I officially submitted my initial draft of my clinical seminar handout! And, a full 13 hours early, too . It feels good to at least have that part out of the way.
As you probably could have guessed, the past few days have been all about finishing that darn handout. Yesterday, I literally sat on the couch all day until dinner time working on it. I never even changed out of my pajamas! I didn’t take many food pictures this weekend because I did a lot of grazing and didn’t really sit down for regular meals, but dinner last night featured a delicious new butternut squash recipe that my mom was trying out.
The squash was baked and mashed, and then topped with a pecan, brown sugar, butter and rice cereal mixture before being put back in the oven for a few more minutes. I loved it! She was thinking about making it for Christmas Eve dinner, but decided that prepping it would be too much work when she already has so many other things to do. Instead, I think I’m going to make CEC's maple roasted acorn squash. I’ve been wanting to make these squash rounds again ever since I first tried them last month, and Christmas will be the perfect opportunity!
After dinner it was time to put up the Christmas tree! Lugging it up the stairs was my workout for the day.
Then I decided I had other priorities
And left the rest of the lifting for my dad and sister .
After my dad got it set up
Courtney and I got to decorating.
Over half of my parent’s ornaments are homemade ones that my sister and I have made over the years. We had a lot of fun looking at them; they brought back so many memories! Remember when you were a kid and making Christmas tree ornaments was always a required activity at school? Boy, those were the days…
We especially loved the ones that featured old photographs of ourselves (I promise we aren’t as narcissistic as that sounded).
(6 year-old Krista!)
(Little Courtney on Santa’s lap!)
Christmas music, Witches Brew, and family are a winning combination for a perfect night of tree decorating.
The finished product:
And we already have our first Christmas present…
Graycie is definitely in the holiday spirit .