Hello everyone!! Did you have a great Christmas? I did!! It was filled with time with my family and friends and delicious homemade food.
Christmas Eve was hosted at my parent’s house. Usually Italians eat fish but we had a ton of people and it’s very hard to serve fish to a large group. We decided to make lasagna, so it could be prepped in advance and just stick it in the oven that night. I also made a bunch of Italian appetizers and I baked Italian cookies. We stuck to the Italian theme, just no fish. 😉 I have to say, my taste buds have changed and I’m not really into fish too much these days anyway.
All dolled up, rocking the Louboutin’s for the special occasion!
Super simple: Mozzarella and Tomato Skewers with Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and fresh Basil
Yummy cheeses from Trader Joe’s with crackers.
Artichoke and Tomato Bruschetta. I just diced plum tomatoes, artichokes, half a red onion, two garlic cloves and put in some balsamic vinegar and olive oil with salt and pepper and let it mellow for a few days. I toasted a sliced baguette in the oven with olive oil and parmesan cheese on top.
The spread. We also put out very yummy (and expensive) olives from Whole Foods.
I actually made 6 lasagnas, but we only served 4 (we made two of the same for two lasagnas to have extras, just in case). Top left- Butternut Squash, Bottom Left- Eggplant (literally just put roasted eggplant slices in the layers), Top Right- Plain, Bottom Right- Artichoke and Mushroom
Served with Cesar Salad
A little taste of each of them since I made them ALL! 🙂
Buttery and delicious.
My pride and joy. They take two days to make!
We also had a mishap that night. We were all hanging out and all of the sudden my friend’s grandma said, oh my god that’s on fire! Our sternos caught fire on the buffet table and we had a legit mini fire. Note to self: don’t try blowing it or using your hand, you won’t stop it and your finger will get burnt. (Glad I suck at dealing with fires under pressure). My Dad came in and saved our house by smothering it with the cloth. You better believe I thanked God at church that night for it not being a serious fire.
After that we headed to Church and then some of our company came back and we hung out.
We woke up and did the presents thing!
I got some amazing gifts, including two pasta maker attachments for my Kitchen Aid mixer! I can’t wait to make real, fresh pasta!
I got this cute ornament too! 🙂
Some good things planned for 2016!
I made a delicious Frittata for everyone. I used the left over mozzarella and tomato balls, some olives, and the left over bruschetta.
The rest of the day looked like this:
I didn’t go for a run or do a workout or try and burn calories because I just wanted to relax. I ate chocolate and salad and what I wanted and just had fun hanging with the family watching The Christmas Story on repeat. I don’t feel guilty and I don’t feel like I need to work off what I ate. It’s Christmas, have fun, enjoy yourself and just be present! It can be so hard to not listen to all that noise of overeating/under-eating/exercising. Just do what will make you happy! If running on Christmas Day will make you happy, do it! If just vegging out an eating cookies makes you happy, do it! Be present and be happy!
After that we headed to my best friend’s mom’s house. I didn’t snap any food pics or anything because my phone was away and I was just hanging with everyone having a great time. My favorite part of the meal is her grandmother’s homemade Kilbasa with Sauerkraut. It is AMAZING.
As I have gotten older, Christmas is not about gifts, it’s about the people and spending time with ones you love. It fills my heart to cook and bake for my loved ones and spend time with them.
I hope your heart was filled with what matters most on Christmas too! 🙂