Holiday Happenings

January 3rd, 2012

It has been a season full of love, laughter and awesome food.  We returned home yesterday and I have had little time to unpack, let alone cook, so I am offering you a pictorial review of our holiday.  Hope your holiday was as happy an occasion as ours was.

For our Christmas Eve dinner Kristen made Ina Garten’s Short Ribs.  The casserole was assembled with lots of root vegetables.

The short ribs were roasted to brown and then added to the casserole.

Cam Man, looking “oh so cool” and Gampy waiting for dinner.

Rachel and the neighbor kids toasting the holiday with sparkling grape juice.

Gampy reading Rachel a Christmas Eve bedtime story.  What makes it special is that it is one that Gampy wrote himself.  It is called Rachel and the Wizard of Lake Lure.

Michael and Kristen on Christmas day at the family celebration at her sister’s home.

Uncle Jeff’s 19 hour smoked brisket.  This is just a small portion of the 11 pound roast.  Just look at that beautiful smoke ring.  It was unbelieveably delicious.

We spent the New Years weekend in Charleston with our good friends.  On Friday night Johnny and Karen made a low country boil with shrimp, sausages, potatoes and corn.

We had mussels on the side.

Johnny also brought the appetizers.  With that grin he could do a commercial for Cheez-Its.

For New Years Eve we did steaks and baked potatoes.

Barbara made a delicious salad.

The cooks wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

13 responses to “Holiday Happenings”

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time! That brisket made my mouth water…

  2. Kat says:

    Happy New Year! I’m with Penny, that brisket looks delicious and tender. I wish I had a smoker! What a lovely family, looks like a great holiday time.

  3. Big Dude says:

    Looks like you had some great holiday fun and food and it all looks very good – I like everything you showed.

  4. Oh…all this great food! It all looks mouth watering!

    Thanks for sharing your family pictures. I can see all the joy on their faces!

    Happy New Year, Penny!


  5. marcia smith says:

    Everything looks so yummy! We had steak and a baked potato bar for New Year’s ever- great minds think alike! Happy New Year Penny!

  6. Pondside says:

    What a great holiday you had!

  7. Cathy says:

    It looks like you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, Penny. I was thinking about you and your trip to Paris. Have you finalized your itinerary yet? Can’t wait to read all about it. It’s fun to have something like that to look forward to.

  8. EliFla says:

    and I wish you, the cooks, Gampy and all your family and friends a great special new year!!! hugs, Flavia

  9. muscles and Cheez-its… Everything sounds wonderful. What a great season!

    Wondering the same thing about your Paris trip… scheduled yet???


  10. Balisha says:

    As the kids say OMG! That food looks fabulous. Just showed it to my husband…he said, “I’m on a diet and you’re showing me this??” We both drooled.

  11. wow those new year steaks…amazing! I love that salad too, so fresh, just right for the hearty potato and steak meal.

  12. Looks like a wonderful holiday season! Happy New Year!!!

  13. Rita says:

    What great photos; soounds like it was a memorable time! Wishing you all the best for 2012.

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