Goodness! Didn’t the holidays go fast? It was all a big blur of delicious food, friends, family and fun! I was very bad and didn’t post much over that time, even though I was home using up a bunch of vacation time. Let me tell you though, I had a ball and slacked on almost everything. Isn’t that the point of vacation time anyway?
My little guy is growing up so fast! I can’t believe my own eyes as I’ve seen him turn from a baby into a boy. I’m on the countdown to his second birthday (only 4 months!) and that doesn’t seem like it is right. At the same time though, I can barely remember what life was like without him. I’m sure all you parents can relate!
Where do I even start on the holiday festivities? First, I suppose would be the attempted Santa trip; which was a fail because the wait was 45 minutes outside in the cold. I’m naturally impatient, and I also don’t care too much for Santa to begin with. Instead, we decided to gather around the outdoor fire pits and then get hot cocoa afterward.
We also had a grand time baking cookies for our friends. Thanks to Daddy we have some pictures to show off of Aidan’s grand time cooking. Please ignore my clutter-y kitchen. That was on my list to tackle during my vacation time. And yes, Aidan is wearing one of my aprons!
I’ll put the snicker-doodle recipe in the post at the end. It was my first time making them and they turned out really good! Aidan didn’t like the cinnamon, but he really enjoyed helping out in the kitchen!
We had quite the festivities on the actual holiday too. We had 4 full days of celebration, starting on December 23rd when Derrick and I had a special date-day in Sun Valley. We left Aidan with my mom and headed up to the (surprisingly) nearly snow-less resort community for a day together. That night, we had reservations on the sleigh ride, which turned into a carriage ride because of the lack of snow. The horse-drawn carriage took us out to Trail Creek Cabin where we had a fabulous dinner! It put us into the holiday spirit as we ate, drank, and were serenaded by amazing carolers. What a night!
The next night, on Christmas Eve, we spent some special time with my family. Aidan got spoiled rotten and we gorged ourselves on food before heading toward home around 9. The only thing missing from the awesome trip was the camera! BUT there is a little song from Derrick if you want to listen to his Christmas greeting on Meghan’s new ukulele; I’ll post it on our FB page for you to enjoy! 🙂
Christmas Eve we came home so we could spend Christmas morning at our house. We had quite an epic celebration with gifts and fun! Then we had a break-FEAST as we like to call it, with our family TOP SECRET Bodacious Buns recipe from Derrick’s mom. The only issue was having patience to wait for the food to finish cooking as you can see from the last picture.
Christmas evening we spent with some dear friends at their house (across the street from us) where they served up a tremendous dinner. Prime Rib! I love that delightfully delicious tradition! I don’t want to post anyone’s picture without their permission, so you get to look at the prime rib and Aidan playing.
And finally, the night after Christmas (26th) we had Derrick’s sister and her family over for our low-sodium turkey dinner. I had it in the freezer because we ended up having Thanksgiving with my family, and I had originally planned to host. It was so fun to spend the evening with them and have the cousins together for some playtime! Again, I’m going to refrain from posting pictures of others without their permission, so you get turkey and my little turkey.
Wheew – and don’t even get me started on the New Year and my birthday. Sheesh; it was non-stop awesomeness!
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups + 3 tsp sugar, divided
- 2 eggs (about 130mg sodium)
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp no-sodium baking soda
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Add the butter (melted), 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs.
- In a separate smaller bowl, combine the remaining sugar with the cinnamon. Form your cookie dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture before placing on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 for approximate 10 minutes or until cooked throughout.
- Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, form 1 inch balls of dough, then roll in the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
- Let cool for just a couple minutes, then remove from pan.
- Double the prep time if cooking with a toddler!