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Food, family, and fun!

Well, here I sit taking a break from work on Sunday (back at the grind already).  I can’t believe how fast the last couple of days went.

We had a wonderful holiday.  Christmas eve and we had the spread set out.  We had a little snack table before dinner with cheese and crackers (snow flake-shaped, too), candied nuts, clementines, and a cookie plate.

We decided this year to have it buffet style instead of trying to pass things around the table and find room for everything.  Don’t you find that food ends up all piled at one end that way?

We used a smaller main table, so this worked out the best.

We had the pot roast from the pressure cooker (took 1 hour to cook), sweet potato casserole, regular carrots and potatoes from the roast, broccoli, green beans, fresh fruit

and John baked a circular french bread loaf.

My plates:

Quite tasty!

After dinner, we played a game, as per usual.  Tri-bond.

I think we don’t like this game so much.

Then it was time for the special cake!  This is the cake made for my grandfather every year since he was a little boy as he was born on Christmas and this was his birthday cake.  Even though he is no longer with us, we still make the cake on Christmas.  My mother made it this year.  The original cake tin as well, at least dating back to my great grandmother:

My slice of  “the cake”:

I didn’t take pictures of the cookies I nibbled on all night, but I am sure you get the idea.  A nice night was had by all!

I was up early and in the on Christmas morning.  You would think I was 5 or something. 

Pixie and I enjoyed the tree in the dark for a while and listened to music.

Present time for John and I!

Check out my new bike jersey!  Eeeeeeeee!!!!

Pixie had lots of wrapping paper to play with.

I was so happy to have a normal breakfast on Christmas.  I made gingerbread oats.

Not pictured is the tablespoon of eggnog I drizzled on this.  My body was really pleased at having oats.

John and I spent a relaxing day.  Nothing special for dinner as we had leftovers to eat from yesterday.

The family gathered again at night for the other gift exchange.  My sister had a giant, squaty tree – isn’t that funny?

Lots of room for presents under that tree! Plus all the stockings:

We had snacks and then it was time for more games.  We love playing this game on Christmas.

And yes, it does get even funnier with a little booze.

Basically, you are given a card with phonetic-sounding words and you have to guess what the phrase is.  For example:

Read the card out loud over and over until it makes sense.  (answer below).  The coach knows the answer and has to try to help you, although the coach does not know what you are looking at for words.

We always laugh and laugh over this game.

More cookies were consumed, although I stayed out of the pie.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, whatever method of celebration you did!  I am actually kind of glad to get back into normal food mode today.  All leftover cookies are packed in the freezer now out of sight.  The cupboards and fridge have our good normal food items stocked up.

We are also stocked up because we are in direct line of fire for a lot of snow overnight!  I may not be getting to the gym to lift tomorrow…

Mad Gab answer:  Dr. Doolittle (did you get it?)

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