Christmas Past and Christmas PRESENTS!

Wake up, wake up, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaake UP!!!

Merry Christmas

Santa came!!! πŸ˜€

While most of you will be rising in a few hours to unwrap presents, I will be scurrying off to bed…for a whole THREE hours! I was fortunate enough not to have to work on Christmas Day, but Christmas Eve was just another day at the good ol’ hos-pee-tal…though I did make it a little extra festive with my jingle bell earrings!

The plan is to hit the hay as soon as possible and then be at my parent’s, with man-friend in tow, by noon for our Christmas Day brunch before my dad goes to work at 2pm. Looks like there won’t be any time for Pancake Queen flipoffs but my mom did say she was going to make some scones to go along with our brunch that will most likely look a lot like my birthday meal (no complaints here!). Just keep your fingers crossed for me that I don’t end up with egg on my face…literally, from face-planting into my plate! πŸ˜†

All jokes aside, I’m sure I’ll be running on quite a bit of adrenaline. I’m SO FREAKIN’ PUMPED for the gift exchange this year! I think I picked the perfect gifts for everyone! While I WAS finished with the majority of my shopping by the week after Thanksgiving, I still managed to add to my stack of gifts to give all the way up through last night! Yup, I was among the crazy masses at Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve (shoot me).

Christmas Party IG

Last week, the girls in the x-ray department “invited” me to their little Christmas soiree. That green stuff in the bowl by Snoopy would be my contribution to the otherwise veggie-less spread…some homemade spinach and artichoke hummus (aka Grinch Hummus πŸ˜‰ ) with chips and cukes for dipping!

Christmas Cookies & Buckeyes

Of course, the buckeyes stole the show…my absolute FAVORITE!!!

Christmas Party Gifts

Then they totally surprised me with a gift exchange!

Christmas Granola

Since I felt bad not having gifts to give them in return, I made sure to make up for it with a batch of peanut butter and jelly granola that I made over the weekend! See? I TOLD you granola makes a great gift! πŸ˜‰

And while I was in the kitchen, I decided to whip up some other DIY gifts…

Christmas Body Gifts

Candy cane body scrub and coffee facial scrub! πŸ˜€

Christmas Gifts

But the most fun I had all week was last night when I (finally) wrapped all the gifts I plan on giving to the fam and the man-friend tomorrow! Why yes, I did recycle some of those gift bags/boxes from the work party…how observant of you! πŸ˜‰

Christmas Cookies

And speaking of observant, I ended up being pretty ONLY observant myself the other day when my coworker brought in his wife’s INFAMOUS Christmas cookie platter! Since it was 6:30am when he came in, I just took a picture and figured I’d have a cookie or two when I came back in to work later that night, but can you BELIEVE the entire tray was practically LICKED clean before I got there?!

I know…how rude!

Luckily, there have been plenty of cookie-tunities throughout the week so I haven’t been as deprived as I make it sound…a couple of perfectly soft and chewy chocolate chips and one GIGANTIC cranberry and walnut cookie made for some tasty nibbling throughout the last couple of days! πŸ˜€

But of course, what’s talk about cookies without a little something to balance it all out?

Christmas Salad

My Christmas Eve dinner: Romaine salad topped with portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber and pomegranate which was later tossed with a honey mustard balsamic dressing! Sooooo festive and sooooo freakin’ delicious!

Christmas Bob.

I’ve got the rest of the week off which I plan on spending with my family, the man-friend, and Veronica Roth so I may not “see” you guys until next week, but I hope you all have a WONDERFUL holiday and hey, do a little rockin’ around the tree for me! πŸ˜‰


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22 Responses to Christmas Past and Christmas PRESENTS!

  1. Merry Christmas lovely lady!! Enjoy your time with the fam!!

  2. Merry Christmas, love <3 Hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends πŸ™‚

  3. I was one of the crazy in Walmart on Christmas Eve too! Luckily, I only needed a few things and I was in and out lickety split. Have a VERY Merry Christmas and enjoy your time off!

  4. Merry Christmas Heather!!:) Thank you for giving us a great blog to read all year. By the way, that salad is rockin’! Love it<3

  5. Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas, Heather! I am eyeing up those buckeyes :p

  6. Definitely with you on the buckeye love πŸ˜‰ I hope you have an amazing Christmas Heather!!! <3

  7. OMG I haven’t had a buckeye in so longβ€”one of the best! Have a wonderful Christmas πŸ™‚

  8. Merry Christmas!! Eat lots of goodies!!

  9. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Heather! Love the food porn πŸ™‚

  10. Merry Christmas, my dear friend! Love you!!

  11. Lyric says:

    Merry Christmas Heather! Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  12. Heather- I hope you have an AMAZING Christmas holiday period- you deserve it, my cruciferous superstar.

  13. Kat says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MY LOVE!! I hope you had a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  14. purelytwins says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  15. Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy your week off!

    Homemade granola is always a great gift – I gave out gingerbread granola to my cousins last Christmas and they went nuts over it!

  16. Looks like so much fun! Merry Christmas!

    Lisa @ The Skinny on Health

  17. Merry Belated Christmas Sweets. I hope you had a great time with the Man Friend and the Family. Enjoy your week off!

  18. Merry Christmas! Veronica Roth = love. I don’t care what they say about the ending of Allegiant, it remains one of my favorite series of all time.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      That’s good to know…I just started Allegiant yesterday and part of me wants to run right through it but the other part is afraid of the ending!

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