Well the house is empty apart from me, so the silence is golden but also sad, I really enjoy having all the extended family come and stay and fill my home with love and noise (OK I might complain that they are noisy when they are here, but I really do miss it when it's gone).
Our Christmas was super special, even though it will be the last we celebrate with dear Al. He was such a trooper over the holidays and I will miss his witty input. Only he could make us all, almost spit out Christmas Lunch with his bon bon toy!! With the Sunglasses nanna rope - Jewish plaits interpretation... (No I am not racist - just laughing in the moment)
Let's get to the details.... sharing recipes via links for you too. :)
OK, let's start with the time - yep in years past we have always been up super early, not sure if it is Gran or the Kids but it's always super early...but they were warned with Brian working the night shift on Christmas Eve and not due home till 7.30am it was a no presents till then, you may as well sleep in. BUT!!! of course I was awoken at 6am but miss Bella puss and vomits, so I got to clean them up and then I started with retching as I don't really do vomit too well. So then I woke up gran, but we both tried to go back to bed, nope no sleep coming, so at 6.30am I was sending them all text messages, and giggling like a kiddie listening to Dad and Mum "quick get your phone, it will wake the kids" LMAO that was funny. So before we knew it we were all sitting up downstairs drinking cups of tea and Shortbread and Mincepies awaiting Brian's arrival at 7.30am.
Then it was gifts Bianca and Jasmin took turns in being Santa and passing out the gifts. Of course there were the usual shenanigans from Chantelle and Brian joined the Ribbon club.OK, we accompanied our meats with the Cranberry, cherry and almond relish (and yes I used fresh cherries again, much raved over and all enjoyed. Then Miss Jasmin requested the Mango Salsa - OK I couldn't find the recipe, but it really is just diced fresh mango & half a red onion, a squirt of the chopped chilli in the tube drizzled with apple cider vinegar, lime juice a sprinkle of sugar. This was also prepared on Christmas Eve so the flavours had really mixed nicely come Christmas day.