Well, little silver cameras disappear!
But that's okay, I paint pictures with words for a living, so here we go:
Our Herne Family Christmas party....
SO MUCH FUN!!!! And I don't have pics until someone sends me some, but we had a ball.
I love family gatherings, I love seeing brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews, grandbabies, and for some siblings, great-grand-babies! How fun is that????
Everyone brings a dish to pass, which equates way too much food, and yet, we managed to go through a lot of food, and a lot of fun!
My sister-in-love Linda and brother Sean brought a ginormous kettle of meatballs and sauce, Sean is famous for his meatballs and this is a family tradition.... and a pot of pasta, with more meatballs and sausage and deliciousness!
Peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake???? I can't even!!!!
Rye boat, an antipasto style meat and cheese tray, and my nephew Joe brought down the kid side of the house with an amazing tray of chicken tenders, boneless Buffalo chicken wings and popcorn chicken: Can you say happy kids???? And he brought his toddler son, Sean Joseph who is the third Sean in our family! #lovefamilynames
Famous Blodgett family punch, from Betty Crocker: (three batches made and enjoyed!)
1 12 oz. can frozen orange juice thawed
6 oz. (half a 12oz. can) frozen lemonade, thawed
1 quart apple juice
1 2 liter bottle of ginger ale, chilled
1 quart of rainbow sherbet
Stir apple juice, thawed orange juice concentrate and lemonade concentrate in big punch bowl. Once blended, pour in ginger ale. Scoop sherbet onto the punch and watch it fizz!!! This was originally "Floating Island Punch" in the Betty Crocker Recipe Card library from decades ago. We upped the amount of o.j. from the original recipe, but other than that it has stayed the same and been a crowd pleaser at every kind of party!
|This picture was from our "Fight Like a Girl" party for my buddy Lisa as she fought breast cancer. Her daughter Taylor wanted to plan a party in her mom's honor... and we were honored to help!|
But you can't get any more simple or more beloved than this new arrival at the family parties:
Skyline Chili Dip!
1 can Skyline Original Recipe Chili (I order it from Amazon, link is embedded!)
8 oz Cream cheese, softened
About a cup of shredded sharp cheese, more or less, more is never bad, right?
Spread cream cheese in small baking dish (a pie pan works great)
Pour chili over cream cheese
Sprinkle generously with sharp cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Serve with Frito Scoops or Tostito scoops, and you will have a very happy party crew!
No after pic even though I've made this 3 times in the past month. It is a ridiculously marvelous new fave!
And then there's this, our tradition of laying our good deeds at the feet of our Savior:
Every time a child does something kind or thoughtful or giving, they get to lay a piece of yarn in the waiting manger. When baby Jesus arrives, his bed is warmed by good deeds. :)
And Mary and Joseph are trekking around the room, on their journey to Bethlehem. ETA: Christmas Eve!
God bless us, everyone!
Multi-published author Ruthy Logan Herne loves God, Christmas, Eggnog, Chocolate, Coffee... Oh, wait, that should read God, family, country... and then the food, LOL! But there are days when chocolate and coffee rank pretty high!
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