Oh how quickly the holidays came this year… and they went by even more quickly!
Ryan and I had a lovely holiday weekend. On Christmas Eve Ryan came home early… things were all ready to go so we took the boys outside to play and to take some pictures.
I do love a man in uniform! *Snicker*
All my boys look so handsome!
Turns out that the magic words to get them to pose for the camera are… “Do you want a TREAT?”
Of course, what is a photo shoot with Ryan and I without one incredibly goofy shot?
Once it got far too cold to be outside we spent the evening watching Christmas movies, playing games, opening stockings and drinking egg nog! It was a lovely evening!
Christmas morning dawned early but not exactly bright for us… (sunrise doesn’t come here until almost 9am right now!) We decided this year to forego the normal Christmas dinner since it was just the two of us. Instead I made a monster pot roast with all the trimmings and some Christmas sides as well. So, first thing Christmas morning I put the pot roast on and then made a quiche for us for our breakfast.
We got each other just a few small things this year to save money since we are getting ready to make the move back to the states and are in the process of downsizing. After breakfast we went ahead and opened our gifts to each other. I think our favorite part of Christmas morning was watching the boys enjoy their gifts!
That’s right, busy bones!
You’ve just got to love these faces!
Doesn’t he just look so happy?
After filling his stomach with treats Yoda stretched out to take a long nap…
We had dinner around 2pm and spent some time enjoying our gifts. Then, at about 5pm my family called us over the internet. We hooked up our webcams which are both attached to our big screen TV’s and left the connection open to do our gift exchange. It was almost like being in the room with them! So fun!!! We even got to be a part of my nieces’ first Christmas!
I didn’t take pictures of gifts except these water globe things that my sister got me… They just looked so pretty in the sun so I couldn’t resist!
We loved all the gifts we got from the family. Clothes, toys, jewelry, books, games, and a few other odds and ends…
After we were all done we signed off so they could go enjoy their breakfast and we called Ryan’s family. We visited with them for a little over an hour and then our Christmas was over. Well… except for the very best part… LEFTOVERS! In the form of pot roast sandwiches and leftover potatoes and carameled carrots!
The next couple of days were free days to enjoy with each other and we took advantage of our time. We spent hours enjoying our new toy… ROCKBAND! So much fun….
We played so much that on Friday I didn’t even put on makeup! No matter… I Rock… my shirt says so!!!
Ryan gets the better guitar because of course he’s a guy and better at it than me! Oooo pretty!
We rocked out together! I took base and he took guitar… It was a blast!
Unfortunately we are apparently hilarious to watch when playing… (Camera is set up on auto and I’m only sharing the best of the worst!)
When we had played dual guitars for a while I decided to take a crack at singing. LOL That was hilarious! I can sing… not beautifully but I don’t make dogs bark or anything… until I played this game! I swear it only judges pitch and volume. If you don’t howl at the moon you fail. And, as you can see from the picture, it’s shocking how many lyrics of my favorite songs I DON’T know! Those unknown words come across that screen fast! Can you see the panic?
After a particularly foul howl I burst into laughter and made Ryan laugh at me too… sad thing? I got 100% on this song… apparently I laugh on key!
Then we had our big finish!
Charly, you’re right, this game is a HOOT!
On Saturday we took a break to go visit some friends who just had a baby and do a photo shoot for them.
Also, don’t think that I forgot about my French onion soup! It came out wonderfully!!!! So, as promised, here is the recipe.
French Market Onion Soup
2 Tablespoons butter
2 lb yellow onions, halved and sliced 1/2″ wide (I used sweet onions and ringed them instead)
4 cans (14oz) beef broth
1 can beef consomme undiluted (campbell makes it)
1/4 cup freshly ground Romano cheese
salt & pepper to taste (I used 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper and it seemed to work just fine)
For the correct cooking method you need to go to the Mimi’s Cafe webpage to check it out… http://www.mimiscafe.com/recipes.aspx
I adapted it for a crock pot since that’s my favorite method of cooking. So basically the crock pot makes it much easier… Melt the butter in a pan and saute all the onions until soft but not browned. Then toss everything into the crock pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
To serve ‘Au Gratin’ pour into ovenproof soup crocks or bowls. Top with toasted, sliced french bread and sliced or grated cheese. (Gruyere, Mozzarella, Swiss or Parmesan, or any combination thereof.) We prefer Swiss. Broil until the cheese melt and serve! Be careful… it’s HOT!
And now it’s back to the real world today! Back to work…