As a new homeowner, I took it as a part of my homeownerly duties to host my first Christmas party. Not really, I’ve just always wanted to have lots of parties at my house. I enjoy having people over so much! Since I know I have people coming over to my house, I love that it puts pressure on me to clean. I love that it gives me an excuse to cook large amounts of food rather than trying to cut recipes in half for just me. It also gives me an excuse to buy new things for my kitchen like a gravy boat or a huge platter that I’ll probably only use once a year.

With my love for any and all things Pioneer Woman, I decided to cook her Christmas dinner I watched her cook on the Food Network. On the menu for the night was Prime Rib with Rosemary Salt Crust, Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries, Burgundy Mushrooms, Whiskey Cream Sauce, and my friend Amberlee was preparing the Twice-Baked potatoes.

I had never had a Brussels sprout until this year at my friend’s the Benefield’s house. They are so delicous. I couldn’t imagine liking them as a kid. Actually I couldn’t imagine liking any of this dinner as a kid because I was so picky.

Truth is I despised mushrooms till now. These little gems took nine hours to cook. Nine whole hours in a bath of wine and deliciousness that created the most intoxicating aroma I may have ever smelled. The first thing my guests commented on was the smell when they walked in, so just on that the whole party was a success.

These carrots were a last minute decision which turned out to be a good one. I had carrots in my fridge and since I was heading home to grandma’s for a week I figured I’d better cook them rather than them spoil. These were glazed carrots cooked with butter, brown sugar, and brandy. So yummy!

On a side note, these brown dishes were given to me by my grandmother. She said they weren’t her wedding dishes, but dishes she got with grocery store coupons. They’re still really old. The teal one in the background, next to the burgundy mushrooms, my grandma gave me this Thanksgiving. They were my great grandmothers. They are divine! I’m a sentimental sap, and these dishes mean the world to me!

My friend Jacquelyn made the cookies. They’re actually greener in person because they’re mint chocolate chip cookies! I’m not usually a fan of chocolate and mint put together, but I changed my mind with theses cookies!

Keith brought over a Rick’s bakery cake! I love me some Rick’s bakery!

Overall the night was hilarious, fun, and a little stressful. My friends made the night. I was pinned to my couch after we aired grievances (a Seinfeld reference I wasn’t aware to till now). Cody posted on facebook the next day that he and his wife agreed that the night felt like family. I agree, these people are my family. I love them dearly!

Merry Christmas!

Andrea