The week leading up to Christmas is always hectic in the best way. All my groups of people do separate things which means I get to celebrate with a whole lot of people surrounded by a bunch of great food that I didn’t cook. I had very few meals at home in the last 7 days and I thought I would be ready for some simple food again but I’m feeling pretty ready to keep embracing the holiday season. As an intuitive eater I find it much easier to still feel like myself around the holidays. There is no need to way over do it on a meal or several meals (including Christmas cookies) because I know they will be there tomorrow for left overs or that instead of focusing on only the food, I can focus on the people because at the end of the day, they are the reason this season is most important (the food is pretty awesome too, though 🙂 ). Here were some of my favorites from the week! Merry Christmas if you celebrate and happy holidays everyone!
One of the first celebrations was with my grad school friends. They make my life so happy and school like 20 times better. Lalita (far left up above) is an amazing chef!
Home made pasta- yes, home made. She made lamb and we had various veggies and carb sources too + an awesome dessert.
Next up was an awesome white elephant ornament exchange at Sarah’s house with all of our sisters and lots of friends and their moms! Mamma wood made enchiladas and they were AMAZING. She also makes an awesome salad and we had oodles of cookies to choose from at the end.
+ wine and more wine.
Next were various friend meet ups and a middle school reunion with awesome Mexican food. It was rude to have my phone out so I didn’t snap a pic till later in the night and it was only a selfie. Sarah has been my best friend till 4th grade and all our teachers were so happy we were still the little 4th grade pair!
The next photos are some home meals we had. I’ve been having lots of bread with some cheese type thing, an egg, and some veggies for breakfast. I whipped up a cabinet lunch curry and found some kale to go with it and had that for 2 lunches and then we had taco salad one night. Also been loving oatmeal!
The next event was a Y thing- we had lasagna and salad- so good!
Those were my favorites, I won’t show you everything! Here’s actual Christmas!
My dad made crab cakes for after mass on Christmas Eve- so satisfying. We never eat these! We also had a big German feast with cheesy potatoes, 2 proteins, and salad + lots of dessert after!
I hope you enjoyed lots of food and wonderful company. Off to Lake Arrowhead- will come back with a post with more words and less photos!