I had an extremely low key Christmas celebration, which is exactly what I wanted. B and I stayed home all day, playing games, watching movies, listening to music, and just hanging out with each other. It was perfect.
We noshed on these Culatello-wrapped asparagus spears. They were so good that we polished off the plate in no time! The Culatello was fragrant and very fruity-- a delicious pairing with the asparagus!
Instead of making dessert, we opted for cupcakes from Jilly's Cupcake Bar. Their cupcakes are unbelievably moist and scrumptious, and the buttercream frosting is not too sweet! From L-R, top to bottom, we got:
1. Twisted Pink Velvet- pink velvet cake with caramel filling, topped with a caramel buttercream and pecan praline.
2. 24-Karat Carrot Cake - carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with toasted coconut, white chocolate shavings, and 24 karat gold dust.
3. Chocolate Thunder - Chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache filling, topped with milk chocolate and vanilla buttercream, chocolate shavings, and chocolate bark.
4. Clarisse the Reindeer - Vanilla cake with chocolate ganache filling, topped with vanilla buttercream and a cherry nose.
While waiting for the clock to strike midnight, B and I curled up on our couch watching episode after episode of Coupling while sipping on hot cup after hot cup of yummy mulled cider. I was bundled up in my flying squirrel kigurumi!
B gifted me the bestest books evar. When I initially started my MA, I was planning on writing a thesis on Bestiaries. I LOVE how people depicted foreign and imaginary animals in manuscripts, but for some odd reason, I veered into researching about charms and religion instead. Now I can refuel my fascination with these books! Oh and that large book, The Empire of Death, is a book of charnel houses and ossuaries with LOADS and LOADS of pictures!
Late on Christmas day, one of our neighbors surprised us with a box of chocolates. It was super sweet! They knocked on our door all bundled up in their robes and jammies! We were in our jammies as well, so it felt like we were in some kind of community sleepover!
One of my sisters gave me these ridiculous and fuzzy panda socks that I promptly slipped onto my feetsies as soon as I peeled off the wrapping paper. I love how outrageously tacky they look and how they make me look like I have cankles.