Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas and Three Questions

What a day.

What did I do when my guests arrived 90 minutes early? I started drinking 90 minutes earlier.

See, I planned the meal so that when they walked in the door at 3:00 p.m. they could enjoy some appetizers for about thirty minutes and then sit down to dinner. Little did I know that they would be ringing the bell at 1:30 p.m. I was about ready to remove the Cornish hens from the oven and start the mushroom dressing but I had to change the strategy and start the spinach dip. While I’m rushing around in the kitchen stirring and chopping and testing and drinking, Bryan is in the living room entertaining his mother and brother and my son is hiding out in his room. It was crazy. Crazy, I tell you.

When it was all said and done, we enjoyed a dinner of roasted Cornish hens, braised mustard greens, mushroom dressing, baked macaroni and cheese, rolls and for dessert we had a sweet potato pie and a chocolate cream pie. It was one of the better meals that I prepared and I really enjoyed the time with family and we had a great time. It’s been a long time since I laughed so hard.

What did I do when my boyfriend of six years gave me a set of J.A. Henckels kitchen knives for Christmas? I smiled and gave him a hug and kiss and told him I loved them. You should have seen his face. He was so proud of those knives. He’s carved enough meat in my kitchen with dull knives and I guess he was really tired of them. I’m still smiling and shaking my head. I baked two loaves of chocolate chip bread (from scratch, Diva!) this morning and I used one of my new knives to slice it perfectly. Combined with the Italian cookbook my sister gave me, I am really inspired to spend more time in the kitchen. Seriously.

What did I do when my daughter came home at 11:00 p.m.? I thanked God. She came into my bedroom and grabbed me and hugged me like she never had before. She said she missed me. I never missed that child so much. Waking up on Christmas morning without her was absolutely heartbreaking. I know I’m going to have to get used to it but the first time was really difficult.

Now I’m just relaxing. Chilling on the loveseat and watching the Neely’s make a New Year’s brunch. Looks good. I really don’t think I’m going to do anything today except eat leftovers, wash my hair and do my nails.

I hope you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a blessed New Year!


Diva (in Demand) said...

Gone head chica...bread from scratch AND new knives! It sounds like a great Christmas at your house.

Bunny Brown said...

You most certainly are gonna have to drop the recipe on me Chele. Mom cooked all the dressing when I specifically asked her to leave out an uncooked cup for me to make the mushroom recipe that you gave me. Talk about ticked offfffffff!!!! Next time for sure! Knives... now that's love! LOL!!!

This One Woman said...

Boy oh boy did that dinner sound yummy! I'm glad that you had a good Christmas eventhough you were misswing your baby. I would have been missing mine too.

My Christmas was good, my baby was happy so I was happy.

Remnants of U said...

The meal sounds great.

My Christmas was quiet. Since my son had to work, I took him his meal so he could it for lunch.

TJ said...

What a great Christmas!!