Friday Faves 12.29 + Christmas recap

Hello associates! I hope you’ve had an exquisite week. It’s been a beautiful blur between Christmas and New Years, and I’ve loved all of this time with the crew. We’ve loved gradual mornings, hikes, buying, nails, studying, and films. I’m positively not wanting ahead to high school returning, particularly the early morning scramble and hours of homework.

I hope that my associates who celebrated Christmas this week had a gorgeous vacation. My dad and stepmom have been out of city – my step-grandmother handed away. She was so sort and fantastic, and I’m grateful we have been blessed to have her in our lives. We had a low-key Christmas Eve at residence with Chinese language takeout and Christmas Chronicles, and I met up with madre for midnight mass. They turned the lights down for Silent Evening and it was the proper method to begin the vacation.

The women have been up shiny and early for Santa’a presents and stockings, after which the household came visiting for household presents, tamales, beans, egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, and the Pilot’s well-known egg nog.

We spent the morning collectively, consuming espresso and eggnog, and exchanging presents,

and everybody went residence to relax for just a few hours.

We took a stroll and dropped off cookies to our neighbors. — I bake for 2 weeks in December and freeze all the things. This manner, it’’s not nerve-racking and we now have a giant assortment of goodies for neighbors and vacation cookie trays. These cookies, these cookies, and peppermint bark are at all times on the checklist.

Then, we had 20 individuals over for Christmas dinner and it.was.all the things.

Appetizers have been this big cheese board:

(plus a smaller board I positioned on one of many tables for snacking)

Artichoke dip and crackers

ALL the sweets (chocolate bourbon pecan pie, pear pie {that a} good friend introduced over, xmas log, totally different espresso truffles and cookies)

and for dinner, we smoked two massive natural turkeys, two big grass-fed beef tenderloins, made horseradish sauce, gravy, asparagus, salad, and madre introduced over tacky potatoes. The meat was all from ButcherBox and cooked completely on the Traeger.

The hit of the evening was the video games!! I acquired this concept from a associates’ Christmas occasion: Saran Wrap Ball! You wrap a ton of goodies right into a ball, after which one individual unwraps it whereas the individual subsequent to them rolls two cube (die? I don’t know this stuff). When that individual hits doubles, the timer stops, and the ball goes to the subsequent individual. If the individual unwraps a mini bottle of alcohol, it’s an choice for them to take a shot (or hand the mini bottle to a different keen grownup to take the shot for them).

Listed here are a number of the goodies I wrapped into the ball:

and the completed product:

It was a day filled with enjoyable instances, good meals, and beautiful presents, and as at all times, my favourite half is being with so many individuals we love a lot, on the identical time. I’m so unhappy the vacations are over!!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves occasion, however I solely have just a few for ya:

– Wonka. It was SO good; means higher than I anticipated. Hugh Grant is a ten/10 Oompa Loompa.

– This retainer cleaner. I didn’t need to spend $100 on a Zima, however discovered this one with better reviews and it was solely $40. It made my Invisalign look model new.

– Be a part of us for the Healthy Habits Challenge! All the small print are right here. I can’t wait to do that with you.

– The Organifi Shilajit gummies are SO good – I can do a publish on them when you’d like. You can check them out here and that hyperlink will auto-apply the code FITNESSISTA for 20% off.

Sending you needs for a Comfortable New Yr and I’ll see ya quickly!
xo

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