Feliz Familia

12.26.2012

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The holidays have been, as is typical, an unusual mix of relaxation and chaos. Last minute errands are inevitable, but so are gluttonous meals accompanied with long chats with family.

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So, tonight, I'll serve up my holiday special--family style:

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Following a sip & see hosted by my mom for all her girlfriends to see her four new grand babies, the sisters went over to Amy's, for its a rarity to have us all under one roof. We chatted, ate peppermint bark, and went through her mile-high stack of Christmas cards.

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The way I see it, Christmas Eve is the best pre-game of the year. At least in my family, we feast. My brother Jimmy, chef extraordinaire, concocted this salad made out of all my favorite fresh ingredients--arugula, pine nuts, goat cheese, red bell peppers, and smoked salmon all generously tossed in warm, homemade bacon dressing.

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Erin made Pioneer Woman's famous crash hot potatoes.

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which went splendidly with Chris's roasted brussels sprouts

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and mama's beef tender, which was topped with Jimmy's mushroom reduction gravy.

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The kids stayed up way past their bedtime.


but entertained us all night long. Must watch! 

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And we all enjoyed having these two back for the first time in four years! Especially with their newest addition to the clan, Alexander the Great.

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Santa came that night and did us all real good.

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He met all my girly needs with jewelry, clothes and personalized stationary. And Erin, my sibling secret Santa, got me a tool to make the "perfect" bun, among other lovely items.

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After a tiresome workout of untying ribbons, tearing paper and showing off new loot, we nourished our selves with made-to-order omelettes, Cinnabon rolls, fruit and a trough of bacon. In this household, we are no strangers to good food, great fun and a whole lotta family--the latter of which is truly a priceless gift. Dallas 'til the New Year! See you in 2013!


1 comments:

Erin said...

One for the books. Thanks, Moll!