After our shopping trip, I made a quick and easy dinner of spaghetti and meatballs.
- Bake Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs following package directions
- Cook spaghetti per package directions
- Heat marinara sauce in microwave till warm/hot
- Place drained pasta in bowl, top with sauce, top with meatballs
- Serve and enjoy.
So easy! I was trying to conserve time so I could decorate our tree and we almost caved and got pizza, but decided to eat in instead. I was so glad we did!
After dinner, we got started on the tree.
We started with lights and tinsel.
My tree decorating strategy is
- Put up tree
- Put up lights
- Put up tinsel
- Put up our faves and unusual ornaments first, ensuring they get a great spot on the tree where people can really see them.
- Fill in the tree with the standard rounds, distributing evenly
Here are some of our faves:
Our new Pottery Barn 2009 silver snowflake ornament, representing our first year in the house.
A 2008 Hallmark ornament with penguins (we love penguins!), representing our first Christmas married.
A glittery starfish ornament we purchased at the Atlantis in the Bahamas on our honeymoon.
A shabby-chic ornament I got from a blog friend.
A glittery heel, representing the shopaholic in me.
A glittery, turquoise-y snow(wo)man. I made these in 2007 – they were a fun project!
Bailey Claus made an appearance.
Ta-daaaaaaah! Christmas tree has been decorated!
Bailey was hanging out with me when I finished our tree. I cuddled up with him and we sat and enjoyed looking at our decorated tree for a bit. I couldn’t help but think how awesome it was to have our first Christmas tree in our first house and feel blessed.
More holiday decorations went up. I broke out some of my fave turquoise, holiday, kitchen towels.
A festive holly apron draped on our makeshift pantry.
A day of Christmas tree decorating wouldn’t be complete without some hot chocolate and chocolate.
I couldn’t resist trying some of these Trader Joe’s chocolate truffles. Boy were they good! I managed to only eat two of them and savored every tiny bite (I like to take itty-bitty bites of foods – especially desserts so I can really take my time enjoying them).
Quick + Healthy Hot Cocoa (adapted from Ellie Krieger’s recipe)
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp water
- 1 1/2 tsp agave syrup
- 1 cup skim milk
- whipped cream, optional (I used the Cabot version from TJ’s)
- Microwave water in mug for 30 seconds. Add cocoa powder to water and stir to mix (make sure cocoa powder is completely mixed in). Add agave and stir to mix.
- Meanwhile, (after removing water from microwave) heat milk in microwave till hot to liking, about 1 1/2 minutes.
- Add milk to chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
- Top with whipped cream.
What are your traditions for Tree Decorating?