Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goin' to the chapel...

The Loretto Chapel that is, for Hubby's brother's wedding in snowy Santa Fe.

Family celebrations flanked by delicious meals make up a large majority of the itinerary and we just couldn't be more delighted! It's our maiden voyage to Santa Fe and we've got visions of green chiles dancing in our heads. Here's how we plan to make the rounds (well, of food, anyway!) this weekend...

Ringing in the New Year here...

Rehearsal-ing here...

Groomsmen Luncheoning (ahem... and spouses!) here...

...and, of course, after the lovely Loretto wedding, we'll be heading here...

Which is thankfully where we'll be staying!

We've got a lot of eating to do! Any other restaurant recs? We hear The Shed is splendid, too and plan to eat there during some down time. What a way to say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010 :) Congrats to the (almost) newlyweds!

Monday, December 28, 2009

White (Dallas?!) Christmas and Breakfast Strudel

After a stormy Christmas Eve, we awoke to this fresh winter wonderland! We hardly knew what to do with the white stuff, and I even had a good old fashioned seat-drop fall while taking little Dixie on her first snow-walk (yikes!).

Back inside, we were nice and cozy, and the Christmas morning traditions resumed. Hubby and I joined my parents for the morning, and his folks later that night. For the a.m. portion, Dad and I got to work on the annual breakfast strudel (we open presents after we eat, of course):

First, scramble the eggy yumminess on the stove (eggs, hash browns, diced ham, onions, bell pepper) until almost fully cooked. Let cool in pan while you roll out puff pasty sheets and prepare them for special wrapping:

Add eggy yumminess to center of pastry dough:

Wrap it up nice and tight:

Use extra dough to make cute decorations! Sometimes we spell "NOEL," or "JOY" too:

Brush with egg wash and sprinkle liberally with Parmesan cheese:

Bake at 350 for 20ish minutes until golden. The slice on the bias:

Serve and enjoy! Here's mom's beautimus Christmas brunch tablescape:

I was also really digging the cranberry-filled decanters. Cheerful and elegant at the same time:

Who doesn't love a Stein's Bakery treat? (Our favorite delivery of the year - thanks, Baker fam!)

And Pitman & Davis grapefruits? Heavenly!

Mom broils ours with brown sugar and coconut on top.

Such is the bliss of our traditional Christmas morning!

I hope you and yours had a blessed one as well. Here's to another fun year in 2010!

How late is too late?

So sue me. It's three days after Christmas and I'm just now getting these little Snapfish quickies in the mail for my family!

Prompt Christmas card senders: I commend you.

Late Christmas card senders: There's still time!

At least I added a "Happy 2010" line... right?! Thank you, Walgreens 1-hour printing :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dallas Flea

This sure beats driving to the next small town!

On Saturday, the flea market comes to us (well, if you're in Dallas!) in a more glorified form. A boutique form. A local form. A selective form. And this one's about to make its debut in DFW.

The brainchild of Brittany Edwards, DailyCandy Dallas' editor, Dallas Flea will showcase 50 local artists selling fun handiwork from home decor to food to stationery and kids furniture -- this is really the perfect one-stop holiday shop! Toss in a $5 admission fee, and call yourself set. Will I see you there? I am definitely carving out a couple hours to check it all out!

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