December 30, 2011

Christmas Treats and a Feast Part 1

Another Christmas has come and gone.  Is it just me or did it fly by too quickly? I feel like it was a whirlwind of craziness and was over before I realized it.   I baked all kinds of goodies and forgot to take pictures to share with you.  I made candies with a friend that had pretzels with a rolo candy baked until soft, then you press an M & M or pecan on top.  Once it sets it's a delicious salty candy. 

I also made a Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake for a friend.  She had mentioned how much she would love to try it.   So out of the goodness of my heart, I made one and it turned out beautifully and surprised her with it.  She was so excited and it made me feel good!   I took a quick picture with my phone before running out the door.

My husband and I traveled to Seattle to visit his family for Christmas.  We always enjoy our short time with them.  We only make it out to the west coast to visit twice a year at most but normally only once for Christmas.  Our very chatty and charming niece who is over a year and a half was very entertaining and filled us with joy.  She tugged at our hearts and provided much cuteness the entire time. I chased her around with the camera of course.  Here is a sampling of pictures I was able to capture of the adorable little child.

My sister-in-law and her husband hosted a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner.  The delicious 3 course meal started with grilled romaine, ceasar dressing and homemade croutons.  The char on the greens provided a subtle and welcome hint of smoky flavor. I really enjoyed it! The main dish presented was a homemade pasta topped with meaty yet light bolognese sauce.  Dessert was a decadent rich chocolate tart loaded with nuts. 

Stayed tuned for Christmas Treats and a Feast Part 2! I'll share photos of the tasty spread for Christmas brunch and dinner.


brandyowen said...

The White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake was amazing. I loved it and so did my sister who is crazy about the three main ingredients as well. There was a perfect amount of each and they blended so well! Thank you again!!!!

Cara said...

It was wonderful having Chrystal and Chris in Seattle for Christmas. Chrystal is the best Auntie to Ila! Ila just loved playing with her Auntie and we loved nibbling on the best cookies ever(Chrystal's peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip awesomeness). Looking forward to many more holidays with great food and even better company!