O Tannenbaum

November 28, 2010

Last year we procrastinated getting a Christmas tree for so long we decided the week before Christmas we just weren’t going to get one.

This year, we went out as soon as Thanksgiving was over to be sure we got enough love outta the tree.


Despite a few hundred pine needles in the back seat of Matt’s Honda, we were able to get our 6.5 ft. tree home and decorated no problem. Record timing too!

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Somebody’s in the Christmas spirit! He makes fun of me for starting the music too soon, but he’s been humming carols and had a fun time with the tree. I was impressed by his enthusiasm!


If you look closely, we have THREE angels in the tree!

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I started to get hungry mid-way through, so Matt brought up some grog from the basement.


Sip, sip.


A few of our favorites. You also might notice if you look closely that all of my ornaments are near the top and center. Matt’s have been placed at the bottom, including one of his brother, Andrew, that’s on the very lowest branch. ‘Tis tradition!!!!!  I’m sure they’ll be moved Winking smile 

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Only one ornament was crushed in the making of this blog post. And how weird is it that it was a hairy one!?


At 5:45 I realized I was starving and we had three choices:

    1. Have a big snack and spoil my dinner appetite.
    2. Have a small snack, be unsatisfied, have more small snacks, spoil my dinner appetite.
    3. Eat dinner.

So we pulled out the leftovers and got to work on sandwiches!


We’ve both been craving turkey sandwiches since turkey day but had yet to make them. Tonight seemed like the perfect occasion.


Turkey + Cran + Cheddar for me, with a side of broccoli salad


The aged sharp cheddar totally MADE the sandwich!!! I used to think you can’t taste cheese on sandwiches so why bother? But now I’ve realized that you can’t taste BAD cheese on sandwiches. Aged cheddar is key for a good cheese + jam combo. This one was outta this world good.



The broccoli salad was a few crowns of broc, steamed in the microwave for 2 minutes in a little water, then mixed with:

  • 2 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil mayo
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp dried berries
  • Salt + peppa

Being a huge fan of all things sweet + savory as well as all things crunchy, I loved it!



His came with 2x the bread, a curried turkey salad and mashed potatoes!



39 degrees – seems like a nice night for a walk to me! NOT!


Actually it was a perfect time for a walk. We bundled up and headed out for a 30 minute whiz around our neighborhood, discussing features of our dream house. 

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After blogging, I can’t wait to curl up with my book by the Christmas lights!

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1 rebecca lustig November 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

the broccoli salad looks like snow covered trees!

or maybe thats just me getting way too into the holiday spirit…


2 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I feel like everyone in blog world has gotten their tree this weekend- I can’t wait to get mine!! Hope you have a great night.


3 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Your tree is beautiful! Love all the colors.
I’m working on getting my family to start decorating…it’s tough!


4 Laura I. November 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

It’s amazing how living in a special city makes getting in the Christmas spirit so effortless. I always loved spending Christmas in Charlottesville:-)


5 Kristy @ KristyRuns November 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

The tree looks GREAT! Gotta love those 40 degree night-time run/walks! Just got back from one myself. :)


6 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Your tree looks awesome!


7 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Your tree looks so wonderful and festive!


8 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

That broccoli salad reminds me of the one at the WFs hot bar…I love it. I remade it once but it wasn’t quite as good.

I’ve been cutting off slices of asiago cheese all night. Quality cheese is so worth the extra $$.


9 Cara Craves... November 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Your tree looks so great!
I love how Christmas trees can sorta tell a story of a person’s life.

Totally with you on the cheese thing…if it’s going to be on the
sandwich, it better be good!


10 Dottie November 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

My brother and Sis in law are a few weeks away from opening their own company. The “South Durham Confection Company”. They create savory cookies, think european biscuits that are meant to be paired with craft beers. I’d love to send you some for you own thoughts but can’t find info on sending you things! Jimmy is a national gold medal homebrew winner, as well as other honors, and Alison is an amazing home cook. They combined their skills to start a new adventure. Let me know if you’re interested!
Thanks, Dottie


11 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm

LOVE broccoli salad! It’s one of my favorities for sure!


12 stacey-healthylife November 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Such a pretty tree, love your house.


13 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Yayy!! I can’t wait to put mine up! Christmas trees add so much joy instantaneously. :)


14 [email protected] November 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Gorgeous tree! And I love your showcasing of that kickass nail polish!


