Well, The Strawberry Blondes have been very busy since our last post. Jon and I traveled to the beautiful island of St. Thomas, we moved and we enjoyed many holiday celebrations with our friends and families. The holiday season is so much fun. What is better than family, friends, good drinks and delicious food? I figured I would post about all of our holiday festivities before I begin my inevitable posts about eating healthy (the wedding diet has begun 😥).
You know those amazing people in your life that you know that one way or another you will always be friends? Our wonderful friends the Millers fit perfectly into that category. Mrs. Miller and I met in college almost 12 (eek we are old) years ago. We met in a flurry of college activity – parties, late night chats over buffalo chicken subs, and lots of awesome music. Our lives have shifted gears quite a bit since those late nights walks to the bar at Providence College but we still have just as much fun. Jon and I recently had dinner at the Miller’s house and were lucky enough to have some of Mrs. Miller’s home cookin. Glazed carrots, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and delicious bread- is there any better meal on a chilly winter night?
How gorgeous is she?
Just before Christmas Jon and I made a long weekend trip to St. Thomas. It was a much needed break from the cold New England weather. St. Thomas is a beautiful island. We ate delicious food at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort and spent LOT of time in the infinity pools.
We had amazing lunch every day down at the beach. The hotel had homemade hummus and cold, delicious pain killers.
The restaurant at the Marriott had a lovely dish that was a gratin of artichokes and potatoes with a crispy breadcrumb topping. I am definitely going to recreate this!
Just looking at these pictures again makes me long for a rum drink in the pool! What a view!
Of course the best part of going on vacation is returning to pick up our little Poochonthemove. It was 25 degrees but he had his head out the window!
The holidays are always filled with family, friends and sweets! I made cookie butter brownies for a cozy night with friends at my sisters apartment. Cookie butter is an amazing thing my friend Kathy introduced me to. It’s a spread, similar to peanut butter, but tastes kind of like cookie dough. Definitely not fat free but definitely right up my alley. I decided to try mixing the cookie butter into fudge brownies and WOW was it a great combo.
I used a regular brownie mix and then swirled in the melted cookie butter before baking.
Christmas was kind of a crazy time to pack up your apartment and move…but we did it! We started packing and Tobes was very uneasy.
We packed up and moved – Christmas decorations and all!
We were a little disheveled at Christmas having just moved and misplaced a few presents but we had a great time!
Tobes opened up his Christmas presents himself. He really cracks us up. He managed to find his cookies wrapped under the tree.
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are settling into the new year. I know 2015 is going to be a great year because it’s the year I get to marry my best friend!