I didn’t realize how many pictures I had, and if I try and do one post, it’s going to take 2 hours to write. I’ll try and get it all posted in different parts so I don’t bore everyone to tears. We woke up on Christmas Eve pretty excited because it snowed! It wasn’t much and was gone by that afternoon, but it did snow a little bit.
My awesome Christmas pj’s…and the 3 year old who ran outside to see the snow
We met at my mom’s house mid-morning to start the fun filled Christmas weekend. My Grandma, uncles, aunt, and cousins all came over for a day of relaxing, lots of food and a gift exchange later in the day.
For appetizers, we had chips and salsa, cheese and salami, cheese dips and crackers, my mom’s famous chip beef dip and 5 million cookies. You can tell where my priorities are, because I didn’t get one picture of the actual Christmas Eve dinner which was ham, ranch “crack” potatoes, spicy corn casserole and a vegetable tray.
And then for dessert I made the ultimate in Christmas desserts, a white chocolate peppermint cheesecake. The recipe originally called for peppermint extract, but I decided to get creative and crushed a box of candy canes instead. Perfection. This was my first cheesecake I’ve ever made, and I have to say it was delightful!
My soon to be sister in law showing off her sparkle from her engagement ring.
Since dinner was taking a little longer than expected, we decided to exchange gifts so the little kids would have some new toys to keep them entertained and so we wouldn’t have to hear “Is Santa on his way?” One more time!!
My gifts: a lazy susan vegetable tray (that I’ll be putting to use for my new year’s eve party), a cookbook (that I want to try every recipe!) and two candles.
And the party animal, who along with his 2 week old brother kept their poor parents up all night long…
After my Grandma and uncles and cousins left, it was my family, my mom and brothers and two little babies for the night. We put the kids to bed and then set up Santa gifts, stockings and finished wrapping some gifts.
And that ends part 1…I’ll do another portion later!!!