We flew in Thursday night. Nice little 50 minute flight. Luke and I tend to play scrabble on short flights to see if we can finish a game or not. He beat me this time, mind you I helped him place one word that prompted a 40+ score. (I’m very competitive so it grinds my grits to lose…sorry hun). Anyway we got in and had a late dinner, there’s a one hour ahead time change from where we live and crashed.
Next day we had a plan of seeing family if we could, and also picking up what we needed for Saturday night dinner. Also go to the Oilers vs Flyers game at the Rogers Centre that night.
We stopped at a pub before the game and there were at least 20 dudes all wearing various quality Santa suits. I had to ask what was going on and they said “we’re just a bunch of Santa’s going to watch hockey”. At one point they were all chanting “CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS”. The final score was 4-1 for the Oilers. Woot woot!
Saturday was Christmas dinner day. We had to plan an early Christmas just to be sure everyone could make it to see each other. (I’ll tell you all about my insanely large family at some point) I was supposed to be the sous chef to Luke but didn’t help as much as I had promised. I got involved in playing with the kiddos and wrapping gifts and drinking a bit to much wine. We all wore onesies (see picture below) as planned and played games.
Overall it was a lovely weekend getaway and I love my family very much. See below for some recipes we used for sides and punch. Happy Monday.
Christmas Punch: if you make this the day before the flavours infuse much more
• 2 bottles dry sparkling white wine
• 1.5 cups brandy
• 2 litre bottle of ginger ale
• 2 litre bottle of real cranberry-juice
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 2 oranges cut into slices
• bag of whole cranberries
Brussel Sprout side: you can ratio this to whatever you like, taste as you go. The point is to bring it all together but differentiating the individual flavours as well.
• Brussel sprouts
• honey and balsamic vinegar