Saturday, January 03, 2009

The Leftovers Are Finally Gone

The day was sunny and cold, but I knew it would be a good one. Josh's family is always an entertaining group. You have his dad, JD, who is quiet and grumpy and set in his old ways. His mom, K, who is still in her wheel chair and trying to get stronger every day. Sister #1 is married with three children. The youngest one tends to get on the nerves sometimes with the constant tattling, but that is what children do when they don't get their way. Sister #2 has a live-in boyfriend and three sons. Her boys are very well behaved and the boyfriend has a huge appetite and loves to talk. Sister #3 is married and has two children plus a stepdaughter. I love her kids. Josh also has a younger brother who is an alcoholic in denial and an older half brother who lives in KC. There was also my own kid and myself. A total of 22 people in our house from 4 pm to 8:30 pm.

Here is what we had for dinner:
Shrimp platter
Vegetable platter
cheese ball and crackers
layered bean dip
antipasto tray
prime rib
roasted Parmesan fingerling potatoes
garlic mashed potatoes
cream cheese corn
steamed broccoli
brussel sprouts with almonds in butter sauce
fried green beans and onions
deviled eggs
lime chiffon pie
cherry pie
cherry parfait cups
mini raspberry cheesecake bites in puff pastry
sugar cookies
layered lemon creme cake
layered strawberry creme cake

I made everything except for the two layered cakes. I had a pastry chef at one of my stores make those. I also did not make the cherry pie. It was brought by sister #2. The cheese ball was made by Josh's mom.

The appetizer platters we munched on while we waited for people to arrive. Everyone dug into the shrimp platter first. It was gone before all the guests arrived. After everyone arrived, we all had dinner. After dinner, we opened gifts. After gifts, I plated desserts. After desserts, I packaged leftovers for all families to enjoy at home and then patiently waited for everyone to leave so I could start cleaning up.

I love doing these holiday dinners, but I am always so anxious for everyone to leave so I can get the house back in order. I never get to truly sit down and enjoy myself whenever we host. I am always making sure drinks stay full and the party moves forward smoothly.

The last of the leftovers are finally gone. We have some lime chiffon pie left, only because I made an extra for us. I am so glad it's over with. I told Josh that someone else can do this next year. This will make it two years in a row that we have hosted Christmas at our house. Of course, if we move this year, we will probably have a larger home and will be expected to host. Not going to happen though.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. I won't make any resolutions, but will list my possibilities another day. I call them possibilities because then if I break them, it's okay.

Have a great weekend! It's back to work tomorrow for me.


Anonymous said...

Cream cheese corn? Oooh... sounds totally good...

that many people in your home at once? OY, I'd be pounding down the xanax and prozac...skeery...

Anonymous said...

Happy new year, my friend...Forgive me for being remiss in saying that.

Anonymous said...

I had a totally weird dream last night that I was at some big event at a convention center. And there was a lady doing rope tricks. She was really tall and really good at it. And for some reason, I made my way through the crowd so that I could ask her: "Are you Abbagirl?" and she WAS!!! and we went out for coffee after she was done working.
The end.

Totally weird dream, huh?

(you don't do rope tricks, do you?)

Happy 2009!!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

What a humongous undertaking! I can't believe you made everything and that only one person brought a dish. In our family everyone brings a dish, and they check with the hostess to find out what to bring. And the women clean up everything when dinner is over. The house is cleaned up before everyone leaves. It's so nice that you've done this two years in a row.

My leftovers are all gone. Back to normal.

Happy New Year!

Sally said...

I can't believe you did all that work! I'm exhausted just looking at that list of food and thinking about 22 people! And all those things sound SO yummy (w/ the exception of the brussel sprouts).

Happy New Year!!

Terri said...

Happy New Year Abbagirl! That menu sounds fantabulous but so much work! Don't blame you for wanting next year off.

Anonymous said...

Yum,yum,yum! Happy New Years Abbagirl! I wonder how other people would summarize my husband and I in two sentences or less. Eccentric couple with no children. Loves animals and has a cat, turtle and dog.

Not bad.
Take Care,

austere said...

Seems like a ton of work.

That lime chiffon cake sounds delightful.

Happy new year to you too.

David Kim said...

Wow! That sounds like a lot of food! I wish I could eat some.