Christmas 2014: Capon, Trifle and a Tree Named Eric

December 30, 2014 · 2 comments


Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying this festive time of year — I certainly have. Although, I did so much running around to prepare for Christmas that I’m now completely drained. As a result, I’m going keep the writing to a minimum on this post and to let the photos speak for themselves. I know you understand.

I whipped up these Martha Stewart buttermilk pancakes on Christmas Eve morning. We had oatmeal the next day, but that’s not nearly as exciting.

My mom gave us this new ornament. It’s personalized with our names and wedding date on the back — too cute!

I got several nice gifts, but these were my favorite. What can I say? I’m easy to please. Luke gave me the gift cards and my mother-in-law, Kathryn, gave me the slippers. I have worn them every day since!

They reminded me of my favorite holiday movie, The Ref. Slipper socks…medium. Anyone else with me on this one?

Luke and Kathryn did the majority of the cooking, so it was my job to set the table and shove everything under our bed tidy the apartment before our friends Andy and Hisa arrived. Don’t you love our faux fireplace? Oh and yes, we named our tree Eric. I made a rule a few years ago that all plants in our home will be given a name starting with the letter “E.” Last year’s tree was Eleanora and the rubber plant to the right is Eugene. Random traditions are fun! Some people talk about their pets like they are people and that’s what we do with plants. Eric looks beautiful, doesn’t he? Do you think Eric is thirsty? Hehe.

We felt pretty fancy using our fine china for the first time!

Me and Kathryn

The boys enjoying bone marrow.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the salad the most! Arugula, boiled golden beets, pomegranate seeds and goat cheese. We kept the dressing simple: Olive oil + lemon + pinch of sugar.

Capon, dressing + lots of roasted veggies. Everything was delicious, but if I had to do it over I think I would have chosen a veggie with a different texture for a little more contrast.

Christmas Crackers!

The moment I waited for all night — dessert! Here we have a trifle, cheesecake, peanut butter-chocolate fudge, baklava and English chocolates. Yum!

Dinner the next night: Leftovers!

And Saturday I reset my system with a FREE green juice from Juice Press. New Yorkers, check out their run club promo!

I have to say, overall I feel really good about my eating choices and healthy habits over the past week. Sure, I overindulged on sweets a few times, but I exercised on most days and made many mindful, healthy and balanced decisions. I’ll be entering 2015 feeling pretty good and I consider that a success!

Tell me: What’s the best thing you ate over the holidays? What choices are you proud of?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley @ Kickashmom January 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

Happy holidays! Hope you had a great new year!


Ellen January 2, 2015 at 10:19 am

Thanks, Ashley! Happy New Year – let’s make it a great one! :)


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