Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Eve

I host Christmas Eve every year and it's now my fourth year making tamales for everyone! I love having traditions that I can look forward to and Christmas Eve has become a favorite! Since my husband always works Christmas Eve, it's always a balancing act of Mommy, Chef, Party Planner, and House Cleaner. This year we also had a leak in our master bathroom that was leaking down into our guest bedroom - so I was also wearing the hat of contractor and plummer "manager". We had people coming in and out of the house all day. In fact, we had a bit of a disaster with a contractor leaving the guest bedroom door open and a certain four-year-old wondering why Santa's presents were in the closet. Grrrrrrrrrr. Needless to say, it was one of the more crazy Christmas Eves I've had in a few years.

A few days before Christmas Eve, a very sweet friend always has a tamale making party and I am so thankful! We are able to bust out a bunch of tamales amidst friends, laughter, drinks (of course!), and stories. It's amazing and I usually make 4 dozen (some for Christmas Eve and some for friends).
This year I got adventurous with my dinner and desserts and tried a whole bunch of new stuff. The first thing I tried was a new dessert (Christmas Eve isn't the only thing we celebrate - we also celebrate my father-in-law's birthday!) and it was Oh-So-Delicious. They were Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting from Cooking Classy. I'm definitely going to print the recipe and add it to my list!
 I made four dozen carnitas tamales with red sauce!
 I also make cookies early in the day for our Cookie Decorating for Santa.
The nice part about cooking tamales on a night like this is that they're pretty no-fuss once they're made. You just put them in a steamer (I cook three dozen at once so I need a big pan!) and let them go for about two hours.
This year I also tried two new sides, which I will tweak a bit next year. I did an Oven Baked Spanish Rice and an Avocado, Corn, Tomato, Black Bean Salad.  Everyone LOVED the salad; I just need to make more of it next year. 

Then, after dinner, the kids decorated cookies for Santa. They decorate a lot of cookies, but then only put a few on Santa's plate. 
My parents and hubby's parents all sat and chatted at the table, while all of us younger peeps decorated cookies with the kids. My sister, Andy, Uncle Colin, Daddy, and I all helped! My sister even got a photo of me (a rarity!). 
My husband was feeling very sick and didn't want any photos of himself, but I assure you he was there! He worked like a crazy person (boo for retail management) and ran himself down into the ground with a horrible cold and fever. I'm so thankful he was able to be home at night for Christmas Eve and during the day at Christmas, though. It could be worse!

We ended the night with pictures by the tree in our matching jammies from Grandma. I am one lucky MOMMY!


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Everything was delicious and fun. We all look forward to going to the Howards for Christmas Eve and Jackie's tamales.

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I love you, Mom! Thank you for letting me host Christmas Eve. I love that we get to split the hosting. :-)

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