Bristol Family Christmas and Broiled Grapefruit

For my final Christmas installation, I am sharing some pictures from my family’s Christmas celebrations.  But first, I have to tell you about my new breakfast favorite: broiled grapefruit.

Broiled Grapefruit Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Broiled Grapefruit Recipe

Just cut the grapefruit in half and use a sharp knife to separate the segments and sprinkle with sugar as usual. Then place in the oven on broil (I use the HI setting on my oven) for 4 to 6 minutes until the sugar is caramelized and they are hot and juicy.Broiled Grapefruit | Oysters & Pearls

Seriously, SUCH a great winter breakfast!  The mornings I had off of work (and we were home) when I could linger over a grapefruit, a cup of coffee, and catch up on blogs were a cherished part of my Christmas this year.  Amidst all the craziness that was our 8 nights of Christmas (yes, really, there were eight… might be why I got sick?) this morning ritual was very much appreciated.

All right, back to Christmas festivities!  Christmas Eve we went to my parents’ house to spend the night, woke up and had my Grannie’s breakfast casserole and bloody mary’s, opened presents, and got ready for family to come over.  This year was a little different, and we had a much smaller Christmas lunch at my parents’ house instead of my grandparents’ house.  It was really nice!

My mom holding my sister’s dog, Betsey:

Bristol Christmas 4

And Mama holding her dog, Babe, who was dressed to the nines in a sparkly red scarf.Bristol Christmas 3

And then Mama held both of them…Bristol Christmas 5

Which Babe didn’t like one little bit.Betsey & Babe, Christmas 2013

We had a large lunch, including dressing, oyster dressing, brown rice, sweet potato casserole, smoked turkey, smoked pork, rolls, broccoli salad, and a ton of desserts.

Christmas Casseroles, 2013

Smoked Pork, Christmas 2013

We took a ton of family pictures (I had to test out my new 50mm lens Santa brought me, of course!).

My parents, sister, our (small) pups, Wheat and myself.

The Bristol Family, Christmas 2013

Sweet cousins: Madison, Lizzie, and Hannah.Madison Peacock, Lizzie Terry, & Hannah Halley, Christmas 2013

Myself, Harold, my Mama, my Sister, Anna Jo, and Betsey.Natalie, Lisa Jo, Anna Jo, Harold, & Betsey, Christmas 2013

And for once, a decent picture of Wheat and me!Wheat & Natalie Kirbo, Christmas 2013

We had to head back to Bainbridge that afternoon to wrap things up with the Kirbos that night, plus I had to go to work the next day (womp womp).  But we managed to make it back down to Bristol Saturday for a post-Christmas dinner at my grandparents!  I didn’t get many pictures there, except for this great one of my extremely wonderful grandparents.

Roy & Montez Golden, Christmas 2013

It’s a framer, y’all.

Sunday we stuck around, since we hadn’t gotten the chance to spend too much time with my parents all week.  The weather cleared up and we got to go for an unexpected quail hunt.  Seeing as I didn’t bring briar pants and wasn’t about to ruin my new Citizen Rocket jeans, I drove the Jeep around and Mama rode with me while the guys all hunted.  I managed to snap a few pictures, despite being the designated driver.

Poor Bubba.  No matter how many times we try to take him hunting, he still won’t hunt and is terribly gun shy.  He braved being near a gun just once for a treat, but then promptly hid under the Gator until we left to go hunting.

Bubba, At Attention | Oysters & Pearls

We encountered a new critter on the trip this time.  I had never seen one of these nightmarish arachnids, but after posting a picture and some googling, I do believe what we have here is a very large female Carolina Wolf Spider.  Who knew it was the state spider of South Carolina??Female Carolina Wolf Spider | Oysters & Pearls

Sadie and Buck, loaded up and ready to go.Waiting Her Turn | Oysters & Pearls

Buster: just one of the guys.One of the Guys | Oysters & Pearls

My main man.Wheat, Quail Hunting | Oysters & Pearls

Wiregrass.Wire Grass | Oysters & Pearls

Unknown pretty plant/weed that reminds me of snow.Fun with New 50mm Fixed Lens | Oysters & Pearls

And that’s all folks!  That, my friends, is the conclusion of our Christmas in a nutshell.  Or at least, three parts of it.  I bid you good day, and Happy Weekend!!

Until Next Time

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7 thoughts on “Bristol Family Christmas and Broiled Grapefruit

  1. Charity

    What great pictures, Natalie! The one of you and Wheat and the one of Wheat the field are both very much frame worthy. The one of your grandparents is PRICELESS!!! I will have to try the broiled grapefruit. Nick and Katie love grapefruit, and I know they will enjoy it broiled.

    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      Thank you!! And yes, I bet Nick and Katie will love it! It makes it even more of a treat than it already is, plus when it’s this cold, sometimes you just want a hot breakfast!

  2. Rachel

    Great pictures Nat! I love them all but the family one is beautiful. Looks like a Christmas card (hint, hint for your mom!). Love you and hope you had a great holiday.

    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      I think all the bloggers got one for Christmas! :) And I hate I was so late to the broiled grapefruit revelation – it’s delicious. Hope you had a great Christmas too!


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