We aren’t big on traditions in my family. Not because we don’t like them, but they just haven’t seemed to stick as we’ve all criss-crossed the country over the years. I think we have two lasting holiday traditions: we open presents on Christmas eve, and we eat slow cooked meat for dinner that has been making the house smell wonderful all day. We aren’t big red meat eaters, so this is a particularly exciting meal. This year was unique in that it was the first time I actually hosted my mother for Christmas (in the palace that is my studio apartment), and that it was just the two of us. Sister Sophie is currently bopping around South America.
I was more than happy to oblige the slow cooked meat plan. I found a recipe for slow cooker Maple & Dijon Pot Roast on The Kitchn, which I highly recommend. If not only for the reason my apartment smelled divine for 8 hours. You’re welcome, neighbors.
Gratitude Journal Entry: I’m grateful for Christmas, it was great, really very nice. And now I’m equally as grateful that it’s over. Walking down Chestnut street when every store is closed is downright creepy. Happy to get back to the hustle bustle 🙂
Oh, I’m also grateful for my new salt and pepper shakers (pictured). Thanks, mom!