Nothing like recapping your weekend four days after it's over! But it was SUCH a good one, filled with all the Christmas fun, and if I don't do it now, it's surely going to get lost in the haze that is Christmas and then New Years and will never be documented on the old blog. So last weekend! Otherwise known as the weekend we partied allll weekend long.
Also why it took me so long to get this post up, I'm still recovering from it. But I just took a nap, so now I'm ready.
First up on the docket was Nick's work party on Friday night. No pictures, but it was just a casual get together with dinner and drinks and passing of the baby around. She was in heaven with tons of people to hang out with and smile at her. I was in heaven finally getting to dress her in this coat!
On Saturday morning, WE MET SANTA! And Mrs. Claus. And homegirl loved both of them! I felt like things could go either way: she was going to love it or be a little weirded out by a giant bearded man. But she proved to us again that we may have to wary of her with strangers when she gets a little older because she happily smiled back and forth from the camera to Mrs. Claus the entire time!
We grabbed lunch downtown (grilled cheese and tomato soup for all) before heading back home for nap time, major house cleaning, and baking of only the best cake ever.
Saturday night was our Junior League + families Christmas party and we decided to go with a Chicago food theme. If you are familiar with Chicago, you've heard of Portillo's before. And if you've heard of Portillo's, you know all about their chocolate cake. Pure deliciousness. This recipe right here - it's just about an exact knock off, thank you Pinterest. Did you know Portillo's uses boxed cake mix?! And the secret ingredient is mayo...
Trust me, SO GOOD. We had Portillo's beef sandwiches, Giordano's pizza, the cake, and so much more. Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a selfie stick picture even though there were about twenty other people at the party that could have taken it for us. Hadley was such a champ- she hung out for three hours and stayed up past her bedtime and was still the happiest thing.
Afterwards, we hosted everyone back at our house for lunch. This was when we did the crockpot ham and called in Costco to do pretty much the rest, no shame in my game. Mashed potatoes, gravy, pretzel rolls, Pioneer Woman brussels sprouts (these are ahmazing) and tiramisu for dessert.
It was such a good weekend, full of family friends and food, and now we're heading into the ULTIMATE weekend. Bring it on, Christmas. We are so ready for you!