We’ve finally reached part III of my holiday recap. Sunday started with a trip to the grocery store and, I’ll be honest, I will a little crazy! My sister lives 5 minutes from both a Trader Joe’s AND a Whole Foods. Um, why do I not live there yet?
Our Christmas present to the new parents was a weekend of homemade meals. Since we cheated a bit and had Chinese food on Friday, and had dinner provided by my aunt and uncle on Saturday, I was determined to make up for our slacking on Sunday. A slow-cook cookbook rounded out their gift so I asked my BIL to pick any recipe he wanted and I’d make it. Can I just say, way to go BIL?! He picked a roasted semi-boneless leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic oil. The recipe called for 6-8 lbs so I went straight to Whole Foods to buy organic, grass-fed lamb. I also picked up fingerling potatoes and yams so we’d have some side dishes. At Trader Joe’s, I bought pizza fixings, quesadilla fillings and the ingredients for oatmeal pancakes (my sister’s request).
Back at the apartment with the groceries, I got to work making pancakes and nitrite-free applewood smoked bacon for everyone. In addition to the blueberry pancake below, I made apple cinnamon pancakes by microwaving a chopped honeycrisp apple with a pinch of cinnamon for one minute. I let each person pick pancake type for each round and we even ventured into the chocolate chip pancake realm once or twice. Drizzled with some organic grade B maple syrup, these were divine!
Since we were on the west coast, the Steelers game started at 10am so I was working on the lamb, flipping pancakes and cheering for our team all at the same time! Thankfully, I did manage to take a break to snap one or two photos of Luna (finally):
See what I mean? GORGEOUS. Seriously, folks. I’m a little afraid for my brother-in-law. He’s going to have his hands full when this little girl gets older. Look at her all decked out in Steelers gear!
After the football game, we spent the afternoon napping (all four of the siblings), nursing (Luna), more football watching (BIL and The Huz) and savoring the roast lamb. Moose, my sister’s Newfoundland, did his best to attract our attention and look adorable.
On Monday, we had a quick breakfast, said our goodbyes and were on the road. A short flight to Seattle allowed us to have a leisurely lunch in a nice airport restaurant. The Huz had Alaska True Cod stuffed with artichoke hearts and Dungeness crab. I had a salad topped with crab, grapefruit, avocado, spiralized beets and a fresh dressing and a bowl of clam chowder. YUM! My happy food belly allowed me to rest for most of the flight to Newark, though there was no denying the bumpy landing. Thankfully, we landed safe and sound, if not a bit frayed around the edges, and were curled up in bed by 1am on Tuesday.
I’m so glad this has been a short week and I’m really looking forward to a fabulous New Years’ Eve with more friends and family. Then, I’ll be regrouping a bit for the new year, setting my goals and embarking on some new challenges!
Hope you have a wonderful New Years’!!