Three’s Company

December 25, 2009

Christmas was such a blast this year with three families mushed together. It was like in the movies!

Everyone had lots of great conversations and of course we had delicious foods.

Even Lily! She told me she wanted to start a blog so Matt and I got her a placemat and sardines bowl for Christmas

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And Aunt Karen brought her some albacore tuna!!

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This afternoon Matt, Andrew, Candace (Larbs’ Matt‘s mom!) and I did a Dave Farmar Yogadownload in my bedroom complete with space heaters and lots of zen.

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We did a 60 minute podcast and I was so impressed that they all stuck around for the whole hour. It was quite a good workout!!

Afterwards we did some wild hula hooping with my mom’s hoop!

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We came down from yoga around 6:00 famished from not eating since noon! Thankfully the rest of the family had gotten a head start on cocktail hour with leftover snacks and drinks

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I had 2-3 slices of cheese on crackers and a few chips, but since dinner was less than an hour away I didn’t want to spoil my appetite.

I also made a mocktail with POM, soda, lime and cherry. I don’t miss alcohol when I have this in my hand, but I do still like to have wine with dinner.

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We were all getting ready for our big Christmas Dinner

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Dad let the wines breathe. The Clay Station is the last bottle from our wedding rehearsal dinner and the Red Rock is from Larbs’ college graduation.

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Because we had 11 people to fit around the table, we served dinner buffet style.

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Ham + pineapple

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Cranberry sauce, brussels with bacon and corn pudding

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October beans (with salsa for topping)

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Karen’s oyster pie and sweet potato casserole

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Plus Great Harvest Virginia rolls!

The food was so very delicious!!

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My blogging lighting station :) My family knows to call me in first to photograph the meal before anyone starts to serve

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With dinner I had about 2 glasses worth of various wines

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And water in silver goblets

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I had some prosecco with dessert

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We had a very special dessert tonight. Larbs and Matt brought this Party Favors cake all the way from Brookline, Mass on the airplane because they just love the icing.

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We also had some holiday ice creams

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I could have easily eaten seconds on dinner, but this cake was smiling at me throughout the meal and I knew I wanted to save lots of room!

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I took Matt Allen’s advice and smothered my mum icing onto the cake part :mrgreen:

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And then had to try the ice creams as well. LOVED the pumpkin one!!

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OK, OK, I couldn’t stop with just one slice. It was fabulous and I had more – plus a taste of mint chocolate chip!! ‘Twas incredible all around.

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To family, friends and blog readers!

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1 Kristine December 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Merry Christmas, Kath! My family is also starting to get a hang of me taking photos before everyone eats! I think it’s awesome! Glad you had a great day with family!


2 Kaite December 25, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Everything looks amazing but I loved that last picture with the candle.. so perfect! Merry Christmas!


3 Mae December 25, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Kath, everything looks beautiful. Merry, merry Christmas! 😀


4 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Wahoo for hula hooping!


5 Kath December 25, 2009 at 11:21 pm

THanks for reminding me it’s HULA and not HOOLA!! Lol.


6 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Looks like you had a marvelous day filled with fun & delicious food!


7 Ashley December 25, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Super cute! Love the photos!! I steamed brussel sprouts for the first time and they were EXcellant!! xo


8 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 25, 2009 at 11:20 pm

wow – hula hooping skills! was never good at that. glad you had a wonderful holiday dinner.


9 Jenn (www. ) December 25, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Fabulous pictures!! Your Christmas looks memorable. :)

Bacon makes greens of any kind taste AMAZING! Yum!



10 Mastering Public Health December 25, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Beautifully recapped.


11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Love your big family celebration (like the movies) and quite jealous! I’m impressed you all did yoga for a whole hour without silly laughing or anything :)


12 Justy2003 December 25, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Merry Christmas!
Looks like you had a beautiful one!


13 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

What a wonderful Christmas Kath!!! Love the impromptu yoga session… definitely something I would do. 😉 And all that food looks AMAZING! Gotta love the holidays!


14 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 26, 2009 at 12:03 am

I love that you did yoga before dinner. :-)

And that cake looks so good and sweet. I have a sugar high just looking at it.


15 Becky December 26, 2009 at 12:17 am

I love Party Favors!! I grew up in the next town over and have eaten many a delicious slice of cake from there!!!!!!!!


16 Christy December 26, 2009 at 12:36 am

Everything looks great! 😀 And those silver goblets are awesome!!!


17 Mama Pea December 26, 2009 at 1:25 am

What are October beans and is it legal to eat them in December?


18 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 26, 2009 at 1:31 am

Looks like a fun & festive evening. We too had ham and pineapple (well, turkey for me) and brussels. Good for you for fitting in an hour of yoga on Christmas =)


19 Amy December 26, 2009 at 1:35 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I also love the hula-hooping. I haven’t tried it in years, but think I might have to find a hoop. Thanks for such a wonderful glimpse into your Christmas. Have a great New Years as well. Amy


20 Karla December 26, 2009 at 1:42 am

What a beautiful Christmas meal! Merry christmas!!


21 Alison December 26, 2009 at 1:55 am

what a beautiful christmas you had. we appreciate all the time you take to photograph everything for us. merry christmas!


22 BroccoliHut December 26, 2009 at 3:11 am

That cake looks amazing–plenty of frosting, the way I like it:)
Merry Christmas, Kath!


23 Simply Life December 26, 2009 at 6:46 am

Looks like a wonderful holiday!


24 Susan December 26, 2009 at 7:30 am

Gorgeous looking meal!! Funny, my family called me in first to take photos yesterday too 😉 I think they secretly love the blogging thing, they’re always making sure I got a pic of everything 😛


25 MelissaNibbles December 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

How did they get that cake on the plane?!


26 christie @ honoring health December 26, 2009 at 8:57 am

I was wondering the same thing about the cake?

Looks like like you had a lovely holiday and hooray for your family rockin the Dave Farmar!


27 Jenna December 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

Dinn looks fab!


28 Jenny December 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

Looks like a lovely Christmas! And how nice to have some special wines to celebrate with at dinner!


29 Iris December 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

Such a beautifully set table! Merry Christmas!


30 Susan December 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

LURV the candle snifter! Also jealous of your Mom’s excellent selection of stemware! Thanks for sharing your holiday! Enjoy the rest of the trip!


31 Tracie @Hollafoodzone December 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Your pictures are beautiful! I love the lighting and all of the formal dinnerware – you captured a very “traditional” Christmas setting!


32 klm December 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm

mmmmmmmm CAKE + BUBBLY!! Heaven!!!!

I hope we see you guys sometime soon!!


33 Patricia December 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

October beans…special recipe? special variety? they look yummy.

Do you have a recipe? thanks


34 Carolyn December 26, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Beautiful Christmas!!


35 Kath December 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

October beans are just the kind that they were called. They’re a boutique bean (so Karen says). She made them from scratch (they came dried).


36 Baroque Diva December 27, 2009 at 2:05 am

Merry Christmas- wow, that’s nuts! I live around the corner from Party Favors and always buy my students cupcakes there at the end of a school year. That’s so cool!!


37 Gena (Choosing Raw) December 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Beautiful Christmas dinner you had, sweetheart. Merry belated Christmas to you and Matt :)


38 Mom December 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Laura said they asked if the cake was cream filled, which it wasn’t. Otherwise, I think she just put it through the machine.


39 Baking N Books July 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Wow – just looking through this old post (Christmas caught my eye 😉 ). And even though this was 2 years ago – the photos are stunning. I feel like I’m in a Charles Dickens novel. You and your family are Blessed Kath!


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