Although last year was one of the best Christmases because we became a family of three, it also felt like we skipped over everything due to our newborn fatigue and the fact it was almost 80 degrees here. Now that we have a little boy walking around, I am so excited for this year’s festivities. Everything seems more magical when you are experiencing it for the first time with someone. Cove now points at the tree when we ask him where the ‘Christmas’ tree is, and whispers when we get close to the lights like he is experiencing something magical. It might be the fact I have an almost one year old, that I am curled up on the couch with the lights twinkling behind my coffee cup or that I’m watching the Gilmore Girls revival, but I am just so sentimental and nostalgic right now over the holidays.

For the past five years Ian and I have been married, we’ve had some really great traditions just the two of us this time of year. We always talked about traditions we would start when we had kids – Ian really wants to cook a big breakfast with french toast on Christmas morning. I have always loved traditions of serving other people over the holidays, and showing our children what it means to be a servant and that giving is better than receiving. Both Ian and I’s families volunteered at Must Ministries when we were younger, helping families in need shop for their loved one’s Christmas presents. I would love to hear your favorite traditions as a family! What are things you remember doing with your parents when you were a kid? The quirkier the better! That makes it more fun!

Cooking is so much fun around the holidays. There is so much comfort food! I love to cook things that fit with what is on sale at the store. It’s like a challenge to come up with recipes using the specials in weekly ads. I try to work new recipes into our meal plan so we don’t get bored with the same stuff all the time. Although, the other night I tried a ramen recipe, and it was a total flop. So much of a flop that we ended up eating cheese, crackers and ice cream (Ian and cheese and crackers while I ate ice cream), but that’s okay! It was a funny experience, and I have luckily come a long way since crying over failed meals. I thought I would share a few of the wins that I have had lately.

  • One Pot Tortellini Tomato Soup – I have actually cooked this several times now without Sausage and I add a bag of spinach. It’s extremely yummy and we dip toasted french bread in it.
  • Caprese Grilled Cheese – After having leftovers from a caprese salad with our pasta one night, I decided to try this out since we already had the ingredients off hand. It was so yummy and warm for a feel good meal.
  • Lemon Rosemary Salmon – Salmon is a staple in our home, so coming up with new ways to cook it is always refreshing. I loved this recipe, and rosemary is so great for winter!
  • Roasted Grape Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Cove loves sweet potatoes, but they can get pretty dull for Ian and I to eat plain all the time like he does. This recipe is a wowzer. If your looking for a way to wow people with sweet potatoes – THIS IS IT!

Do you guys have any favorites this season?

Hope you have a great week! Thanks for reading!

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