So you may have noticed that things have been VERY quiet around Little Miss Kate the past few weeks. While I wish I could say it was because I was off on some sort of exotic vacation, the truth is that this holiday season knocked me on my butt. While yes Christmas time is busy with family gatherings, shopping and wrapping this year threw in a few extra “special” surprises into the mix. Between the kids being sick and my father-in-law being hospitalized my to do list and good intentions flew out the door. Instead I was left with unwrapped Christmas gifts, having to buy tourtiere for Christmas Eve instead of making it myself and utter exhaustion from the emotional stress & worry. It was fun times all around let me tell you. Even with all the chaos we were still able to enjoy some quality time with family and focus on getting “back to basics” rather then having everything just perfect. Sometimes even when nothing goes as you planned it all comes together in the end.
Instead of spending time in the kitchen in days leading up to Christmas we were driving back and forth to the hospital. However we still had family gatherings to attend, thank goodness for easy snacks like the Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips and Goldfish® Crackers I was able to arrive with snacks in hand that everyone enjoyed without the stress of cooking them myself. And I discovered a new delicious snack Goldfish® Pretzels for when I am craving something salty.
After enjoying a amazing turkey dinner on Christmas Day we were looking forward to scoring some leftovers to have for sandwiches… that is until my cousin threw out the turkey!!! Yep, after carving what we needed for the meal my Uncle covered the turkey with foil while we enjoyed our dinner. When it came time for clean up everyone pitched in, only my cousin figured we were done with the turkey which had LOTS of meat still on it and pitched it right into the garbage! Needless to say we won’t be letting him in the kitchen at Easter. With the help of Campbell’s® Condensed Mushroom Soup I made mouth watering pork chops for Hubs instead.
Did your holiday not go as planned either? Share your Holiday Secrets with Holiday Secrets Exposed, and read confessions from others. We made it through this holiday season in one piece, but I am really hoping that next Christmas only has sweet surprises in store for us (and lots of left over turkey!)
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