Happy New Year (and our first wedding anniversary!)

new year ultrasound

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far ūüôā 2016 just seemed to fly by and this new year doesn’t seem to be slowing down any either.

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New Years Eve marked our first wedding anniversary! We marked the occasion with a steak dinner, a bite of our freezer-burnt wedding cake (ew), and a NYE celebration with friends.

first wedding anniversary photo book gift from shutterfly

Since the first wedding anniversary is traditionally the ‘paper anniversary’, I gifted Mike a photo book that included pictures from our Paris proposal, engagement shoots and wedding.¬†I created my photo book using Shutterfly.com¬†(affiliate link),¬†and I was able to put together my photo book in just a couple hours.

first wedding anniversary photo book

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Christmukkah Dinner

christmas channukah dinner

I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the holidays with friends and family. We had a wonderful time visiting with my Mike’s parents, who were in town from British Columbia. Mike’s mom hosted us for Christmas where we enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner, and we now have a fridge nicely stocked with leftovers.

The weekend before, Mike and I hosted his parents and our siblings and their partners for a Christmukkah dinner. On the menu was: matzoh ball soup with jewdles (Jew+Noodles, get it? ha ha ha), brisket (I followed Tori Avey’s recipe), steamed beans, honey-roasted carrots and rosemary potatoes. For dessert I made the little apple tarts we made at our cooking class in Paris.

In typical holiday dinner party fashion, some things went smoothly, while others ended up burnt and in the bin. But the brisket was tender, the smoke alarm went off only once, and we ate, drank and were merry.

matzoh ball soup

 thyme rosemary roasted potatoes

christmas brisket

 christmukkah dinnerfrench apple tart

Last-Minute Grocery Store Gifts: Holiday Gift Guide

Ok, so you had the very best of intentions to get¬†all your Christmas shopping done weeks ago, but¬†now there are only a few days until Christmas and you’re still a few gifts short. Don’t even worry. There’s no need to brave the madness at the mall. Instead, pick up some easy grocery store gifts. Wrap them¬†up in a pretty basket (or draw a Christmas tree on that brown paper shopping bag and tie it up with a big red ribbon) and you’ll pull it off like you totally intended to shop for your gifts¬†in the produce section.

A cozy night in, for two:
soft cheeses and cured meats
crusty French bread
strawberries and chocolate sauce
a bottle of red

Me-time for a best friend:
chocolate-covered almonds
peppermint tea
nail polish for holiday parties
a scented candle
her favourite trashy magazine

For the kids:
gingerbread house kit
hot cocoa mix
marshmallows
a holiday colouring book

For a friend newly out on his own:
a cutting board
cooking utensils
holiday dish cloths
a rack of spice essentials
plants for a bright kitchen

Italian pasta dinner:
a box of noodles
pasta sauce
a hunk of Parmesan
braided garlic
a bottle of red

Time for tea:
a pretty box of tea
lemon-infused sugar cubes
short-bread cookies
holiday tea towels

For easy Christmas baking:
holiday ovenmitt
a roll of cookie dough
a tub of icing
red and green sprinkles

Fancy ingredients for your favourite gourmand:
caviar
black-truffle sea salt
vanilla beans in a glass jar
saffron
dried mushrooms
specialty butters
infused vinegars
sweet and savory olive oils

For friends that party:
rimming salt for Caesars
rimming sugar for Martinis
olives in a jar
a tray of nuts
a bottle of booze

 

Do you have any great grocery store gift ideas?

{ Photo from Bon Bon Break }