For the first time that I can remember, Christmas was not a Major Production brought to you by the McDonald household. Dad was recovering from a minor surgery, which gave us the excuse to have a quiet, relaxed Christmas at home this year. We woke up in the morning to fresh brewed coffee and pastries and we tore into our gifts. However, this year we didn’t have to rush through presents and quickly pick up and run to the kitchen to start preparing food. I especially enjoyed being able to watch my family members open their gifts and seeing their reactions to the presents I had carefully chosen for them. They reciprocated with some great thoughtful gifts too!
Here are some highlights…
I asked for the Joby Gorillapod and I am so excited to be able to take photos with my point-and-shoot in odd places with my new versatile tripod. With the surprise video camera, my family has requested more videos on facebook and the blog (eek!) and now I have no excuse. What should my next video be?
The Rec Stuff:
I’m super psyched to go hiking and biking in my new wool socks. Kyle got a hiking book and some socks too so I think we’ll be heading out with our packs and our camera and gorillapod soon! I also got a sweet lime green lock for my cute bike, and a Rodney Yee DVD.
Finally, a mandoline!
A serious triple timer! No more burning the granola!
We took our time getting ready as the snow fell lightly, dusting the ground and making it the first White Christmas in a long time. When the snow cleared up, we took a trip from Bel Air into Hunt Valley to visit with Mom’s side of the family and then came home to make a vegetarian dinner for four.
I can’t remember ever having a Christmas without ham, but with three out of four family members going vegetarian, a very veggie Christmas made sense. Mom was a great sport; she didn’t even sneak a steak onto the grill for herself. I’ll have to make it up to her somehow.
It was great to share the kitchen with Mom on Christmas, without all the stress of having to feed an army of family members. As we all got settled in, I started dicing onions and Mom said, “shall we commence the drinking?”
White Christmas? Oh, no. It was a Red Christmas for me. A Cabernet Christmas to be exact.
It looks like we were cooking dinner vegology-style. Who needs printed recipes when you have a laptop and two square feet of counter space?
A wire cooling rack makes a great laptop stand! One thing that was missing was my santoku. I am seriously spoiled by my cutlery and rarely have to hack into one of these with such a small knife.
I didn’t butcher it too badly though, all things considered.
We made a delicious little menu of spaghetti squash, black bean cakes, and roasted vegetables.
We ended the night with some seasonal cookies: eggnog, cranberry, and pumpkin. Then we had a Christmas night viewing of my favorite holiday movie, Love Actually.
Hope you had a joyous weekend. Stay warm!