I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone. It seems like Thanksgiving was just last week! I had a great week with lots of time with friends and family. I really wish we could have traveled to see even more family this year, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Hopefully next year we will be able to make it happen. When none of your family is local, it is so hard to be everywhere at once!
Christmas Eve is always one of the highlights of the entire holiday for me. This year we went to my Goddaughte’r (Isabella) Grandparent’s house for dinner and gifts. Isabella’s parents Jason and Melanie are two of the best chefs you will ever meet and I always look forward to whatever food they cook. It always tastes like restaurant food! They also have a slightly crazy boxer Copper who is such a goofball!
They host a big dinner with perfectly set tables all across the house. It looks like a Lenox magazine!
Dinner this year was a delicious salad with poppy seed dressing. Melanie shared her poppy seed dressing recipe with me, and I can’t wait to post it on Running in a Skirt later this month.
Jason cooked steak for the crowd, but he was nice enough to prepare a beautiful piece of fish for me. It was so fresh and delicious. Melanie’s mashed potatoes were the best I’ve ever had!
After the crowds left we spent the evening watching Isabella open some of her presents. This year Monster’s High was her favorite. There is nothing like watching a kid enjoy the magic of Christmas!
Isabella is growing up so fast! It is so nice to able to spend this time with her.
Christmas day, the hubs and I got to sleep in and make a complete SPLURGE of a breakfast. I was craving banana pancakes of some sort, and the hubs took it from there.
While I wasn’t looking he even put ice cream on the top of them. We had seem this on a food network show and both wanted to try it. Christmas seemed like the perfect excuse to be really bad!
They turned out absolutely amazing! These will definitely have to be a very special treat, but tasted like absolute perfection.
After breakfast we opened presents and called everyone in our family to thank them! It took several hours to get through the calls, but it was worth it.
By afternoon I was feeling pretty restless, so I ran three miles on my treadmill. By late afternoon it had warmed up enough for both of us and the dogs to go for a long Christmas walk around the neighborhood.
For dinner we went to our friends Dan and Sommer’s house. They made a ridiculously good Mexican food Christmas feast. I had amazing fish tacos and really enjoyed their company. They are practically family. I thought I was going to make our own dinner at home, but this turned out so much better.
My Dad came for a short visit the day after Christmas. He was in Ohio for Christmas day and drove back through Asheville on his way to Florida.
We took Dad to a new local Restaurant, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack and opened even more presents. We were spoiled this year!
On Saturday we ran some errands around town and made our own Christmas feast!
Arugula salad with pears, blue cheese and spiced nuts…
…plus smoked scallops, Asparagus and balsamic mushrooms!
After dinner we played a game of Gatoropoly. I am the reigning family champion and I pulled out another win!!! Both the hubs and my dad work in finance, so I feel like a rockstar winning the game.
Dad left Sunday morning and now it is back to normal life for awhile. I’m actually looking forward to the New Year and fresh starts.
I hope you all had a very nice Christmas too!
Thanks to Katie for the linkup!