A tale of two Christmases

annie1992December 25, 2007

OK, so I'm way behind, LOL.

Last weekend we had Christmas at Elery's house. His six adults and a 2 year old was a much different meal than my chaotic Christmas, but it was very nice.

We started with chocolate and peanut butter fudge which I made, some chocolate oatmeal cookies he made and some sesame cookies, gingerbread biscotti and apricot filled butter cookies that we bought in Chicago.

We had some of the italian sausage that we made and I made a salad with fresh spinach, orange segments, walnuts and our home cured pancetta:

We had a really nice beef tenerloin with a port wine reduction. No one wanted the sauce, the beef was good on its own:

Elery made a sweet potato casserole which I liked. I'm not really fond of the sweet brown sugar/pecan/marshmallow type sweet potato casseroles but his had sour cream and cheddar cheese.

I made homemade rolls, some herb/garlic/parmesan bread sticks and a sesame topped version of dinner rolls:

We finished with cheesecake topped with my homecanned sweet cherry jam and a couple of bottles of Elery's own wine, a white zinfandel. Nice label, isn't it? LOL

We came home to find that the driveway was snowed shut, so we shovelled. Here's my helper, with the snowbank already to his shoulders:

It snowed and it snowed. It nearly snowed all over my (only) string of Christmas lights on the front porch! I had to get up at 7 a.m. to shovel the driveway before everyone arrived.

Elery had to go back to work, leaving me to my own "Feast of the 40 Guests". My family Christmas was much different, with final guest count being "only" 37.

My little Monkey Princess came, dressed in her new cream and gold Christmas dress with a fur cape. Elery found her golden elbow length gloves with creamy fur and Ashley let her wear the "trown" that was Ashley's the year she was Miss White Cloud. LOL She was a wonderfully tacky little golden and furry princess:

Her Bruvver was not impressed and didn't want his picture taken, even though I tried to bribe him with fudge.

This is my niece Tracey, with the newest addition. Logan was born early at only 4 pounds, now he's 2 months old and nearly 7 pounds. He's one of the "4th generation" party attendees.

My Mom came with my stepdad, that's him in the white chair behind her:

Dad came with my stepmom:

Makayla showed Grandpa how to dance to "Santa Claus is coming in a Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train":

My girls bought me an ice cream freezer!

So I made sugarfree frozen yogurt out of my own homemade yogurt, some frozen strawberries and Splenda. It went with the rhubarb pie I made with Splenda since Dad, Stepdad and BIL are all diabetic. Of course, the rest of us had pumpkin cheesecake and pineapple upside down cake, but I did have those sugarfree options and they all got eaten:

I made a pumpkin roll:

Ashley made Death by Chocolate with brownies, chocolate pudding, peanut butter cups and whipped cream, also all eaten:

We had cookies and fudge, spinach dip and a cheese ball:

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Ashley saw someone here made hearts with candy canes filled with white chocolate, so she made some of those. The kids ate them all, I was amazed. I always have candy canes hanging around until Easter, when I throw them out!

Finally, we made Bruvver happy. My Dad gave him a Tonka grader that had been in his toy collection for about 40 years. It looks brand new, but is one of the old metal ones. Even Bud won't be able to destroy this one!

Funny how I got no pictures of the "real" food. As I got the stuff on the buffet, it got eaten, no time for pictures. I just fed them and got out of the way!


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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

LOL, I think I love your Christmas best of all, Annie! What a party! You always bring a smile to my face with your stories! I love Makayla's trown and fur cape and gloves! She is adorable in her outfit!

Great pictures! That was one very Merry Christmas at your house!

    Bookmark   December 25, 2007 at 9:08PM
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Your house was filled with Christmas cheer, no doubt about it:-) I agree with Carol, Makayla really looked like a princess. I hope you're off from work today and can recover from all of the festivities. The Christmas dinner at Elery's may have been quieter and more civilized, but was it more fun?????

    Bookmark   December 26, 2007 at 7:12AM
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Having been to your house Annie, I am all the more impressed that you get all this done, and get a big group fed and 'set'. You have the best of both worlds with your two Christmases.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2007 at 8:52PM
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Wow, it all looks amazing. I think Makayla looks very regal. I see a lot of Princess Di about her!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2007 at 11:11AM
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Oh Annie, that was fun! Thank you for sharing your Christmas joy with us. I really do look forward to your pictures every Christmas.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2007 at 11:38AM
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Wow, Annie, you never cease to amaze! 37 guests and you pull it off without a hitch every time!

Love the gold gloves & fur cape! Makayla just gets prettier and prettier with every picture you share! Bud will have tons of fun with an "original" Tonka Toy! They just don't make 'em like that anymore!


    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 9:56AM
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Sigh... Are you sure you can't adopt me? lol

Looks like a great time was had by all...


    Bookmark   December 29, 2007 at 4:45PM
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Annie, the two Christmases looked perfect. So how was "Knucklehead's Wine"? What kind did he/you make? That is too cool that your dad gave Bud one of his collectible toys. How do you pull off a Christmas dinner for 37? I need recovery for only 17! lol.

Makayla certainly looks like a princess, I love her ensemble. I think my princess has turned in her crown for Hannah Montana.lol.


    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 2:17AM
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Thanks for sharing your holiday celebrations. Makayla is prettier and more sophisticated with each photo and Bud is adorable! I know there's drama behind some of these photos,but we'd never know it! The food looks great too!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 2:59AM
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Fun time & fond memories being built there Annie-- so nice to see-- thx for sharing.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 3:29PM
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Brenda, the "Knucklehead" wine is a white zinfandel. How is it? I wouldn't know, I still haven't learned to like wine, LOL, but his son said it was pretty good. I haven't yet tasted it. Elery says I have my own "wine grading scale" with 1 being worst and 5 being best:

1. Gag, gasp, choke.
2. I wish I hadn't swallowed that but it was too icky
to spit out.
3. That sucks.
4. That doesn't COMPLETELY suck.
5. Um.....it's OK.

And so, you see, you'll have to take someone else's word for it. I'm still trying to get the taste of the Christmas merlot out of my mouth. My mother assured me it was "very good". I wanted to scrub my tongue with Lysol.....


    Bookmark   December 30, 2007 at 11:58PM
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Oh Annie, I use that scale to grade wine too! Only my #5 reads like this, "um, it's sort of OK, and at least I'm getting a nice buzz"! Tell Elery to try his hand at making ice wine, then he can call it "Frozen Knucklehead":-) I'd buy that.....

    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 3:59PM
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Annie, I love your Christmas pic's. Did anyone else help with all the cooking or was it all Annie and her girls?

I haven't even downloaded my Christmas pic's yet...


    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 10:10PM
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Whoa what a feast! Everything looks wonderful!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2008 at 5:24PM
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oh Annie - what great photos...always love seeing those little ones.

Would you come to my house next Christmas? I always get too busy and forget to take pics...:-)

    Bookmark   January 11, 2008 at 11:44AM
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