It's a bit odd to be talking about Christmas the day before New Year's Eve. But I am. Because that's how I roll.
But after a pretty hectic and chaotic month, and a sort-of-busy Christmas Eve, our Christmas Day? Was pretty laid-back. And I liked it. A lot.
In part because we started our Christmas with cinnamon rolls. Really good cinnamon rolls from Smitten Kitchen. I adapted the recipe to make the filling all cinnamony goodness and they were amazing. I mean, these rolls were tender. Gooey. Delicious. And made our Christmas morning feel extra Christmasy.
We also ended up heading to the movie theater to take in the final Hobbit movie in 3D. It was also awesome. I mean, the visuals were stunning and the acting superb. The film is a great conclusion to a great trilogy and I'm pretty sad that it has come to an end. Just means it's time to re-watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy, right?
But really, our holiday was all about the food. Cinnamon rolls and a Christmas feast that I joked featured a roast beast. I felt very Cindy-Lou Who while we were working to make a roast beef tenderloin with roast potatoes, shallots, and tossed salad for dinner. The roast ended up being so tender and the potatoes? Divine. The meal was easy to make and packed lots of flavor. To us, it really was a feast - delicious and filling! Dessert? Brownies and ice cream!
Our Christmas wrapped up as it has for the past few years: the Doctor Who Christmas special, featurning none other than Nick Frost as Santa Claus! The episode was light-hearted, whimsical, and made it all-too-easy to question everything. I loved it - every moment. It was the perfect way to end what was a simple, restful, great day. It was, in a word: perfect.