Christmas 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I hate to say this….. but I’m glad Christmas is over. Who am I??? I’m usually so so sad once the holidays are over, I just want to go into hibernation and skip January and February. In all seriousness though, this month has been really difficult. If you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting, it’s because there has been a lot of things going on that have been taking my attention. I will be working harder at the start of the year to get back on track with posting and especially bringing new recipes to Odessa Darling.

Anyway, moving onto Christmas! I’m not sure if it’s because Christmas fell on a Sunday this year, or because of all the other insanity going on, but it really snuck up on me this year. Meaning: we were at Home Depot finishing Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve 15 minutes before they closed. I’m not usually such a procrastinator! In general, yes, but Christmas, no. Also, FYI: if you’re at Home Depot right before closing on Christmas Eve, you can get a fresh cut Christmas tree fo freeeee! I’m sorry, but if you haven’t gotten a Christmas tree by Christmas Eve, you should probably just wait for next year.

One part of Christmas prep I didn’t procrastinate on: cookies. I started early, froze some, gave some away, baked a million more, and ended up with a mountain of boxes and bags to give away for Christmas. I adore baking, but sweets and my tum don’t mix well, so I don’t usually bake much except the Holidays. Which means I’m making up for 12 months of not baking in one month. Care to guess how many cookies I baked this year? ….. 30 dozen. No, not kidding. Yes, I am insane. This year’s baking include a few repeats from last year and a few new recipes! I made:

Peppermint mocha cookies

Vegan ginger molasses cookies

White chocolate cranberry cookies

Salted caramel peanut butter truffles (not gonna lie. I ate most of these)

Chai spice snowball cookies

M&M Oreo cookie bars

Andes mint chocolate chunk cookies

Maple cinnamon star cookies

We spent our Christmas making a lot of stops, as usual. Sometimes it’s easy to get tired and frustrated about having to go so many places, but I try to make myself remember why it’s awesome: it just means we have that many people that we love, who love us, that want to spend time with us. And when I think about that, I stop complaining. We started the day off at my parent’s house, where we opened presents and had a big brunch. Ham, bacon, eggs, hash browns, alll the noms. I love Christmas brunch. We spent a few hours after that at Jensen’s mom’s, then had dinner at my Uncle’s house. All in all it was a really great Christmas, except for the fact that the next day was Monday 🙁

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

Christmas 2016 | Odessa Darling

 

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