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Thursday, February 2, 2023

new year's is for the dogs (literally)

much like the last few new year's eves, we kept it super low-key and stayed home.  the old lady and the old man, being child-free 20-somethings, did go out with friends with the help of the hub who acted as their uber for the night (rideshares are insanely pricey on NYE, as one would imagine).  

we'd headed to our local japanese market earlier in the day and picked up all the goodies to do some DIY sushi rolls, which the bean was pretty excited about.  while the hub stood at the counter, slicing up all of the fish, he had quite the captive audience.

and he did a fantastic job as our sushi chef - check out this platter of fresh sashimi!

while we were happy to snack on some of that deliciousness as-is, the bean had also been looking forward to trying out the new sushi making set they'd gotten for christmas.  the old lady had seen it on instagram, and thanks to the magic of amazon prime i'd ordered it four days before christmas and still got in time to wrap and put under the tree.

so you just spread some rice out on each half of the maker, top with all the goodies, insert the pusher and snap it closed.  then you push it out onto a sheet of nori and voila:

as for me, i wanted to have some seared pepper salmon and took out our trusty little cooking torch to get the job done.

we stuffed ourselves silly with a ton of sushi, and then we had some of these peanut butter-stuffed pretzels that i'd made earlier in the evening.  

the dogs were all snoozing way before midnight, although june was the last holdout with all that puppy energy in full effect.  eventually though, she finally passed out too.

one last family selfie for 2022:

and then juney woke up in time to join our first family selfie of 2023.

the next day, while the hub went off to do some 4x4'ing with friends the kids and i headed out to little tokyo to have some delicious udon at our new favorite place.  of course, since it was a holiday we ended up waiting for awhile before we were seated.

but was it worth the wait?  oh yes.

happy new year indeed.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

rough start to a great christmas

for christmas eve we went over to my cousin's house like we did last year, to celebrate the holiday with my family and participate in the annual secret santa gift exchange.  it's always done potluck-style, and this year i got the bug up my butt to try something new (shocker, i know).  instead of bringing something sweet, i wanted to try making one of those savory charcuterie chalets i'd seen all over instagram and social media last year.  

it seemed like it would be pretty simple, especially if i made a cardboard base that was covered in foil.

i'd bought tubs of boursin cheese to use as glue for the crackers on the house.  

and used mini mozzarella balls to make a snowman:

by the time i was attaching the roof and covering it with slices of salami and prosciutto, the rest of the family had come over to watch and offer lots of...commentary.

once i was done, it all stayed in place - for about ten minutes.  and before our very eyes, it all started to fall apart, starting with one side of the roof caving in. UGH.

and just a few minutes later, it was all over.

luckily, i had enough goodies left to throw together a small charcuterie board.  it was kind of sad looking, but it was better than notting.  and i also had a good selection of cookies from the bean's baking spree to bring, so we weren't coming empty-handed.  not to mention, i'd mixed up a little jug of sugar cookie cocktail, which i packed up with the appropriate garnishes.  when we got to the house, i assembled a couple of cups and got started on drinking my troubles away.

christmas eve selfie time!

as always, there were fun games to play.  all three of my kids got in on the saran wrap ball game, which was comical.

and then there was the one where the player gets blindfolded with a spatula in one hand, and you have 30 seconds to try and scoop up as much cash from the table as you can using the spatula.  even more hilarity ensued.

there was, of course, the white elephant gift exchange as well as the secret santa one.  and before everyone went their separate ways, i managed to snag a four generations photo.

and when we got home, after the bean put out cookies and milk for santa and went to bed, the rest of us pulled out all of the gifts from the gym and placed them under the tree.  i snapped this last photo and then the rest of us went to bed, leaving the living room clear for santa's arrival.

the next morning, i gathered everyone around for our annual family christmas day photo before we dove into that pile of presents.

the dogs all got fun stuff to play with while we pulled out goodies from our stockings and yanked wrapping paper off of our gifts.

we finally got to give the bean a pair of custom nikes we'd originally ordered on etsy for their birthday.  the seller was in florida, and you might remember a little something called hurricane ian that hit right around that time.  when i checked in with her she said that she'd sustained some damage and so of course, i just told her to stay safe and let me know when she thought she'd be able to get the order done (or if she needed to cancel).  anyway, the shoes arrived mid-november and so we just added them to the pile of gifts for christmas morning.

the hub is in a black chucks phase of life right now and his big wish list item was for 12 new pairs so that he can pull out a fresh pair every month or so.  he's hard on his shoes and they're pretty busted and sad after a few weeks, so he was a happy camper when he started unwrapping boxes and found that his wish had been granted.

the bean's number one wish on their list was for "a big plate of salmon sushi for breakfast on christmas morning," and santa delivered:

later that evening, we gathered at the old man's sister's house to celebrate with his family.  the bean was pretty excited to cuddle with their two new cats:

i got to bond with lucy, their sweet german shepherd.

and dinner was super delicious - a full prime rib feast, capped off with a nutella board with all kinds of fun stuff to dip in.

ah, christmas.  always over far too soon.  boo.

new year's is for the dogs (literally)

much like the last few new year's eves, we kept it super low-key and stayed home.  the old lady and the old man, being child-free 20-som...