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!
PEACE, JOY, LOVE