More Christmas shots! The day after Christmas (our last night in Odessa) my mom and Aunt Risse, rented a Hummer Limo for us to go "Christmas Light Lookin'". We made some brandy apple ciders and loaded in the limo for a 2 hour ride. It was a blast!
Sorry this photo is blurry, it was really dark outside.
Inside the limo! There were a lot of techo lights!
Best part of the evening.. My brother stood straight up to get out of the limo for a potty break, hitting his head hard on the metal ceiling then bouncing off it like a basketball. Why is it so funny to see others hurt themselves? Poor thing, we couldn't stop laughing for about 20 minutes!
Ruidoso! Every Christmas (well now the 28th) All of Jeffrey's family, cousins, aunts and uncles gather in Ruidoso to spend Christmas through New Years at his Aunt Carol and Uncle Jerry's house. It is so beautiful and relaxing. We have a blast with the traditions. I say it a lot, but I am sooo lucky to have married into this amazing family!
Here are the "kids" getting ready to go upstairs to see what Santa brought and open the gifts.
Waiting at the bottom of the stairs for the parents to let us go up.
Good morning they say...Santa came! (hopefully this Santa thing will last a few more years, He brings great gifts..)
Bobo and Jerry waiting to open gifts. Each year one person at a time opens one of their gifts, then we have to take a picture with the gift and sometimes with the person who got you the gift....when there are 17 people to go through this process takes a LONG time. They tried to shorten it this year by limiting the amount of gifts, but it still took us until after 1. I will explain why later...
Cousin Avery and Cousin Colby
Kathy and Jackie with the photo books I made them from the Sister Shindig Weekend.
Carol and Jerry, our amazing hosts for the Holidays. We love you so much!
Jeffrey's dad likes his new hat we got him.
Mel and I! The day we got to Ruidoso I got sick with a cold, so I wasn't looking my best this trip....
Right before Avery announced her big news. She and her hubby Nathan are expecting in early August! We were so thrilled. It caused much commotion leading to the delay of present opening.
The precious necklace that Nathan gave Avery. It is a silver nest with a pearl egg inside.
Now to the cooking photos. Usually the young girls are in charge of 1 meal while we are in Ruidoso. This year we were in charge of 2. I am the main chef and the other girls are my sus chefs. It is a good thing we have help because making appetizers and dinner for 17 people takes a lot of effort, but it is always fun! Our first dinner menu was Brie Stuffed Mushrooms, Grown up Hamburger Helper, Pom Palm Salad and Garlic Truffle Bread. When cooking for others I never like to try out new dishes for the entree, but I will for the appetizer. My mom makes these mushrooms a lot and loves them so I thought I would try them out. Of course they are a Pioneer Woman recipe...that girl does so much right!
Brie Stuffed Mushrooms (this is the recipe for 1 batch, of course with 16 people I doubled it)
1 Tb butter
1 package whole button mushrooms
4 garlic cloves
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
4 whole green onions chopped
2 Tb white wine
1 slice of brie cheese
I love cooking in Carol's kitchen! It is so spacious, lots of room to take pretty pictures!
Chop garlic fine.
In a bowl mix chopped garlic, green onion and parsley.
Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat.
After removing the stems of the mushrooms and then washing and drying them, add to the skillet.
Cook for about 1 minute on both sides then remove.
We found spreadable brie that made this step easy. If you use regular brie chop into squares and place into mushrooms. If you have the spreadable kind fill the inside of the mushroom caps.
Add onion, garlic, parsley and wine to the skillet. Stir and cook until white evaporates, about 1 minute.
Then top the mushrooms with a even layer of the onion, garlic mix.
Place in the oven on 350 for 15 minutes
Remove and serve!
Bobo and Ozzy loved the mushrooms! (They also wanted me to take a photo of them for the blog...so cute!)
Melissa cooking the meat.
My favorite, Grown up Hamburger Helper! It was a big hit!
Pom Palm Salad. Sooo yummy!
Garlic Truffle Bread: Ciabatta bread that we sliced down the middle and rubbed with a garlic clove then sprinkled with my amazing new Truffle Salt that Jeffrey put in my stocking!
Too bad I was sick and didn't enjoy this meal as much as everyone else did...stupid cold and headaches! Next blog: Young Girlies Dinner number 2.