It’s hard to believe that another holiday weekend has come and gone. While we don’t celebrate Christmas, this weekend was full of celebrations, family, food, laughter, and of course, treats for all.
It was cold and rainy all day on Friday so we spent the majority of our day around the house. Closets were cleaned out, movies were watched by the fire, and we relaxed.
My dad and I had blueberry hot cereal with grilled pear and peanut butter on top which was delicious.
I made treats to have on hand for the weekend: Puppy Chow and 2 kinds of chocolate bark – butter toffee and caramel pecan.
A light lunch featuring leftover veggies and a Tex-Mex treat of a vegan tamale filled with black beans.
Friday night dinner was at a local Mexican restaurant where we treated my grandmother for her birthday. My aunt, uncle, and cousins from Houston drove in for the occasion and it was a treat to have everyone together.
On Christmas morning, my mom whipped up some waffles for breakfast. I love when she makes them for me; they were a great treat to start the day.(she also made a regular batch for her and my brother)
We watched a movie by the fire and Cody begged for a treat of his own from my dad.
Yesterday afternoon we headed to my grandparents’ house to continue the celebrations. We were celebrating Chanukah together as well as my grandmother’s 78th birthday! She was born on the 25th so we’ve always had something fun to do on Christmas day.
My grandmother is quite the cook and I’m lucky in that she’s always cooked special foods for me that I could eat with my allergies. In addition to making a gluten free version of her latkes, she also picked up a gluten free rosemary foccacia bread for my dad and I to try and made us a gluten free peach cobbler for dessert!
Our late lunch / early dinner consisted of brisket, turkey, sweet potatoes, latkes, homemade cinnamon applesauce, broccoli, and purple cabbage.
We opened gifts as a family and one thing everyone received this year was a Snuggie! Here’s the obligatory grandchildren shot.
We treated my grandmother to another rendition of Happy Birthday, enjoyed dessert, and called it a night 6 hours later.
With 2 of my cousins off at college, me in DC, and some family in Houston, it was such a wonderful treat that we were able to come together to celebrate my grandmother and Chanukah for a weekend!