I had completely intended on posting one or two posts before Christmas hit. But alas plans were a bit altered when I realized I had to get my butt in gear to host the holiday and I only had a few days to prep before the in laws came to visit. Christmas came….we ate, we drank, we laughed, and lounged…a lot. My tradition each holiday is to NOT make the same ol’ thing. This years’ menu contenders were a hit and I may just have to put a few of the dishes on holiday rotation.
Unlike holidays’ past, I decided to take down the decorations and completely de-Christmasfy the house before New Years. I am just done done done with jingle bells, reindeer, glitter, etc. DONE! I left a few wintery items up like the knit pillows and the Pendleton blankets on the sofas and chairs however.
Well with the cleaning out and lightening up of the house, I usually also feel the need to internally “clean house” and eat lighter. The rain has come back today in So Cal and this soup (recipe here) is just the thing to start eating healthy again after all the rich holiday foods. Fresh chicken meatballs, spinach, a light broth….yum!