God Rest Ye Merry Gentlewoman

December 25, 2008

What a long but wonderful day! I’m ready for a nice rest  in my cozy bed. There will be no sugarplums in my dreams – I’ve had enough sweets already!

For cocktail hour my mom put out her famous sherry cheese, Karen’s Krab dip (from Fresh Market) and some crunch


We played the game Outburst while we munched – what a fabulous game for a crowd!


And I had part of a Squirr-ale. They are 8.5% alcohol, so half was good for me :)


Our dinner was wonderful. Pineapple ham, cranberry sauce, oyster pie, rolls, sweet potato pineapple casserole + maple brussels sprouts.


With dinner I had a glass of Mark West Pinot – one of my favorites!




Seconds on my favorites!


For dessert we had a selection of cheesecake slices from a local store. I had a tiny sliver of each (on a dessert plate!): Chocolate, Strawberry + Caramel Apple


We schmoozed afterward with Larbs’ friends, who stopped by, and I enjoyed a bourbon ball + toffee. I’ve been ready all week to have one of these toffee chocolates!


And lastly, a Reeses cup from the husband’s stocking!


Tonight’s recap: Feeling OK. Sober. Sugar overload is questionable.

I’m ready to go to bed a little early tonight. We’re trying to hit the gym before we leave for the beach early tomorrow morning. And I need to catch up on sleep!

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1 tovah December 25, 2008 at 10:34 pm

wow. that is one fancy silver chalice…or it is one of those pimp cups…hehe.

…or elijah’s cup on this fine christmas (if you get the reference).


2 caitlin December 25, 2008 at 10:54 pm

merry christmas to one of my favorite bloggers! :) hope it was wonderful!


3 gliding calm December 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm

aww fun! loved hearing about your holiday fun today Kath!! sounded like some good memories!!

and i love all of your desserts! yum!

happy Friday! and Merry Christmas again!


4 Viv December 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Merry Christmas, Kath!

My family doesn’t actually celebrate Christmas … at all (:/), so it was nice to hear and see someone else’s, at the very least. I hope you had a great time – it sure seems like it!

Take care, and all the best for the new year!


5 ashley (sweet & natural) December 26, 2008 at 1:01 am

Merry Christmas Kath!


6 MizFit December 26, 2008 at 6:01 am

how in awe am I that you even posted!


7 Shelby December 26, 2008 at 7:57 am

I’m so glad you had a lovely Christmas. All the desserts sound amazing plus that sweet potato-pineapple casserole!


8 VeggieGirl December 26, 2008 at 7:59 am

OOOOOOH those desserts!! Well worth the sugar-load, I say 😉


9 Mara December 26, 2008 at 8:05 am

Wow, everything looks DELISH!!!


10 Beadie @ A Blog of Sorts December 26, 2008 at 8:07 am

Looks like you had a lovely Christmas!

Have a great trip to the beach!


11 Cassidy December 26, 2008 at 8:10 am

We had ham and brussel sprouts too! Actually I decided to make the brussel sprouts. No one but my Aunt had ever had them (including me). They were a hit! Thanks for introducing me to a new veggie :)


12 Biz319 December 26, 2008 at 8:41 am

That toffee looks amazing! Hope your day at the beach is fun!

It’s supposed to be 45 degrees today, when just days ago it was 1 degree with windchills of -25 below! So crazy!


13 K December 26, 2008 at 9:11 am

I’m just catching up on your Christmas festivities! Everything looks SO good – restaurant quality all around! Enjoy the rest of your vacation :)

Oh and I received my ProBars I won in your contest – thanks again for holding it!! Can’t wait to try them!


14 Fancy December 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

Tovah….I got it 😉 LOL!


15 Katie December 26, 2008 at 10:46 am

Mmm I am a slave to the toffee.

Glad you had a nice Christmas!


16 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 26, 2008 at 11:05 am

Glad you had a nice Christmas! I love seeing other people’s dinners since I do not celebrate it. The cheesecake looks delicious!



17 caitlin December 26, 2008 at 11:09 am

i just saw this post again and realized you love mark west pinot noir! it’s my future husband’s favorite and the golf club is even giving him a free bottle (well, a $10,000 bottle!!!) at the wedding :)


18 Brittany December 26, 2008 at 11:19 am

Merry Christmas Kath – it looks like you have a lovely day.

My boyfriend got a home brewing setup for Christmas. I didn’t know if the Maple Brown Ale was the husband’s or another person in your family, but I was wondering about the husband’s homemade labels and how he makes them.


19 thepinkpeppercorn December 26, 2008 at 11:20 am

hehe, I always eat chocolates my husband receives… I have never heard of oyster pie though! Cool!


20 theoddbod December 26, 2008 at 12:23 pm

nice! outburst. at our place we ended up playing monopoly but had to quit early before things got too intense. we had brussels sprouts too! first time i actually enjoyed as well, haha


21 Oh She Glows December 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Oh the sweets!!! Lovely. :) I had my fare share and am having yet another Turkey dinner tonight at the in laws! Gobble gobble. Good for you for fitting in exercise!



22 Katelyn December 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Your Christmas looks like it was wonderful! I too am a huge fan of Beads For Life, my sister-in-law introduced me to them a few years ago.


23 Amandamoo December 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Tovah – Got it! I make that joke all the time, nobody gets it…

Kath – Did you get the ham bone again this year? I want to make split pea soup in a couple of weeks (I stuck the bone in the freezer). I looked at your recipe from last year and I wondered if you used the immersion blender at all. Your soup looked so smooth, how did you do it?

Thanks and I’m glad you had a great holiday!


24 Maureen December 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm

It’s amazing how you’re finding time to blog through all the festivities!


25 Amy December 26, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Merry Christmas:)


26 Bridget December 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

LOVE outburst!! So fun. Looks like you’ve had an amazing Christmas…esp all your fun presents!!


27 Kath December 26, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Brittany ,
The Maple Nut is his. He hand-paints the labels with water color, then scans them, shrinks them and prints them on envelope labels.

Amandamoo ,
I didn’t get the ham bone :( If I remember correctly, split peas break down enough that you don’t have to blend at all. Just don’t add too much liquid and it should be thick.



28 Katie December 29, 2008 at 7:16 am



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