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.
And general hijinks.
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:
After eating our delicious dinner, it was time for the 2nd Annual Beard Carving event.
My s.i.l. and I enjoyed our drinks while the men-folk were working on their facial hair projects.
My m.i.l. and f.i.l. patiently awaited the results of the event.
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!