December brought more Great Canadian Baking Show technical challenges - brandy snaps and rugelach.
I had a work trip over to Victoria for a couple of days. I love Victoria any time of year but it is especially festive in December - special displays in all the hotels and lovely lights everywhere.
When I got back the Christmas preparations really began - getting a tree, last minute shopping, wrapping, meal planning and lots of baking.
And the night before our 24th anniversary, I opened the door into the garage and got dripped on. It was pouring rain outside and it didn't take long to determine that our roof was leaking...through our house. Turns out a wild critter of some sort, likely a raccoon, dug a hole through our roof. And through a long process, we found out that our insurance policy surprisingly does not cover damage caused by initial damage by wild animals. Lovely thing to happen a week before Christmas, but we are all fine!
On a happier note, happy 54th birthday to Neil on December 20th!
Colin and I made our first Beef Wellington for Christmas Eve dinner with the Kamide family. It was a lovely family evening with lots of help from Colin in the kitchen.
Christmas morning...so low key (and later) now but still holding on to stocking and brunch traditions.
Christmas Day dinner was a big Novakowski affair with all the cousins at grandpa's place, with my mom's china and traditional Santa napkins. We cooked the turkey et al and Colin did a masterful job carving it.
The boys both worked after Christmas and it was nice to have time to pop in and see them at work.
We reminisced on what 2017 brought us all and thought ahead to 2018 - lots of new adventures for the boys are in store.