Catching Up and 24 Days of Togetherness


Happy Monday, everyone! I am thrilled to have a more relaxing day after a hectic weekend of Christmas shopping and work on both days (though work wasn’t the hectic part). I don’t work today, but do need to finish wrapping my gifts and then get to UPS to ship everything out. I guess the UPS part could be a little bit chaotic, but I gotta get it done if I want my family to receive their gifts by Christmas Eve.

I really wish Jesse and I could both go home for Christmas, especially because it’s the first year in a long time that all the cousins will be together at my family Christmas with my mom’s side. As we’ve grown older, that rarely happens anymore. Not only that, but I’d love to see my grandparents and family on the other side too. My grandma, who is 88, was just diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery last week — there will be more surgery to come too. I don’t normally ask for this kind of stuff, but if you don’t mind, will you please send out some positive thoughts and prayers for her and my family? It would really mean a lot and I would be most appreciative.

I also would love to go home because it’s a winter wonderland back there and the snow is so beautiful! I’ve been seeing pictures and it makes me want to go out and play! I’d especially love to play with my little nephews in the snow. Plane tickets are just too expensive this year and it’s not within our budget (or even close). On the bright side, it’s giving us the chance to start some of our own traditions and have a Christmas tree too, which we wouldn’t have gotten if we had travel plans. Not having to deal with the crazy airport and possible delays is nice too. I’m still very grateful this holiday season and happy to be celebrating in our own way.

Anyway, here’s a little update as to what’s been going on with our 24 days of togetherness:

Day 1: Go out for breakfast or dinner

This was my breakfast on Sunday, after choosing the slip of paper above. Veggie hash (carrots, shallot, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts) with poached eggs and bacon.
Breakfast at The Daily Cafe: hash of carrots, shallot, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts with poached eggs and bacon.

Day 2: Share your first memory of one another

Day 3: Take a walk and get a coffee or tea


Day 4: Share a favorite Christmas memory

Day 5: Buy a small gift for one another

Oddly enough, we both bought a pair of socks, and of the same brand too!
Oddly enough, we both bought a pair of socks and of the same brand too!

Day 6: Drink a hot adult beverage

We made hot buttered rum at home. It was just grass-fed butter, spices, a little raw honey, rum and cinnamon sticks.
We made hot buttered rum at home. It was grass-fed butter, spices, raw honey, rum and cinnamon sticks.

Day 7: Make paleo rum balls (recipe to come!)

Day 8: Go out to see a movie (we went and saw Catching Fire)


Day 9: Pick out a new Christmas ornament

We picked a classic Santa ornament.
We picked a classic Santa ornament.

Day 10: Workout together for a week (on a 3-day split)

Day 11: Watch Elf

Day 12: Make breakfast for dinner (we had bacon with an Italian chicken sausage and broccoli scramble)

Day 13: Share 5 things we like about our relationship (funny/cute things)

Day 14: Wild card

Day 15: Put a small surprise in each other’s stocking and don’t open until Christmas day

Day 16: Find and learn a game we can both enjoy (2 player card game, board game or otherwise)


Meanwhile, I’m slacking on recipes a bit. I feel like I got back into a rut after Thanksgiving. I’ve been making things that I’ve already shared before or that aren’t really worthy of sharing because they are so straight forward (like steamed veggies with butter and chicken sausage). If you have suggestions of recipes or the types of dishes you’d like to see, please let me know! I am totally open to ideas and feedback. Thanks in advance!


4 thoughts on “Catching Up and 24 Days of Togetherness

  1. Paula December 16, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother–my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I’m sure it’s tough being so far away, but starting your own traditions and celebrating in your own way seems like such a positive way to deal with things. I think I must be in the same groove–tonight is chicken thighs, spaghetti squash with browned butter, and a kale salad with other vegetable remnants. I figured I’d be roasting and cooking up a storm in my new oven, but it’s a busy time and sometimes “simple paleo” works well. I did make your crust less squash pie with a sugar pumpkin. It was probably a little silly to cook my own pumpkin when canned puree is so much easier, but I wanted to try it. For the work involved, I still like your original version best! We saw Catching Fire Thanksgiving Day–I’m anxious to see the rest next year.

    • paleoinpdx December 20, 2013 / 9:25 am

      You are so kind, Paula. Thank you — it means a lot!

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