A Day Late, Not A Dollop Short

December 26, 2010

Christmas dinner may have been a day late, but it tasted just as good as it would have on mom’s china!

We worked up an appetite with a power walk in the snow.

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It was frigid!

Snowflakes attacked Larbs

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And I promise I didn’t have a fan set up on set to blow my hair – this is 100% strong bluster!

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Upon our return to the Marsh Harbor Inn, we cracked open the brews. You faithful readers know how much Matt and I like high quality, interesting beers. But did you know how many beers were exchanged within our family this Christmas!? We have the best bar selection on the island.

I am trying to stick with one to two drinks a night – mostly just because I tend to overdrink on Bald Head and feel sick during the night / in the morning. So if I’m going to just stick to one a night, it better be a good one!

I cashed in my token on the Dogfish Raison D’Etre, but I wasn’t bowled over by it. It was a bit metallic!? I passed it off to the taste test panel.

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I ended up literally tasting my way down this line – just an ounce or two here or there. Ended up equaling a full beer, I suppose!

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Two plus one equals three!

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Appetizers included chips and guac and salsa

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And entertainment was provided by our new friends, the innkeepers daughter and friends!! They are such sweet, nice girls!

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A festive crew

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Christmas Dinner did make its appearance –

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Mom’s sweet potato casserole (which I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE with the marshmallows and brandy!!) and Karen’s brussels sprouts cooked in bacon and balsamic and lastly, Karen’s heirloom beans cooked from scratch with a homemade sundried tomato pesto. Recipe coming in the future because it was amazing pesto!

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We also had leftover shrimp and meatballs, but neither were calling my name tonight. I was perfectly happy with my three favorite side dishes!!

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I think I enjoyed them even more as a triangle on my plate than if we’d had the entirety of Christmas Dinner to choose from (we left ham and pears and more in Hillsborough).

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I went back for seconds on the sweet potatoes – brandy crunch love!

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Also had red wine with dinner from Espana

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For dessert we loved on Candace’s Pumpkin Pie – so sorry she wasn’t here to enjoy it! (Candace is Matt Allen’s mom)

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And my new girl friends gave me a mini cupcake too – shared it with mom and Larbs, fellow icing lovers!

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Hopefully I’m all fueled up for a sunny run tomorrow morning. As soon as this storm passes in the night, we can’t wait to get out and explore the island.

[I finished my book!!]

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1 Christin@purplebirdblog December 26, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I absolutely love the pic of all three of you ladies sipping your drinks… too cute!

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2 Hannah December 26, 2010 at 11:23 pm

It’s lovely to see how much happiness and love there is in your family! And that sweet potato casserole makes me miserable because I’ve never had any such dish topped with marshmallows!

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3 Amy December 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Ha ha Kath, so funny. I think you mean bowled over, not “bold over.” Merry Christmas!

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4 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 26, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Mom’s sweet potato casserole (which I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE with the marshmallows and brandy!!) =

That looks soooooo good! If it’s not a family secret and you have recipe anywhere, I’d love to try that one!

Enjoy Bald Head! Your beer bottles and part about overdrinking cracked me up.

I found the entire 5 yrs I lived in NC/SC I tended to over-drink :)

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5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Your day looks perfect!

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6 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm

i remember it was around this time last year that i started reading your blog and LOVED all of the amazing holiday food! this one’s no exception :)

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7 Maryann December 27, 2010 at 12:11 am

The sweet potato casserole looks amazing!

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8 Jess @ atasteofconfidence December 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

I’ve never tried the marshmallows with the sweet potatoes- not sure how I feel about it!

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9 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 27, 2010 at 12:33 am

sweet potato casserole is one of my favorite dishes too! and with brandy? oh myyyy :) this year my aunt made cranberry sauce with brandy and it was the best it’s ever been! i made sure to bring home the leftovers :)

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10 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 27, 2010 at 12:35 am

Your family looks like so much fun! Like, if I were to hang out with you guys I would never stop smiling. :)

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11 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 27, 2010 at 1:16 am

I would have been all over that casserole :)

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12 Sana December 27, 2010 at 1:18 am

You guys must be having a blast!!

