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The best Christmas ever – and not just because of the food

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Well I certainly got my Christmas wish this year – and that was for my family to come together and to have a really nice time together.

A lot of work goes into hosting Christmas lunch and it was done in fine style at my brother’s house. His girlfriend, Ash, has a real flair for decorating – the table looked awesome, the turkey, ham and vegies were great, and she made these delicious Christmas trees out of an Oreo and rum mixture. I so have to get that recipe!

My darling finacee with the yummy tree!

I also thought it was a genius ideaΒ  to ask everyone to bring a meat. We like to have almost every meat on Christmas day, so I cooked a rolled sirloin beef roast with a sourdough breadcrumb crust flavoured with dried porcini mushrooms, parsley, garlic and salt and pepper. I was rapt with how it turned out. Mum came with lamb, and dad, the prawns. It was a great meal and I was sooo full afterwards, although I couldn’t fit anywhere near as much food as I used to, which is actually nice πŸ™‚

Dad with all the food πŸ™‚

Christmas eve also proved to be an awesome day and evening, with a visit from my awesome friends AJ. We met in high school, and have been best friends ever since. We took him down to Anglesea to visit the rest of my family at the shop, Anglesea Fruitz. It was a surprise for my mum and I swear she was so excited to see him that she nearly broke a few of his ribs when she gave him a huge bear hug!

And AJ even came bearing gifts!

I got a mug, with a very true message about me …

Dad and Dave were hard at work – and it was great to be down at the shop and really get into the crazy Christmas atmosphere.

AJ was soon on his way to deliver the rest of his presents, doing a very cool impersonation of Santa πŸ™‚

We spent the night with Matt’s family, watching carols by candlelight and eating party pies and sausage rolls – Matt’s favourite!

The other awesome thing about Christmas is seeing the excitement of kids getting pressies – and our nieces and nephews were having a ball. We really enjoyed spoiling them and we got each of them a Christmas teddy. I was so into getting a stuffed toy every Christmas and Easter, that I thought they’d like them. The girls got white bears, and the boy got brown.

Kobe checking out the ride-on car we got him. He's so tall already he's almost too big for it!

Charli with her Grandma (Matt's mum) and her Christmas teddy

Taj checking out his Transformers activity set

Chelsea with her bear and lots of other goodies Santa got her.

It was really nice to spend Christmas night with Matt’s family too. But after a long day, we were all ready for bed.

It was one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had. How did you spend yours and what made it memorable for you?

Now we head to Adelaide for a few days away. I know food is going to be a challenge because I can’t cook where we are staying, but I will do my best to make good choices. I also have my gym program in my bag and will be hitting the gym a few times while we are away. Seeing my extended family will top off an awesome festive season. Not only that, but I don’t have to go back to work until the second week of January. Woo hoo!!!

See you in the new year with heaps of inspiring and healthy recipes. 2012 promises to be a very awesome year – not only will the blog be growing, and I’ll continue my exciting weight loss journey – but Matt and I will be getting married on November 18! Excited doesn’t even cover it! πŸ™‚

 

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