Christmas always flies by in the blink of an eye, doesn’t it? I love the holiday season and am always a little blue when it’s over, but thankfully, there’s still New Year’s to look forward to (also, New Year’s eve is Jesse’s birthday!).
Our Christmas was very low key because it was just the two of us at home, but still eventful in my book. I got up just before 7:30 and made homemade turkey breakfast sausage (recipe to come!) and granola, all in the glow of the Christmas lights. It was dark, peaceful and magical with the glow of the lights. I also took it upon myself to play Santa and sneak some goodies into Jesse’s stocking. We agreed that our trip was our Christmas present to each other, so didn’t buy any actual gifts to open, but I couldn’t stand the thought of an empty stocking. I filled his stocking with a dark chocolate caramel sea salt bar, a locally made candy bar of dark chocolate, honey, hazelnuts and nougat, and some locally made creme de Earl Grey loose-leaf tea (this stuff is amazing). Jesse was pleasantly surprised to find a stocking filled with goodies.
I woke Jesse up when breakfast was ready, around 8:15 or 8:30. He walked out to a place setting with a sausage and kale scramble and avocado, homemade 24-hour yogurt with fresh granola, and a glass of grapefruit juice. Jesse always has a glass of grapefruit juice first thing in the morning. It’s his ritual. After we ate, we both sipped on some heated cold-brew coffee (mine bulletproof-style with grass-fed butter and coconut oil) and then Skyped with my parents and sister for nearly an hour! We had a lot to chat about, especially with the recent news of our engagement. Everyone is pretty darn excited!
The rest of the day consisted of discussing wedding plans, making lists, looking at invitations online, cooking and eating dinner, and watching Love Actually. Christmas is much different when it’s just the two of us versus when we’re back in Michigan with family. This year was especially different because our recent engagement was very much on my mind, and that’s why I took it upon myself to start jotting down ideas.
For dinner, we had turkey legs, root veggies roasted with coconut oil and thyme, green beans with sauteed chanterelles and shallots, and mashed cauliflower. For dessert, homemade dark chocolate ice cream.