All posts tagged: Holidays

Reminiscing | Christmas 2013

In three days (WHAT?! Packing! Presents! Cats!) I am heading home for a short visit for the Christmas holiday . Even though my cats have decided that the piece of luggage I pulled out to pack is their new jungle gym, I am really excited. Christmas in my family home is laidback, carefree and full of food. We don’t sit down at an elegantly decked out table and nothing is hands-off or formal. For the family party there are always multiple casseroles, kids, dogs, presents, lots of coffee and free wheeling dining habits. There is no “kid’s table” its more “wherever you sit is your seat.” There is no real schedule, its just when people feel like doing things. That’s how Christmas should be, according to me. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too, wherever your world may be!! I hope its just your style.

Reminiscing | Thanksgiving 2013

  Last Thanksgiving was wonderful (except for my ever present sinus infections) because almost all my plans came to fruition. I was very happy with the state of my cooking and deco. So happy, in fact, I neglected to take many pictures of the food.  It wasn’t until I was stuffed and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that I realized my photos were poo. I won’t make that mistake this year but I will be making beaucoup plans again. Since so many things worked out last year the menu will be very similar with some additions! Enjoy last years warmth and fun through these pictures! I can’t wait to show off the full spread this year as well! Mains Roasted Chicken (turkey is crazy expensive here) Spanish Tortilla, brought by Mikey’s lovely girlfriend. Thyme pull apart rolls, I substituted thyme for chives Glazed carrots Garlic and chive mashed potatoes Sweet Potato Medley (a baked mix of sweet potato, walnuts and cranberries with brown sugar and butter)  Baked acorn squash  Gravy Green Bean casserole, Starters Cheese Brie, English …