Tuesday, December 26, 2006

All the Good Stuff

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day. I can tell you I sure did. HB and I woke up early to see if Santa had left us anything and sure enough there were presents. I guess we were good 'cause there wasn't even a tiny bit of coal to be seen anywhere!

We had a delicious breakfast of Peach French Toast....the recipe is here except I used Hawaiian bread. I had to cheat just a little but it was worth it. And besides, I still haven't had any cookies!!

We ate our breakfast and then we opened a couple of things that Santa had brought for both of us. Here is a shot of the gifts all wrapped up and under our tree (another photo will explain that!!)



Here is the first thing we opened....



It's one of those George Foreman grills with extra grilling plates so I can grill, griddle, bake and make waffles. Being the Kitchen Wizard that I am (hahaha) this should make things a bit easier for me. Well, a gal can hope!!

We opened another gift for both of us....a new wireless routing system so that I can move my computer to whatever room I choose.

Then we decided to get busy on the dinner. HB did the cooking, as usual. He did a nice ham with potatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli as side dishes. I made Molly's favorite cranberry-pineapple jello (I posted the recipe at Thanksgiving) and I had baked three kinds of cookies. We don't usually have a huge dinner on Christmas Day and this was just enough.

Molly and Don arrived with two pies and more gifts. We had beautiful weather and at one point when Molly and I were outside we looked up and saw this rainbow effect in the sky. HB said it was ice crystals in the clouds....



After dinner we sat down to open gifts. Here is what I called our Christmas tree!!



It's a crappy fake tree that I put some twinkle lights on and said "that's it!"

We always have fun when we are together so that's all that counts. Here are some of my gifts....



From HB, the two magazines Art Doll Quarterly and Somerset Studio Gallery, the book "Moving On" by Sarah Ban Breathnach, two cds...."Siempre" by Il Divo and "Ugly Day" by Mamou (I have very eclectic taste in music!)and my usual Mary Engelbreit calendar, a new kitchen timer and more ink cartridges for my printer. I had asked for the timer and ink cartridges and the book. From Molly, another copy of "The Artist's Way" (I have read it but couldn't find my copy), "Autumn Gospel", "The Love and Power Journal", a copy of "Greatest Hits" from Kali Yuga and a fantastic purse. The adorable stocking card is from Don....he donated money to Darfur in my name and also in HB's name. (We also did our donations.)

We ended the day by playing Texas hold 'em poker and laughing and eating again. It was a wonderful, quiet, easy, fun-filled day....one of the best Christmas Days ever.

P.S. Molly gave HB the dvd of "The Secret"....you can learn about it here. We love it!!