Monday, December 28, 2015

Weekend Recap: Christmas with the Walkes

Thursday morning I hit the gym early to earn some sweat equity for dinner. Lol! 45 minutes and 500 + calories later and I was done. My schedule has been rather busy and my fitness routine has suffered quite a bit. I didn't let it discourage me though. I just fit it in when and where I have time. Life is not always predictable and it will throw you curve balls from time to time. There is no need to sulk, dwell, blame, or beat yourself up about it because that does more harm than good. I've applied this to my day to day and I can definitely say that I've noticed a difference in my stress levels. I do, however, look forward to getting back to a solid and consistent routine after the New Year.

Pizza and a movie.

I picked up A Charlie Brown Christmas and National Lampoons Christmas vacation a few weeks ago as a surprise for the boys. It's our family tradition to watch Christmas movies and play board games all day on Christmas Eve. They got a kick out of National Lampoon Christmas vacation especially with all the curse words. Lol! It was rated PG 13, but had it's fair share of strong language. Take out was a must as I was certainly not up for cooking after Christmas dinner prep. It was pizza from one of our favorite pizza franchise restaurants Marcos Pizza.

Gingerbread cookies.

We made gingerbread cookies after the movie. They made sure to leave Santa a few with a tall glass of milk. Hubby left me hanging and fell asleep right after the boys excitedly went off to bed. Mom had to make sure all things were in order for the next morning. I think I may have crawled into bed at about 1:30 am.

Me posing in my Pjs before we opened gifts. 

My aeropostale holiday inspired pajama pants were so comfortable. I paired it with a grey tank and red knitted socks. 

Just to see them smile.

The boys enjoyed opening up all their gifts. The joy on their faces make it all worth it. 

Samson sniffing his gifts.

We couldn't leave out our 4 legged member of our family. He was very appreciative. 

Merry Christmas!

Plaid was our theme this year as you can see. Although all of our button downs look similar the designs were subtly different. The perfect attire for eating in comfort. 

Bathroom selfie love.

My love and I.

I rocked my flannel with, a black bralette, black tights and my Uggs. Hubby and the kids wore jeans and sneakers for a nice casual look.


I wore my hair in a braid and curl and finished the look with minimal make up and jewelry.  

Samson and I.

Poor Samson woke up Christmas morning with an ear infection. He was not feeling the selfies. lol


Samson. 5 months old. First Christmas.


My youngest son has been begging for sparkling grape since last Christmas.

My babies. 

Cherry Coke glazed smoked ham with fresh pineapples.

Herb roasted chicken.
Homemade mac and cheese.

I used a few of my pampered chef stoneware pieces for cooking dishes. They're 14 years old and still going strong. My amazing Step-Mother threw me a Pampered Chef bridal party and I racked up big time. It was such a genius idea especially since we were a young married couple staring with so little.

Fresh cranberry sauce.

This is year two of me making fresh cranberry sauce. I don't think I'll ever go back to canned. Its ridiculously easy to prepare. Check out this wonderful recipe via Savory Sweet Life below. Note *I didn't include rum in my recipe and it taste amazing.

(Simple and Amazing) Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Recipe type: CONDIMENT
Prep time:  2 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  17 mins
Serves: 2 CUPS
Make your own homemade cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving using fresh cranberries.This easy recipe is so simple yet yields amazing

12 oz bag fresh cranberries
¾ cup orange juice
⅔ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup white sugar
Optional: 2 oz gold rum

Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve. Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake.

Deep dish sweet potato cheesecake pie for dessert. It's Hubby's favorite as he is not a big fan of cake. I also made fresh collard greens with smoke turkey, dressing and gravy. 

Samson waiting for something to drop on the floor. lol

We had a very nice and peaceful Christmas Holiday. My heart is filled with such gratitude for all the blessings bestowed upon our family this past year. We're all looking forward to what 2016 has to offer. I hope you all enjoyed your Holiday as well. God Bless and thank you for stopping by. 

My family minus Samson (our poodle)not pictured. 
What are you Family Christmas traditions? Favorite move? Dessert? Share in the comments section I'd love to hear them.

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