Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in North Dakota

Every other year Erik and I spend the holidays with his family in North Dakota. The days spent are filled with lazy kitties, tons of food, relaxing and quality family-time.  Usually we sit in Erik's mom's hot tub and drink booze but this year with a baby on the way there was none of that (for me, Erik still did plenty of both).

Here is our Christmas in photos.
Christmas Eve dinner was awesome, we started off with appetizers including bruschetta, oysters and crackers (Erik's favorite), cheese and crackers, shrimp cocktail and cookies (yes, I ate cookies before dinner!).  If I can't drink wine then I should eat sweets, right?

One of Erik's mom's friends makes these amazing cinnamon twists.  They are delicious with a cup of coffee, or anytime really.
The traditional Christmas Eve dinner includes lobster tails and prime rib.  Next to chicken and dumplings (which we had on Thursday night) this is Erik's favorite meal.
Dessert was homemade maple nut ice cream. Amazing.
I missed my kitty Kody, who is a terrible traveler and stayed home.  Karen (Erik's mom) has two cute kitties that we snuggled with all weekend.
Present time!  This year Erik's mom bought us a washer and dryer.  Best Christmas present ever.  We also got a few other things including a Keurig coffee maker, gift cards, clothes, etc.  She gives us way too many presents every year.
Erik and his mom on Christmas day.
Breakfast on Christmas day included chocolate chip pancakes!
I ran outside when I saw the gorgeous orange sky as the sun set across the flat plains in North Dakota.  Lovely and strange, there was no snow in ND for Christmas this year.  It was also 40 degrees when we left to drive back to MN.  This type of mild weather is crazy!  But it sure makes the 6 hour drive nice and easy.

Karen hosted a wonderful baby shower for me while I was in North Dakota.  She had a dessert table filled with an adorable cake and tons of other sweets (she reads my blog everyday so she knows about my pregnancy-induced sweet tooth!).  Our nursery is filled with gifts (cute baby booties, clothes, gear, etc).  People are soooo generous.  I'll be sharing photos from that shower this week!

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!!


  1. Looks like you had an awesome Christmas! All of the food looks amazing!


  2. What a great Christmas you guys had! Ours was great too but it just seemed weird without snow!


  3. Dude. You have the coolest mother-in-law ever. Lobster tails AND a washer/dryer? Now that's a good Christmas!

  4. Looks like a wonderful Christmas! Beautiful pictures! I am slightly jealous of the Lobster Tails, yum!

  5. So jealous you got to go to ND for Christmas. That is where I am from. {We might have shared that before?} I haven't been home for Christmas in two years. My family has a lake cabin in Detroit Lakes so its always fun to play in the snow and be out in the hot tub! I can't believe how warm it was for you guys. I told my sister it was almost like an AZ Christmas for them just about 15 degrees warmer and surrounded by palm trees.

    PS: Can't wait to see baby shower pics. I hope you are feeling well and if you haven't read Sippy Cups are not for chardonay yet, you must! Def my favorite expecting book.

  6. Glad you enjoyed your Christmas! It looks like you had lovely food and wonderful gifts

  7. Looks like an amazing time. GREAT pics!

  8. Your food always looks incredible. I want everything there! Especially the tomato ones!