Kitchenability Blog

01.06.2016

A Christmas and New Year’s Update from Kitchenability

baby cochran baby bok choy

What’s been going on lately in the Cochran household? Well, besides my baby bump growing, and starting to feel little kicks more and more, we are starting up our baby registry, and getting some house projects knocked off our to-do list.

I love the photo above because baby Cochran is growing every day and I get little updates! This one told me baby Cochran was as big as a baby bok choy, so I had to snap a picture! 

gingerbread cookies

Over the Christmas and New Year’s break, we spent a hefty amount of time with the family and enjoyed making our annual gingerbread cookies. The gingerbread war was on, as it always is. In the photos above, you can see me intently decorating. And the photo in the lower left is of my mama!

I also made a delicious ham for Christmas Eve. I made the apricot glaze I do every year, which you can read more about here.

christmas breakfast

On Christmas, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at my mom’s house, which included tasty cappuccinos and French toast casserole. The casserole was homemade by my mom and it was truly soft, fluffy goodness. We topped it with maple syrup!!! Yum!

For New Year’s, we laid low, and I made delicious, succulent Kobe beef steaks with roasted potatoes and asparagus. As Billy popped the wine for himself, I sipped on tart lemonade while scowling at him. I was saying to myself, I would give anything for a big glass of red wine! Especially with this Kobe steak!!! 

pan fried kobe beef steaks

Before cooking the Kobe steaks, I spent a few days asking a few chef friends and researching the methods on how to cook it the best way. I spent a pretty penny on two, beautiful, marbled steaks, so I didn’t want to mess it up. A couple of articles I referenced for cooking methods were: Kobe Beef Cooking Tips (KobeClassicBeef.com) and How to Pan-Fry Kobe Beef Top Sirloin (HowToCookMeat.com).

I enjoyed the break, but I’m looking forward to getting back into our routine. And, I can’t believe come next Christmas and New Year’s we’ll be a family of three instead of two!

Here is to a new year with new beginnings. My resolution this year is to live life to the fullest, savor each moment and stop worrying about things that are out of my control!

 

Photos: Nisa Burns Cochran

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