Christmas 2015 in ATL 

My parents and brother came down to ATL to spend Christmas with us. It’s great having them here and Emery is having so much fun with uncle, grandma and grandpa. 

We did so many activities during  this trip it’s hard to list them all. 

Mom and dad took Emery to Chattanooga. We ate about 15 different restaurants. We watched Star Wars , old and the new one that came out. We cooked lots of food, made bread using the bread machine. We open gifts, played lots of chess and saw a whole bunch of sites in Atlanta. Eugene even go Ashley and I to join in on two of his cross fit work outs. What a Christmas. I need a detox from all the holiday family craziness. 

   
    
    
    
   
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Best Mexican Around

We have become really big fans of a local Mexican place called Mr. Taco. The dishes are all really flavorful and fresh. Most entries are unde $7 and the sides of different types of sales and sauted onions and jalepeños are all free. Emery always gets her cheese quesadilla but Ashley and I have been having fun enjoying the menu!

   

  

 

Hearty Soup

For Valentine’s Day I cooked Ashley’s favorite, a tomato based seafood stew. The Italians call it Cioppino and there is a French version bouillabaisse.

I bought little neck clams, large shrimp, tilapia and bay scallops and cooked it in this stew. I found the recipe on Big Oven. She loved it. I made so much we have a few meals out of it. Emery liked it too. It was not oily or creamy and tasted really brothy and fresh.

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Christmas Merriment

We had a great Christmas this past week. Emery received lots of wonderful gifts and we were able to take a short road trip to Nashville.

Here some pictures of the good times we had.

Nashville- We had some good ramen at a Japanese Pub in hip East Nashville. We took a wonderful tour of the Belle Meade Mansion, dated back to the 1800s who made their money from horse breeding. We saw a wonderful show “The Rockettes Christmas” at the Grand Old Opry Theatre. We also had some time to just relax at the hotel with the dogs. Emery loved jump and climbing on all the furniture and she only hurt herself once.

Belle Meade Plantation

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Two of Emery’s favorite things, rides and candy!

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Grand Old Opry

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Gaylord Opryland Resort

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Irish Food On Canton street near our house!

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Getting Ready for Santa and Xmas Morning

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And we had some great Mexican food!

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Ashley’s Birthday

Even though it was a bit early, with my weekly travel schedule out to Texas we decided to celebrate Ashley’s birthday one day early.

I decorated the backyard and we bought Ashley’s favorite things to eat, seafood. There were big scallops and jumbo prawns. So that I didn’t mess up good food, Ashley cooked them while Emery and I decorated the patio. We brought the stereo outside as well and dined into the evening. We ended a great meal outdoors with a small strawberry cake, another one of Ashley’s favorite things. Here som pics from the evening.

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