Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas "Vacation"

Welcome back! How was your Christmas? Mine was very good, it was filled with many good times with family and friends-what more could I ask for?
Last Sunday my brother in law, "The Artist" and his wife, Mida hosted their annual Christmas movie night at their home.

Each year my family piles up in the van along with my mother in law and heads west to Tuscaloosa to take in Christmas movies and some of the best food (prepared by my BIL and SIL) at the T-Town Bratina's home.This year we watched the movie Fred Claus. I had never seen it before. I thought it was very cute.

On the menu was homemade pizza's. My favorite is the goat cheese and vegetable, though there were five different pizza's, all with various and different toppings. This one is the supreme:

Mida has perfected her homemade pizza crust and The artist has done the same for his homemade pizza sauce. They shared with me their recipes, which I hope to have posted soon at Plates and Places.

Christmas Eve we went to the Dassau Family home, also a tradition. Diva's mother started the tradition of hosting a Christmas Eve open house, when she passed Diva carried on that tradition.

There was delicious food & wonderful friends gathered.

You can find Diva's husband, The Bassman's Authentic Gumbo recipe at Plates and Places,it's posted right now. You're certain to make many friends using his recipe!

Christmas was spent at my Mom and Dad's. I am fortunate to live only 15 minutes from them. Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends gathered there too. I slide show from Christmas Day is posted below.
And finally, in the social rounds, we celebrated the Bassman's 40th birthday with a Saints themed party (the bassman is from Louisiana) complete with Saints colored King cakes from Paul's in New Orleans.

Diva got the baby...

As the new year quickly approaches, I am a bit reflective of the past year and am humbled at the grace God has shown upon and the blessings He has bestowed me. I pray the same for you, my friend.
How was your Christmas? If you blogged about it, leave your link in the comments. I would love to drop by your place and read all about it.
Once again, Thanks for dropping by today! I missed you!!!!

My Christmas Slide show:


Jeanette said...

What a great holiday! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

Keetha Broyles said...

It all looks fun and festive. The pizza looks yummy.

BUT girl - - - - It's only the 27th and you've already TOTALLY unholidayed your blog! What is UP with THAT???????????

Not me - - - - I CELEBRATE the season ALL SEASON LONG!!!!


Cindy said...

Merry Christmas! Thank you for this blog today!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Looks like you had a very Merry Christmas Leigh. So glad you had so much family around. Still a few days left to enjoy before the season is officially over. Happy New Year!

SueMac said...

I've missed you so much!! Now that I have my own laptop again, I'm making my way to re-bookmark everyone...... I still feel like I'm forgetting some people! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas!

Jane said...

What a wonderful holiday. Time spent with family and friends is the best! Looks like everyone was really enjoying the season.
Have a great week.

Jane said...

What a wonderful holiday. Time spent with family and friends is the best! Looks like everyone was really enjoying the season.
Have a great week.

jennifer said...

Your photos are great. How blessed you are to be surrounded by family and friends! I'm glad your Christmas was wonderful.

texasdaisey said...

Looks like you had a great family fun Christmas.

Hansonpatch said...

What a fun Christmas! It is so great you guys are carrying on your family traditions.

Kirby3131 said...

What great traditions you have. There is something so wonderful about seeing sugar cookies getting decorated.

Thanks so much for the delightful gift I received in the mail today. What a fun surprise!

Kristin - The Goat

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

It sounds like you were surrounded by family, love, and some good cookin'. Just what the holidays are all about.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It looks like great food and great fun! I enjoyed reading about some of your traditions.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Sounds like a wonderful time together! Dont you wish it could last longer? (MMM...the pizza looks awesome!)

Yay! I finally have a few free days off to read some great blog posts! Boy! Sure have missed that!)
Hope your Christmas was a very blessed one!
Mele Kalikimaka & Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Hawaiian for Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)

Blessings & Aloha!

Becca said...

It looks like you had an amazing Xmas...great pics! :)

Anonymous said...

GREAT post! thank you for all the pictures! ~High Mae