A Festivus

This year’s Festivus was different than the last decade of holidays. We usually get both sides of the fam together in a ginormic house somewhere fun and go balls out for a week or so. This year, we took a break from the madness (sort of) and split things up. We spent a couple of days at my parent’s house “downstate” and then had N’s family to our house for a few days. It worked out but I think we all missed the big get-together. Usually there’s some wild cooking and a Euchre tourney. This year we continued the cooking craze but the Euchre tourney was skipped in favor of a Cribbage tourney.

There was some present opening.

N sporting a sweet faux earring. It's an ornament that my m.i.l. found from decades ago. And the sack knit "hat" was done by my s.i.l.

N sporting a sweet faux earring. It’s an ornament that my m.i.l. found from decades ago. And the sack knit “hat” was done by my s.i.l.

 

And general hijinks.

Sadly, despite her "facial hair" my s.i.l. was not eligible for the Annual Beard Carving event. Sweet stache sistah!

Sadly, despite her “facial hair” my s.i.l. was not eligible for the Annual Beard Carving event. Sweet stache sistah!

 

This year’s Festivus meal was outrageous if I do say so myself. N came up with the idea (as usual–his brain swims in creativity): Top Chef meets Chopped. We broke into two teams–boys against the girls–and had to come up with a small plates menu that included a variety of foods mentioned in holiday songs:

Egg nog, marshmallow, pear, pumpkin, carrots (this was not due to a song but rather due to an ass load built up from our crop share), celery root, candy cane, fig, chestnuts (we could not find these at the store so N got and used water chestnuts to my dismay). Lost of sweet stuff. We were allowed to check out cookbooks and recipes online (thank god) and here’s what we came up with:

Our soup: spicy carrot soup with curried pumpkin seeds, fresh parsley, garlic croutons and a garlic marshmallow (that's right and it was not nasty!).

Our soup: spicy carrot soup with curried pumpkin seeds, fresh parsley, garlic croutons and a garlic marshmallow (that’s right and it was not nasty!).

 

Their soup: pumpkin with egg nog, bacon and fresh herbs.

Their soup: pumpkin with egg nog, bacon and fresh herbs.

 

Dueling salads: quinoa with chicken, spinach and pear and mixed greens with pear, blue cheese and homemade marshmallow candied pecans.

Dueling salads: quinoa with chicken, spinach and pear and mixed greens with pear, blue cheese and homemade marshmallow candied pecans.

 

Braised buffalo with celery root puree. This was dessert.

Braised buffalo with celery root puree. This was dessert.

 

Festivus dinner drink: a shot of Kahlua, a shot of vodka, a shot of egg nog reduced with candy canes and milk to top it off. Oh. Mah. Gawd.

Festivus dinner drink: a shot of Kahlua, a shot of vodka, a shot of egg nog reduced with candy canes and milk to top it off. Oh. Mah. Gawd.

 

The dinner spread (minus the salads).

The dinner spread (minus the salads).

 

Festivus dinner time! Note the enormous beards on N and b.i.l.

Festivus dinner time! Note the enormous beards on N and b.i.l.

 

After eating our delicious dinner, it was time for the 2nd Annual Beard Carving event.

This was so ridiculous I laughed every time I looked at him.

This was so ridiculous I laughed every time I looked at him.

 

With the right amount of product, the ends of his stache were coiled magic.

With the right amount of product, the ends of his stache were coiled magic.

 

My s.i.l. and I enjoyed our drinks while the men-folk were working on their facial hair projects.

I'm rocking some sweet kinky hair in this pic. Who cares when you are enjoying a delicious drink with your fam?

I’m rocking some sweet kinky hair in this pic. Who cares when you are enjoying a delicious drink with your fam?

 

My m.i.l. and f.i.l. patiently awaited the results of the event.

How cute are my in-laws?

How cute are my in-laws?

 

The winner?

Two jolly men post beard sheering. For the second year in a row, it's a tie.

Two jolly men post beard sheering. For the second year in a row, it’s a tie.

B.i.l. and his sweet lady.

B.i.l. and his sweet lady.

As usual, the time went by too fast. I must say, we went to see Lincoln and that movie is fantastic. Dork alert: it made me want to study things that I don’t know. Plus, DDL is awesome in the movie. See it.

Here’s to a loving family, good food and wonderful times in 2013!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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