Merry Christmas everyone! We hosted my side of the family but my mom still made so much food. We did a prime rib. Used Kenji Lopez Alt’s reverse sear method. Highly recommend. Mom brought ham, smoked salmon, and sides. My sister brought a side and dessert. My mom said that she was relieved from decorating and clean up so she was ok making/bringing so much.
It was nice decorating. We used a lot of our glassware, dishware and cutlery from our wedding registry. I know cash is most useful but I really don’t regret having a registry.
We will be going to my husband’s family on the 27th.
My husband and I splurged on presents this year. I got him a fancy meat thermometer and he got me a sauté pan. I guess we like cooking haha.
I got some I think useful stocking stuffer like presents for people: chain mail cleaner for cast iron, stainless steel “soap” stone, cake tester, wine pump/stopper. I also made my dad a “priceless” chip and dip bowl from pottery haha.
My siblings and I got our dad some art supplies and an instructional book on drawing.
I got my niece a stepping stone she can paint, bake and then put in the garden. For my nephew I got him a sensory bin. I actually got them each a 18” Squishmallow from Costco. They actually wanted that from Santa so I passed that on to my sister. They brought their Squishmallows to our place today and it was really sweet.