Since it’s been awhile since I posted about my last potluck, I figured a new cheerful holiday post was in order. Just as an update on my life for anyone who teensy bit cares: classes have now officially ended and I am half terrified, half excited that my second last year of university is halfway over. Seriously! My actual life starts so soon, I can’t wait. Also, my first exam isn’t until the 17th, so I have spent the last couple of days doing the following: drinking beer, eating chicken wings, playing Mario Kart, eating (inhaling) sushi, and watching Mean Girls. As you can see, my life involved quite a bit of eating and not much studying. As of tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. that will most certainly change. Exams, you are going down.
Okay, so ever since we moved into our house, it has become a tradition to have a “Christmas family potluck.” And by tradition, I mean we had a dinner last year and decided that we needed another excuse to decorate the house for the 2010 festivities. Since there are six of us in the house plus two boyfriends and a boyfriend roommate, we ended up with quite a bit of food. There was chicken, ham, potatoes (sweet and normal ones!), stuffing, brussel sprouts (which I wasn’t brave enough to try, I blame my dad for not liking them!) and MORE (if you can believe it). Finally, there was dessert, which I was obviously responsible for making. On the menu this year was a double-layered chocolate cake with peppermint white chocolate buttercream icing. I seriously ate so much for dinner that by the time people came over for our actual party, I just wanted to go down to my room and put on my stretchy pants. Thank god I resisted.
Regretfully, I did not get a nice picture of my cake since I didn’t finish icing it until well into the depths of 6 p.m. light. The picture you see below was taken under the lamp Ariel bought at a yard sale. ‘Nuff said. I’ll tell you this, however… It was yummy! I finally managed to use some of the ridiculous amount of white chocolate that I have and used the rest of my homemade Christmas tree chocolates to decorate the sides. IT WAS Christmas in a cake.
This year’s family get-together also involved a “fancy” holiday party afterwards, at which time we proceeded to drink spiked egg nog and revel in the glow of our sparkling Christmas tree.
We also had our Secret Santa gift exchange. There are six of us in our house and this year we PROMISED not to try and sneakily match the gift givers with their recipients. This, however, failed greatly, and after two revealing bus conversations with Ariel and Amanda, I had the entire web of gifting deciphered. Amanda was my Secret Santa and she got me…wait for it…A COOKIE PRESS! That’s right, I can now make spritz cookies and pipe icing to my heart’s content. Best. gift. ever. I was Ariel’s Secret Santa, and got her the cute polar bear sweater you see below, Christmas tea and a cookie like the one we had from Le Moulin de Provence in first year. Cute, right?
ALSO, one more thing. I wore this wicked dress I bought at the Ottawa Vintage Sale a few weeks ago and was DEVASTATED when I got some sort of water stain on the front of it. Seriously, you can’t take me anywhere! Hillary’s Cleaners will be having a visit from me very shortly…
The pictures below are just a few more images from my fun night…
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!!!