The Night Before The Night Before Christmas…

Holy Moly, tomorrow is Christmas Eve!! How did that happen?

I feel like all I’ve done since arriving in SC is EAT. Not that I’m complaining… it’s kind of my favorite hobby. Speaking of, word has it that there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby. You know I’ll be making a visit before heading back to TX.

My parents sent Brian’s parents a big box of pumpkin cinnamon rolls for Christmas, and I was thisclose to eating one for breakfast. But then I made the mistake of looking at the nutritional information. Big mistake. So instead I had a bowl of pomegranate Chobani with banana slices and Cheerios. I may have to have a Christmas Eve cinnamon roll, though.

This afternoon we went into downtown Greenville, which I LOVE. It has the cutest old-fashioned Main St. with all of these great shops and restaurants. We ended up having lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant, Pomegranate. Started with the hummus and Mast Khiyar (yogurt with cucumbers, spices, walnuts and raisins):

So I may have a new favorite snack. They brought us a plate with unsalted butter, a hunk of feta and some fresh mint, which we then layered on pita bread.

Sounds strange but it was SO good. Definitely trying this at home.

For my meal I ordered the Fesenjan: Chicken breast in a walnut-pomegranate “stew” with basmati rice. Once again, sounds weird but really, really tasty. It had an unusual sweet flavor… Jack and I shared and he loved it, too.

After lunch we popped in a gorgeous home store, Postcard from Paris, then to the mall for a little last minute Christmas shopping, then home for Jack’s nap.

For dinner we met Brian’s sister and the girls for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. I can’t remember the name right now, but they have giant margaritas. Here it is next to Jack’s Puffs, to give you some perspective.

My chicken fajitas, shared with Jack. Don’t you love how we find Tex-Mex even when we’re in South Carolina?

And finally, I love Christmas PJ’s. That is all.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, filled with family, fun and great FOOD!!! I’m sad to be missing the big Niesman family Christmas Eve shindig this year… I’m sure it won’t be the same without us :) Night!

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6 Responses to The Night Before The Night Before Christmas…

  1. Gia says:

    You are right….it won’t be the same without you three….but it is a feeling knowing you are all having so much fun. Merry Christmas to you all!!!

  2. Patty Barteau says:

    We missed you at the annual Bies, Barteau, Honey Christmas Eve celebration. Looks like you guys are having a blast!! Merry Christmas!!

  3. Jack looks so cute in those pj’s!!!

  4. Anna says:

    Hi Heather, I love your blog! I found it recently but have made my way through the past year I think. Quick question – I noticed that you ate a ton of turkey sandwiches and goat cheese during your pregnancy…which I thought were off limits…can you share your food wisdom with me regarding pregnancy? I miss turkey and want your secret :)

    • heatherwlu says:

      Hi Anna!! I also heard that goat cheese and deli turkey were off limits during pregnancy, but my OBGYN gave the go-ahead on both. She said that as long as the cheese was pasteurized then it was okay, and the goat cheese I usually purchase (at Sam’s) is definitely pasteurized. I still stayed away from brie and most other soft cheese. As far as the deli meat is concerned, the threat to pregnant women is listeriosis, which is a foodborne illness that’s particularly bad for pregnant women… anyway, my doctor said to use good judgment as far as where to purchase your meat (like don’t go buying gas station sandwiches or anything, lol). I always had Subway heat my sandwich, just to be safe. And when having turkey sandwiches at home, I zapped the meat in the microwave first.

      Anyway, I hope this helps. My OBGYN was pretty laid back about what I could and couldn’t eat, though I know that some are not. Congrats on your pregnancy!!!

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