15 Sana November 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

It was so chilly today! I am glad you were able to get out for a quick walk!


16 Meagan November 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

When you say “I’m hungry” does that mean a stomach growl for food or does it mean “I like the idea of food and kinda need to nosh on something?”
I’ve always wondered this. Everyone defines hunger in a different way!


17 Kath November 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

For me hunger is physical. If it were mental, I’d say “I wanted to boredom eat” or something (I’ve said that before!) I do think there are levels of hunger. There’s a “I might need something in 30 minutes” vs “I’m getting light headed feed me now” spectrum.


18 Natalia - a side of simple November 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I’m so happy you got a tree and decorated already :) I also have to admit that your turkey sandwich looks the best out of all the ones I’m seen so far. Maybe it’s the broccoli side that I’m dying to mix up??


19 Ravenous Rowie November 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

A book and christmas lights sounds like the perfect evening! Your tree is beautiful, and now I’m craving turkey sandwiches!


20 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Awww I love your Christmas tree! I want to set mine up now!!


21 Paige @Running Around Normal November 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Beautiful tree! We just decorated ours tonight too! so much fun :)


22 Kimberly @ Servantless American Cook November 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

My favorite thing to do read, talk, whatever around the Christmas tree! It makes me so happy. Enjoy!


23 Namaste Gurl November 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Neat tree and love that you carry on traditions. And your winter broccoli salad looks fab– glad yours isn’t heavy in mayo as I HATE mayo :)


24 Katy @ A Healthy Shot November 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Cheddar on the turkey sandwich is genius!! I can’t get enough of the leftover cranberry relish, so this will be perfect for lunch tomorrow :)
Your tree is gorgeous!


25 Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

One of my favorite things about your recipes are how you can turn such simple foods (side of broccoli, for example) into unique dishes. Yum!

I don’t think we’re getting a tree this year :( We’ll be out of town and I just don’t think it’s gonna happen!


26 Krystina November 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I can’t wait to put our tree up next weekend. Yours looks great!


27 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Your tree looks great! We are getting ours tomorrow. I love Christmas time!


28 Amy at TheSceneFromMe November 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Those nails are fabulous! Love that blue sky color.
My decor went up before Thanksgiving. I don’t think that’s a faux pas!


29 Amanda (Eating Up) November 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I need to find a book to read soon! I have a lot of time in December for some pleasure reading which I’m really excited about!


30 Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy November 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

AH your tree is up and I am so jealous! I have actually been so busy making other dishes with my thanksgiving leftovers that I haven’t had a thanksgiving sandwich yet this year. I think I might have to wait until next year :-(


31 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Your tree looks great! Just a few more weeks until the holidays :)


32 Hannah November 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I do love putting up the Christmas Tree and the ceremony of it all! Sadly this year I’m away when my housemate’s father is delivering out tree, so I’ll miss out. Yours looks beautiful!


33 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I’ll have to try this broccoli salad–I’ve got all the ingredients!


34 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate November 28, 2010 at 11:09 pm

LOVE the tree! So cute!


35 ilana November 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Your tree is so pretty! I saw trees at the farmer’s market this AM, and now I am thinking of going to get a little guy. I did buy some amazing aged goat cheese today and will be making a cheese sandwich post haste.


36 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul November 28, 2010 at 11:26 pm

We had decided to forgo the tree this year, but this post makes me pine (pun intended) for a tree… Maybe we’ll have to rethink it.


37 Alaina November 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Ooh, I love your Christmas tree! I put up ours today(it’s only 4 feet tall), had the apple cider candle going and the Sounds of the Season playing on our TV. I love this time of year!


38 Kiran November 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Loved loved the tree and ornaments! So beautiful!
And the broccoli salad looks scrumptious! Yum!


39 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

your tree is so pretty! we’re tackling that one tomorrow…wish me luck!


40 sassy molassy November 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

Aw, your tree is so pretty! I love it. We aren’t putting up a tree this year bc we’re flying back to Michigan to visit the manfriend’s family for a week. I kind of miss a tree already. Those turkey sandwiches look delish!


41 Mama Pea November 29, 2010 at 12:33 am

You got your blo-jo back (blogging mojo). Yay!


42 Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side November 29, 2010 at 1:49 am

Wow, it sounds like you just had the perfect evening. Your tree looks great! We’re getting ours Wednesday- I can’t waaaait :) And YEAH on the chedda!


