Friday, December 26, 2008

24!!! Merry Christmas

I hope that this finds you basking in happy memories of Christmas 08! We had a wonderful celebration, and are gradually making new traditions. We spent Christmas Eve in Atlanta with our daughter and son-in-law. I snapped this picture of their tree as they were putting the finishing touches on dinner.

They are extremely capable cooks and the last thing they needed was me to mess up their orderly kitchen!

"The kids" have two dogs, Marley and Tucker, so we brought Barker along so that he could have a little time to socialize with his 'nephews' They are very rambunctious, and he was more than happy to escape to the livingroom with me for a little time out.....being an 'only dog' can be tough~

Before dinner, we had attended the Christmas Eve service at their lovely little church.....but we left the dogs alone at home! K & D have the Nintendo Wii, so while we munched on Dave's yummy bacon wrapped shrimp hors d'oeuvres, K and I did some yoga, bowled and then got into some serious tennis! After working up an appetite, we settled into a delicious dinner of stuffed pork loin, braised kale, roasted beets topped with feta cheese on a bed of arugula, and a bagette of French bread. K surprised her Daddy with his favorite strawberry rhubarb pie and homemade vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Oh, and there was a bit of wine! YUMMM!

Christmas Day found us back in GainesVegas, picking up my Mom and then heading over to our friend Bobbie's lovely home. She puts on such a show when she entertains! Here is one of her many hors d'oeuvres: smoked trout, chevre, and seckle pears:

Bobbie's Mom Jill was there as well....and it is always good for our Moms to be together. Between courses of our lovely Christmas dinner (standing rib roast, Yorkshire pudding, roasted Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, braised asparagus, and her family's traditional Italian cake and homemade Marzipan), the Moms and C completed the traditional Christmas puzzle.

We had a terrific holiday..........and now it is time for us to entertain! Stay tuned for more pics in a day or two!



Gerrie said...

Mmm! What a warm and cozy Holiday post. You always show the best food and meals. I think our snow is beginning to melt and drain away from our lives for now. I am itching to be a free woman again, traveling around Portland in my Lexus by myself. :}

Eva said...

I'm happy to see you had such a wonderful Christmas, company, meals and all.
We had a very quiet time -- and we won't see my husband's parents, because now both have the cold. So we'll stay at home over the weekend.

Eva Hagbjärn said...

It seems like you had two lovely days with family friends and lots of good food.
So nice to see Kristin, Dave, Craig and your Mom on the pictures.

A big HUG from me to ALL of you.

Jeannie said...

What yummy feasts and Barker looks so serene! We are still trying to go "over the grandmother's house" - maybe tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend. Hugs