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Put the Kettle on....

In With the New Year..... 
Jan. 2, 2012 4:24 am 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 4:01 pm
Being with those you love is the best way to end one year and begin another in my opinion.  The Christmas Holidays were spent in a marathon session of eating and laughing with my family members.  It all started on December 23rd.  My brother drove up to spend the holidays here so I made<  and we all gathered at Mom and Dad's house to celebrate my Dad's 75th Birthday.  His birthday is really December 2nd, but in our family if you get your cake in the same month as your birthday you're very lucky.  It's not about the birthday, it's all about the cake and ice cream and spending time with the family.

Christmas Eve arrived and we headed to my sister-in-law's to celebrate Christmas with my husband's family.  They aren't the same kind of "party animals" as my family so it was simply a nice lunch and short visit, then back home to prepare for the Christmas Eve celebration at my daughter's.  For those of you who have been reading my blogs all along - you may recall that last year the torch was passed from Grandma (my mom) to Kristal (my daughter) to host the Christmas Eve Celebration.  I'm happy to report she did a FANTASTIC job!  She had cute little appys to stave off the hunger while she slaved in the kitchen with the finishing touches on her ham and scalloped potatoes dinner.  Kristal dislikes seafood of all kinds, so my little sister graciously volunteered to bring the shrimp and cocktail sauce that the rest of us all love.  Kristal finished off the appy table with little pepperoni pinwheels, mini-wieners, veggies & dip, and of course we had oodles and oodles of cookies!  I brought the wassail and the homemade eggnog.  A bottle of Jim Beam at the ready for those who wanted a "loaded" eggnog. 

On Christmas Day everyone gathered at my house for dinner and more great family time.  Jon made the Prime Rib and I did all the sides and desserts.  We had a tossed salad with homemade lemon poppyseed dressing or ranch; mashed potatoes; roasted sweet potatoes; corn; asparagus with mushrooms and dried cranberries; and rolls.  I made my "Precious Baby Sweetheart" aka Steve (my son) pecan pie and we had an oreo cream pie as well.  And oodles and oodles of cookies.  When the evening was over and everyone was leaving - the women headed to the diningroom where I laid out the containers of the oodles and oodles of cookies.  We had a regular ol' cookie exchange.  Shortly after Thanksgiving the baking begins and my little sister, Kristal, and I each make about 10 different types of cookies, biscotti, brownies, etc.  Then on Christmas Eve we make up huge trays of cookies and on Christmas Day we do the same again.  Then, we divide up all the cookies so everyone has plenty to enjoy later.  It's fun walking around the table, filling the containers with your favorites.  It's also nice to know that I have cookies in the freezer that can be pulled out to enjoy some cold winter evening by my fire with a cup of hot cocoa. 

On December 27th we (myself, hubby, son, daughter and 3 dogs) packed up and headed for Chincoteague Island.  The son-in-law recently started a new job and could not take the time off.  This has become an annual thing for us.  The boys and Suzy (black lab) go duck hunting and the girls take walks on the refuge, go shopping, and just relax.  This was the 3rd year to stay in the same house, so as we pulled in the drive it felt like we were coming home.  It turns out the hunting was awful but the trip was still a success.  With temperatures in the high 50's who can complain??   On a drive around the wildlife loop we got to see a very cool sight - the snow geese had arrived and were everywhere.  We estimated there were well over 5,000 of those geese - and they sure make a lot of noise!  Our walks on the beach were very pleasant and peaceful.

Dinner at The Village for New Year's Eve was delicious.  I had flounder stuffed with crab imperial and it was super.  We enjoyed other meals at AJ's and Bill's.  My daughter had given us a gift certificate to the Island Creamery where they make some of the best ice-cream around so of course we visited there several times.  My favorites there are Marsh Mud and Bourbon Caramel Crunch.  Marsh Mud is for serious chocolate lover's only. 

