Besides, we make up for spending every other time of the year...
To start, mom made a feast of appetizers suitable for an army. No joke.
|Savory Side...with homemade potato chips!|
|Meatballs, Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs, & Filet Mignon Kebabs|
|Savory Palmiers & Steak Bruschetta|
|Not my ashtray...gross!|
Then there was this cocktail creation of hers that had blood orange in it, simple syrup, some sort of fruit juice, and some tequila. I mentioned it was too sweet, so dad added more tequila...which turned out to not be a good idea because I didn't feel well later on and passed out when I got home, LOL. Between multiple drinks and all the coffee I consumed, I wasted valuable stomach space for all the delicious food!
As for desserts, there were all those cookies I made, plus mom had carrot cake (yum!), mini pumpkin pie tarts (two of which are in my freezer now), and some Kahlua cheesecake. Normally I am not a fan of cheesecake, but there's something about the ones my mom makes that I actually like! I wish there'd been a photo opportunity of the original cake; she makes them bundt-style with a crunchy chocolate outer coating and a creamy sweet inside.
Now for the gifts! Like I mentioned before, I went pretty low-key this year and made an effort to buy locally made items.
- For mom: Green & Black's chocolate, tea from Tea Forte, a jar of vanilla salt from The Greener Grocer, and a gift set from The Olive Orchard that contains: two bottles of (awesome) olive oil, herbs for dipping, and two dipping bowls (the set courtesy of Persephone's Kitchen where I won them- I'm trying to be frugal!)
- For dad: a bottle of Syrah from Kinkead Ridge purchased at The Bottle and Barrel plus a bag of My Dadz Nutz (a joke, but these are really good)
- For Jar: a makeup pouch handmade in a cute elephant print (she loves them) purchased during the North Market Holiday Open House and a gift card to Jeni's
As for me, I got some cool kitchen stuff, like this Darth Vader spatula. Yes, I shall use the Dark Side of the Force to flip my egg whites. Mwahahaha...
And then, the pièce de résistance:
Holy crap! I've been wanting a Le Creuset pot FOREVER. Who doesn't want one of these? Before mom left her previous employer, I kinda hinted I wanted one of these while she still had her discount, but I wasn't ready to shell out the money myself because it was still pretty pricey. I never suspected I would get it as a gift! And it's ORANGE. It matches the tea kettle I already own, my only other Le Creuset piece because the price was reasonable.
Overall it was a great holiday. Low-key and no drama. And the week of vacation since has been great so far. Doing NOTHING has been pretty awesome, but I have to keep reminding myself not to stress out about the fact that I haven't made some of the new things I want to try or that I haven't cracked open the HTML book.
I hope all of you had a fantastic holiday. Did anyone get anything cool/unexpected as a gift?