Friday, December 25, 2009

Rocking Christmas

Rachel and mom dancing while dinner cooks.

I think this was the best photo of the night. We've had Rachel here since yesterday afternoon. She went home tonight and while the visit was nice, I find myself wondering how we managed her by ourselves for so long. I was completely exhausted when she left. MLTL wasn't too bad, but then he's had my sister in law to torment for the past week. She's counting the hours until liftoff tomorrow. Can't say I blame her.

Fresh horseradish encrusted beef tenderloin with port wine reduction was our main dish. It's tradition here. My first attempt at buying the bottle of port failed when the bag broke while placing it in the back of my brand new sleigh. Now my vehicle smells like a wino drives it and the reduction sauce cost twice as much money to cook.

My son's favorite dish of the night was the broccolini sauteed in olive oil with garlic and sea salt. It was pretty tasty. I had to cook it in two batches and I kept thinking I bought way too much, but there wasn't a stalk of it leftover, except what we'd saved my husband who was working overtime at the local airport. If you saw the news today, you know why he missed his chance to have dinner with his family. I'm just thankful everyone is alright and this potential tragedy never came to fruition. Maybe we just shouldn't have holiday flights. While I know today isn't everyone's religious holiday, I think Christian holidays are probably irresistible to these dirtbags. I saw on the news that the suspect has third degree burns...I can only hope they're in an area where even if he did get his 72 virgins, he wouldn't have a way to entertain them. Now that would be a fitting end to his tale.

Alright, off my soapbox. True confession: I may be a bad mother. There I am laughing at Rachel stealing my beer. What can I say? Sam Adams Winter Lager IS a tasty brew. Who can blame her? She also stole Sara's cocktail and took a giant swig. You need many pairs of eyes, like a fly, in order to watch this child. Sheesh. You'd have thought as much liquor as she swiped tonight, it would have calmed her down. It did not. It just made her silly. But you know, she is 20 years old. I don't think it harmed her any.

It' wouldn't have been a holiday without a visit from my friend, Mr. Mocha Latte. He was soaked from the torrential rains we had today. He came in to dry off, warm up, eat a little smoked peppered turkey breast and have a good lie down. He went home after the rains stopped and his 4 hour nap was over.

All in all it was a wonderful day with lots of laughter and love. That's what it's all about. The house is clean again and ready for several women to descend upon it tomorrow morning. They'll be bringing their spinning wheels, fiber and good cheer. I'm looking forward to the break and a reason to spin some yarn.

I hope you all had a great holiday!


Miss 376 said...

This blogging certainly makes the world a smaller place. I was lying in bed listening to the news about what happened, sorry it affected your family, but glad that it didn't up any worse than it did. That's a lovely photo of you and Rachel. Enjoy your morning spinning, I am sure you will all have a wonderful time

SkippyMom said...

What a lovely day [exhausting, for sure] but it sounds so nice. Rachel looks good! And you are soooo cute!

Um, when do I get to come to your house for the tenderloin [i'll buy you cook!] or that spinach -o.m.g. I think I would've eaten it all myself. lol

And finally - what is the deal with the cat? He is a sweetie, but do I understand that you don't own him, he just comes to visit? Funny!

Have a fabulous day spinning - can't wait to see the outcome.

Brenda said...

Wow! Looks like one happy family to me! Thanks for showing all the family photos. They put a smile on my face. The meal made my mouth water. Damn...about the port spill! And double damn about the airport. We heard a little about it also when our son-in-law's brother, who lives in Detroit, was checking about his flight home this morning. We now have more cause for concern. Just when we were all having such a wonderful festive time. Enjoy spinning today!

Renie Burghardt said...

Love the pictures, Rudee. That beef tenderloin looks delish. That broccolini looks good, too. Have to try making it that way. I am ashamed to say, my son and girl friend brought all the food cooked and ready to devour, so I didn't have to cook this year. It was nice, but I felt guilty for missing my usual slaving in the kitchen.

You are so cute in the pictures, Rudee. Have a great spinning day.



Rose said...

So good to see all the holiday cheer at your house. You look so happy! Glad your husband wasn't injured, even if he did miss some of the festivities. And I feel the same way about my grown children. I love, love, love having them here but I definitely need the rest when they leave. Have fun spinning! Girl time sounds great!

Anonymous said...

Oh Rudee you are so beautiful. What a wonderful picture of you and family. I also heard about the news on the TV. Do enjoy your Saturday with your friends and Happy New Year. Blessings

sapphireblue said...

Mmmmm! Yummy food! You all look like you're having a great time. I'm sorry that hubs had to miss it.

Sandy said...

Wow, sounds and looks like you had a great time, and I enjoyed all the pics. Loved the pic of you and Rachel and you and the girls with Rachel having a beer, ha! Great fun to read. Too bad about the airport thing and your husband working late. Crazy world.

oh and the coziest photo of all - the cat visiting and napping, ha!

Joanna said...

Looks like you had a lovely day with your family Rudee. Your broccolini sounds delicious. I'm missing green vegetables here.

Ruth said...

The world is a small place we heard all about the incident at Detroit airport. What does your husband do at the airport - my husband works works in Aviation as well.Concidences are abounding.
Glad you had a nice day even if hubby was working.

Jadekitty said...

Lovely photos! Hopefully the next Christmas dinner won't be missed by your husband. Looks like lots of good memories were made despite everything.

Miss T said...

Aside from that airline scare, it sounds like you had a terrific Christmas. Tenderloin looks fabulous! Sad about that bottle of port, though.