Later in the evening we headed uptown to watch the New Year come in with the dropping of the lighted horseshoe.  Last year was so cold, but this year it was nice to be outside and enjoying the festivities.  I imagine this to be like a visit to Times Square on an extremely smaller scale.  I'll take the Hoseshoe Drop any day.

This morning I'm sitting in my own livingroom sipping a cup of coffee with my old dog by my side.  Missy never misses the chance to snuggle beside me while I drink coffee - after all, there just might be a Christmas sugar cookie left with her name on it.
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Jan. 2, 2012 4:34 am
Mother Ann, you made my day, thank you! Any day that begins with reading this blog entry has got to be good. I felt like I was there enjoying the holiday with you and your wonderful family. What great traditions you have! Thanks for sharing them with us. I'd like some of that Beam with my eggnog, please. :)
Jan. 2, 2012 4:48 am
Thank you lucylove! We always have some Jim Beam with our eggnog - sort of in honor for Grandpa. He would pour some into his eggnog and let us kids have a tiny sip. This year we nick-named the bottle "Uncle Jim" and he only comes to Christmas Eve, but boy he livens up the party!! :)
Jan. 2, 2012 6:12 am
Happy New Year!! Your celebrations are always lovely to read about. How nice for you to be able to spend such times with family. Oh yeah, and ALL the food sounded great!
Jan. 2, 2012 7:16 am
Very homey and warm blog, Mother Ann! I'm wondering how Kristal got the torch passed to her. It seems a genearion was skipped. Did you bribe somabody?
Jan. 2, 2012 7:17 am
typo #1=generation. Typo #2 somebody.
Jan. 2, 2012 7:50 am
Mother Ann, send some of that Extreme Chocolate Cake my way! It was nice reading about holiday cheer and family togetherness and of course good eats. Happy New Year to you and your family!
Jan. 2, 2012 8:28 am
Happy New Year Cat! The food was all great, but now I'm thinking I better start moving a little more to burn a few calories!
Jan. 2, 2012 8:32 am
Mike, Nope, I did not bribe anyone. I do the Christmas Day celebration so it was time for somebody else to take over one of our get togethers. She did such a good job, I might pass the torch on to her for a few more celebrations throughout the year in fact!! LOL
Jan. 2, 2012 8:33 am
Lela, I discovered that recipe shortly after our black lab, Suzy, had her ligament repair surgery. I was looking for a dog treat recipe to make her something yummy and stumbled across it. Of course, I then I had to make me something yummy, too! LOL
Jan. 2, 2012 10:28 am
Oh, how I loved reading this blog! I really did feel, as lucylove said, that I was right there enjoying the holidays with you! Funny, I remember last year when you did this blog, I couldn't grasp what a "horseshoe drop" was! You had to explain it to me! Better luck next year with the hunting. Say, might Chincoteague be a good place for a round-up??
Jan. 2, 2012 1:37 pm
Ah, the passing of the holiday torch is bittersweet but it is wonderful to see our daughters really were paying attention when it seemed like they were just in the kitchen on the way out the back door. New Year's on Chincoteague Island sounds so much better to me than Time Square (the rest of the country doesn't see the downside to it, but trust me 99.9% of the people there are not from NY) Give Missy an extra cookie from me.
Jan. 2, 2012 3:03 pm
I;m with you, BSM... cannot imagine crowding into an icy cold NY night with a million strangers. UGH!
Jan. 3, 2012 3:08 am
Wyattdogster - I think Chincoteague would be an excellent place for a round-up! I'll (hopefully) be back there the end of June - maybe we should throw that idea out there.... I would never want to go to Time Square for New Year's Eve! Waaayyy too many people for me!
Jan. 3, 2012 2:25 pm
Happy New Year, Mother Ann! Hope your 2012 is full of more great family moments.
Jan. 3, 2012 8:19 pm
Sorry the hunting wasn't so good but the Jim Beam had me giggling. Great blog Mother Ann!
Jan. 4, 2012 3:00 am
Mangel, Happy New Year!
Jan. 4, 2012 3:00 am
Nicole, The Jim Beam had a few of us giggling, too! LOL
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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