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Scenes from Christmas Eve Dinner

Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying Christmas morning. So far I have slept later than planned (which will result in no time for a morning run), guzzled coffee and eaten cake for breakfast. Now it’s time to tackle wrapping gifts. Yes, I’m am one of the world’s worst procrastinators. It’s all good. 😛

Before I get to it, I wanted to quickly share our Christmas Eve dinner. We spent the evening at my brother in law’s with his wife and two girls, Brandon’s parents and sister.

Champagne cocktails upon arrival.

With my sister in law, Rachael.

Beautiful dining room set up. Please take a moment to appreciate the mini table for the little ones.

Delicious wine.

My brother in law prepared an amazing dinner of Provencal Lamb Daube. Everything about this stew was incredible. I loved the blend of flavors and the use of all fresh ingredients.

He served it over Anson Mills Grits although you could also use polenta.

I put together a quick salad.

Dinner plated. I think everyone went back for seconds.

I blew off going to yoga yesterday afternoon in favor of baking. I made this Glazed Cranberry Lemon Cake. It was so good and the perfect festive dessert. (And definitely what I just ate for breakfast this morning!)

And finally, my sweet nieces leaving cookies out for Santa.

I hope you have a beautiful day with your friends and family. Be happy, be grateful, be loving.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Jessica December 25, 2011, 10:41 am

    I love formal Christmas dinners! Looks delicious! My sister and brother and law are having one tonight and making beef Wellington! I can’t wait! Merry Christmas!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 25, 2011, 11:05 am

    This looks like a great meal! Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 25, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Everything looks awesome. Merry Christmas to you! 🙂

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 26, 2011, 7:34 am

    Everything sounds delicious and your cake is so festive! Hope your Christmas day was just as wonderful.

  • Alaina December 26, 2011, 10:03 am

    That dish looks amazing!! As well as that cranberry cake! That is definitely being bookmarked. 🙂

    I hope you had a great Christmas Jen!!

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