Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Day

Last year we had our Christmas celebration alone (well there were other people but we didn't know them b/c we partook of our feast at a Chinese restaurant). This year we celebrated Christmas with a total of 16 people - and we knew them ALL! This was our first year having all of my husband's family over for Christmas...I enjoyed all the planning and preparations and having all of our family together.

After many changes - some last minute - the Christmas Dinner Menu I finally settled on was:

Pork loin roast, penne with parmesan cream (I skipped the prosciutto - but added a little cooked, diced bacon), parsley cooked baby carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade chunky applesauce, salad (which graciously my sister-in-law made and brought), and angel biscuits.

In preparing the dinner, the pork loin roast was the item of most concern to me. I am not very confident of my meat cooking skills. I generally worry that I'll undercook the meat (ugh worms, food poisoning) and instead end up overcooking the meat (ugh dry, tasteless). I had never cooked a pork loin roast before - so I was depending on my mother-in-law's recipe along with some alterations from an internet source.

In spite of all my worrying, or perhaps because of all my worrying :) - everything turned out fine (at least by my standards).

Children's Table


CanadianGrandma said...

Very festive! What did you put on the plates? (the round containers)

Edi said...

the round containers are filled with green and red M&Ms :)

Anonymous said...

You table looks great - fun idea about the containers - I was wondering too :)