Christmas Day in Noosa was one of the lowest key we have ever had and BOY was it enjoyable!!!
I started the day with a sunrise walk with the dancing daughter while the boys slept (we are both still on Daylight savings while these weirdo Queenslanders don’t participate ) and we came back to the apartment only to find that Colin was on the ball last night looking after Santa because we had forgotten his cookies and milk! Colin must have had an ELF ALERT to remember so we were grateful.
While it’s not Christmas for me without Marshmallow Santa’s, for dear hubby it’s the Lindt Chocolate Umbrellas hanging from the tree which end up making up the bulk of breakfast snacking. Santa found us even in the sunshine as our little tree was covered in Roy’s favourite Christmas morning chocolate treat.
The makeshift cinnamon roll monkey bread made it into the oven
and when it came out it was the gooeiest, yummiest breakfast. Because I didn’t have my own kitchen the monkey bread pieces were bigger than I would like but it still tasted delicious!
We opened gifts and I laughed at one tagged “To the sock stealer from Indian giver”. Inside were these socks that Chelsea had purchased for herself earlier in the year and when I continuously complained that I should have them she gave them to me.
Her recollection is different to mine that she said I could borrow them. Doesn’t matter know as I have my own
I also had a very nice letter from Santa signalling my imminent shopping trip in Honolulu to my favourite store on Earth……the oasis in the Ala Moana Centre, Jimmy Choo.
Chelsea was in charge of our lunchtime nibblies and did an amazing job with the spinach and artichoke dip that was ALL GONE when I cleared the table!
It was delicious and is now HER dish to make as it is much better than mine!
We had peanuts, chips and salsa, crackers, cheese, french onion dip, hummus, and the scrumptious spinach and artichoke with a few chocolates thrown in to break it up
We headed off to the beach for a bit of sun and surf before starting our late lunch/early dinner preparations. We had a makeshift Christmas meal as I had one baking pan and very little to work with but it was still delicious. A last minute menu change came about from Salt and Pepper Squid to Pretzel Chicken because we have consumed our own body weights in S & P Squid at the moment.
Roy needed his obligatory ham which I basted in honey and brown sugar
And the dish that started IT ALL on my cooking adventures, Pretzel Chicken
The kids’ favourite request of potato bake (Which I’ve never had to make the sauce in a teapot before as we didn’t have a saucepan!)
I also decided to do something different and make Apple Wedges rather than potato with Rick Grant’s Seasoning Mix.
I simply sliced the apples into wedges, put some seasoning in a sandwich bag and shook them to coat before popping them into a lightly sprayed foil baking tray.
I turned them after about 20 minutes as there were 5 other dishes in the oven and they were brown and crispy on the bottom
These were delicious with dinner to break up the richness of all of our food!
Our table also included Green Bean Casserole and bread rolls and of course, the moans at the end of the meal, “I’m so full”.
Chelsea and I walked along the jetty to watch the boats at sunset and enjoy the festivities still happening along the riverfront.
After a walk along Hastings Street we finished the day by watching Christmas Vacation on TV and had some Gelatissimo just to make sure our bellies were full.
I hope you and yours had a wonderful day