Friday Faves 12.29 + Christmas recap

Hello associates! I hope you’ve had a beautiful week. It’s been a stunning blur between Christmas and New Years, and I’ve loved all of this time with the crew. We’ve loved gradual mornings, hikes, procuring, nails, studying, and films. I’m undoubtedly not trying ahead to highschool 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 had been out of city – my step-grandmother handed away. She was so type and great, and I’m grateful we had 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 Night time and it was the proper method to begin the vacation.

The ladies had been up vibrant and early for Santa’a items and stockings, after which the household came to visit for household items, 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 items,

and everybody went residence to sit back 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 every little thing. This fashion, it’’s not anxious and we’ve 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 folks over for Christmas dinner and it.was.every little thing.

Appetizers had been this large 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} buddy introduced over, xmas log, completely different espresso desserts and cookies)

and for dinner, we smoked two giant natural turkeys, two large 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 particular person unwraps it whereas the particular person subsequent to them rolls two cube (die? I don’t know this stuff). When that particular person hits doubles, the timer stops, and the ball goes to the subsequent particular person. If the particular person unwraps a mini bottle of alcohol, it’s an possibility for them to take a shot (or hand the mini bottle to a different prepared grownup to take the shot for them).

Listed below are a few of the goodies I wrapped into the ball:

and the completed product:

It was a day filled with enjoyable instances, good meals, and wonderful items, 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; method higher than I anticipated. Hugh Grant is a ten/10 Oompa Loompa.

– This retainer cleaner. I didn’t wish 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 part of us for the Healthy Habits Challenge! All the main points are right here. I can’t wait to do that with you.

– The Organifi Shilajit gummies are SO good – I can do a put up on them for those who’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 Blissful New Yr and I’ll see ya quickly!

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