So many kids, I don't know what to do.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dinners of Christmas Past

We have a tradition in our family.  My dad and I cook Christmas Eve dinner.  We try to do something different and gourmet.  Our family begs for a "regular" Christmas dinner.  We keep ignoring them.

In past years we have made standing rib roast, porcini and wild rice stuffing, potato latkes.  We have made some interesting desserts.  It has been fun at times and at times my dad and I have vowed to order pizza the next year.

This we started off with spinach salad with raspberry dressing.  It was not well received.

 For dinner we had pork tenderloin with cranberry compote.  (I don't even know what that means.)

We also had Parmesan puffed potatoes which caused a potato peeling challenge.  I think I won. 

 My dad might argue though.

 We even let Saigie play! 

 We had a couple of other dishes, but the hi-light was definitely the Super Easy Strawberry Charlotte - which we felt the need to rename the Damn Difficult Christmas Snowball.  We tried this one year before and didn't have near as good of results as this year.  (We only had to make the cake TWICE this year.)

 Are you wondering what everyone else was doing while we were creating this delectable masterpiece?  They were having fun!!

 Ty and Tayte were fishing.

 There was washer throwing.

 Tanner decided to whittle us all Christmas presents.  Talk about last minute. 

But dinner was enjoyed by all! 

(Yes.  My older brother wears camo and packs heat to family functions.  ARGH.)

 And then we ripped into the gifts piled up around Mom's tree.
She was apparently very excited (or maybe frightened) about these oven mitts. 

 You wanna come next year?  You can be in charge of the compote!!


  1. OMG I love it! I swear I'll do the damn compote too! I love that you cook with your dad.
    One year my bro ripped off his shirt right at the dinner table to flex for us. Glad to know we're not the only ones. Happy New Year!

  2. I would have never noticed the cammo until you pointed it out for me. Glad you got the clan together.

  3. Your dessert looks so impressive!

  4. I tote at the dinner table too. I'll teach you all about firearms and you can get your CWP. Start practicing now, and you can challenge your brother to a shoot-off! :o) The Strawberry Charlotte looks delicious. What a fabulous tradition you have! Sounds like it's a blast with your family. You're my kind of people, girl. :o)

  5. Oh my that is one interesting looking dessert. Are those cinnabons?


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