Gifts We Gave and Received

Gifts we gave…

A Dyson for my mom. I told her we were going to give her ours since our house has a Central Vac system, and she loves our Dyson, but since the Central Vac doesn’t cover the entire house, we wanted to keep our Dyson and I bought her the exact same model. She was pretty upset because I told her we weren’t doing presents this year, and surprised her with this. To be fair, I bought it in like September when I found one on sale.


Vanilla cream filled Vaders…


and chocolate TARDIS and Daleks for my dad.


And a book signed by the photographer (for dad).


I made a TARDIS t-shirt.


$100 in different bills hidden inside balloons (also some had notes).


Doctor Who Yahtzee for my husband…who also bought the same thing for me (so his coworker got the extra).


Toilet and bathroom cleaner for my husband…this was a gift of “no complaining” because the smell of Scrubbing Bubbles gives me a headache, and I always complain when he cleans the bathrooms. He also got beer, a plain black hat (he’d been wanting), and an air compressor with all the attachment nozzles.


We were going to do snow globes as gifts for the family, but the 6 year old wasn’t really into it and I noticed I was doing them all (and poorly), so we scrapped it for trinket boxes.


We gave all the women in the family painted boxes like these…they were $1 at Michael’s so you can’t beat that.

We got…


We bought ourselves two new comforters (after searching for the past 2 years) for $20 a piece.  We ordered them, and then each unwrapped one from it’s shipping packaging on Christmas morning. We also got a super comfy throw.


I got a few stationary packs.


And some new shampoo.


Doctor Who Monopoly and a TARDIS tea strainer!


(I won the first game =P)


Mom got me The Vegan Table…which she also gave me two years ago. So I exchanged it for Chloe’s Kitchen and have been loving it. I’m always hesitant to buy cookbooks because there are so many free recipes online, but I’ve already made a few things from it and they have been great.

Did you give or get any great gifts this year?

Christmas Food

This year since we were going around to a million different houses for Christmas day, we had a nice Christmas Eve dinner at the house.


We had our annual Christmas veggie tree.


And Cheddar Bay Biscuits.


And a baked ziti.


This year we had gingerbread cookies. This recipe came out awesome (also the best vegan cutout cookie recipe I’ve ever tried.


I couldn’t find my rolling pin, so I used my One Lucky Duck stainless steel water bottle and I swear it worked even better because it wasn’t super long and awkward.


 These puppies were left out for me…I mean Santa.


We also made Christmas candy pretzel sticks.


Also left out for…”Santa”


I had a ton of people order these (and I gave some as a gift)…

wpid-IMAG4275.jpgwhich means we had to test out a bunch of different flavors.

What did you eat for Christmas?

Christmas Decor

As of yesterday, we’ve officially taken down and cleaned up all of the Christmas decorations. Since I didn’t get a post up before Christmas, here is a quick picture recap:


Every year we make a few ornaments.


We turned the pellet stove on and it was so relaxing.


This year we also painted canvases.


Another one we made above our fireplace.


One we bought last year (featuring our lovely living room wallpaper).


I bought these salt and pepper shakers for $5.99 at Target. My parents had some when I was a kid, so I had to get some for our house.


Our Christmas (sun) room on Christmas night.

DSC_0300More of our Christmas room.


And it’s not a decoration, but my one real Christmas tradition is watching the X-Files episode How the Ghosts Stole Christmas.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?