On Christmas Eve some of our family always get together for food & fun. I thought I'd share some of that with you today, since I haven't posted Christmas yet.
And what better way than connecting with Amy @ Love Made my Home for FIVE ON FRIDAY!
We had decided to have appetizer type food rather than a meal.
Here's the menu...
Frozen Fruit Salad
Frozen Fruit Salad
Bring to a boil
3 cups of water
3 cups of sugar
Let cool and pour over
1 can of crushed pineapple
1 can chunk pineapple with juice
1- 12 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate (unsweetened)
1 - 12 oz. can water (measure with orange juice concentrate can)
6 sliced bananas
15 maraschino cherries
I also added mandarin oranges
This is a great recipe to use for events because you can make it days ahead of time. Just set it out for a little while before serving to slush it up!
Cookies I wouldn't recommend! But they are beautiful to look at! Actually, if you like anise, you might like them. They have a strong black licorice flavor, which is anise. I'm not a fan. My Sister got them for me for Christmas, but when she found out we didn't like them, she very graciously exchanged them for a different type of cookie that I dunked in my coffee and ate them all at one sitting! Lordy - my diet.....or lack thereof....
The one reason I wanted to have cheese and summer sausage was
a) no cooking. I even bought the cheese already sliced. and
b) I wanted to use this cheese plate. I've had it a couple of years but never had a chance to use it.
Trent is quickly assembling a shrimp cocktail tray for me, that I had completely forgotten about until I went to get something out of the freezer! And there it was in all it's frozen splendor. Luckily there is a quick thaw method.
But I didn't get a picture. It's from Italy. (I want to go back)
I made mulled wine which no one drank! It wasn't real cold out for one thing. I think warm drinks go better on cold nights. One of my resolutions last year was to come up with a "signature drink" of my own. I never did. I'll work on that this year.
We also had meatballs in a crock pot. I made a mixture of 18 oz bbq sauce and 18 oz grape jelly. Throw in about a half a cup or so of brown sugar and a few drops of hot sauce. Good.
And Vickie made her famous nachos and cheese dip.
There was chex mix, nuts, m&m's and cheese cake for dessert.
Here's the thing about the food....I thought by having what, I call "Grazing food" it would be quick and easy to fix, and we could just kind of graze and enjoy it all evening. But by the time I finished all of that slicing and dicing for the summer sausage, vegetables, picked open two pomegranates, made the sauce for the meatballs, and did whatever else needed done, I was in the kitchen the whole darn day long. My back hurt by the time the evening got here. And I learned later that a lot of people had indigestion!!! Including My Shug and I. So, next year we are going back to a meal plan. I think it might have been too much rich and processed food.
2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
This child was born on Christmas Eve 14 years ago. And we always celebrate her birthday at our house, before playing games.
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
One thing we did this year that wasn't a game but it was a lot of fun, was I put all of the verses of the 12 days of Christmas in a box. Each of us pulled out a verse and we sang the song. We each sang the verse we pulled out, all the way from the first day to the 12th. We really can't sing any better than we can draw, but we sure can laugh!
We played Win, Lose, or Draw. We don't have these official games, we just make up our own. So, I asked Vickie to have someone she works with make up some Christmas themes that we can draw for this game. If you have followed my blog at all, you know we do this every year. Well I'm here to tell you she asked the wrong person to make stuff up because peeps, these were hard! I usually have you guess....but I don't even remember what these drawings represent!
I see a sun and a reindeer....I'm thinking this one might be Grandma got run over by a reindeer!
I could be wrong.
Billie won the Saran Wrap ball game. But actually, we all got something just for playing.
My sister gave this to me for a hostess gift and I thought it was adorable. It was a Christmas mitt (looks like a Spode brand) with a cookie mix and a wooden spoon in the mitt. All wrapped in cellophane and a gold ribbon. What a great gift idea.
And Vickie got me a humongous amount of melmac dishes for Coral Belle!
5. More gifts
When we were kids, after we would fall asleep on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus would come to our house and when we woke up on Christmas mornings, our stockings were full and there were presents under the tree. So, I made up a reason for Mom to call me before they left their house to come over.
We bought them gifts from Santa. I have a key to my parents house. I gave it to Vickie and Robert along with all of the gifts and stockings. We made up an excuse for them to have had to leave. They needed to get a gift certificate from a local restaurant. wink wink
After our Christmas Eve festivities, Mom and Dad went home to this. They waited until the next morning to open their presents.
And I just want to say something. I hear it a lot.
"we are so lucky...You must be tired...I don't like my family...and so on." Let me say, Yes I get tired, but entertaining is something I enjoy. And remember, I don't have a full-time job. I work for my husband! And I don't have children.
But even if I did.....I would still entertain. Because, as Robert said when he arrived,
"These are the times for which you built this house." And he is not wrong!
And Family....well we all have our opinions, differences, and issues, and problems. We don't always agree.
We don't always like each other, but we love each other.
And in the end...Love really does conquer all.
OK now let's stop getting sappy and y'all head on over to Five on Friday and see what other bloggers are doing.