It was a Foodie Christmas

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! It came and went so quickly, like the blink of an eye. It doesn’t help that it was humid and 78 degrees on Christmas day down here. I am SO looking forward to our winter escape to Breckenridge this week! Snow and 0 degrees… Wooo!!

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My Christmas gifts were further proof that I am an not the average 22 year old. I got just ONE item of clothing.. just ONE, and that’s because my Aunt always insists on getting me something trendy (because if I buy something myself it won’t be?)

Our friend's decorated mantle... looks like Southern Living!

Our friend’s decorated mantle… looks like Southern Living!

pretty cool

Instead, I stocked up on a variety of cooking and gardening gifts that will help me out at my new place and also help out with working on my M.R.S. degree… just kidding. I have no desire for that sort of thing now, but I find that I’m amply more prepared in the home section of life compared to my friends.

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The gifts included…

  • Kitchenaid Stand Mixer (FINALLY!) –Mess free baking and a must-have for someone like me who only bakes from scratch.
  • hot guy apron –with shirtless hot guys on it, makes baking a little sweeter!
  • An Earth Box garden box –So when I decide to pack up and leave in less than 24 hours (J/K) my garden can go with me
  • Spatula set
  • Real Simple magazine subscription
  • Grow Your Own Herb terarium– The box says ages 4+, but hey I figure I need to start with the basics as I grow my first herb garden
  • A knife sharpener– I’ve found cutting takes so much less effort (and is safer) if you have a good sharp knife
  • A “Knife Skills” class from Cook’s Warehouse– Not so much juggling knives, more like using them properly
my "hot guy" apron

my “hot guy” apron

Pretty good gifts this year! Now that I think of it, the only clothes I did get were 2 pairs of compression running tights… so that also fits with my foodie and fitness persona.

I love meals at our dining room table

I love meals at our dining room table

This was the first time in about 5 years that we stayed at home the whole day on Christmas. I wanted to cook a nice meal, so I went with an Italian-style feast: Red Leaf Lettuce and Frisee Salad, Balsamic Glazed Swordfish, and Stuffed Shells. I made most of the stuffed shells traditional, but to be weird and satisfy my pumpkin obsession, I cooked my shells different- I filled them with a ricotta, pumpkin and portabello mixture and made a pumpkin pepper broccoli sauce to go on top.

my orange addiction- pumpkin stuffed shells

my orange addiction- pumpkin stuffed shells

What did everyone else get this year? Were your gifts more practical or gifty? Did you cook a nice meal for your family?

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