Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Life in a Nutshell: The Party is Over

We had a great party today!  We had 46 wonderful people in attendance… 28 of which were kids… all 8 and under. Michigan did not even nearly win over Wisconsin, but we were able to console ourselves with a fantastic potluck meal. One 18 pound turkey, one 8 pound ham, bread dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, gouda and herb scalloped potatoes (a fabulous Cooks Illustrated recipe), sweet potato casserole, homemade garlic and herb rolls, two salads and fresh veggies, cranberry sauce, homemade applesauce, green bean casserole, apples with dip (I’m holding their serving dish hostage until I get that recipe!!), pumpkin pie, mint chocolate chip pie, and a crunchy chocolate-caramel bar that is too good for me to remember it’s name (oooh… yes, they’re called Kit Kat bars and I already have the recipe!). Amazingly, the real cleanup consisted only of a little vacuuming, the fixing of only one miniscule carpet stain, and the stowing of copious quantities of delicious leftovers. And I don’t have a single photo to show for it!

Thus begins my official start the to the “holiday season”. I don’t usually like to refer to it as such, but since for me it is encompassing both Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ll let it go. Unlike the Reynold’s Oven Bag recipe for “Holiday Ham”…  Couldn’t we just call it “Christmas Ham”? It’s definitely not “Hanukkah Ham”, now is it? Ah, commercialism.

Well, I’m off now to put up my sore pregnant feet and revel in the quietude with a piece of mint pie and some tea. Happy Saturday-Before-Thanksgiving :)

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