The holiday season is in full swing at the Rochford’s, and I am so happy about it!

To wrap up my November Breakfast Challenge, I enjoyed a delicious bowl of pumpkin and cranberry oats with egg whites for some protein and a dollop of peanut butter on top.  Yum!

pumpkin cranberry oats

I then got to enjoy spending the day with my Mom and Brian just shopping local around Mass Ave and basking in the holiday decorations and cheer that completely filled the air.

mom and tara at henrys

holiday shopping 2013

After a long day of shopping, we came home to change into our jammies and enjoy the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers.

thanksgiving leftovers

I had to take a picture of this sandwich, because Brian kept raving about how great it was!  On two slices of whole wheat bread I placed turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes with a touch of gravy…gotta get creative when you have limited leftovers 🙂

thanksgiving leftovers 2

After dinner, it was time to start holiday decorating!

brian and tara holiday 1

Mom, Brenna (my sister), and Brian all pitched in to make our apartment cheery and festive.

holiday decorating 1

holiday decorating 2

Ta-da!  The tree is decorated and I love it!

christmas tree 2013

Mom also made some hot cocoa for us to enjoy while decorating…I asked for a small cup and my mom was not kidding when she said she would give me a small cup 😉

holiday decorating 3

We also broke out the prosecco to fuel us as we created our very own Christmas centerpieces.

holiday craft 2

This was the before…

holiday craft 1

We used mod podge to decorate the glass bowl in the center and make it a little more festive.

holiday craft 3

holiday craft 4

And the finished product:

holiday crafting

And to end the night, we watched my performance at the Circle of Lights (I’ll post a full recap of that later!) and enjoyed some homemade salted carmel pumpkin cheesecake.

pumpkin cheesecake

Happy Holidays!

Question of the Day:

  • How do you kick off the holidays?
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