Here are a couple of shots of our white Christmas, such as it was. We had one of those snows where it's cold enough to snow, but not cold enough for the snow to stick to the concrete. All in all, it was the best kind in view of the circumstances. My sidewalk did not even get wet, so my dad could walk from car to house on good footing. These pictures were taken the night it fell, which was Friday night, but more fell albeit in a slow, desultory fashion, all day Saturday. It was beginning to melt in earnest by Sunday. Last year, I cooked Christmas dinner and had the folks over. I think it is the start of a tradition. The only couple left of the several couples who used to take turns inviting each other over for holiday dinners now spends the holidays in Atlanta with their oldest son and family. This year, their erstwhile exchange student from France who is the same age as the youngest boy, flew over and spent Christmas with them in Atlanta. Since my brother and sister-in-law were out of town, it was just me and the folks, same as last year. And, same as last year, I invited my BFF, whose parents are both dead now, to share the holiday with us.
oven bags -- I washed it, salted and peppered it, and rubbed the skin with olive oil, then popped it into the bag. You make 6 half-inch slits in the bag, put it in a substantial baking dish, and shove it in the oven. It comes out moist and juicy, with the skin nicely browned. It was so tender it was almost hard to slice. We had green beans, mashed potatoes (instant), corn bread stuffing, giblet gravy, white rolls (which got a little too brown - !) and I made the cranberry Jello mousse thing. We had the traditional pumpkin pie for dessert. I put a velveteen drapery panel for a table cloth (that's Jaks helping set the table), and covered it with the clear vinyl table cover I keep on the table for daily use. My dad can barely see, and I didn't want to be hovering over him worrying that he would spill something on cloth that must be hand washed. I used gold chargers under my blue and white china, and gold napkins with some blue and white china napkin rings. A while ago, I also found some blue glass pillar candle holders on sale that are just perfect for coasters for my blue glasses.
My blue willow dishes are "grocery store dishes" although they were made by the Churchill china people in England-- you got stamps based on the amount of your grocery purchases, and little cards to fill in. Once you filled in a card with stamps you could buy a place setting for like $3, consisting of a dinner plate, salad plate, cup and saucer and small dish. Then you could buy serving pieces etc., for a very reasonable price. They had casseroles, and serving dishes, soup bowls, relish dish, coffee pots, tea pots, platters, etc. I bought at least one of everything they had, and have 12 complete place settings, plus serving pieces and the condiment set (creamer, sugar, salt and pepper, butter dish, gravy boat), as well as a teapot and coffee pot, an oval platter and a round platter. I have two of the little casseroles (called "covered vegetable bowls" here -- if you click on the title, you can see what they look like. I didn't pay anywhere near $80/£52 when I bought it in 1985!)
A progress report on the pinwheel baby blanket that I started. It got too large for the set of double pointed needles, so I put it onto the the 24-inch needles, and now I've moved it to the 36-inch needles. (see right )