And it’s all over!
José and I split our Christmas Eve between my grandparent’s and his parent’s house. I ended up deciding on the Maple Butternet Squash and Apple Soup that I found on FoodGawker for our soup-pot luck. It was a huge hit, which made me ridiculously proud. My family (besides my immediate family) has never tasted my cooking before, and it seemed like everybody was pleasantly surprised at my ability to not blunder in the kitchen. I also made bark candy with coconut, almonds and candied pecans using the simplest of recipes from Redbook.
José’s favorite of my concoctions this holiday season was the Lighter Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Walnut Streusel, also found via FoodGawker. As you can see from the above picture, I never mastered the art of making it actually look, uh, good. However, José was in love with the pie every time I made it and was convinced that his family would be as well. I wish! They all liked it, but it seemed like I should have remembered that José is the only person in my life that actually truly enjoys healthy recipes.
From what I hear, though, baby Isaiah loved the leftover soup that I brought over to José’s parents’ house, and several people did eat the pie anyway.
Of course, the best part of the day and night were our families. Spending time with my family is always extremely fun, as everybody is quirky and dry-humored. When I was younger, I didn’t see my family as much as most people do, so I treasure every time I do get to see them now, and it’s nice to feel the love returned.
José’s family was perfect, as always. I’ll never get tired of the food, the laughs, and the babies! Plus that lovely, indescribable feeling of being completely loved and accepted as family by non-blood relatives, family only through love. And I get that from a giant amount of people.
I’m very lucky.