Saturday, January 7, 2017

Our lovely Christmas 2016

Happy New Year! I'm still in Trinidad soaking up the sun and loads of family time but wanted to pop in to share our Christmas festivities before it's February already! This season was a busy one filled with fun, friends, family and food! We had a blast!

On Christmas Eve Eve (also the last day of school), we headed to our family friend Jenn's house for a lovely dinner, great conversations, drinks and movies for the kids.

Such a beautiful tree and I just love her gift wrap-- I want to do something similar next year but my kids love bright, shiny wrapping paper! Let's see....

I totally spaced and didn't take any pictures of the actual people that day but the food was so yum! Salmon topped with crab in a hollandaise sauce and mushroom risotto. 

Christmas Eve was spent at our aunt and uncle's place... our usual fam jam. Christmas Eve is probably my most favourite day of the entire year-- so filled with anticipation and that 'christmas feeling'. 

My kids dominate a cheese platter!

 We did Christmas crafts, chatted, carolled a bit and of course ate and ate.. and ate!

Our aunt made this delicious, festive cheesecake!
We take one of these almost every year by their beautiful tree.

When we went home... can you tell that excitement is in the air!!? This might be my favourite picture of the entire season.

My phone wasn't charged on Christmas morning. Just imagine wrapping paper and tons of gifts EVERYWHERE!  After a mad scramble to clean up, a delicious traditional breakfast of trini 'ham & hops' ensued -- or in our case- smoked turkey and croissants.

Our friends Petal, John and their kids joined us for a four course absolutely divine dinner! 
I bought the ingredients and he cooked! #winning

The second course of gnocchi and salmon in a mushroom cream sauce. SO, SO GOOD.

Oh and Darin paired the wine... an essential element, obvs.

Our main-- cornish hens deboned in their own reduction, served over baked polenta and wilted greens. Another fabulous treat.

My gorgeous friend Petal!

Just Dance-- my kiddo's joint present from D and me.

BFFs after that meal.

All of us!

We stayed up late into the night as our friends overnighted. The next day after a lazy breakfast, they headed out and we headed to another friend's house for another holiday sesh.

 The lovely hostess

We were exhausted after all of the late nights and the next day, we had a few of our favourite people over... The pictures are less because by then I was super tired and also in getting ready to pack for Trinidad mode. 

My framily Priya made this crab rangoon dip which I almost demolished by myself within the two days before I left.

A high school friend of mine. There were 5 families, tons of food and ridiculous amounts of desserts! I gave ALL of it away because leaving the country in 36 hours!

If you've made it to the end of this post-- good for you. It's a LOT and it took me about three days to write it all #vacationmode

See you next week when I'm back in Canada!


  1. Is there anything you don't look stunning in? And I love your Christmas decor. We only had the tree and stocking this year since we're in the rental and it's all packed up :(

  2. Vacation mode is the best mode friend. Looks like you have had an AMAZING Christmas with loads of yummy food that has my stomach growling right about now.

  3. Such a fun celebration! You guys were definitely busy. All of your food looks so amazing too! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. Christmas Eve is my favourite time too. Enjoy your last week of holiday! It was hard getting up for school today!

  5. Wow! You guys were busy! All of that food looks sooo good! And I love that picture of you and your hubby! Such a good picture!

  6. The food you all ate looked amazing and delicious!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. What a great Christmas! And where do I sign up for a friend that does the cooking if I supply the ingredients, hehe. Have a good rest of your trip and safe travels home!

  8. Loved seeing your pictures from your holidays!

  9. What beautiful holiday memories! You obviously were full of joy because you look radiant in all your pictures. Love your family picture in front of the tree mostest! And that dang crab dip..yum.


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