Friday, December 26, 2008

Lessons Learned from Hosting The Big Dinner.

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday.

This year saw the most chaotic Christmas Mornings in our house to date. Once the kids got a taste for wrapping paper, they kind of went crazy. Like sharks go crazy when a bucket of chum is poured into the water. I tried to run into the fray to gather up paper and find pieces to teeny toys, but I almost lost my arm a couple of times.

Needless to say, we are very blessed and based on the stack of presents from family, very much loved.

I hosted The Big Dinner for Richard's Mom, Sister, Aunt, Uncle and Cousin. I learned that a cold turkey adds an hour to cooking time. I also learned that if you have a box of cheesy puff pastry appetizers in your freezer, no one cares if dinner is an hour late. Wine helps too.

I tried out a couple of new recipes that were hits. I even got the ultimate compliment: Richard's Aunt (a fabulous Christmas cook) asked for a recipe. Scalloped corn. Try it. You won't be disappointed! Don't even wait for Christmas. I can see this as a fantastic side to ham. Richard made a delicious apple pie from a recipe my friend Ashlee gave me. I also think that Richard will be asked to bring his Rum Cake with him to every family gathering now. That was the thing that people kept picking at over coffee, even though they were stuffed from everything else my table was groaning under.

I will share recipes soon. Right now I have a toy store to fit into Emmett and Charlotte's room.


Ami said...

I don't have a recipe for apple pie. I have a CRUST recipe that puts all other crusts to shame, but the actual apple filling recipe?

I just sort of toss stuff in.

It sounds like you had a wonderful day. :)

Tara said...

Our Christmas sounds alot like yours only my turkey cooked waaayyy to fast! We all had a great time! Sounds like you did to.

April said...

Glad it all went seemingly smooth! Thanks for the book for Josh, that was sweet of you. We have yet to read it, as it stayed at home by accident. I'm sure he'll like it though! See ya maybe Monday?