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First Christmas of the season! - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
First Christmas of the season!
Today was our day inside. We started the morning with elsaf making us a breakfast of pancakes & bacon (mmmm, bacon!) and I had whole milk with mine (OMG, whole milk!) Tasty, tasty. Then we didn't eat at all until supper time, cuz Elsa was making us our Christmas Dinner. (Well, OK, we all had a slice of butter bread from the loaf of bread that Elsa baked.)

I did take a short walk to Jewel (with a stop into Trader Joe's for grins) to get a few essentials that we needed. Oh, and I took Patty (judiang's doggie) out for walkies once. She wanted to get back inside ASAP to watch Elsa cook, so we weren't out long.

Elsa had e-mailed us last week asking for votes on the dinner. The consensus was rack of lamb, mushroom soup, asparagus, rice pilaf, and lava cakes. She added a red currant & wine sauce, pear salad, and from scratch rolls to that menu.

I think I cleaned the cooking dishes 3 times during the day, it took that much cookware for the meal, but it was worth it when we finally sat down for our meal.

The pear salad was very simple - sliced fresh pears with bleu cheese, walnuts, and a poppy seed dressing (no lettuce). Very tasty. She's made the mushroom soup (with sherry) before and it was once again very yummy (and I'm not overly fond of mushrooms). The lamb was cooked perfectly and the sauce complimented it well (and was also good on the pilaf). For out-of-season asparagus, they were pretty good. And the lava cakes were spongy and nice, especially with a side of ice cream.

After the meal, we opened presents. I got lots of nifty stuff, including a real surprise - a K'nex roller coaster thingy that Judi got when she was in the studio audience of the Anderson Cooper show. Pretty darn nifty!

I managed to get stuff packed into my bag (and into another bag). I tweeted several photos from the meal tonight, along with a few gift photos. If you visit this lockerz.com page, you should be able to click on the photos that I tweeted tonight.

Tomorrow I fly home for more festivities! Woo!

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rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: December 24th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, lil' Patty The Pup is SRSLY adorbz! And the lava cakes look numptious too.

Speaking of Trader Joe's, I'm drinking a cup of their powdered chai right now; I tried their new salted caramel chai & it's not bad, but I think I'll be sticking with the original kind (for all that I will try almost anything if salted caramel is involved). I gave David some of Trader Joe's milk chocolate macadamia cookies (~Lacey's) & he concurred with what Andy said about how they are crack in cookie form. I have yet to find anyone who doesn't loooove them.

I've been drinking nonfat milk for so many years now that on the rare occasions I have whole milk, it tastes like half-and-half to me. I still prefer to use whole milk on the rare occasions that I'm cooking, though--especially in baking. (Ditto butter vs. margarine.)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: December 27th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't bought margarine in years. I do use a spreadable butter, which is butter & canola oil, but for cooking/baking, it's unsalted butter all the way. :-)

And Patty is definitely adorbz, and she knows it. :-)
kiri_l From: kiri_l Date: December 25th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Holidays to all of you!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: December 27th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope you've been having a lovely time this holiday season too!
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