Merry Christmas Eve! I am up in Illinois at my parent’s house this week to celebrate Christmas. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw that I got up here a few days ago. It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite holiday and absolute favorite time of year, so I always love to see how other people decorate for it. While I’m not even in the same league as my mom (seriously, the house looks so great right now), I wanted to share a few pictures from my apartment. Even though I came up to Illinois, I still had to decorate; especially since it’s the last Christmas season I’ll have there (I’m moving to another apartment in Charlotte in January).
Feel free to skip this post if you just came for the food, but since everyone’s menus are probably already planned, I wanted to post this. We’re having crab cakes and crab and shrimp marinated in lemons and parsley tonight, then we’ll wake up to orange cinnamon rolls (yep, from a can!) and mimosas tomorrow, along with a strata if my mom feels like making one tonight. Tomorrow night we’re having a roast beast that my dad picked up from a local meat shop here in town, spinach casserole (specifically my cousin, Katy’s, version – twice the amount of cheese!), mashed potatoes with buttermilk, and Parker House rolls with a leek compound butter that I will be making as soon as I post this. Oh, and a pecan pie that my mom won’t let me make the crust for – we’ll be making them side-by-side today so she can teach me! Haha. Let me know if there are any unique dishes that you all will be making – I always love to hear what everyone is having.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
These are discs from my Christmas trees from year’s past. Every year I have the guy at the tree lot slice off an end for me and I write the date and put them in this dish (an idea from my aunt) along with corks from bottles of champagne that I enjoy during the season.
My Christmas tree decorated with copious amounts of ornaments – ever since I was young my mom has given my brother and I a couple of ornaments each year so I have quite the collection.