I don’t know about you but today I’m feeling a bit like I should be wearing a t-shirt that says “I survived Christmas 2011″. Its not so much that I over did it, because I really didn’t. In fact, more so that any year prior I feel like I finally achieved the perfect balance between enjoying great food and enjoying my family. Most years, I plan too much to cook, do everything by myself and end up exhausted and a bit too cranky to really enjoy things.
This year, I did a lot of cooking ahead of time and almost none on Christmas day. And, because I was sick I delegated all of the last minute cooking to family members, which left me free to snuggle and play with the boys and watch lots of Food Network. Being sick on Christmas was a bummer, but it made me realize that I would enjoy things more if I just made sure that the day was meant to enjoy and not try to serve up a feast with no help.
Even so, today I’ve feeling a little tired and a lot grateful that I got everything done and that the boys were happy. And, I’m looking forward to 2012 with great excitement.
Today’s quinoa butternut squash recipe is one I’ve been making for quite some time and its the perfect dish for this week because it can be made ahead of time and popped in the oven when you are ready to serve. And, its big making it ideal for planned left overs.
What about you ? How was your Christmas? Did you over do it or take the time to enjoy?