It is now the 2nd week of January, so I figured that it was time for the Christmas post. Perhaps, if the weekend continues to progress at the nice slow pace in which it has started, I might blog it up with birthday posts as well... Excitement, I'm sure for all of my many readers :-)
We had company for Christmas this year for the first time in a very long time. My baby brother Lew, and his partner Barb came from Oregon. So, Lew and Barb have been together for many years, and they have a house together... what am I supposed to call her? Girlfriend? Significant other? I'm going with partner, for now.
They came and stayed for a week. We booted Mitchell out of his room, so he had to bunk with Ellice. They swapped nights so no one had to sleep on the floor the whole time.
It took me about 3 weeks, yes 3 weeks to get my Christmas stuff up this year. In the end, everything was beautiful and I was happy.
Warning -- this post is full of food!
Lew, Barb, and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Usually it's only me so this was really a treat. Even more of a treat was the fact that Barb was the perfect prepping and cleaning kitchen elff-ette, and Lew is an accomplished chef. We started off with chicken soup (made from scratch) for Christmas Eve dinner. This was just the thing after we went to the service at CPC and came home to drizzling rain. Lew and I ended up the evening making dualing key lime cheesecakes. I had made a cheesecake for Ellice's boyfriend's birthday in October, and never got the big pan back, so we took the cheesecake recipe and kind of divided it in half and put it into 2 separate pans... It worked ... sort of :-) Let's just say presentation isn't everything.
Christmas morning we had a big breakfast. My brother Bo sent us a care package from Vermont that contained some apple cinammon pancake mix and real Vermont maple syrup, which we put to good use. Also, Lew can't get Neeses sausage out in Oregon so we cooked this up. I must say that I'll never eat any other kind of sausage again! I forgot how good it was.
The morning moved along slowly with us cooking up squash casserole, roasted potatoes and veggies, butterscotch pies, and green beans. These were the sides for the turkey and leg of lamb that Kevin cooked on the smoker.
To say that we ate well is an understatement... Complete this sentence "saying we ate well is like saying that ..."
The day went at what can only be called a natural pace. The parents came over, drinks were poured, food was eaten, presents were opened, and finally desserts and coffee were served.
I'm pretty sure the sugar plums were dancing in our heads on Christmas night more than Christmas eve.
Pictures to come, hopefully. Typepad isn't cooperating with picture uploads today... arghhh...