43 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 29, 2010 at 2:04 am

Your tree looks SO cute! :)

Love leftover turkey sandwiches. You can definitely taste good, pungent cheeses on sandwiches. Bleu, Swiss, and cheddar are my favs!


44 Laura (Starloz) November 29, 2010 at 2:12 am

woah, AWESOME tree!

your sandwich looks incredible


45 natalie @ http://healthybalancingact.blogspot.com/ November 29, 2010 at 5:42 am

your tree looks beautiful :)


46 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 29, 2010 at 6:33 am

I love reading by the tree!! 😀

Your Christmas tree looks beautiful! 😀


47 Shannon November 29, 2010 at 6:38 am

Beautiful tree!


48 Lauren November 29, 2010 at 6:50 am

Glad you got the tree up this year. It looks beautiful! :)

As does dinner. So festive and delicious!


49 Simply Life November 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

what a beautiful tree and decorations!


50 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 29, 2010 at 7:37 am

The tree is beautiful! I can’t wait to do mine!


51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 29, 2010 at 7:48 am

Your tree looks so pretty! It’s making me excited to get ours, but we don’t usually get it until the week before Christmas! I don’t know if I can wait that long!


52 Felicity November 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

Cheddar paired with jam is awesome!


53 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 29, 2010 at 8:39 am

I prefer to wait until after December 1 to put up my tree. I don’t like to get into the spirit too soon.


54 Halley (Blunder Construction) November 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

Hahaha, you know, I kind of dislike teddy bears (as you once did), but seeing these silly bears on your blog has helped them to find a place in my heart! Of COURSE your tree-topped is one of the bears. Looks great!


55 Julie @ Honey B. Nutrition November 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

One of the downsides of not hosting Thanksgiving at your house is that you don’t get leftovers. They are so the best part. LOVE the walking after dinner idea!!


56 Mimi November 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

I love the bear “angel” atop the tree!


57 Kath November 29, 2010 at 9:16 am

Typo was fixed 1 minute after posting last night, but unfortunately Google Reader doesn’t update!


58 lindsay November 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

Love this post! Love the holidays :)


59 [email protected] November 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love Christmas time!!! Ya’ll did a great job decorating that tree!!


60 Kori November 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

Your tree looks terrific! I hope you’ve started off to a fabulous Monday!


61 Shannon @ A Better Me November 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

Your tree looks awesome! I love real Christmas trees! They smell so cozy 😀


62 Linda November 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

I love your Christmas tree!!!!!! =)


63 Amber K November 29, 2010 at 11:10 am

I hate it when I have those three choices. Dinner early or a big snack with a late dinner usually happens. I have definitely learned that a small snack, followed by more small snacks is just annoying!


64 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

gorgeous tree!


65 Katie November 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m trying to work on that too, just have dinner when you feel like it instead of making yourself wait for a certain “dinner time” and then just feel unsatisfied.


66 Vanessa Nielsen November 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Your tree looks absolutely gorgeous! Those sandwiches too. :)


67 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Your christmas tree is very pretty! I’m not a big fan of Christmas in general so I we never have a tree :) also, dinner looks delicious. It’s been a while since we last had a sandwich dinner!


68 Laura November 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

My in-laws have made the tradition of doing Thanksgiving turkey leftovers sandwiches on Thanksgiving night and it rocks my socks. There is nothing better than a Thanksgiving sandwich!


69 Dee November 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Ooh, love your Christmas tree!

That sandwich and broccoli salad looks really good!


70 Jan November 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Great tree!! And I really really like the tree skirt too! Is it just a red blanket of sorts?


71 Kath November 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Yup! A red fleece blanket


72 Jan November 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Cool! I love the landscapey feel it creates.


73 Beth November 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Everything about this screams “Christmas is almost here!!!!” Love it.


74 Carrie Beth November 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

i LOVE the way you framed the chrismtas tree with the other pictures!!


75 Nancy November 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I made the broccoli salad last night for supper using fresh broccoli from my garden. It was really good, so I took the rest of it with me to work for lunch today. While I was eating it I found 3 small worms in the salad so the rest went into the garbage. At least I didn’t find any 1/2 worms! Need to figure out a better way to get the worms out before eating my garden fresh broccoli.


76 Kath November 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Oh my goodness!!


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