We're pretty low-key here.
This is all the further any of us got on decorating that tree. A shame too as it really is a nicely shaped tree. Those red bows & streamers usually hang from the upstairs railing. Marty finally went out on Wednesday, to find the lights and he and Nick put them on.
Marty was up first. That's normal. He made the coffee and then puttered around on his computer.
Having stayed up until past midnight watching a Lifetime channel movie, I was up later. I dawdled around and eventually fixed breakfast of bacon, eggs, and hashbrown patties.
Nick woke up in time for breakfast, still in just his bathrobe as I started to type but is now in the shower. After breakfast we finally got around to unwrapping presents. The kitties got theirs first. They were really into the whole Christmas present thing, and curious as to what was going on.
|That mouse is the same color as you Flame!|
|I'm sure I can fit into this box-lid....um, sure Raven, aka "Chubs"|
I decided I'd make a broccoli salad this year, so looked up every internet recipe and then did my own thing using my gleanings as a reference. To the broccoli, I added crisply fried bacon pieces, sliced almonds, a little sliced green onion, some finely diced red bell pepper - green and red are Christmas colors you know - and then the mayo, a little garlic white wine vinegar, sugar and the usual salt & pepper. Oh and raisins, can't forget about them. When I worked for a large aerospace company, our cafeteria had the best broccoli salad and I sure have missed it.
In addition to the broccoli salad, we will have our traditional prime rib roast - I wrote about it here for Toaster Oven Tuesday back in January. We will also have crescent rolls from the pop open tube, boiled red potatoes with butter and fresh parsley, buttered corn, cranberry sauce, and for dessert, peach pie - Claim Jumper frozen - and ice cream. I think that's far more than plenty for the three of us. I'd have probably skipped the corn even, but Nick wasn't keen on the idea of broccoli salad, so requested corn.
I also had to get the table cleaned off enough to be able to at least put a Christmas table cloth on half of it and we'll have some nice ambiance for dinner. I pulled out a couple pillar candles too, and our cable provider has been broadcasting a Yule log with Christmas music, so maybe we'll turn that on in the background and it'll feel like we're in front of the fireplace.
Marty has taken off to do a short hike while the roast cooks. We're in the mid-50s here with clear skies, but gusty winds. Had hoped we'd have the rain today that was predicted a week ago, but as is often the case, the forecast changes daily, and the very little bit of rain came in a day or two early and it's dry out today. I sure miss the Christmas weather of my childhood, and the excitement of knowing we could get a white Christmas. It almost always snowed on Christmas or within a day or two either side of it.
I hope your Christmas has been as bright and shiny as Flame's laser-cat eyes. Stay safe, and give all your loved ones extra hugs.