As much as I love Christmas, I don’t really love Christmas Day. It’s always kind of sad to me – the wait is over. The Christmas music tolerance is nearly used up [for most of us 😉 ]
Other than packing, cleaning, preparing for our vacation and a quick shower, we didn’t do much during the day today.
For lunch we ate bakery leftovers: a sandwich lovingly prepared by Alex + Ellen as they cleaned out the sandwich cooler [I like to have fun with our order forms!]
The salad in a bag was scrumptious! I added blue cheese, olive oil and honey. And loved the tofu + cheddar + chutney combo.
Mid afternoon we went for a walk, going through downtown to run by the bank.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse..
We were greeted by El Leon aka Pumpkin upon our return! She actually came inside for a bit (and got stuck behind the couch!) and I fed her special kitty milk in a bowl for Christmas (since her owners are out of town)
While our Christmas Day was super chill, we knew we had a big evening planned!
Sara + Juan were here and we had them over for a four-course feast! We thought breaking dinner in to courses would make it feel more special – and it certainly did!
[Matt’s lamp acted as a centerpiece – ]
Sara brought over courses one and two: a scrumptious salad with bleu cheese, pear and candied pecans
Followed by Whole Foods Curried Pumpkin Soup, which I loved! [It was even better with a few goat cheese crumbles on top!]
A wonderful Napa Cab was passed around the table
The main course was Matt’s specialty: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. We stuffed it with Wisconsin Bleu Cheese (that Wisconsin itself sent me for a recipe a while back) and dried fruit mix because I was out of dates. Served with roasted brussels [tossed in EVOO and maple syrup and roasted for 30 minutes at 350*] and green beans tossed in butter and smoked paprika [also roasted for about 25 minutes at 350*]. Virginia rolls rounded out the plate!
For dessert, we uncorked Seamane and Rob’s HOMEMADE egg nog!! All boozed up and super strong, I might add!
It was fantastic..
Especially with a sliver of Great Harvest Pecan Pie!
[My alarm is set for 3:30!]