to all my LJ friends, whether I know you are reading or not.

I have had a very pleasant day. Nicely social, excellent food, met kittens, cooked, chatted, walked, knitted, ate, drank, exchanged gifts. All good. [ profile] doushkasmum  made the best chicken stuffing I have ever eaten. [ profile] sacred_chao 's Mum made fabulous frozen chrissie pudding.   Tired now.

Hope your day was at least as nice as mine.

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( Dec. 21st, 2008 07:30 am)
after a massive week I spent yesterday completely on my own, at home except for a brief trip out for groceries. It was great. I got 3 loads of laundry done, bought more food than I have energy to cook, ate salad, actually did some sewing! Doushkasmum's present is very nearly done. You only get a pic after she has received it. Then I need to sort out my costume for her party this arvo. Oh and tidy the house for my houseguests. Hmm, that will fill the morning.

Christmas is still not sorted, rats. Usually I am pretty organised by now. There has been too much else to fit in lately. I must say too that I am feeling horribly pressured by the multiplicity of gifts that have to be decided on, aquired, balanced in value?. It is particularly weird to do Christmas when has no parents, siblings or children locally. I should be used to it but I still find it hard that Christmas is not "in the house" so to speak. I do however feel welcome in the bosom of my friends houses. I have had 3 invites for Christmas lunch this year- very lovely. Of course I can only go to one and that will be the first invite! and delighted to do so. No pleading a "subsequent engagement". One day I want to find it appropriate to plead this as an excuse, it is so rude.
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( Dec. 26th, 2007 08:37 am)
I had a fabulous christmas day. No family involved other than over the phone, that part both sad and less stressful.

Started with a lovely breakfast with J and D, out on their back deck in the almost warm enough weather.
-spiced plums with spiced yoghurt and Christmas muesli-all home made.
-french toast made from panetone cake with berry sauce.    YUM
the drive over was fantastically quiet, best ever I think. The drive back only slightly less so, I waited until about 1:30 so anyone who was going to lunch already had.

Then I cooked for about 4hrs, around a long phonecall to the folks including my grampop and a 20min much needed powernap.

All good fun. J and D arrived bearing ham which D proceeded to glaze. We laid the table which looked spiffy, ironed godmother tablecloth and all. Even a centrepiece. The rest of the guests arrived and eight of us sat down to:
-Trio of seafood entrees:
classic prawn cocktail, blini with soucream and caviar, smoked salmon rolls with herbed cream cheese
Baked, glazed ham
Scalloped potatoes
Corn pudding (glorious, contributed by the lovley S)
steamed sparrow's grass
tomato salad with basil and balsamic
orange salad with mint and mustard
pavlova. filled with strawberry cream and topped with raspberries and blueberries. Well received as always. It always was by me as a child which is why I keep making it.
I remembered all ingredients and didn't add anything horrid unintentionally (see previous post) but the poor thing got twice baked! The recipe is to cool it in the oven and I had forgotten to take it out before D turned on the oven for the ham!
-black sherry for the grown ups. There was much amusement after I thought to offer little R blackcurrent cordial in a sherry glass so she could join in. That was a real hit. I lost count of how many times she demanded we refill her glass.

We had great crackers with superior paper hats - shiny gold ones, definitely a cut above the usual pastels.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thanks to all who came and made it worth doing. Now I need to lever myself up to go deal with the rest of the dishes. Not as bad as it would have been thought if the lovely G had not done two loads between courses! Thanks again.
Spent the weekend feeling rather distressed in a post burglary sort of way. Did some good stuff though. Had dinner in town with friends D and J. Spent hours listening to very expensive but fabulous live Handel opera!!! No countertenors which was disappointing but some fantastic contraltos, most impressed. Far less eye candy for a girl than the previous week's Don Giovani featuring the beautiful Teddy.  Sunday spent time with S who I don't see often enough. Lovely to see her. Then headed over to help L and P do some weeding. Well I did weed some but the company was fab.

My big achievement for Saturday was that I finished the big star quilt!!! It took almost a year to do. Probably a full year if you count the fabric selection part which was done almost a year earlier I think. Anyway, I started cutting this after boxing day last year. All done, all 1400 pieces and hand quilting of it. I will post a pic after I get my camera replaced. Gee I miss it.

Feeling rather better as the week progresses which is great. Have the tree up now, another weekend achievement. Feeling a bit more organised about Chrissie shopping but as usual a bit stressed about where to draw the line. Just how many people am I giving pressies to? Very pleased however that I managed to actually send a few Chrissie cards this year.  Oh dear, writing this here, hope nobody gets offended if they don't receive one? Note it is a minor miracle that I wrote any!

Doing a rather needed load of laundry, how exciting. Couldn't face it on the weekend. Feels good to be achieving something on a week night though, tis somewhat of a rare occurrence.

having a bit of a dither about what to cook for Chrissie dinner, never done this before. Menu is taking shape, have to brave the grocery shop at some point, I have been putting that off for many weeks.  No idea what is for dinner tonight. Something alla pantry I suppose. I shall go and see what I can find. Dinner can get a bit bizarre when grocery avoidance has been going on.


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