Its Beginning To Look a lot Like Christmas

05 Dec

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of the holiday season.  I know we we are.  What better way to kick things off by making our little apartment feel a little more homey?

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and drum roll please…..Our Tree


I can’t take any credit for the layout of the decorations, that’s all Brittni, and I must say she does some nice work! But I my parents gave me MANY of my old ornaments I have collected over the years, and its always a great time putting up each one as they bring back some of my fondest memories.  (Ill have a post later with some individual ornaments and why they mean so much to me)

We slowly put everything together starting Monday and by Wednesday night we had it all done.

To cap it off I surprised Brittni with part of her Christmas gift….Dinner and a Concert over the weekend.  I made reservations at one of our favorite restaurants downtown at The Rathskeller.  It’s a classy, highend German restaurant, and pride themselves on top German beer and classic scratch made comfort German food.  They are know for their Pretzels with hot horseradish mustard they bring each table before each meal, and when I say “hot” I mean the spicy hot that burns so good, and you know its spicy, but go back in for seconds just to make sure the second bite was as hot as the first.  However, if you have never had top shelf German food, this is your place, and the Sauerkraut and Red Cabbage are soo on point.  After eating our way through Germany, and a few cocktails, we wandered across the street to the Murat Center to catch Straight No Chaser’s Christmas Show! For those of you whom don’t know.  The group a cappella men’s singing groups. The Indiana University (Go Hoosiers) group is composed of 10 to 12 undergraduate men whose lineup changes every year. The professional group, known simply as Straight No Chaser, is composed of former members, mostly original members, of the college group.

Going into the show, I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the show, but after hearing my sister and Brittni talk about them all the tie I took Britt and I was NOT disappointed.  The Christmas song were good, but the cover sooo many bands and artists such as Michael Jackson, Beach Boys, The Temptations, and so many more.  It was a blast and would highly recommend seeing them live!

They played for an hour, had in intermission, just long enough to grab another round of cocktails, and then sang for another hour, however they are really know for their song, 12 Days of Christmas!, and they  ended the show with singing that song.  (Its my sister favorite)

We had a blast and was a perfect way to get into the spirit.

The rest of the weekend was spent at the farmers market and I finished my Christmas shopping! Feels so good to have 99% of it done already!

But what better way to round out a perfect holiday weekend?  Yep.  Baking.


Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Milk and Mans best friend.  I under baked them on purpose to make sure they were pretty chewy, which made them a bit more flat, but still taste unbelievably good.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.)

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKEfor 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Next time Ill add some Peppermint Chocolate chips, along with some White Chocolate Chips to add a little more Christmassy feel.  But Britt was napping in the afternoon and wanted to surprise her with her favorite classic cookie and didn’t want to disappoint her, and disappointed she was not!

It was a great way to end a great weekend here in the big city, along with Indiana’s big win of Stetson.  Go Hoosiers!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! And only 20!! more day until Christmas.

Question of the day

What your Favorite Holiday dessert to make or eat?

Mine would be my moms Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning!


Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Its Beginning To Look a lot Like Christmas

  1. Jen Richmond

    December 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    found your blog, so exciting!

    • cheeseandicecream

      December 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Aw! Thanks Jen! Im pretty stoked and just wanted to do it to let my large family know how we were doing here in Indy, share our boring life, and to share a few health ideas, and most importantly show and share recipes from the kitchen! Hope you enjoy and hope all is well!


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