|The wrapping carnage.|
|Some of the kids. Now, amazingly, well behaved.|
|The brussel sprouts. Yes, I said, "brussel sprouts" (see the note on that later because we are that hip).|
|The New Green Bean casserole. See note on that later.|
|The tamales. These are home made. Yes, I ate one for you. And, yes, it was yummo.|
|The ham. Yes, my love for ham is a little obscene.|
|The children. Again, oddly well-behaved.|
|Apparently my brother knows me better than I thought. (As evidenced by this T-shirt he gave me.)|
|Ah. Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are born into the hearts of mankind. Let's see how long before they are evicted.|
1. I heard on NPR a while back that brussel sprouts are the new black. And thanks to my nephew our family was hip this Christmas (the brussel sprouts were good, too).
2. Again, my nephew and niece saved the day by bringing some tamales they made......with their hands. What a relief to eat home made tamales on Christmas. Thank you, Niece and Nephew. You have guaranteed your lifetime invitation to our home for Christmas.
3. Although my family (and by "my family" I mean "hubby") tends to be staunch traditionalists when it comes to holiday meals, I tried two new recipes. Both were DELISH and you can find them here:
- Hubby and my brother could possibly be the only people on earth that love green bean casserole. I kinda think it's food porn. BUT, this scrumptious recipe by Paula Deen was recommended by a friend (thank you, friend). It is Paula Deen, so it consists mostly of cheese and butter (and a few green beans thrown in for good measure). Hubby's only complaint (hubby is a freak) was that he prefers canned green beans. Hello? Food 911? HUBBY NEEDS AN INTERVENTION STAT.
- The other recipe was from another friend, but I found one to pass on to you that is just as yummy and the one I actually used (since I didn't want to risk my life by making another trip to the grocery store). It is a Christmas morning recipe that can bake while you are opening presents. The key there is to remember to put it into the oven at the crack a$$ of dawn, pre-coffee. Note to self: Next year do not rely on memory. Make an actual note.
So, that's my wrap-up. I hope yours was grand, too. It may be 2012 before I write again. Depends on how well I can recover from the weight gain. Peace!