Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Stay tuned.....The Junior American heads back to Europe

Yes, the once "little" American is now(7 years old) our "Junior" American and off to Europe again for a winter holiday.  Please join him in the coming days on his latest adventure to Vienna,Budapest and Paris.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Christmas Dinner

On Christmas Day this year, we invited Papa Dan's twin sister Dana and her husband Steve along with our close friends Kerry and Leslie for dinner. 
Although the table was dressed up, the dinner was simple, delicious and fitting for the season.
Papa Dan cooked his favorite organic, uncured honey spiral cut ham,  fresh haricot vert in Kerrygold (Little Daniel's favorite) butter with slivers of almonds and a wild rice casserole. Sister Dana made her famous baked macaroni and cheese topped with buttered breadcrumbs.  The decadent St. Honore cake from Dianda's Italian Bakery was brought by Kerry and Leslie .
The pre-dinner appetizers were a combination of selected gourmet cheeses and the above headliner, potato pancakes with sour cream and caviar. 
Unfortunately, the great company and conversations distracted me so I forgot to capture a photo of the main meal.  However, I managed to capture a photo of the second course garden salad of fresh herbs, tomatoes and avocado with olive oil and balsamic dressing.
Daniel enjoyed being the only young man at the celebration and was the center of attention.  I hope your Christmas holiday was a pleasant and memorable occasion.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

 Happy holidays!  Our son hosted his annual gingerbread decorating party inviting his friends on the block. This is his 3rd year.  We are so happy he still enjoys this tradition.
To save a lot of time and effort, we purchased pre-built houses making it easier for the boys to focus on getting creative with decorating.  The kits were available at Target for $10.00 and included everything from the icing to a variety of colorful hard candy.
It was entertaining watching and listening to them discuss their design plans with one another.
The table used was our backyard dining table that worked perfectly since the center contained a hole for an umbrella.  I slit the cloth so that I could insert the small pre-lit Christmas tree stand and electrical cord inside.  
Our little guy with his neighborhood friends.
Cheers to a joyous and wonderful holiday season from our family to yours!!