I have to say, I'm very pleased with the success of my first Christmas dinner. We started with hors devours - a fruit platter, shrimp cocktail, cheese & crackers and Mom's cocktail meatballs.
I began putting the meal together while people enjoyed the snacks and company.
Griffin, perched atop the back of our sofa.
Griffin "beating" Zach at Battleship.
Leslie & Griffin in their Christmas attire.
And only 5 minutes after I had originally planned, dinner was served! We did a buffet style, as we had to split people between two tables (one was a folding table that we got for our wedding from the Paneks!). Dinner consisted of:
-Apricot Ginger Pork - not your traditional Christmas dinner, but delicious! We had this at Sara & Dave's house a couple weeks ago, and it was amazing. Sara had a lot of leftover sauce, so when I mentioned that I wanted the recipe to make this for Christmas dinner, she bagged the sauce and gave it to me! So I owe a huge thanks to Sara for doing all the hard work for my Christmas dinner! All I had to do was buy the pork, make the rub, Doug did the grilling & we topped it with Sara's sauce. Perfect!
-sour cream mashed potatoes
-green bean casserole
-3-layer jello (red, white & green!)
-homemade dinner rolls
The main table, mid-dinner.
After dinner, we exchanged gifts.
These are the finger puppets I made for Leslie.
Zach & Michele
Me & Doug.
After gifts, we had my family's traditional Christmas dessert, Grasshopper Pie (or "Cricket Cake" as Robert once called it).
All in all, a wonderful Christmas. I missed my family back in WNY, but we had a lot of fun here in Michigan.
The remainder of the time with our family was spent lounging, playing a lot of Sequence, a lot of Euchre, a lot of Phase 10, mini-golfing, a lot of eating, a lot of laughing.
It was awesome spending time with Zach & Michele, whom we haven't seen since our wedding. Michele is the coolest sister-in-law in the world. Her story is incredible; we've lived very different lives, but have wound up in the same family, loving brothers and loving & serving the same Lord. Tune in next time for a tale of how my sis-in-law & I almost got arrested on a quiet Sunday afternoon...
Tomorrow we'll be heading out to my favorite place on earth!