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Old 12-23-2013, 09:16 PM   #31
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My daughter found a 10 pound ham and with that will be about five different veggies. The veggies are for me. I will have a small piece of ham. I love ham, but limit my intake due to the salt curing. It is a Smithfield. She always makes a raisin sauce with her ham. Raisins are not my favorite food. It like biting into wet bugs for me.

Her daughter works at the Cheesecake Factory and brought home their large sampler. Her brother's friends came over last night and found it in the fridge in the garage. They devoured it along with some other stuff that was in there for Christmas dinner. My daughter was furious!!! So she asked me if I had made the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. I had and it is all ready to go to her house along with the chocolate cake. My grandson needs to learn how to control his friends when they visit him.

Last night she hosted the get together for her in-laws. Everyone brought (of course) Italian food. Plenty to eat along with dessert. My daughter didn't have to cook anything. She was able to relax and enjoy herself. The day after Christmas she starts her second dose of chemo for this month.

Right now I am not feeling to good. I think it is because I am dehydrated. I need to get some water into me. But the kitchen needs to be cleaned up, change the sheets on my bed, and a lot of other things need doing. I hope I don't get sick for Christmas. Rest Adele, rest.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:55 PM   #32
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As a child, we had Thanksgiving dinner (again) on the poinsettia tablecloth. :) I was never sure why we did that, but I think it is because we all adored something on that menu to the point where we wanted it again - even if just four or five weeks later. It was always turkey with fixings. As I got older, I found old recipes and writings along with asking older relatives what things they remember as a child. If possible, I tried to make some of those foods.

I remember my grandmother telling me that boiled chestnuts were on the table every Christmas. She hated boiled chestnuts, but these were the days when children were seen and never heard. And they did not turn their noses up to anything put on a plate. She knew those chestnuts would be there. So she takes a big breath of air and gobbles them down. Aunt Perry, her mother's sister, saw this and exclaims, "Oh, this child LOVES those chestnuts." And oblivious to my grandmother's horror, Aunt Perry piled up more on Grandma's plate hushing every attempt to try to politely decline. :)

Oh...yes, I made boiled chestnuts one year. Erm...there was much wisdom in Grandma even as a child. :D
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:03 AM   #33
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My mother used to cut an X on the top and then put them on top of the wood burning stove to roast. I could eat them till I got sick. Boiled? YUK!
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In the past 6 or 8 years, I have a friend with whom we have an agreement. I do Thanksgiving, she does Christmas. So who knows? Whatever she fixes is fine by me and she's a great cook. Of all the things, what I bring is celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese. Her dad visits and will be 92, and the celery is something very much of his era. Easy for me. And, face it (the reason the crudite (OK, I'm making it sound fancy) plate was a tradition in my family as well. Who wants a heavy appetizer when there's a big meal to come?
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:07 AM   #35
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In the past 6 or 8 years, I have a friend with whom we have an agreement. I do Thanksgiving, she does Christmas. So who knows? Whatever she fixes is fine by me and she's a great cook. Of all the things, what I bring is celery sticks stuffed with cream cheese. Her dad visits and will be 92, and the celery is something very much of his era. Easy for me. And, face it (the reason the crudite (OK, I'm making it sound fancy) plate was a tradition in my family as well. Who wants a heavy appetizer when there's a big meal to come?
My daughter always has appetizers. Personally, I think it is a waste of good food. If I get there at the right time, then I won't have time to eat them. And that is fine with me. Leaves more room for the meal. I secretly think it is an insult to the hostess to fill up on appetizers and not be able to eat the big meal. The fun of the day is to sit around the table eating and telling stories. Holidays are the one time I wanted to leave the table stuffed!
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:46 PM   #36
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We are going to DD's for dinner. She is doing roast beast, I don't think it's prime rib, as she has an aversion to fat. I am bringing scalloped potatoes and we are having a green salad and broccoli and cauliflower. I am also taking an apple pie, (just came out of the oven). Simple meal, just 4 adults and two toddlers. DD is 9 months pregnant, I don't want her to over do it. But we really want to spend time with the grands.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:05 PM   #37
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Christmas dinner will look a bit like Thanksgiving. There will only be two of us, and mom requested turkey so

Turkey breast with pan gravy
praline yams
mashed potatoes
stuffing
rolls or biscuits
lingonberry

Dessert has yet to be determined. With the sweets that we have already, I may not make a dessert.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:22 PM   #38
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A ribeye steak for me, Shrek will get a burger made out of ribeye. Mushrooms and Onions sauteed in butter. Baked potatos with butter and sour cream (Mexican our cream, the store only had that left in the case tonight), Asparagus with lemon pepper and butter sauce.

Dessert will be any sweet thing we happen to have around, icecream, fudge, pineapple...
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I better get energetic enough to make that tourtière tomorrow. I have already defrosted the meat...

Stirling isn't well, so he has no appetite.
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I hope Addie gets some rest, and I hope Stirling will feel better.

Cat's got a spiral-cut ham and she'll be putting some kind of maple syrup and brown sugar glaze on it.

Mashed sweet potatoes, Lakisha's seasoned green beans, the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits, and corn on the cob is on the main menu.

For dessert, pumpkin bread with ice cream, and also her no-bake cheesecake.

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