Holiday Recap 2014

This post has been inevitable. With an ever-growing list of “stuff” I want to blog about on my desktop, a list that’s becoming nearly too long to tackle, today I decided to bring you most of that “stuff” in one big compilation post.

I did quite a bit of cooking in December – especially over the holidays – and I want to share it with you! While I’m at it, I’ll do a bit of recapping the holiday season as well. Here we go.

What I Did In December / Over the Holidays

Cooked a bunch of stuff.

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I tried out many new recipes that were good but didn’t quite make the “This is Excellent; I Must Blog About It!”-cut. Some of those include:

Made Beef Carnitas

10 beef carnitas

They turned out pretty good, but again, not spectacular. Oh well, they were at least fun to make. This is the recipe I used.

Tried Two New Briarwood Mall Restaurants

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Celebrated Christmas with the Fam

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Delicious Christmas Eve dinner at my parents’ – ham, Mom’s cheesy potatoes, Aunt’s wild rice (my fave!), salad, rolls, deviled eggs, and more.

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I received so many nice gifts from my family! Lots of kitchen goodies you’ll see on the blog soon.

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Check out this awesome “Nom Nom!” dish my Aunt gave me. Too perfect!

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Family portrait, including Daisy.

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Flint with My Fave

I had a wonderful dinner in Flint at 501 Bar and Grill (omg those chicken and waffles!) followed by a fabulous dessert at Flint Crepe Company (nutella and raspberry jam!) with my BFF. This was an especially fun day, as dinner was preceded by a lunch and movie date (we saw Wild – it was really good!) with my mom. Winter break is the best – I had 10 days off work this year.

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Celebratory Dinner

The huz treated us to a fancy dinner at the Gandy Dancer to celebrate his recent promotion. This guy has worked so hard to get where he is at and I am so proud of him!

He, of course, had a giant steak, while I had luscious crab-stuffed shrimp. And lobster bisque! Fancy!

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New Year’s Feast

Every year (since 2006), on or around New Year’s Eve, the huz and I make a “feast” consisting of a trio of our favorite indulgent foods and spend a day eating them. It’s pretty fantastic.

This year we made two traditional items (Veggie Pizza and Pigs in a Blanket) and one new item (Homemade Spinach and Artichoke Dip).

The Spinach and Artichoke Dip turned out AMAZINGLY so I will likely blog about it soon, because it deserves its own post!

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And now we are pretty much all caught up.

Happy New Year!

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