Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Catch Up

If there is a nice list and a naughty list this holiday season, I'm definitely on the bad one. Call it a break, a temporary hiatus, or just plain abandonment; I have been a very bad blogger. Between winning massive and awesome new projects at work and holiday shopping, I've been busy and absent from my favorite culinary pastime.

So, here is a quick catch up on the holidays and a favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and is looking forward to a great New Year.

Early in December, Alex and I got into the Christmas spirit with a quick trip to the National Christmas Tree on our way to dinner at Cava, a delicious Greek mezze restaurant in Capitol Hill. Though it was pretty tiny and unimpressive this year due to a run in with the hurricane in September, it was still fun to see.

I got some practice in taking night time pictures of the U.S. Capitol.

Then on to Cava where we shared a bottle of Assyrtiko, tons of great food, and some Greek Vin Santo dessert wine, or as I like to call it, heaven.

Later in December, we trimmed a tree and hung our stockings with care.

And even hung a few old ornaments this year that my mom let us take home from including our ugly angel tree topper who sports a horrifyingly tacky light-up face and light up hands

Lastly, we spent the holidays with both our families in New Hampshire and Maryland. Christmas Eve dinner at my mom's consisted of salad, garlic bread, lasagna, meatballs, broccoli and birthday cake, for Jesus. We aren't super religious or anything, it was just a good way to introduce us kids to the real meaning of Christmas.

Dinner at Alex's mom's consisted of roast beef, roasted root vegetables, green beans, baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes, pop-overs, and chocolate peppermint cake. Delicious.

More things to come this week as I get to start using my kitchen Christmas presents, but for now, a perfect sugar cookie recipe, made with love, by mom.

Mom's Sugar Cookies
Makes 4 dozen
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Sprinkles in assorted colors

Mix together all ingredients, except sprinkles, using a stand mixer. Mixture should come together as a dough ball. Roll into 4 equal size balls. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Take one ball of dough out of the fridge and roll to 1/8 of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes and transfer to cookie sheet. Sprinkle cookies with sprinkles and bake for 7 minutes. Repeat with remaining balls of dough.


  1. Merry Christmas! Sounds like you had a great holiday! (I didn't blog much during the past week either.)

  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS! I've been a bad blogger, too... glad I'm not alone! Hope you guys have a very happy new year :)

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  4. Glad to see you back! It was so fun to see you guys on Friday!

  5. Merry Christmas! I like the idea of a birthday cake to introduce kids to the real meaning of Christmas. Have a wonderful New Year ahead!

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