Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas dinner = lots of leftovers!


The festive dinner table

Ham with grape and sage leaves wreath

L-R: Shirley, Jeff, Allie, Charles

Place setting

Handpainted ornaments, one for each person.
Me posing with the ham, after dinner-this whole plate didn't get touched!!

Wow. After nearly an hour and a half of washing dishes I'm not quite done. I've got two 'yucky' pans soaking and just a few plates and serving dishes left.

Here's how it went down:

At 1 pm I got a call from one friend confirming that her and her boyfriend would in fact not be coming (I had been pre-warned that they might not come, but had prepared as though they would-wanted to make sure I had ornaments and stuff for everyone...).

At 3 pm I got a call from another friend who was hoping to drop by after work saying she wasn't going to be able to after all.

Somewhere between 10 am and 5:30 pm I did almost everything to get ready. Thank goodness Jeff and Shirley showed up when they did (just after 5) to help with the last minute things-the cranberry sauce that WOULD NOT boil down, carving the turkey and setting out appetizers. You guys rock so much, thank you!!!

After dinner Paul and Jen dropped by for a visit and stayed until the end. It worked out perfectly because they got to take home the ornaments the other couple would have got-worked out nicely. :)

Tonight's menu:

Antojitos (Mexican Pinwheels)
Cheese 'Assortment'-cheddar, marble, bocconcini, brie
Bocconcini and grape tomato skewers
Crackers and Dips - Lemon Dilly and 3 Onion
Punch (thanks Shirley, it was sooo good!)

Ham with a festive wreath of grapes and sage
Roasted Herbed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter
Cranberry Sauce
Stuffing (homemade)

Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream
Glazed Gingerbread Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chocolate Truffles


  1. Looks and sounds DELICIOUS! What a smart girl! Esthi

  2. Oh, my Phliki :)
    You are wonderful.