Families are wonderful, aren't they? Since we travel a great deal we see each other and celebrate holidays when and where we can. This is our Thanksgiving-Christmas dinner at our home with my brother, his wife, his son just home from Kuwait, his daughter, his son-in-law, and granddaughter all of whom traveled from Central Ohio to be with us. Also here were our son and his four children. If you've lost count, we had a total of 14 people including us, so another table was also set for this dinner.
Our daughter lives with us and was the major contributor to the turkey dinner we enjoyed.
recipe here) and served it with my honey egg bread (recipe here). Needless to say, our gang loves liver.
1 pound fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Rinse the cranberries, then combine with water in a saucepan. Gently boil until cranberries pop open. Turn heat very low and add sugar. Dissolve sugar and continue to cook on very low heat until thickened. Pour into bowl and refrigerate until serving. Some of our relatives like cranberry sauce served warm; when they are here I warm some and serve some cold.
On this particular day, I made a double batch of cranberry sauce. Oh, so good.
Catherine made two turkeys: one roasted in the oven, another outside on the grill. Oh, yum! We also made all the trimmings: spinach salad, sweet and mashed potatoes, squash, green bean casserole (have to have that!), and more. For dessert we had pumpkin and cherry pie and my sister-in-law brought her famous fudge cake that was the featured item in her family restaurant for many years as well as pumpkin rolls. Oh, the food!
Also for the dinner I made my braided egg bread (recipe part 1 here; recipe part 2 here) and cornbread.
We got so busy serving and eating that I didn't get more pictures of the meal.
While the adults caught up on old times, the children played with the Barbie Cruise Ship and had art work projects going on the coffee table. It was the first time some of the younger cousins from Central Ohio met the younger cousins from Cincinnati and they all had a grand time together.
The Blues Brothers?
Throughout the afternoon and evening Catherine had a continuous trilogy of Toy Story movies running at the end of the living room where the kids big and small were gathered around. Grandson Alex had a new pair of sunglasses he wore most of the day even though it was cloudy outside and not terribly bright inside.
Grandpa got his sunglasses out of the car and sat behind Alex to see how long it would be before he would notice that Grandpa, too, was wearing sunglasses in the house. They look like two of the Blues Brothers to me. ;)
The movie had everyone's complete attention so it took a long time, but Alex finally noticed and we all had a good chuckle.
It was wonderful to sit by the fire with family and catch up on old times, but eventually the fire died down and it was time for our guests to go home.
I hope your holidays are as warm and wonderful as this day was for us.