I’ve been enjoying getting into the festive spirit of the season! The Mr. is against us getting a tree when we’re not going to actually be at home for Christmas and we don’t have a fireplace or mantle like we did in S.F., so this is my little Christmas montage. Our stockings are from Garnet Hill. I love ruffles so love that my stocking has a few! There is something that is insanely comforting about American traditions when you’re abroad… I think Thanksgiving meant so much more here than I remember it meaning back home. So we decided to throw an ugly sweater party Friday night. I love the vest our friend Eric found and isn’t Natalie’s hat quite festive?
Luckily Hong Kong has lots of sweaters they sell for a couple of bucks in the markets… that is where Maddy got hers and I got the Mr.’s. We were worried that the Mr. looked more molester than merry…
I don’t believe you can have a holiday party without some good, homemade eggnog. I like this recipe because you do almost all of it a day ahead of time. And of course you need fresh nutmeg!
I also made boeuf bourguingon, which is another great make-ahead buffet party dish, and served it with roasted potatoes and peas with onions.
For dessert I made this amazing new rum raisin apple pie recipe. It’s my new favorite apple pie recipe! I also tried a new crust (the Mr. pointed out that my crust on my pumpkin and pecan pies at Thanksgiving was not very flaky or crispy… I blame it on the humidity) but this new recipe, involving precise refrigerating and freezing, worked brilliantly. I think I also over-food process so limiting that makes a world of difference. Do you have any pie crust tips?
And for the next morning… I highly recommend the Mr.’s tradition of a slice of apple pie with cheddar cheese.