Because it was Christmas Eve and because I didn’t cook for Thanksgiving, I decided to go the extra mile and break out the candles. After all, presentation is half the battle, or something like that. Anyway, I scrambled around the kitchen lighting the candles, filling our plates, and pouring sparkling lemonade over a few frozen cranberries carefully placed in champagne flutes.
When everything was as good as it was going to get just perfect, I yelled warmly beckoned my family to the table. My efforts were not lost on them. FringeKid immediately perked up, exclaimed over the “fine dining”, and even offered up a toast. She also pointed out how nicely the candlelight hid the mess in the kitchen, but like I told her, “there’s no need to mention that.”
I made a new recipe Christmas Eve, the Pioneer Woman’s Macaroni & Cheese. We also had french-cut green beans, and my favorite Sally Lunn bread. I really wowed with this meal. Never underestimate the impact of macaroni & cheese and a can of green beans. FringeBoy asked if I sliced each of the green beans into all those little shreds like I did the cheese.
“Why of course!” I exclaimed. “I so enjoyed making 769 vegetable slices.”
Neither Martha Stewart, nor Donna Reed could have anything to say in the face of hand sliced green beans, but it got better….maybe it was too much sparkling pink lemonade.
After a few bites of his macaroni & cheese, FringeMan looked at me across the table with the reflection of flames dancing in his eyes and said appreciatively, “This is high-class macaroni & cheese.”
Watch out world!
This momma’s found her FAIN-CY.
I foresee all beef hot-dogs in my family’s holiday future.
I also made THIS RECIPE for Christmas day and it was wonderful. I’ll just neglect to tell you that I had to make the cranberry sauce twice and the pork glaze twice. Hey, for some the third time is a charm, but thankfully my lucky number seems to be two.