Back from the holidays

I'm back from the Christmas madness! The break from blogging and being online in general gave me a much-enjoyed break from keeping up with everyone's random updates, and energized me with some new posts just itching to be typed out.

Firstly though, a recap of Christmas! I always love the holidays as it gives me time to relax and just enjoy being with family and friends. I've been kept pretty busy the past week spending time with my and Mr. Artist's respective families and eating tons of Christmas goodies. My mom as always, outdid herself with the yearly Christmas cookie baking and gave me my first Christmas-themed cookie tray upon which she piled sugar cookies, candy cane cookies, shortbread, ginger snaps, chocolate rum balls, sweet raisin bread, pound cake and coffee cake to take home, with a "let me know if you want more!" for good measure. It was my first time spending Christmas in Vancouver as usually I'm one of the countless hordes trekking out of town for Christmas. I did kinda miss seeing my cousins and aunts though who usually come into our hometown, but I still felt close to them when my mom gave me the hedgehog doggie toy that my aunt had given to Ecko! He sure loved it and immediately tried to fit the entire thing into his mouth.

My dog enjoying his Christmas present. Photo Just J


Besides being my first Christmas spent in Vancouver, it was also my first Boxing Day spent in Vancouver! It's a yearly tradition for my mom and I to spend the day out shopping together. We usually spend it in 1+ malls, enabling each other to buy more than we should. This year did not disappoint and I was pleasantly surprised that the sales were all fairly decent! I was able to get shoes for 50% off and both my mom and I purchased leather purses for only $100!

My Boxing Day shopping haul. Photo: Just J
My Boxing Day shopping haul. Photo: Just J


I'm kinda worried that I won't be able to fit into all my new clothes come January as I seem to be having endless family lunches and dinners. Today was a delicious dumpling fest at Dinesty with some of Ric's family friends and yesterday I cooked my first turkey dinner with Ric's sister for their family and friends. Seeing as I'm the one whose the most "Canadian" (aka "white-washed"), it was assumed I was the expert on turkey dinner lol. Luckily, our turkey had accurate cooking instructions printed conveniently on its label! I stuffed the skin with butter and rosemary and the inside was filled with whole sprigs of rosemary, carrots, onions and a sliced lemon. The whole house smelled amazing and the result was surprisingly tasty! I guess turkey looks intimidating, but once it's in the oven it's pretty much just waiting - which I'm not good at as I was hopping around anxiously for the final half hour debating with myself on when to take it out of the oven #overthinking

My first home-cooked turkey! Photo: Just J
My first home-cooked turkey! Photo: Just J

First Christmas dinner in my new house. Photo: Just J
First Christmas dinner in my new house. Photo: Just J

Anyhoo, that was my Christmas! How was yours and what are your plans for NYE?



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