Friends, in keeping with how this holiday season has been for me, I’m offering up a Dead Simple Champagne and Pomegranate Cocktail for your NYE celebrations or NYD brunch! It seems to be the theme this December for how my entertaining has been. Dead simple. Fast. Minimal ingredients. Delicious.
I seemed to be behind the eight ball for everything this year. I worked right up to Christmas Eve and I literally ran out of time to get things done. Christmas shopping was down to the wire and I was wrapping gifts at the eleventh hour. Holiday baking was pretty much non-existent and I opted to bring a beautiful cheese platter, like this one, to every function we attended (because cheese is life and cheese platters are…well…dead simple and taste amazing). Really late Christmas Eve is where my lack of organization and time showed and things slightly fell apart. First, I came to the realization Christmas Eve that our turkey was nowhere near thawed and that baby wasn’t going to be cooked no way, no how (on a positive note, I was thinking about replacing our deep freeze but apparently it’s working really well because that turkey was rock solid for days). I also discovered late that night that I really didn’t buy as many stocking stuffers as I thought and the kids stockings were seriously lacking (think big black hole). Even the giant orange didn’t seem to do the trick! But thankfully, my kids are all older and were grateful for what they got and could laugh about it.
But Christmas has always had so many traditions for us, especially around food. It’s the time of year that I cook and bake my heart out to show my family that I love them. I like to have all of their favourites during the holidays because I know they look forward to it, and truth be told, it keeps the kids hanging about in the kitchen with me. I have made giant homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning for years. I bake them off while we are unwrapping gifts and we eat them with my parents when they arrive. But this year, I couldn’t seem to get the job done and Christmas morning I asked my son to open a refrigerator tube of grocery store rolls so I could put them in the oven. You could’ve heard a pin drop in that kitchen. He stared at me like I had completely lost my mind and let out a but you always make homemade cinnamon buns Christmas morning?!, whispering kind of plea.
Sorry kiddo, I said. This mama is pretty tired. And I ran out of time.
But you know what the moral is about this ridiculous story of my disorganized life and how I failed at Christmas this year? Me either. Except to say that, in the end, my parents came over and we ate those refrigerated rolls and we laughed a lot and shared our gifts and even sang a Christmas song. Nobody was too concerned that I didn’t have a huge tray of Christmas baking. Nobody cared that some of their gifts looked like they were wrapped by a three year old. They all sat around that afternoon, in the post unwrapping glow, and played with their new gadgets or lounged around. They were all thrilled with their gifts (the boys even hugged me!). We ordered Chinese Food.
And I had the best nap.
So cheers to that! It wasn’t a Christmas feast that will go down in the record books by any means, but we were all exactly where we needed to be. And I’ve since had a few days of eating boxed chocolates like popcorn and reading for countless hours and I’m feeling so much more rested. Tomorrow will be much the same as Christmas. I’m going to throw down the most amazing cheese and charcuterie board and make these incredible cocktails and hang out with the people who mean the most to me.
I hope that in the midst of setting all those New Years intentions and making lists of all that needs to be done in 2017, that you too get to hang out with your tribe and just enjoy that time together. I’m sending you a great big hearty hug from me, to say thank you for following along with me all these years. Your comments and emails (and book buying *wink wink*), mean the world to me!
Happy New Year Friends,
Dead Simple Champagne and Pomegranate Cocktail
- bottle of champagne
- pomegranate Juice
In a champagne flute add 1 ounce of pomegranate juice. Top with 3-4 oz of chilled champagne. Serve immediately. Cheers!