & cheese sliders; and for dessert
-Vanilla bean icecream & eggnog in a punch bowl
At the end of the night there was not one drop of food left which made for an easy and quick cleanup for me. The down side to that was I woke up a little hungry the next morning and realized there were no goodies left - lol.
Christmas day I usually am too tired to do anything and just lay around the house recouperating. But this year I went to a girlfriend's house. She hosted a crafting/sip&paint party. We had a ball. We made jewelry, sand art of course painting. Everyone agreed that we must do this more often. I made a bracelet and painted this...
Notice one shoe is bigger than the other. A little too much sipping - lol. As I said earlier, I'm not Picaso.
Well that's my story. Looking forward to next year.