Do you remember winter break when you were in college?

I don’t know about you, but we got a full month off.  It was amazing.  Although, I’m sure my parents were ready to throw me back like a little fish toward the end.

It has been a while since I had that kind of time on my hands, but it has been nice to have six whole days all to myself to celebrate Christmas, cook, eat, see friends like Colleen and Juli, and entertain nephews.

I’ve never been one to take down Christmas decorations before New Years.  Nor have my parents.  First of all, my mother’s Christmas decorations (this is just one of the many trees she puts up every year) are beautiful and make the house seem so festive and warm.  Second, do any of us really want to admit that the most wonderful time of the year has come and gone in a flash?

And although I may not have the kind of vacation time that I used to, I’m feeling like a little kid on the last day of break before school starts again.

“But I don’t wannna get up early and sit in front of a computer for eight hourrrrs!!”

At least I’ll have the wrapping paper carnage to look back on fondly.

And thankfully, there were no actual hangovers to contend with this year.  Although there were a few of these:

Nothing like an alcoholic beverage on top of a child-made placemat.  Quite the example setter, I am.

There were more than a few sugar hangovers throughout the week, I’ll say that much.  In fact, I think I’m coming down off of one right now.

After all, what’s better after a morning of unwrapping presents?

If you said whipped cream mixed with brown sugar in lieu of maple syrup, you would be correct.  I don’t know who started it, but it became a Christmas morning tradition.  It’s totally indulgent and completely necessary.

There was a ton of real food, too, don’t get me wrong.

My sister paired our sugary waffles with a crustless spinach and cheese quiche.  I’ll have to make a mental note to wrangle the recipe out of her.

One of the presents that I gave my parents for Christmas was homemade chimichurri, so my dad made a trip to the store for some skirt steak to pair with it.

I marinated the steak in half the sauce for about 2 hours and then we grilled them and drizzled more sauce on top.  I love skirt steak.  It’s easy to cook and you don’t have to pay for any bones!  (You all know how I hate paying for things that I can’t actually consume.)

I am so thankful this year that there has never been a shortage of amazing food and love in my family.  It’s way too easy to take all that for granted.

And I’m thankful for all of my readers!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and time to enjoy it with loved ones!

What was the best meal you enjoyed during the last week?

6 thoughts on “Reemerging

  1. You had me at whip cream and brown sugar…
    who is the genius that came up with that?!?!?!

    My mom does well with most holiday meals. But I do have to say I look forward to sausage egg casserole for Christmas Eve brunch every year. And sometimes request it for non-holidays when I’m randomly home. Soooo good.

  2. Hmmm, my favorite meal was probably at my mom’s. Beef tenderloin, greyere scalloped potatoes, twice baked sweet potatoes… mmmm.

    I miss winter break in college so much. It was a wonderful time.

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