Christmas Cookin’

I’ve made my way back to the great ol’ lone star state for the holidays. Which means a few things change around the Bevan Household: game nights become mandatory, everyone works out more, we watch more comedies (and documentaries), the music takes a turn towards the folky, red wine comes out, we read more, the dog gets walked on a dailyish basis and groceries get more expensive.

Or [as I like to think about it] we’re actually saving on future medical bills by investing in good health with good (and tasty!) food. Mom’s mostly okay with it because some of her kitchen duties are alleviated.

Anyway- here’s what we ate for Christmas!

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Stacey friendly:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Turkey
  3. Spinach Salad
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole
  5. Cranberry Orange Relish (we added pecans)
  6. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  7. Almond Biscotti
  8. Apple Crisp
  9. Ginger Snaps (which I decorated into gingerbread men)
  10. Argentinian Cabernet-Merlot 🙂

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Non-Stacey friendly:

  1. Roasted Red Potatoes
  2. Rolls
  3. Ham
  4. Baked Pineapple Bread Pudding (Apparently better than it sounds. Can’t really remember at this point)
  5. Buttermilk Pie
  6. Pecan (or Pekin as the Texans like to say) Chocolate Chip Pie

I also got some cool things this year- including a two person lightweight backpacking tent, a fitbit, a geometric dress (that I think I’m going to save for graduation), windproof running/biking gloves and pajama pants with snowmen in the polkadots.

Here’s Dad in his swanky new shoes [note what they are replacing…]

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 Kirsten and I also had some fun getting ready for our Christmas eve service:

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Even Paris got in on some of the fun:

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But I think the best part was the creative process that went into dinner. Not eating it. Nope- the cooking was more fun 😉

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Happy Christmas, ya’ll!

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