Ever since December 16, we have had family visiting our home! On Friday at 2 pm, the flooring guys finally were done laying floor boards and staining the stairs. Which meant within 4 hours, we had all our furniture and decor moved back in the home, plus I had to prepare for our first round of guests. I was STRESSED!
The next group of guests arrived on Friday before Christmas, and included Clint’s side of the family – his dad, brother and sister-in-law from Memphis. The weather was surprisingly warmer once the weekend rolled around. The boys just loved all the attention they got with their family members doting on them every second (and I LOVED the extra sets of hands!)
We all love to hang around the house, eat good food and relax during Christmas. I got the new Chrissy Tiegen recipe book, Cravings, for Christmas, and we tried the Mac & Cheese recipe, Ramen Salad and the Biscuits and Gravy. They were all SO good (but none of them were what I would call easy and DEFINITELY not light!)
Christmas morning rolled around and our tree had lots of great presents under it for the kiddos thanks to Santa! Shep had such a blast the night before putting the cookies and milk out for Santa, he was very concerned that he needed his strength to drop off LOTS of presents. (Sidenote: This is the FIRST tree Clint and I ever bought together, back when we were dating in Arizona. It’s so small and fake, but this year we just couldn’t justify getting a real tree and having to move it while our flooring was getting done. I kind of like the quaintness of it, too).
Lindsey and I made a biscuit bar with the gravy from Cravings – it was heavenly. She adds red pepper flakes so it has a little spice to it, which is delicious!
December 26, my family (Mom, Dad, Laura and Corbin) joined us for a BIG family celebration and dinner. Shep and Beau got more toys from Santa, and we all hung around playing Wits & Wagers and eating delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup from Gimme Some Oven (one of my favorite food bloggers!) It was 60 degrees, so Laura, Corbin and I headed outside for a much needed run.
That night, we had a big family dinner of my mother’s lasagna. Having the house full of family was so wonderful and what the holidays are all about. I never want it to end. I’m just thankful that Clint got me a Roomba for Christmas so cleanup has been so much easier (yes, this girl got a vacuum and I couldn’t be happier – ha!) The funny thing is, the boys love watching the Robot clean up – it’s like a toy for them.
How was your Christmas? Do you have any great recipes from your holiday hosting to share?