Well, not our first
but grand girl Lucy's first!!!
Dressed in a proper outfit
(for the hat announced that it was "Baby's First Christmas")
And Christmas morning we opened presents
as we munched on Kringle, Stollen
and had mugs of freshly brewed coffee
Lucy and I
Exchanged Christmas ornaments
Hers to me . . .
And mine to her!
And then there were the dogs . . .
Dolly's maternal instinct game forward
And felt that Lucy was deserving of a corgi kiss!
While Doogie thought she was a nuisance and spent most of Christmas
under the afghan on the sofa!
After the ribbons and boxes and paper and tissue were disposed of
(paper to the trash, ribbons and boxes and tissue upstairs to be used next year)
We had Christmas Dinner
The last appearance of the Christmas China
On Christmas Day
We've "toyed" with different menus . . .
And this was the second year we had
The roasted pear salad -- the center stuffed with bleu cheese, cranberries and nuts
Daughter Sarah and I agreed that two years makes a tradition
and so this is our Christmas Dinner salad!
from now on out!!!
And a long time ago, we came upon this recipe
And we've fixed it many past Christmases
It's a cornbread and Andouille sausage dressing
Which everyone just adores
And, of course, there needs to be a vegetable . . .
Roasted Brussels sprouts
And the star of the show is neither a turkey or a goose,
A roasted pork loin with a wine plum sauce
And, of course, Husband Jim brought up a good bottle from the cellar
Dessert was Daughter Sarah's request
Sticky Toffee Pudding
And we all agreed that it will be the Christmas dessert
In fact, we all agreed that this will be our traditional Christmas dinner from now on --
It was that good!!!
Table cleared and dishes done, we prepared for the
"Sip and See"
that evening from 5 to 7
So friends of ours could see grand girl Lucy
For she's not been here before she was born
And if you come to Linderhof . . .
You must be fed!
Cookies and candies from the tins in the parlor
And a cheeseball (Ann's cheese ball -- the recipe I've had far longer than I've had Daughter Sarah!)
made especially for the party
And then . . .
The day after the day after
Breakfast in the dining room
Toast and peanut butter
(The peanut butter, they brought --
The toast, I made)
The very best peanut butter
(but who wouldn't with brown sugar and honey and butter added to the peanuts!)
(We politely didn't clean the jar -- so that they could take some home!
I informed Daughter Sarah that perhaps a jar of that peanut butter should
be a traditional present for dear parents who didn't live near Minneapolis and Hell's Kitchen!)
And, also for Daughter Sarah
Baked oatmeal with sugar and cream to pour on top
Full of Christmas pears and the last palmful of dried cranberries
We lingered, we talked, we had just one more cup of coffee.
For we knew after breakfast that it would be time
To say goodbye!
And into the car they piled one and all
And with a wave as they drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good night"