Christmas 2014

G'Morning & Happy December 27th :) Hoping you had a beautiful Christmas with your family, friends & loved ones. 
Checking in this morning from Raleigh, still here with my love at his parents house. We had a wonderful Christmas Holiday -- celebrating all week with both sides of our family. Pre-Christmas family dinners + Christmas Eve in Charlotte with my family before hopping in the car midi Christmas Day to spend the rest of the holiday + celebrate his mom's birthday yesterday. We headed into Chapel Hill for an always delicious dinner at a favorite spot of ours - Lantern. So YUM!

Enjoyed all of the yummy food, wine & treats that I look forward to every year but definitely did my best to not over indulge. I have to say I am looking forward to the having the holidays behind me and getting back to my routine of super clean eating that I've been away from ever since Austria. Yikes! 

Sharing a few photos from our lovely Christmastime. xx

Much Love, 

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Christmas Eve with my family was casual and my mom did a buffet style spread rather than a sit down dinner, which just seems to work better with my niece & nephew and all the excitement of Christmas. I love that my family (and my boyfriends family) is healthy & even thru the holidays we stick to our healthy lifestyle with the exception of a few things -- our Christmas cookies, would be one of those exceptions :) Lots of Italian & Austrian cookies - recipes that have been in our family forever. 

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Love the return of my mom's Pâté every Christmas 

hearts of palm | mushrooms | olives 

Super good crab filled artichoke hearts 

LOVE this shrimp + tomato + avocado salad 

Cherry Filled Linzer Cookies

Christmas Dinner with my loves family was a quiet, sit-down dinner. 

just quick iPhone pic of our yummy dinner...
Cauliflower & Gruyère Cheese Soufflé, Sausage & Herb Stuffed Pork & Roasted Asparagus
desert was a sinful tres leches cake