Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Past

So how did it go people? Good? Bad? Glad it's over? I had a little of all three going in the Christmas Comedy of Errors over here. I got up Christmas eve and made the best mashed potatoes ever. I'm sure you know the ones, you can make them ahead and they're crammed with sour cream, cream cheese and butter. YUMMY. Anyway, packed up the stuff I needed to take to my mother-in-law's and then left for several hours. I'm sure you all know the end to this story, the potatoes were sitting on my kitchen counter.
After making another batch, then making dinner and dessert for Christmas Eve and going out to see the lights, I got to work on one of the desserts for Christmas. Hmm, smelled really cake-y very early on.. turns out my oven had a hot flash and burned my cake in 20 minutes. So here we are at 10 at night looking for oranges to make orange cake. 7-11 to the rescue.
Christmas morning I'm on my way over before everyone else to bring the rest of the stuff and to get started with dinner and I realize I'd totally forgot to make the pie. Man I am just out of it. Thankfully there was time and ingredients laying around. Moral of the story, make a list and use it!
It was a good day though even at that so I can't complain too much. Look who Frankie brought home with her! I love this snowman and he's going to make a nice cheery statement on our porch next year.

Ok tell me all about it people!


Blogger Sinta said...

Happy post Christmas! I had a similar story for the holiday in my kitchen. I also decided that I need a list... I forgot the vegetables and let me tell you, pumpkin without the sugar is not an appealing dessert!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Things went a bit smoother over here at my house, but only because we didn't leave the house! There was a lot of food to be prepared, and the only thing that got forgotten was the one thing Sara was bringing for Christmas breakfast: the bagels and cream cheese. Ryan got up at the crack of dawn and went out in search of them and found what we needed at a local SaveMart. Things were hectic around the tree though. We had the aged grandparents who wanted tea at inconvenient moments and a total of four dogs careening around. And you know it rained on Christmas. Two of them got into a big fight and now I have blood stains on my already trashed family room carpet. Other than that, things were lovely, even if I did have to give up my favorite quilt of the year as a Christmas gift....I slept the entire day on the 26th. All that good cheer is exhausting.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

We had a wonderful Christmas-2 of them actually. The weekend before we celebrated with our son and daughter along with their spouses and my 21 month old grandson. I had made him a little quilt and when he opened it he got all excited and wrapped himself in it. All spontaneous-I am changing my will-it all goes to him! It was a perfect day for a grandmother and a quilter.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The snowman is so perfect for your house. I didn't have any food mishaps like you, this time. But I know what that feels like. My daughter kept me on track or I'd have forgot to make the pie, too. Things were pretty good Christmas day. It was Friday night when it all fell apart at my house. I think too much togetherness was the culprit. Too many people, too much time - ya know. I was wondering if thursday made for "too long" a vacation. Felt good almost to get back to work today! But mostly it was nice. I got some nice gifts and most of the family seemed happy. I think.

9:56 AM  
Blogger from little acorns said...

It was nice & quiet & peaceful here. . . Went to see 'Marley & Me" at some brand new theatres nearby (with great big huge gliding chairs!). Laughed & cried during the movie. Then. . . it snowed a little here on Friday . . here (!). . . in southern Arizona!
But. . . now, after all the holiday goodies. . . I'm getting back on the bandwagon of eating things besides bread & chocolate . . ! (But it was fun while it lasted!)
xo, Bren

11:08 AM  
Blogger suz said...

Sounds like you had a crazy Christmas, but sometimes those are the ones we remember best. Thank you for sharing the scarf set idea. Can't wait to do this for my grandniece - she's 8 and she and her mom just redecorated her room "Parisian" style - her current favorite colors: pink, black and "a touch of green". She is also very much into shopping and fashion and "bling".

11:54 AM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

I see a great new Food TV show... In The Kitchen with PKM & Albert Chung!

Love the snowman Frankie gave you! Too, too cute! I'm not keen enough to know if it's vintage or not... but it looks it. And I love your tree skirt! Close-up please.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

I just looked in super-size-me at the pic. I just love your tree skirt! Looking at the ornament too... looking for our matching stars from the kids... and then I spotted an ornament I gave you last year. Or was it 2 years ago? Anyhoo... it tickled me so!

12:03 PM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

Quiet and rather uneventful. Other than my being sick. Still am.
I finally finished up the last quilt top at 11:30 pm, got the gifts wrapped, grabbed stockings off my children's bedroom doors and stuffed them up with goodies. At 1:30 am I finally hung said stockings back on their doors, got the presents under the tree and tumbled into bed. At 1:45 am, my son opened his door to check for Santa's arrival. He is 22, disabled and still believes in the Big Guy. Sometimes that is a blessing, and others, well......For the rest of the night he was up and down, up and down, waiting for everyone else to wake up, which we finally did at 7:00 am. From then on it was business as usual and no major incedents or unhappy gift recipients. And boy, did I sleep well Christmas night. I think I deserved it. :)
Glad yours turned out well in the end.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

My daughter had it at her house this year. Yea! All in all, things went well. For my gift, Sweety bought me a local high school mascot teddy bear, a spatula and a package of cookies! What a romantic guy!! No diamonds for him! No siree Bob!(There are extenuating circumstances that I'll share with you sometime). He made it up to me by taking me to the show yesterday and I got to stare at Keanu Reeves for two glorious hours. Aaahhhhhh.......Life is good!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Love that cute snowman! Your Christmas sounds like ours -- I forgot the dinner rolls (I'd planned to make them from scratch, but after all that cooking who had time?) and my sister forgot two vegetable dishes, so we opened up cans of green beans and we all lived to laugh about it!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

I bought a veggie tray this year. It doesn't get much lazier than that!!! and still managed to be EXHAUSTED!!! I have caught up now and I'm enjoying "playing with my toys". I do so want to sew something...Maybe I can at least cut something out. Happy New Year!!! I'm ready...champagne is chilling and blind Robin is in the frig... Vicki at

7:38 PM  
Blogger deb said...

lol, I can totally relate, I made a big pot of our traditional cioppino for Christmas eve, and guess over to my daughters and realized we forgot the cioppino....good thing she only lives 15 minuttes away, we flew back and got it....sounds like you had a good time anyways, and orange cake....YUMMO

8:52 AM  
Blogger Heidi Kaisand said...

Everything was good at our house. My food "job" for Christmas Day dinner was a French Silk pie. Got that at Perkins the day before and was good to go!!

11:08 AM  
Blogger chq said...

Love your old school snow man. Our neighbors have 2, one on each side of their drive way. We've named them Whistle, and Pete! It's not Christmas for us, until Whistle and Pete are in place.

Happy New Year!


2:45 PM  
Blogger Lindsay Jean said...

This was our best Christmas in a long time - the first we've spent alone together since before we were married! Peace, quiet, tons of Christmas specials, and the two most miniature Cornish game hens you ever did see!

Glad you had a good holiday, though I think you took too much on yourself.

6:38 PM  
Blogger jona said...

We had dinner here but kept it low-keyed (just cleaning the house was exhausting enough). My 15 year old cooked the turkey and did a great job and most everything else was store-bought but we were all too tired to care.
Bummer about your delicious potatoes, but it sounds like it all worked out anyway. I love the light-up snowman too, he adds panache (in a cheesy lit-up sort of way)!

7:31 PM  

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