Christmas Overdecorater

Hello!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Sorry we have been a little MIA for the past few days.  I actually went back to Michigan for the weekend for my parents Holiday party on Saturday night.   I am hoping to have a few pics of the actual party but I don’t have them today unfortunately.   To be honest, I kind of slacked on taking any pictures, but I do have a few.   It was a really fun party and great to see friends and neighbors and also meet some new people (and readers!!).

Those of you who know my mom know that she is a bit of a Christmas freak.  Our  My parent’s house usually has 10+ Christmas trees as well as a ton of other decorations like nutcrackers, snow globes, etc.   A lot of the trees have themes although not all.   My mom receives a sterling silver ornament from my dad every year, and she now has enough ornaments for 2 mini trees full of them.

My parents have a few other similar traditions…my mom buys my dad a nutcracker every year and my mom gets a snowglobe.  Bet they didn’t think about how annoying that stuff would be to store when they thought up that tradition.   We also always do the German tradition of hiding a pickle ornament on our main Christmas tree.  The first person to find the pickle is supposed to have good luck for the next year.   Usually just my brother and I look and I’m pretty convinced he cheats and scopes out the tree beforehand, but I don’t have any proof yet.   Maybe this year is my year.  I’m mostly just glad I don’t have to help set all that stuff up and take it down…it looks like a lot of work. But, the house always looks really pretty.


Saturday during the day, my mom did a lot of work to get the food ready for the party.  I wish I could tell you that I helped a lot in that respect, but I was more of the errand runner and so I only made one thing.   My mom made a ton of good stuff….beef tenderloin sandwiches, veggie sandwiches, hummus with vegetables, chicken livers wrapped in bacon (not my fav, but I think I was in the minority), pizza, and these eggs:

She cooked the beets in less water to make the ‘dye’ less concentrated so the eggs would be red instead of pink for Christmas.  At first they did look really red, but then they kind of bled and looked more pink/purple than red by the time of the party :( .  But they still tasted great!

I made a crab corn dip that I seem to make for a lot of holidays.  I love it, it is one of my favorite dips for sure.    We originally found it in a cookbook, but I don’t have the exact cookbook to tell you and we have changed the recipe quite a bit after making it quite a few times.  We usually serve it with tortilla chips, but I actually could probably even eat it with a spoon.

Crab and Corn Dip

6 ounces crab

1/2 cup corn (fresh would obviously be best, but I have used canned and frozen which both are fine too)

2 T mayo (I used light mayo)

1/4 cup cream cheese (I used light)

1/4 cup chopped green onions

2 T lemon juice

2 T lime juice

1 t cumin

1/2 t salt (or to taste)

1/2 t pepper

1/4-1/2 cup cilantro

Directions aren’t really necessary because you just combine everything, but make sure the cream cheese is softened before–I learned that the hard way. I bet you could even use greek yogurt in place of the mayo to make it a little healthier and boost the protein content a bit.

That’s all I’ve got!  I’m pretty wiped out from the weekend, I flew back into Chicago this morning and went straight to work.   The flight back is always nice because I gain an hour, and was able to make it into work just a little bit later than I normally get there.

I hope to have some more party pics for next time I post!

See you Wednesday!


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