Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  Wow, what a whirlwind of Christmas it was...It just seemed to fly by.  Our tradition is to go to my Dad's house of Christmas Eve with my sister and her family.  We had so. much. food.  My sister, my niece and I both love to cook and Christmas is the perfect time to pull out all the stops.

We are a "snacky" kind of family, so we have lots of food to snack on during the afternoon and evening.  Olive balls, cherry cheesecake cheeseball with vanilla wafers, sugar cookies, cream cheese mints and chocolate chip cookies.

A veggie tray, olive stuffed celery (a must at all of our get togethers, and Bugles and Bugle dip.  Never heard of Bugle dip?  It's my grandma's recipe.  It's just a block of softened cream cheese, about 1 tablespoon of minced onion, 2 tablespoons of mayo, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.  Mix and refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.  Delicious!  We also had ham, green beans, potatoes, cinnamon apples, mac-n-cheese, etc.. 

Dad's tree.

My niece is very color co-ordinated.  I gave her the aqua Club aluminum dutch oven that she has been wanting.  She loves vintage cookware.

She also loves this "vintage" ugly dinnerware with butterflies on it.  I remember looking at that set when I was first engaged in the 1970's.  I had gold appliances in our home and thought it might match.  I ended up going with something else.  Between me and her mom, we were able to find almost the entire set.

My niece is also quite the seamstress and made me and her mom these adorable aprons!

"I want a new box grater"  That's all my sister would say when you asked her what she wanted for Christmas!  I found this teeny-tiny one at a cooking specialty store and knew I had to get it for her!  I also got her the full size one too!

Yngwie, who is all about fishing, was very happy with his new reel! 

This is a particularly great photo of me and my Dad!  LOL!!!  He is also making "bunny ears" over my head.  Wonder where I get my warped sense of humor??  I am so blessed to still have my Dad with me.

Hope everyone enjoys this last weekend of 2012.  I tell you I am looking forward to the New Year.  I will be taking the rest of my Christmas stuff down this weekend and trying to get my house back in order. 




Kim K. said...

What darling Christmas photos. Looks like a very blessed day spent with family. Such fun gifts.

Happy Friday!

Ann said...

Looks like a very special Christmas celebration at Dad's. I love family too and we had a very good one too. I can hardly bear to take down the decorations, I enjoy them so much.

Ann said...

Looks like a very special Christmas celebration at Dad's. I love family too and we had a very good one too. I can hardly bear to take down the decorations, I enjoy them so much.

Celestial Charms said...

Such lovely holiday photos, definitely showing the love and fun that surrounded everyone. I spy with my little eye, such pretty glass bowls/canisters with the red rectangular designs in your second picture. Never came across those before, love the look of those. Your neice's corsage/pin is also to die for. I seem to always notice the most unusual things! ;)
Glad you enjoyed your Christmas.
Blessings for the New Year!

Tammy's in Love said...

Looks like your niece got Corelle! Oh my, the things the kids now think are 'cute'. I spied two high schoolers looking at vintage 70s prom dresses and explained Jessica McClintock 'Gunney Sacks' dresses to them. They loved them...agg!

ImagiMeri said...

Oh Linda, it looks like you had such a lovely Christmas. We're snackers here, too, but this year (since I've cut most of the sugar out of my diet)I waited to put things out until the very last minute. With everything that was brought though, we still ended up with tons of candy and cookies left over.

May you have a wondrous new year.


E said...

Looks like you guys had a great day with really fun gifts ! I'm loving the bowl with the sweet potatoes and matching container ... and your shirt is just too cute !! :) Happy New Year, Elaine

Mountain Mama said...

Family time is one of the best parts of Christmas and it looks like you and your family had a very nice time together. The Olive stuffed celery sounds so yummy. I have never made that.
Yes you are blessed to still have your dad. I miss my parents so much and especially at Christmas time. I suppose that's because it was always such a happy time for all of us.
I hope you have a wonderful 2013.

donna said...

Linda looks like y'all had fun at your dad's for Christmas. What great pictures of your family.
May you have a Blessed New Year.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Oh my gosh that looked like fun! We like lots of snacks, too! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!