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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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!!