Trio of Christmas Celebrations

Another Christmas is in the books! We had three Christmas celebrations this past weekend, so it was a busy one! 

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On Saturday morning, I hit the gym bright and early! There weren't many people there when I first arrived, but it was packed by the time I left! I did a shoulder workout and then hit the stairstepper for a bit before heading home to shower and get ready for Christmas at my brother-in-law's house.

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I read one of my library books on the drive to their house -- I love Mary Higgins Clark and this one sucked me in right away.

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My sister-in-law asked us to bring a vegetable, so I whipped up this veggie medley on a whim. I mixed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, fresh cranberries, and a granny smith apple with some coconut oil and roasted them in the oven until they were just about done. Then I took the baking dish out, poured a mixture of pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie spice, pure maple syrup, and butter over them -- I stirred everything together and then popped it back in the oven for a bit. Once I took it out of the oven for the final time, I added dollops of fresh goat cheese and candied pecans to the top. It turned out so well and everyone seemed to really like it! 

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After lunch, we opened gifts -- we gave our nephews a hot wheels racetrack set and they loved it -- almost as much as Andy enjoyed putting it together for them. :)

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My mother-in-law's birthday is on the 25th so we celebrated with a cake for her once we brought out the desserts. 

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The next morning was Christmas Eve and I headed to the salon for a pedicure -- it was such a relaxing way to start the holiday.

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Since it was snowing outside, I relaxed in the locker room for a bit while I let my toes dry before heading outside to drive home. The rest of the day involved a relaxing evening at home with Andy. We made tacos, watched a couple of Christmas movies, and opened gifts -- I loved having our own celebration with just the two of us.

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The next morning we hit the road for Robertson Ranch, which called for more reading (it's a long drive up there). I ended up finishing this book on the way home that evening! 

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My mom made ribs, twice baked potatoes, and salmon while I prepared another dish of the veggie medley for this Christmas celebration as well. I've come to really enjoy salmon this past year and I'm thinking it's due to becoming a vegetarian last winter -- it's hard to believe I've been missing out on it for so long!

I also made Nanaimo bars (a popular Canadian dessert) with my mom (shown on the plate below) and it was so fun to share one of my favorite desserts with my family! A friend of mine that is Canadian introduced them to me a few years ago and they are a little labor intensive, but so delicious! 

Afterwards, we headed downstairs to watch a movie with my mom and grandpa before heading home -- it was a nice and relaxing day at the ranch! 

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We swung home for a bit before grabbing a bag of ingredients and heading to my sister's house to drop off gifts for our nieces and enjoy some apps. I made my aunt's taco dip and our family's favorite fruit dip. The fruit dip is just a container of french vanilla yogurt, packet of vanilla pudding mix, splash of milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar -- it tastes like muffin mix! In case you haven't noticed, all of our family recipes consist of dumping and pouring ingredients rather than measuring -- it's just how we've always rolled! 

At my sister's we ate together, opened gifts, and then watched Elf together before calling it a night! I went back to work yesterday and it feels good to be back to my normal routine after so many festivities! 

Best thing you ate this past weekend?
How many Christmas / holiday celebrations did you attend?