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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Lots of Christmas Spirit(s)

After a much frenzied catch-up with the holiday, I managed to get everything done and get out of the door less than a half hour late!  That's a record.  The 'kids' got invited to Christmas, so there was much packing of treats, leashes, holiday clothing (forgive me - I can't help it.  I am one of THOSE dog moms) and Peanut's booster seat.  All the gifties were wrapped, two kinds of cookies baked (nut balls, my mom's favorite, and a new one - pecan pie bars, which may become a standard), the nut loaf prepared and packed into the loaf pan, a new cheese ball sat, plump, on its Christmas plate, pint jars of "Sweezie's" Irish Cream and Coquito (Puerto Rican Egg Nog) in their own box.  I was a paragon of orderliness.  Until I reached Vermont and realized I had forgotten the Christmas stockings.

In all modesty and abject humbleness, I will say that the nut loaf was superb!  However, I now remember why I don't make it often - it takes quite a while to assemble and uses almost every pan in  your kitchen, not to mention small appliances.  It's worth it, if just once a year.  I also made a new kind of cheese ball that was quite a hit.  Unfortunately, there are no pictures of either, since I started at 4A on the nut loaf and didn't stop until I stumbled out the door at 10A to load the car.

The dogs were perfect - from suffering through their Christmas sweater/JimJams, to not begging too much.  They had way too many treats and Peanut was in heaven, jumping from lap to lap.  Then their auntie gave them their squeaky toys and it was happy pandemonium.
My little reindeer

He actually liked them!
Our atypical menu (for us) was nut loaf, roasted asparagus, an amazing squash/chickpea curry dish that my sister made, rice pilaf, and a salted maple pie for dessert.  The highlight of our day was a very posh Christmas drink that my sister made:
There was actual edible gold glitter on the rim and floating on the surface - cool!  After one of these, we all reverted to 10 years old and put gold glitter on our lips and eyelids.  My mother was quite amused.

When we finally straggled home, the dogs went right to their sofa, under their blankets and didn't move until I made them go out this morning.  A good time was had by all!

I hope y'all had the kind of holiday you hoped for!
Isn't she darling?





20 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous, goofy and delicious Christmas! And those doggy outfits are ADORABLE.

Susan said...

It was all of those! Poor Lovey was squeezed into her too-small reindeer sweater - when we pulled the hood up, the tension made her eyes pull up at the corners - very exotic. Once I got a good shot, it came off. PB loved his saggy jimjams - they stayed on pretty well, other than a stray leg out, every once in a while.

Elaine said...

Sounds like a whirlwind of fun and festivities with a nut loaf which I would definitely have enjoyed tucking into., ditto the curry! Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Michelle said...

It all sounds delish (but for the liquid spirits; none for me, thanks!) and fun. Stockings for New Year's?

ellen abbott said...

my dog has a fleece sweater that I make her wear when it's really cold outside and we go for our walk. she hates it. glad you had a really good holiday. mine was about as perfect as it can get since we just don't do christmas...a nice quiet day with everything (almost) closed for the day in this small town so no needing to do anything.

Kristina said...

Loved the doggie jim jams and the Christmas pants in the photos. The drink looks lovely. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Susan said...

I am currently enjoying being the only one on my floor in the office building - peace!

Susan said...

The stockings wouldn't have worked anyway - no one listened to the limitations and there were piles of little gifts. It was fun!

Susan said...

Usually PB spends all his time trying to get out of his sweaters. He's pretty adept at it. I do wish that everything would shut down for one day a week. Forced sanity!

Susan said...

We did - but I'm with you on the cooking. Even though it's not held at my house, I still have to cook all day and then schlep it north. I may go on strike next year.

Mama Pea said...

Unbelievably, we scaled back the cooking (not such a variety of dishes) this year and I thought it was great. Just now took leftovers out of the fridge thinking about dinner tonight. Even though we were more sensible in the amount of food prepared for yesterday's dinner, I'll still have enough leftovers for a week! (Well, maybe not that long.)

So glad to hear you all had a rollicking good time yesterday, nut loaf, new drinkie-poo and all!

Susan said...

So glad you all had a good time. I don't enjoy the cooking on Christmas day, way too much like hard work. Next year everyone is home for the holidays and I'm already planning my strategy. You need to move to Canada, Boxing Day is a public holiday, allowing everyone to recover from the excesses of the day before.

Joanne Noragon said...

Sounds like the perfect day, to me.

Sam I Am...... said...

What fun and I love the doggie outfits. The recipes sound wonderful. Love the leggings too!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

How cute, and a booster seat for peanut?

Ed said...

Your meal sounds delicious and the nut loaf sounds right up my wife's alley. Not so much the taste but that it uses every dish in the kitchen to make. She makes a lot of such dishes.

Theresa Y said...

Sounds like you all had a blast. Love the doggy outfits. It's all I can do to get punkerpuss's new Christmas collar on. (Sigh). She's such a diva😸

Kelly said...

Those dogs are just too cute! Canine clothing has never been tolerated very well around here.

I want to know what's in the drink. Are those cranberries floating in it?

Leigh said...

Love those doggie photos! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I'm so glad.

DFW said...

The meal sounds delicious & I'm sure the pups had a great time. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to your whole clan!