Happy Holidays guys, hope you had a great weekend! I think the biggest surprise of all was all the snow we got! I’m not a white Christmas kind of gal, we do too much driving to appreciate it! If it could snow, but melt on contact, I would be ok with that.
I didn’t have to work on this past Saturday, so I hit up the grocery store first thing in the morning, and started working on prepping for the week ahead a little early. The Beard is tired of his meals a little bit, so we made a plan to mix up his meals for the weekend. Instead of doing a variant of what he eats during the week, we tried something totally new (and I forgot to take a picture). I roasted up some veggies (broccoli, sweet potato, and carrots) along with some chicken. I flavored one with balsamic vinegar and the other with a spicy blend. After they cooled I popped them in the freezer for next weekend. Fingers crossed that they thaw and reheat ok! After the meals for the freezer I whipped up his overnight oat meal (dry ingredients) and The Beard help chop the rest of the veggies for the weekend.
Sunday was Christmas Eve. We went to our cycling class in the morning and had the rest of the afternoon free until our festivities that night. I made the cutest little snack for the party, Grinch Kabobs. They went over so well with both the adults and the kids, and was just the right amount of “naughty” for the holiday.
Green grape // large marshmallow (sliced) // strawberry // mini marshmallow // toothpick (to hold it all together)
It was so nice to get together with the family, seems like it’s been so long since we’ve all been together, and the children definitely provided lots of entertainment! The visit was cut a little short by the snow unfortunately.
Dashing through the snow.
Christmas morning I broke out my new mini waffle maker and made The Beard and I some chocolate chip waffles and a breakfast casserole (that we were too full for, and will eat for breakfast this week).
I just love being able to make my own waffles and can’t wait to play around with different flavors.
After breakfast we headed out for the day. Our first stop was The Beard’s grandparents, where we had snacks, lunch, and played the White Elephant game. We had ham sandwiches, green been casserole (my favorite), cheesy potatoes (I had a single bite- and it was delicious), mashed potatoes, corn, and sweet potatoes. We followed up this visit with my parents house, where we exchanged gifts and had more food. My mom made beef tenderloin, Brussels sprouts, and harissa carrots. We had a very merry Christmas, even with all that darn snow.
Finally, a little bit about what a I prepped! With yesterday off and this coming Friday (which I requested off), I only have three work days this week. For lunches I made veggies wraps, with a hard boiled eggs and grapes. I have a ton of little Grinch heads leftover that I’ve got to eat up this week.
For the veggie wraps: laughing cow cheese (original) // sprouts // broccoli // shredded carrots // spinach tortilla
I’ve also got extra bell peppers I need to eat, so I will probably slice up and use as snacks.
For dinner this week I planned on having tomato soup that my mom made for me and froze (she swears it’s dairy free, but can’t quite remember), but I had forgotten to take it out of the freezer, so for tonight I have some left over Chipotle (veggie burrito bowl) and I will have soup the rest of the week.
As for today, I’m working on drinking lots and water and ignoring the giant mountain of candy in the kitchen. Anyone else feel they need a little detox after this holiday weekend?
Shout out to my husband for doing all the driving in the snow, you made it look easy!