My weekend started out like any typical weekend….Pizza Friday!
Andy mentioned last week that he may be getting sick of Pizza Friday. Sick of pizza? He’s crazy. I could eat pizza every day! Luckily when Friday rolled around, Andy was craving pizza. Phew! He had a Papa John’s veggie pizza waiting for me when I came home (I get home around 8pm on Fridays). What a guy!
On Saturday, Andy and I got ready to host a Christmas party at our house. The party was with Andy’s extended family, which is always a blast. This year we were originally supposed to have it at Andy’s parent’s house. Unfortunately their furnace broke and it was not getting replaced until today. Andy and I saved Christmas and offered to have it at our house. Hooray for Christmas Miracles! 😉
A Colorful Run
Before I got the house spic n’ span, I went for a much needed run. It was freezing outside when I left, so I bundled up. It was a mere 14 degrees and windy. Plus, my neighborhood does not plow its streets (I mean because Cleveland doesn’t get much snow or anything…!), so it was covered with snow and ice. However, it was a nice run! It was challenging, but I felt great after (once I thawed!) I did 3 miles. I looked like a crazy person though, with the variety of colors I wore. I call it my “Technicolor Dream Coat” look.
Don’t I look like someone who should be on “What not to Wear”? 😉
Moving on to the party! Andy’s mom came over at 1pm to start setting up and getting the food ready. She had already made chicken marsala, cheesy and delicious (but not so healthy) potatoes that I could eat by the gallon, carrots, green beans with garlic, and many many dips, appetizers, and desserts. It was heaven!
As we were getting ready, we of course had to put antlers on the dogs. Christmas would not be the same without doing that. Boo took em’ off immediately but Sophia at least let me snap some pictures.
What cute little Christmas Helpers!
I was put on bar duty (naturally) for the night. I served up wine, beer and three different martinis: chocolate, eggnog, and cranberry (recipes at the end!)
I had my fare share of martinis and my favorite was the eggnog!
Each of us was a ‘secret santa’ to someone else so we took turns opening gifts. My secret santa was Andy’s cousin’s wife. She got me some tea, hot chocolate, a santa mug, some cute pot holders, cookie mix, and an ice cream scoop (we don’t have one!) It was a great gift!
It was a great night of family, fun, and food! Nothing beats it! I’m looking forward to this coming weekend of more family, fun and food when my parents and brother come up for a visit! We’ll be celebrating with Andy’s parents as well. I love this time of year when we’re all together.
The following day, Sophia and Boo were exhausted from all the festivities. They barely came out of my room!
Don’t worry, they’re back to their crazy selves today!
- 1.5 oz dark rum
- 1 oz vanilla vodka
- 3 oz eggnog
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
- Graham cracker crumbs to line the edge of the glass
- 1 oz vanilla vodka
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- 1 oz chambord liqueur
- Fresh cranberry to garnish (can use use a toothpick to the cranberries on)
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1/2 oz chocolate liqueur
- 1/2 oz creme de’ cacao
- splash of half and half
- Chocolate syrup to drizzle on the rim of glass
Do you run in the snow?
What is your favorite thing to eat or drink during the holidays? I’m definitely an appetizer/dip girl! I love variety!