Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I’m popping in today with a quick little Christmas recap in case you’ve been dying to find out how the Bane family celebrated this year.
My great uncle and grandparents were scheduled to arrive in Raleigh around noon on Christmas Eve, but due to the heavy rain and tornado warnings, they didn’t arrive until 11 pm that night. We had our traditional lasagna dinner (picture recycled from our night-before-Thanksgiving dinner) and saved them leftovers.
Since they arrived so late on Christmas Eve, we opted to let them sleep in on Christmas morning and didn’t start opening presents until 11 am, which gave me time to go for a 6-mile run, shower, change back into my PJs, make an omelet, eat a cookie, wrap all of my presents, and make cards for each member of my family. Nothing like waiting till the last minute!
My 6-year old self (or even probably my 16-year old self!) would’ve been dying to start opening presents as soon as possible, but I found myself really enjoying the peaceful start to the day. And the cookie. ‘Tis the season! Around 11, it was finally time to open presents.
and my grandparents were all there.
My cute mama, who loves to go way overboard with presents, outdid herself this year. She stuffed my stocking so full that she had to make me an “overflow stocking,” too. I didn’t get a picture of the second stocking, but the first included nail polish, dark chocolate, Larabars, gold hoops, natural mascara, and a cute to-do list notepad. Thanks, Mom!
My grandparents gave me a grill pan from William-Sonoma, which I have to include only because of their note on the packing slip, “To Olivia, our very professional cook and Internet blogger.” So cute!
After opening our stockings and unwrapping presents, my mom and I made my greek yogurt and avocado chicken salad for a late lunch. I make this recipe probably every other week for lunches, so I almost forget that chicken salad isn’t typically green! My grandparents love chicken salad so we make it almost every time they visit, but they still think it’s hilarious to crack jokes about the “green chicken salad.”
After lunch, my mom and I took a long walk around the neighborhood, one of my favorite things to do with people, and then we started working on our Christmas dinner. I made the green beans and mashed potatoes and chopped the carrots, celery, onions, and mushrooms, and my mom did the trickier part– the pot roast. I have yet to master the skill of photographing pot roast in dark lighting, but it was delicious, especially with a dollop of sour cream on top.
We kept dessert ultra simple this year and I made Ghiradelli’s triple chocolate brownies, which rival any from-scratch brownie recipe I’ve tried. We buy the mix at Costco and served them a la mode with a scoop of Turkey Hill’s all-natural vanilla bean ice cream.
We picked up Ant Man from Redbox and finished off the night on the couch in our PJs. The first time I saw Ant Man was when I was in Indonesia this summer in the crazy awesome movie theater with beds– good times!
The next day, some of the crew went to Panera for lunch. I get the Greek chicken salad every single time– any suggestions for branching out in the future?
Afterwards, we saw the movie, Creed, which is part of the Rocky series. Aside from having to cover my eyes during the last gory boxing scene, I enjoyed it and think it’s worth seeing if you’re a Rocky fan.
The rest of the Christmas weekend was filled lots of family time, games, walks, and overall relaxing– all good things! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, as well.
So tell me…
If you celebrate Christmas, does your family like to open gifts one-by-one or all at the same time?
Have you seen any good movies recently, new or old?
What do you order at Panera?