I wanted to include a pic of my living room with my white tree. Nevermind the bottom of the tree where I ran out of ribbon. Ignore that, shall we? ;) Next year, I will prepare better!
Lately, I've been on an Italian kick ever since getting Teresa's Skinny Italian cookbook. SO many good recipes in there and so I invited my family over 2 days before Christmas and I made them spaghetti. My mom visited Italy earlier this year and brought me back this apron below, so of course I busted it out that night for them. I don't have a drop of Italian in me, but I can make some jam up spaghetti!
My mom's Christmas Day lunch was amaze-zing as always. But of course I forgot to take a picture of her spread. But I did manage to take a pic of the sweet potato salad that I made -recipe courtesy of The Dough Will Rise Again. The only difference is that I used dried cranberries instead of cherries because I had them on hand. It added some great color to the table because if you think about it - stuffing, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes....they are all so bland in color! So this popped on the table and it tasted delicious. Thanks Christina/Crist for the recipe!
Last but not least, last night I said goodbye to my bestest friend in the world. (on the left) I have known her since we were babies and she is the mom to the sweetest kids in the world. I will miss her like crazy. But fortunately..she is just moving to Charleston! Have I ever said no to a road trip to Charleston? I don't think so. I will miss our mid-week lunches though. Sigh.
Totally unrelated though - I got bangs yesterday! (see above) I was so nervous and my stomach was in knots. So far I really like them but it's definitely going to take some getting used to! I wanted to do this in the winter time because I doubt I can rock them in the summer. It's so hot here and sweaty bangs stuck to your forehead is NOT a hot look.
I hope you all have a Happy New Year! I will be doing a 2011 wrap up post soon.