My father-in-law can cook!
Husband and I celebrated Christmas with his family on Christmas Eve.
(The night before we celebrated with coffee and chocolate cake at my grandparents’ home. Grandma and Papa spiked the coffee with a little Bailey’s their amazing granddaughter gave them for Christmas! And I finally found a present for my papa… new navy blue suspenders. Walmart… it’s a miracle-worker sometimes. But I still hate that place.)
Back to Christmas Eve!
I have marveled at my father-in-law’s ability to make delicious food every holiday. He really is a great cook, but I should have known that the moment my husband started cooking real food (we used to eat a lot of boxed meal kits).
The apple cook does not fall far from the apple cook tree.
On the menu for Christmas Eve…
- Turkey Roulade with an amazing bread crumb stuffing with Parmesan cheese, sage, parsley and heaven
- Sweet Potatoes with raisins, apples and pears
- Green Bean Casserole
- Spinach salad with pears, almond and a Riesling vinaigrette
- AWESOME rolls
- Apple Cake
- Cappuccino Ice Cream
The links above link to recipes I found online resembling the food my father-in-law made for Christmas Eve dinner. The links above do not link to the exact recipe he used. I’m not entirely sure he used a recipe.
He might just be a genius.
My stomach felt smarter after dinner. Fuller. A little bloated, but definitely smarter.
I did avoid going back for seconds, except with the sweet potatoes. Too good. Couldn’t resist. But I didn’t go back for A LOT of seconds.
After dinner and before dessert, we opened gifts!
My 2-year-old nephew, Adley, made out with the best Christmas present of the season. His grandma and grandpa got him a musical symphony toy… and it’s probably the coolest thing I’ve ever
played with seen.
The toy is set up like a concert stage. Each instrument sits above the stage in its own holder. Once the instrument is placed on the stage… it starts playing a song. You can add more and more instruments until an entire symphony is playing the same song. Take them away, and the instrument stops playing.
omg. So cool.
I remember getting a Furbie for Christmas in fourth grade and thinking it was cool. Psh.
Husband and I didn’t do too bad with gift giving. We got Adley pots and pans for his kitchen set and squeaky egg toys, and we got his adorable baby brother, Kenton, a noisy baby toy (<– no clue) and an adorable brown corduroy jacket from Kenneth Cole.
Kenton was more into chewing on the wrapping paper than he was his outfit. Whatev. I forgive him. He’s a chunk, and I love him.
Playing with our name puzzle with his Uncle.
Stealing his uncle’s ice cream… stealing… like he’s not cute enough to just get some.
Playing and dancing when a nap is direly needed.
LOOK AT THAT HAT. He’s adorable… and he knows it.
Also, Husband’s parents got us some sa-weeeet cookware, including a FRENCH PRESS, so prepare yourselves for recipes. Especially coffee recipes.
omg. I’m so excited.