‘Twas the day before Christmas when what was supposed to be an icky, rainy day turned out to be a beautiful, snowy, WHITE Christmas!
The first we’ve had in many many years.
This, my friends, was our Christmas tree this year. I’m not kidding. It kills me…breaks my heart.
I tried, Santa, I really did! We’ll make it up to you next year.
This is the out-of-focus (artistic?) photo I took with my iPhone. Looks more like a real Christmas tree, eh? Kinda sorta…
I missed Thanksgiving this year (my absolute favorite holiday ever) while I was on my trip, so our Christmas Eve [Peter's Kitchen] feast was extra special.
Peter went all out, natch.
We enjoyed delicious appetizers including mussels (my latest obsession), bacon wrapped hearts of palm, gouda cheese and chicken liver pate while catching up and gawking at the gorgeous snow.
Then it was feastin’ time.
On the menu: roast duck, jumbo tiger shrimp, and chicken curry.
My favorite dish was by far the chicken curry. Peter usually makes it with lamb, but this time he used chicken drumsticks. The potatoes were cooked to perfection and the curry was rich, creamy and full of flavor.
Dessert was homemade (!!) by Lo the Bro. Pecan Cheesecake Ice Cream! He made it with whole milk, cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, sour cream, sugar, and pecans.
Check out ALL those pecans. He packed ‘em in just for me. Usually, I pick through the carton for the nuts (yep, I’m totally one of those people), but I didn’t have to with this masterpiece . Pecans everywhere!
Christmas morning, I rolled out of bed and looked out the window to see if a short holiday run would be possible (that would be a NO). Lo and behold, there were two big ol’ REINDEER frolicking around right before my eyes!
We deviated from our family tradition of opening presents at midnight on Christmas Eve because Peter was tired from cooking and drinking all day. So we waited until Christmas morning afternoon.
It was a chat-and-watch-TV-while-snacking-on-leftovers all day long kinda day. Good times all around.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday/Tuesday! Much love from my family to yours.
Tell me: The best food you ate, the best gift you received and your favorite Christmas tradition!