Robbie, Naomi, and Sarah came over to our house on Christmas Eve and we had a nice spaghetti dinner. It was perfect. Always nice to spend time with family. Damien and Sarah seemed to get along better this time and actually played together. Both so energetic 🙂
Christmas Day was nice as well. I believe we did a great job with presents this year without a list. Scott and I made chicken, mashed potatoes, and stuffing for dinner. I picked out blackberry cobbler for dessert which I thought was excellent, but apparently both Scott and Damien hated the seeds so I guess there’s more for me. Can’t win ’em all!
We decided to try something a little different this year and take pictures of the gift opening instead of a video. The following are from Grandma and Grandpa Hanks:
The following are from Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Whitehill and Grandpa Whitehill. The leftover money will be great to help replace his eyeglasses that he happened to break later in the day.
The following is from Great Grandma and Tom:
The gift from Santa:
And lastly, the following are from Mom and Dad:
Thank you everyone for the presents and contributions to another great year 😀
We all had the day after Christmas off from work/school to enjoy the gifts even more. Damien cracked me up this morning by showing me impressions of his emojis, haha!
Damien kept pestering us to set up rock tumbler. I didn’t know very much about it, but discovered it takes WEEKS to see the final product. There are various levels of grit and each level takes several days. I posted a short video below to show how much noise it makes. We set it up in the laundry room so we don’t have to hear it. Definitely excited to see the results.
Lastly, Damien and I made and decorated the Zombie Dance Party sugar cookies today. A good way to end the day 🙂
Now to get ready for the work week. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Christmas is almost here! Definitely my favorite time of year. Damien refused to create a Christmas list or tell us what he wanted so we had to guess on all of the gifts. I also offered to take him to see Santa and he informed me that he’s afraid of Santa because of his beard and didn’t want to see him at all. Oh well, I guess. One less thing for me to do.
Today was Damien’s last level-2 swim lesson. We’re taking a break until the springtime. I didn’t like level-2 as much as level-1 because the instructors were frequently gone and they had to combine classes with level-1. It makes the classes bigger and they can’t do as much.
Last week we did another meal prep week and here’s how it went:
Slow cooker beef w/carrots, celery, and potatoes (It was acceptable, but I don’t like cooked carrots or celery. Probably won’t make again.)
Lemon caper cod w/butternut squash halves and sauteed spinach (I could only find frozen cod fillets and they didn’t thaw all the way before we cooked them so it didn’t turn out. I did try the cod and thought it had a good flavor, but Scott absolutely refused a taste based on appearance. The squash and spinach were meh to us. Not a success.)
Mediterranean turkey burgers w/rosemary fries (Great flavor in the burgers, but Scott and I think it would taste even better with beef instead of ground turkey. And we both loved the fries!)
Beef and roasted pepper fajitas (My favorite! It used the leftover beef from Monday’s roast. SOOOOOO good! Scott liked them too, but not as much as me apparently.)
Bell pepper and mushrooms scramble as the breakfast option (Really good. Would make again. Scott doesn’t care much for mushrooms, but still liked it.)
Guacamole (It was supposed to be with pork rinds as the snack, but we already had tortilla chips and used them instead.)
Which brings us to this week! Scott is at Maxwell AFB in Alabama this week for training and I’m on a urinalysis detail all week. Which means we didn’t do the meal prep because it’s just Damien and I at the house. I set up all of the Christmas decorations and have finished with most of the Christmas shopping for Damien. I’m running out of time!
Scott and I are trying out a meal prep site. It solves a few of our issues when it comes to dinners. 1) There’s variety! I can’t eat chicken and rice every night. Ugh. 2) There’s a lot less work to do in the evenings after we come home from work. 3) We don’t have to torment ourselves trying to figure out what we feel like eating. The site gives you the grocery list! 4) The paleo menu means healthier meals for us since there are less carbs and more veggies. There’s very little dairy and it’s all optional. I also like how that means eating non-processed/fresh foods. Scott and I did the prep work together so it went a lot faster.
So the weekly menus provide recipes and instructions for 4 meals, a salad, a breakfast, a snack, and a dessert. We didn’t take everything from the first week, but we tried the:
Smoky paprika roasted chicken with trio of roasted veggies (I want to make this again! I’ve never had parsnips and fennel before and it was really good!)
Beef and mushroom marinara over spaghetti squash (it was okay, but I don’t think I’ll make it again. Scott didn’t like the sauce and Damien didn’t like the squash)
Broccoli and cheddar frittata (Excellent! Will definitely make again)
Mixed greens with blueberries and sliced almonds salad (Scott didn’t even try it. I added the suggested goat cheese and thought it was good, but didn’t like the dressing)
Cranberry walnut dark chocolate drops dessert (Scott didn’t try it. The dark chocolate would be too strong for me if not countered by the walnuts and dried cranberries. I think I’ll probably make them again, but maybe pick less % for the dark chocolate)