Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Jedi Santa

Well, my lovely bloggy friends, that time is almost upon us; the time when we let the big red fella down our chimneys to eat the cookies we left him. To look out at the snow covered roofs and watch the kids laugh and giggle as they open and enjoy the gifts they received; we'll stuff our faces with beautiful birds and tasty treats, roasted ham and Brussel sprouts; we'll nap on the sofa and play board games, maybe do a jigsaw and listen to Christmas tunes.

View from our window

Grandpa has settled in, mum, sis, brother in law and baby came to visit, we ate cake, opened gifts and toasted Christmas with a wee gin and tonic. The Christmas movies are playing, the braising steak is in the oven, all the gifts are wrapped and new pyjamas are donned by little 'uns, who snuggle under blankets as we speak, happy and excited about tomorrow.

Kelly fell in love with the turkey foil, stuck eyes and a mouth onto it and let it sleep in her bed last night. Her confused brother took a picture, trying to make sense of what was going on. We gave up a long time ago.

Our Christmas feast usually consists of Christmas morning muffins with cinnamon and jam followed by bacon rolls but this year, we'll who is this 'we'll'; me, I mean...who else.... be having schnecken. Oh, and the bacon rolls of course. My twin sis and her lovely offspring will be coming to join us for this, much to the kids delight and for the first time in 12 years, I will be hosting Christmas dinner with no extra guests. We usually have all my family and Brian's dad at least but we decided that this year, we'd keep it small. I'll miss them though.

The dinner itself will be:
Scotch Broth

Honey Roasted Side of Salmon with Prawn Salad
Parmesan Bread or Blinis

Roast Turkey, Gingerbread Stuffing,
Ham joint,
lemon and wine flavoured gravy
pigs in blankets,
baby boiled potatoes, roast potatoes,
mashed potatoes

Accompanied by
Brussel Sprouts with pancetta and toasted flaked almonds,
Honey and maple syrup glazed parsnips and carrots,
Broccoli, peas and onion confit
Redcurrant and Cranberry sauce.

The kids will have some chocolate cake and we'll just about manage a mince pie but later...much later! We're all excited about watching Dr. Who as the master returns, much to the excitement of the kids...ok, me...Brian.... and having a lovely, relaxed time.

Lunch; lentil and vegetable soup with freshly baked bread

Merry Christmas to you all, wherever you may be.


ER said...

A Highland Nollaig Chridheil tae ye an' yers, lass. What a lovely day you have planned. Looking forward to the photos later. Lizzy ;)

Sumandebray said...

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful celebration.
God bless

Peanut-Butter Kitty said...

Merry Christmas Helen and family. Sounds like your gonna be busy cooking all that wonderful food. Presents have been opened, time to make phone calls to family not coming to dinner. Gotta shower and get ready to drive to the Bay Area for an early dinner (have to work tomorrow). Will try to hit some day after sales with X-mas money!! Yay
Enjoyed the visit as always.

Conrad said...

Can you package me some to reheat???

Wow! Sounds marvelous.

Merry Christmas!!

Unknown Mami said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Grannymar said...

That sounded like a wonderful Christmas. May the remainder of the holiday be calm and restful

Laurie said...

Oh Helen ....all sounds so lovely! I've really enjoyed keeping up with you since I started blogging. It's a breath of fresh air over here! Happy Christmas dear Helen!!

lemonologie said...

Hope you had a merry Christmas! Love the Jedi Santa!

Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish said...

Hope you had the Merriest of Christmases my friend! WHAT A FEAST!! Such a joyful time and of course...the food...good night!! All of your delicious food. Looking forward to more of your wonderful tales this new year! xoxo


Shelle said...

Well, I could just come over to your place any time...did you really cook all that? Glad to hear you're feeling turn!