It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas-
We spent Friday evening strolling around the State House with coffee in hand looking at the Christmas lights. The coffee shop we went to didn’t have drip coffee at that point, so I tried an Americano. Not my thing, I don’t think. It was rather weak. It served it’s purpose as a warm drink as our noses iced over, though.
When we got home, I made some saltine toffee to bring with me to our Friendsgiving we had on Saturday. Not only was this insanely easy to make, it was addictive! Holy crap, it was SOOOO good. We ate it up at the party. I used this recipe, but used chocolate without peanut butter, and walnuts for topping.
Saturday morning Terry and I met my Dad for breakfast at a local cafe, Carolina Cafe. They got breakfast sandwiches and I got a sundried tomato bagel with cream cheese. I love how those bagels taste like pizza a little bit! I also got a nonfat latte for some protein and foam-love.
We had great conversation. I always learning something hanging with my Dad.
I spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon in the kitchen. I turned up my Iron & Wine Pandora station and got to work. My preceptor lent me a cookbook recipe filled with Pensylvainia Dutch recipes. I used the cornbread recipe to make cornbread stuffing (another recipe in the book). It was an easy recipe, but with lots of steps. It was so relaxing- sauteing brussel sprouts and mushrooms in butter, chopping onions and celery, etc. I also made this green bean casserole. Everyone really liked that one.
Rather than choosing breadcrumbs OR cheese to top my casserole as the recipe suggested, I chose both!
The stuffing was a mix of cornbread and french bread with lots of veggies- celery, onions, mushrooms, and brussel sprouts. Almost half the group is vegetarian, so everything was vegetarian friendly too.
The works: stuffing with soy-based gravy, cheese pie, roasted potatoes, cranberry sauce, pineapple, tofurkey, green bean casserole, mac n cheese, and sweet potato casserole.
The evening was filled with chatting and games and secret Santa picking. I used Liv’s idea of having everyone write down something they were thankful for on a piece paper and then having the group guess who wrote what. Such a fun idea!
I’m so pumped for all the Christmas goodness- seeing friends more than normal, exciting church services, holiday parties, baking up a storm, and having warm drinks!
So you tell me-
What’s something fun you did/ate over the weekend?