We’ve gotten quite the bit of snow here in central Virginia but that didn’t stop us from having a most fabulous Christmas, that’s for sure!
Just like last year, Christmas Eve was spent at our house with the Fanatic Fam (here’s a recap in case ya missed it!) and Christmas Day our family plus a few others spent the day at The Man’s parents’ house having a Christmas par-tayyyyy!
Before the party started though there were still a few presents that needed opening… that’s where the “tears of joy” comes into play.
The Man got the entire first year of the CookinFanatic blog bound and made into a book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I seriously started crying right when I opened it. Well actually, first I was like, “Ummm did you get me an encyclopedia?” then the crying ensued, lots of it.
The inscription on the first page was enough to send me just over the edge. Good thing I didn’t have too much eye makeup on 😉
Seriously the most amazing and thoughtful gift ever. I still can’t believe it!
Now I know why he kept disappearing to his parents’ house over the past few weeks – his Mom helped a great deal in pulling all this together 😀
After cryfest 2010 it was time for the rest of the guests to arrive, each bringing their own contribution to the dinner menu! There were also a serious amount of appetizers to indulge in as well. This was definitely food heaven.
My contributions this year were:
A serious crowd pleaser.
This time around I used mini chocolate chips… loved the way they added the perfect chocolate touch!
Sweet potatoes, mascarpone and some other key ingredients.
These were pretty ridiculously good!
I love trying new blog inspired recipes out for events like this, it’s such a fun way to introduce people to new foods they (and I) may otherwise have never discovered 😀
There were also plenty of other dishes to choose from including the infamous pineapple stuffing
Fanatic Mom’s creamy potato & cornflake casserole
Mac n’ cheese
Creamy green bean casserole
And a ham.
I’m getting full again just writing about it!!! 😉
Everything was delicious and we had the best time celebrating with family and friends!
Too bad we had to leave a bit early thanks to the “snow storm-that wasn’t supposed to be a snow storm-that turned into a bigger snow storm than they thought” 😛 Oh welllllll
Did you try any recipes that you learned in blog world for the holiday season? If so, which ones?