We began our Christmas-filled day posing the kids for our annual Christmas card. The day ended with Christmas lists tucked safely in stockings for the elves. Sometime in between, peppercorn burgers seemed ideal.
After a long day of Christmas shopping and Christmas cleaning, we have a simple, satisfying dinner. We meant to incorporate the chorizo into a dish earlier this week, but it turns out to be well worth the wait.
Alas, today was the final Baltimore farmers’ market of 2004. To mark the occasion we prepare pasta with crock pot sauce (loaded with goodies from the market) and a nice little side of sautéed broccoli rabe. After such a fine meal, there is no better way to complete the evening than with a visit to the Cold Stone Creamery.
With a little help from the kids, we convinced Grammy to join us for dinner. For the past two days, Grammy has been picking our daughter up from school. By way of saying thanks, we served one of her favorite salads for dinner. The main course was not too bad either.
We are very excited to have Nanny and Gramps visiting for Christmas. They rarely leave their Brooklyn home. Since they agreed to come a few weeks back, we have been (almost) expecting them to have a change of heart. But after a long journey, we enjoy their company for dinner and preparations for Christmas Eve dinner.
We are very excited to host Christmas Eve again this year. Excited and a little overwhelmed. To a certain extent, we have gotten used to hosting Christmas Eve. This year, we have some rather intimidating (but very much loved) guests—Nanny and Gramps.
Christmas is still fresh in our minds. With the help of leftovers, it is also fresh in our tummies.
Sarah, Eric and Olivia join us to welcome in 2005. The kids are very excited to have their little cousin visit. They had a grand time playing with her. She enjoyed her cousins and especially their toys. And everyone enjoyed the food.