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There Really Is Nothing Like It

by Courtney on December 24, 2012

Goooooood morning, and Merry Christmas Eve to you all! I’m sure most of you are out and about on this fabulous day, so if you’re one of the few out there who may be reading this right now, then hello to you!

So far our Christmas Eve has been great, but our Christmas Eve Eve (or “Christmas Adam” as I’ve recently heard) was just as nice. Late yesterday afternoon, Jay and I headed over to my in-laws’ house for dinner. As always, we had some snacks to tide us over for the couple of hours before dinner.

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Believe it or not, I actually went crazy for that veggie tray. The thought of salads is still hit or miss for me, but cut up veggies and dip was totally awesome yesterday.

Also equally (if not more) awesome were the party rye toasts.

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I thoroughly enjoyed a few of those while we all sat and watched some football in front of the Christmas tree.

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Once it started to get dark, Jay lit a fire and, honest to God, I soooooo wish we had a fireplace in our house. It’s just so warm and cozy, and there really is nothing like it. Someday!

I snagged a blanket and parked right in front of that fabulous fire for most of the night…with the exception of our break for dinner.

We started off with some salads before making it to the main course. On the menu?

Lasagna (and some warm bread from the oven).

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Somehow I ended up with a pretty big whopper of a piece, so I couldn’t quite make it through the whole thing. But what I did make it through was quite yummy.

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About an hour later, we broke into my Christmas brownies for dessert.

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I baked them in an 11×7 pan, rather than a 9×13, which made them just a little bit thicker. Then having them topped with a big, thick layer of cream cheese frosting made them even more fantastic.

The pieces Jay wound up cutting were pretty monstrous, but I managed to work through that entire thing. It probably wasn’t in my best interest, since I felt pretty crappy afterward…but it was worth it. Winking smile

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So far, Christmas Eve has been absolutely GREAT over here!

But for now, I’m going to go ahead and enjoy the rest of the day. Smile

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*The Baby Tooth page was updated this morning! <–I have these posts set up to post directly to that page, so you won’t be seeing them on the homepage. If you subscribe via Google Reader, etc., then they’ll still show up for you that way, and they still get published on Twitter and Facebook…but in case you’re wondering why they aren’t showing up on the homepage like my usual posts, that’s why.

**The two winners of the cookbook giveaway from yesterday are:

    • #106 – Mary Bair
    • #96 – Kim

Winners: Email me at sweettoothcourtney at gmail dot com so I can hook you up!

I hope you all have a fabulous, fantastic day!! Later this afternoon, we’re heading over to my parents house for a low-key Christmas Eve, and I am soooo looking forward to it.

How’s everyone else spending today??

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1 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

Ah, that brownie!!!

I’ve got church later, then family time on the agenda for today!
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2 Meghan @ After the Ivy League December 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

Merry Christmas Eve! Hope you enjoy the holiday…I’m one of the few reading blogs today! Working this morning, but leaving early to enjoy time with family. Can’t wait! :)
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3 Kristen@Change of Pace December 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

Oh my gosh everything looks so yummy! Perfect Christmas food!
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4 Shannon December 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

The brownie and lasagna look delicious, to say the least. Last night, I had Honey Mustard Chicken- it was tasty, but there wasn’t a lot of honey used.

Plans today include dinner with my uncle and family, church, and then opening presents afterwards. Have a merry Christmas, Courtney!

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5 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

There’s definitely nothing quite like a good old fashioned fireplace. I have a gas one, but nothing beats the sound of logs crackling in the fire.

Merry Christmas Eve, Courtney! I have to finish up some last minute errands today, but tonight will be all about dinner, family, and presents :D
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6 Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns December 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

going to finish my cupcakes, then take them over to the bf’s house and spend it with his family :) hope you have a great Christmas Eve!! :)
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7 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

I know want brownies!!! The lasagna looks amazing! You inspired me to make a dish of it tonight!

Happy Holidays!
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8 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit December 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Merry Christmas Eve to you! Rye party toasts are always so tasty! And those brownies look delish & easy. Finishing up some last minute wrapping & then getting the festivities underway this evening ;)
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9 Beks December 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Sadly, my office didn’t want to close for Christmas Eve (though my team rallied for it!), so I’m here, working, while my dad and sis are off watching “The Hobbit” and my mom is home waiting for her baby sis and family to arrive.

Tonight is church and family Christmas. Tomorrow, extended family Christmas.

Merry Merry to you, Jay and Baby Tooth!
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10 Michelle@Peachy Palate December 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Have a great day tomorrow, Happy Christmas!!! :) Brownies looks awesome as do all your baked goods you baking queen!
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11 Natalie @ Free Range Human December 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m just about to head home for the holidays! Merry Christmas!
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12 kim@hungryhealthygirl December 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Wow, all of your eats from yesterday look so good! I had some pretty great eats too! Yay…I won one of the cookbooks! Have a fabulous Christmas!
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13 michelle kim December 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I’m definitely going for a long run today (I ate so many sweets and good eats during last night’s church Christmas dinner party)!
Congratulations to the winners!
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14 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Everything about your eats yesterday looks amazing!! Especially the lasagna and the brownies! ;)

Have a fabulous Christmas Eve with your family! :)
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15 HandmadeSuccess December 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Belated congratulations on the baby! Yay!!

I spotted the diet Pepsi can on the table and had to chime in…just in case it was yours!

You have to be super careful with diet drinks and artificially sweetened foods. There are a ton of articles online from reputable sources. When pregnant, I always cut diet soda and sugar-free items out of my diet. Things like agave or stevia are ok.

Happy Holidays! xoxo

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16 Courtney December 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

No worries, it wasn’t my soda. ;)

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17 Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills December 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Dessert looks yummy!

We spent today with immediate family. We played some games throughout the day and then had an early dinner full of everyone’s favorites from nachos to wings and veggies to lasagna! We all opened up our gifts that we got everyone after and then all hung out in the living room for the rest of the night. We always have a tradition to watch movies on Christmas Eve too so that’s going to start very soon!
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18 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles December 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

My parents have a fireplace, and I’m obsessed with it. Definitely a must for the eventual dream home!
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19 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Merry Christmas to you guys! We get our Christmas lasagna this evening and I can’t wait!
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20 Lisa December 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Merry Christmas Courtney! Do you know what kind or where you got your 11×7 pan? I love thicker brownies too and have been looking for that size pan with no luck! thanks!

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21 Courtney December 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

It came as part of a Pyrex set, if that helps! :)

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