Our granddaughter Hayden was a big attraction.
Here she is modeling the duck hat I knitted. She's also wearing her Green Bay onesie, because, well, she must. Her Daddy is a big Green Bay fan.
Here Hayden attempts to eat her aunts hand.
Daddy entertains her for a while.
Grandma and Grandpa get in on some baby loving action.
Everyone enjoyed the hand knit socks I made for them. And Kim gave his home made beer, which was a big hit of course.
There was football to watch.
And lots to eat.
I went for appetizers this year instead of a sit down dinner.
The Schweddy Balls, (yes, remember them from SNL? - Schweddy Balls skit), well, they were a hit. Easy to make, too.
Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce; also popular, and again, easy to make.
And who doesn't like red pepper jelly with cream cheese? This time with a cranberry twist for Christmas. Delicious.
I took a chance and tried this Scarpaccia. It's all veggie, but also I left off a portion of cheese at the end for those with a dairy intolerance. Worked well. Made a lot.
There were also Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aioli (delicious), guacamole, hummus, fresh veggies, and, thanks to my daughter, a variety of olives. My friend Carol brought over pork and seeds.
For dessert, three new recipes.
Lemon Shortbread Truffles were a big disappointment to me. Maybe I'm just not good at making them. They never achieved a nice "rolling" consistency. Then I added too much yellow food coloring and they were orange instead of yellow. Oh well, win some, lose some. I made my own shortbread cookies for this recipe and my own lemon curd. Still have plenty of those leftover so it's not a complete let down.
And some chocolate for dessert is a must. These brownies really hit the spot. I think they'll be my go-to brownie recipe from now on. Supposed to be one of Oprah's favs. I see why now.
Am I the only person who likes meringues? Well, in my family anyway. I love that crunchy texture on the outside and the way they melt in your mouth. I thought these Peppermint Meringues were a nice dairy free dessert option. And pretty, too. Also super easy.
Later we played monopoly...
and watched a movie. Bad Words is good fun. Rohan Chand is adorable.
To top off the day we even received more snow.
It was a great day. The one sour part was when Scarface growled at Hayden, so he was banished from the house for a while. That's part of the reason he's part of our household now, he's a grouchy old turd.