Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Neighborhood Feast on Christmas Day!

Well, after a big late afternoon dinner on Christmas Eve, we were very thankful that our friends Karen and Charlie weren’t staging their celebratory feast until late on Christmas Day.  The plan was to arrive at 4:30 PM…work through a glass of wine, champange punch or beer, along with some appetizers/snacks…and then have dinner at 6:30 PM.  Counting Laurie, Dawn Marie and myself, they were expecting 14 for dinner!

Appetizers included sausage, cheese and crackers, nuts, veggies and dill dip, stuffed mushroom caps and deviled eggs.
Fourteen for dinner required 2 tables and a buffet style arrangement for serving the featured feast… After forming a circle to give grace, we had homemade bread, rolls, turkey, spiral cut ham, candied sweet potatoes, stuffing, cheesy scalloped potatoes, some fancy green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, deviled eggs and ambrosia salad.  No one went away hungry, that’s for sure!

You might have noticed the bottle of Tabasco on the table… I ‘only’ used it on the turkey, the cheesy scalloped potatoes, the deviled eggs and the stuffing!
Then there was dessert… We’d furnished the cheesy scalloped potatoes and the deviled eggs…and Dawn Marie had baked these 2 beautiful pecan pies on Christmas morning!  Unfortunately, we didn’t take a photo of the other big dessert…Martha’s famous flan! 
This is Martha, Irv and their daughter Lauren.  Note the cookies on the table as well as the little boxes of mints and candy at each place setting.  Karen and Charlie really did a great job of decorating and making this a truly festive occasion!
This is Joel and Holly with their son Justin…
At our table, from the left we have Dawn Marie, Laurie, our host Charlie, Beverly and her husband, Don.
Neither Laurie nor I captured a photo of our hostess Karen at the dinner table… Here are Martha and Karen right after dinner in the kitchen.  Karen went all out for this Christmas dinner!  One guest escaped capture via our photos by leaving right after dinner…
There were 2 others at Karen and Charlie’s house on Christmas Day…but they were locked up until dinner was over.  Ali Cat’s photo didn’t really come out but this is Junior…and after being told ‘No!’ and being pushed off the table several times, we just gave up and he became a living centerpiece…  He even looks like he enjoys…no, he expects to be the center of attention!

Karen and Charlie…Many Thanks and A Great Time Was Had By All!!
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by and sharing Christmas dinner with us and our friends!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave, Laurie and J.D.

1 comment:

  1. I just caught up with your posts. You make some good breakfasts! I have never tasted spicy pepper jack cheese – sounds like a good one with eggs – can you find it at the regular supermarket?
    I really enjoyed your post on the Carnegie Libraries. I checked and there is on in Newnan, GA. It’s the oldest Carnegie Library in Georgia. Now I am going to drive there this spring to have a look at it. I believe that the very rich at the time of Carnegie gave their money away a lot more than now as there are so many museums and other public buildings from that time. Now they invest it in their multinational corporations. You showed some good looking meals. I usually have a piece of French bread toasted with homemade jam and French roast coffee for breakfast but when we go out I like to have a big breakfast. We also don’t have it until 10 in the morning and eat a late lunch early dinner combo when we go out. It looked like you had a great Christmas. Now I wish you a wonderful 2013 with many great meals and interesting historic finds.