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13 Amy December 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

You are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family–i’m envious :) Merry Christmas!

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14 Danielle December 27, 2010 at 1:34 am

What a beautiful Christmas dinner! Better late than never ;) glad you’re having such a wonderful holiday!

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15 carlee December 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

I loveee the pictures with you and your family collages!!
and YUMMM to the sweet potato casserole! I made some yesterday for my fam on christmas eve too!

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16 Laura (Starloz) December 27, 2010 at 2:00 am

this inn looks like it’s from the movies, it’s beautiful

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17 Fi December 27, 2010 at 4:26 am

All the pictures are lovely! and mmmmmmmmm pumpkin pie! wish it was a trad dessert here! xx

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18 Cara Craves... December 27, 2010 at 6:18 am

I have never had a sweet potato casserole before; I think it’s more of
an American thing? I am intrigued by the marshmallow topping…seems a
little strange, but good

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19 Katherine: Unemployed December 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

You have such a beautiful family! what a wonderful holiday

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20 Lauren December 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

This is such a lovely Christmas. You guys really do know how to spend the holidays. :)

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21 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 7:20 am

so nice that you have so much of your family together there!

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22 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

All sides is the way to go!! What I always do- the main dish is rarely veg friendly! Hope you have a great day today!

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23 Katie December 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

Christmas DInner a Day Late is no problem and looks delish as ever!!

Those pics of you, your mom, and sis are too cool, especially the one with larbs in the front drinking beer!

SO glad you all had a great christmas dinner!

xoxo

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24 Paige @Running Around Normal December 27, 2010 at 8:11 am

What a crazy fun day!! Love the taste testing part. How fun!

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25 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) December 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

That is a GREAT “strong bluster” pic…seriously!

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26 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey December 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

Looks like a lovely time. :)

I introduced my parents to my (roasted) Brussels sprouts when I hosted our Christmas dinner this year. They liked them, even though they thought they wouldn’t! Win.
My Mom contributed her famous Sweet Potato Casserole, which is topped with butter, brown sugar and pecans galore. It’s like candy, seriously. I love it, but in very. small. doses. (sugar coma!).

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27 Maria@ The Fitted Apron December 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

The beans look amazing, can’t wait for the recipe.

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28 Meg December 27, 2010 at 9:15 am

Christmas is still Christmas, even a little late :D Glad you were able to enjoy yourself and all the nice company…and a cupcake! Enjoy your day, Kath!

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29 Camille December 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

Brandy in sweet potatoes? Brilliant. I thought there was no way that sweet potato casserole could be more delicious. Clearly I was wrong.

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30 Simply Life December 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

Looks like a great meal!

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31 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

Dinner looks absolutely delicious- definitely something toi warm you up after the snow drizzle and wicked wind!

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32 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

Loveeee your pictures! :) Looks like such a fun time!

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33 Halley (Blunder Construction) December 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

Your family has some very photogenic genes :) Beautiful

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34 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

I love that breezy photo of you Kath!! Looks like you had a great time!

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35 klm December 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

Looks like so so so much fun!!

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36 Natalia - a side of simple December 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

Brussels with bacon sound amazing!! I think that’s going to make an appearance in my mom’s kitchen pretty soon…

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37 Kristina December 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Oooh…my mom does a delicious brusslel sprouts with balsamic and bacon also! Hers has butternut sqush in it too, but I wonder if they originated from the same recipe… I think it’s originally from Bon Appetit. Sooo yummy.

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38 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I’m a side dish girl myself. Dinner looks yummy :) Dustin would absolutely love that pumpkin pie!

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39 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

That dinner looks delicious, but that pumpkin pie looks like it stole the show. ;)

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40 erica December 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

love the pictures!
i don’t know if anyone has asked this already, but how do you make those collage photospreads? photoshop?

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41 Kath December 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

PS Elements + Picasa :)

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