Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day

Christmas Day in the morning....SNOW!  Snow that started to softly fall throughout Christmas Eve day and evening.  We were happy that roads and sidewalks were easily cleared for the safe travel of our friends and all travelers.


It was warm inside with candles burning,  a log blazing in the fireplace and the joy of being surrounded by dear and loving friends.  Friends that we've shared our lives with for over twenty years now.  Friends who are truly our family.  We've watched as our children have grown up.  We've supported one another through times of great joy and great sadness.  This year, all of our children were celebrating in different parts of the country.  We missed them--so very much--but we had loving and happy times to remember together.  I am so grateful for these wonderful people!


Jane prepares the mimosa while the men cheer her on!


A big thumbs up from Jim on a job well done!


Starters

Steve's Deliciously Deviled Eggs
Quick Liver Pate


Quick Liver Pate from Cooking Light with a few tweaks 

1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 slices bacon
2 tbsp finely chopped shallots
1 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp cognac
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
8 ounces liverwurst

1.  Place cranberries in boiling water to cover and steep for five minutes.  Drain and finely chop.
2.  Cook bacon until crisp.  Reserve 1 tbsp drippings.  Finely chop bacon.
3.  Add shallots, thyme, peper, garlic and bay leaf to the drippings in the pan.  Cook about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the shallots are softened.  Remove pan from heat.  Add cognac, scrapping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove and reserve bay leaf.
4.  Place shallot mixture, cream cheese and liverwurst in a food processor;  process until smooth.  Place in a small bowl; stir in the bacon and cherries.  Place bay leaf on top of pate.  Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
5.  Serve with bagel chips, toast points or crackers.

ENJOY!


The Menu

Spiral Cut Ham
Andrew's Cheddar Grits
Winter Salad
Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Cornmeal Muffins
Diana's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I got so caught up in the moment that I failed to take one photograph of the food!  I'll share a couple of the recipes later but may have to accompany them by line drawings!!

Hope all of you dear folks had a lovely Christmas!



29 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas. I can see you had a wonderful time!

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  2. Ahhhhh..........snow and Christmas with dear friends.....what could be better???


    Xo

    Jo

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  3. Sounds lovely! From the snow, to the dear friends, then the meal to warm your tummies! We too had a very special day and celebration!
    Cheers!

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  4. your table looked very festive and one of my favorite foods is cheese grits. i like all the other things to but love grits. it is evensnowing right now in some of the northern part of florida, we are just brrrr cold here

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  5. It sounds like fun and look delicious!

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  6. Happy Christmas to you and your family. It looks like you had a good one and what a table spread. I can tell you right now, those eggs would have never made it to the table if I was there.... Love those things.

    The snow is so pretty and glad the roads were good for traveling. We got snow here starting Christmas evening. Thanks for sending us some or your white stuff.

    Merry Christmas to you all and a safe happy new year.

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  7. Hope you are going to meet all your children soon...anyway you spent a very nice sevening with wonderful friends!!!xoxoxox, Flavia

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  8. Snow for Christmas--it is beautiful!
    Looks like everyone is having a grand time. The menu sounds delish.

    Melinda

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  9. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas with good friends and food. The fireplace and snow doesn't hurt, either. We have snow, too, and it looks the same as at your house! Guess we had the same weather!

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  10. A white Christmas seems very special! But even better are good friends like yours. Merry Christmas!

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  11. Mmmmmmm, I LOVE pate and can't remember the last time I had some! It looks so chilly outside but your home is so beautiful and cozy inside. Sharing a meal with good friends is the best, isn't it?

    xo, Bonnie

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  12. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas with dear friends! It looks lovely! :)

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  13. What a beautiful Christmas Dinner on a lovely snowy day! How wonderful to have such fabulous friends - looks like you all had a wonderful day - Cheers!

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  14. Merry Christmas!

    Sounds like a wonderful menu.

    I know what you mean about taking pictures -- I almost forgot when I had my luncheon -- I growled at everyone to stand back while I took a picture!

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  15. May have been cold and snowy outside, but the warmth inside shows! Carla

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  16. Bonnie, you are so right, those kind of friends become family over all those years of sharing each other's lives. My friend, Kathy has made 30+ Christmases with us and I am so grateful for her love and friendship. Your menu sounds like it was delicious. Moving on to a Happy New Year... Tanna

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  17. It's really hard to remember the camera during holiday meals, isn't it? My guests were patient, thank heaven...but I always worry the food will get cold!

    Sounds like you had a lovely day...great food, great friends and snow!

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  18. The menu sounds lovely! and it looks as if all had a memorable time! Glad you had good family/friends to share it all with...take good care and enjoy the last remnants of the year!

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  19. Sounds like wonderful shared with great people.

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  20. Looks like a winter wonderland at your house too, Glad the weather did not obstruct your gathering with such good friends and making more wonderful memories. Of course people in your part of the country know how to deal with snow!

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  21. Bonnie, you words and the smiles on the faces of your guests tell me you had a wonderful holiday. I look forward to the unveiling of more of the holiday recipes.
    Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  22. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday! I liked our white Christmas too - but it might get up to 50 on Friday!

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  23. The snow, the friends, the memories....beautiful!

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  24. This looks like a wonderful Christmas menu. I like all of the different textures of the quick pate, it must have been delicious!

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  25. Yeah We got the snow! Sounds like a wonderful party... Love the Pate!

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  26. What a wonderful blessing, to celebrate Christmas with dear friends. Your table does look festive, your lovely home warm and cozy. You are truly blessed to have such good friends.

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  27. YUM!

    Looks like you had a ball. Now pour me a big mimosa and share about the grits???? and the coffee cake. Love to know about them.

    All joys to you and yours,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  28. Smile. I also forgot to take pictures of our Christmas feast...but I figure it was probably for the best. My family gets tired of waiting for me to snap shots before we can eat. Everything sounded lovely though! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Here's to a great week with lots of good eats and laughter!

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  29. Your menu is making my mouth water, Bonnie. The pate recipe you shared sounds delicious and perfect for a New Year's Even celebration. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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