Our Christmas Day went off without a hitch. Not counting the mashed potatoes. I had the brainy idea this year to have both a turkey breast and a ham for dinner. I have one oven in the kitchen. And I didn't want to fire-up old Betsy the wood cookstove for fear of guests leaving because the house was 85 degrees! So I decided to run the ham down to my Moms and use her oven.
Dave's job was to peel the potatoes for the mashed potatoes. He did a fine job and put them on the stove in some water. I went about preparing the green bean casserole etc. My sister-in- law Kathy and I walked over to Mom's to retrieve the ham. Everything was done and ready to put on the table and I lifted the lid on the potatoes expecting them to be ready to mash. Nope, no steam except for the steam coming out of my head. Potatoes were stone cold and would need at least another half hour to cook and get mashed before dinner would be ready. Everyone settled back down for a little more egg nog to await the cooking and mashing of the potatoes.
I guess I thought it was the job of the one who peeled the potatoes to make sure they got boiled as well. What do you folks think?
Our dinner was fabulous and the mashed potatoes seemed extra yummy this year. Go figure.
Dave and I have become very resourceful over the years in making and coming up with gifts that cost little yet are made and given with the recipients needs in mind. Bundles of kindling wood for the fireplace are carefully hand cut and tied with bright red cord for friends who actually use their fireplaces. Dave gets the nice dry pine from crating from a friends business that would other wise be destined for the land fill.
I hooked these coasters for Lisa. The moon and star motif were simple stencils that I traced onto the background linen. I decided to pad them with a little quilt batting and quilt the backs. They turned out nice and have a little cushioning for hot mugs of cocoa!
More to come......in the meantime I hope you are basking in the after Holiday glow and don't have to return too many of those gifts!