Sunday, December 27, 2015
The first thing to great me at my daughter-in-law's house, was the table full of sweets and a savory cheese cake. It seemed full until others arrived and added even more good things to the table. Laurie collects elephants- you may have noticed her elephant table cloth.
I once did an inventory of her elephant collection and I counted about 700 elephant items, from ashtrays, jewelry to swizzle sticks. Collecting is fun and appealing and I zeroed in on elephant ornaments that never made it into her inventory.
The elephant is barely visible in this photo,but no matter, I was having fun.
I would have given this elephant a bigger eye.
Laurie is the youngest of two sisters. Michele on the right with her daugher-in-law is her middle sister. Her oldest sister lives in North Carolina
Laurie's brother, Mike and sister-in-law Ramona. At the last minute, we decided to have a wine exchange. Ramona kept everyone in stitches as she examined each person's choice with two pairs of glasses and a magnifying glass, before she decided which bottle to steal.
My oldest and youngest brothers, Bill at 78 and Clark at 60. Michele in the background with her husband Wayne who smoked the lamb roast. Clark was the other clown of the wine exchange, threatening to open and try them out. He got stolen from four times. I guess the threat worked.
A good game of liar's dice was entertaining most of the "kids" the youngest two age 13.
My oldest, Ken and youngest Virginia. I guess men like to grow beards when they have vacation. They vacation from shaving.
But the Greek feast was on. Roast lamb, tzatziki, a famous Greek yoghurt dip, with condiments. Greek meatballs with rice, feta and mint, with zucchini feta pancakes and lemon sauce.
Roasted potatoes with a Greek dressing...a spicy lasagna with special cheeses...seasoned chicken kababs.
Spinach filled spanakopitas, a Greek fruit salad and a Greek rice salad. The food, with a bunch of good cooks in the house? Stellar. Everyone agreed that enough turkey and ham at Thanksgiving should be bypassed for ethnic foods at Christmas. The only thing missing was the famous Greek circle dance and music.
We decided on Mexican food next year, because Virginia just learned how to make home-made tamales, heavy on the filling and light on the masa. Cha, cha, cha.