Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! I am not the most religious person, but I like to think of it as a joyful day where good karma gets passed around. Plus, it is a great excuse to listen to croony old Christmas carols. Will you judge me if my Pandora is still churning out the holiday tunes after the New Year?

School is done until the end of next month! I am happy with my progress and can not wait for final grades to be released. Although…there is an A- that is hanging over my shoulders and I need to see the end result as soon as possible.

Without further ado, I just wanted to show off some big and little things received for Christmas/happy really late birthday/good job in school.

Could not find a Christmas hat in time, so the 49ers beanie had to make do! This picture was actually taken on Saturday right before Taylor and I did last minute Christmas shopping (more about that on Friday).

You probably saw this picture on my Instagram already, but if you do not have me added, here it is!

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Can we talk abut my new KitchenAid?! I am the most excited girl in the whole world. I still have not taken it out of the box due to how perfect and beautiful it is. If possible, please link up your favorite recipes that need a stand mixer so I can feel like a 50s housewife. My new kitchenaid matches my Urban Kitchen perfectly.


My sister is the sneakiest snake and surprised me with this complete collection of all of Thomas Keller’s Napa creations. The books are heavier than the KitchenAid! Friends, you are in for a real recipe treat when I get the courage to take the books out of the plastic.



Anyone that knows me in real life knows that I have been talking non-stop about this food grinder attachment. I even obsessed over it on my Holiday Gift Guide for Food Lovers, which looking back might have been a subconscious wish list of my own thoughts. I think it is pretty funny how I wanted this before I even found out I was getting a KitchenAid.

Ground meat and from-scratch pizzas from here on out, mark my words.


Isn’t this teapot a beauty? She is made from cast-iron and will come out only on special occasions. I was just telling my friend the other day that I wanted to start drinking more tea, this could not of come at a more perfect time.


And finally, the award for the most thoughtful gift goes to my patient, Bob! He goes to NYC once every two months because he loves the jazz clubs and the vibe of the concrete jungle. We have gotten to know each other for over five years now, so he feels more like family than just a patient. He just came back from another trip and dropped off a little care package on Saturday for me because I told him that I was going in mid-Jan. He included his favorite jazz clubs, a subway map “that always works even when cellphone don’t”, a Metrocard with the cutest little cardholder, t-shirt and a magazine of fun things to do.

Although it was all small things, I almost teared up because of the sincerity; thinking about it again makes me happy.


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you got everything you wanted plus more. I am just relaxing with family for the day and will see you on Friday. 🙂

What cool things did you get?

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what are your NYE plans?

12 thoughts on “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

  1. Love your new Kitchen Aid. Use it in good health! Looking forward to seeing what yummy things you will make in the coming year in your fancy new machine!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. One other comment about your Kitchen Aid….keep it on your counter (you may want to find a cover so it doesn’t get dusty though!) If you put it away, you won’t use it. Speaking from someone who knows 🙂

    • Thank you, Happy Holidays to you and your family! That is my biggest concern right now, I do not have much counter space so I am going to have to transport everything back and forth. I have been doing it with my other kitchen applicances so hopefully I do not get discouraged!

  3. Happy Festivus Sister of Mine
    Oh, and to your whackadoole ma.
    I really fa-la-la-love you knuckleheads.

    The fact that baby Jesus gave to me the most beautiful, talented little lady on the whole planet to share DNA, an overlap in our sometimes eyebrow raising childhood, and the rest of our lives to play, laugh and eat – well, hell that’s gift enough for me.

    Ps. I want that teapot.
    Pps. What’s the first thing you’re going to make in that little puppy? I’m thinking a Thai ground pork, chinese eggplant, peanut, basil, bell pep, noodles, OR ground lamb ravioli with rosemary cream sauce.. best of both?

    • Happy (late) Festivus to my favorite sister in the whole world. I think I am going to make chorizo! I have an unhealthy infatuation with it and want to see if I can do it all by my darn self. 🙂

  4. Wow that Kitchen Aid!! How awesome! And I love that teapot. Looks like you got some great gifts, which is good because you deserve them. 🙂 Merry Christmas!! And I didn’t know you had an Instagram! I’ll have to find you!

  5. Merry Christmas. I think I must be the only person who owns a ktichenaid from 4 years ago and I still haven’t opened it. Why? Because I want to change the color. I’m crazy! I think I need to open it. Mine’s red. You inspired me. 🙂

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