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Baking smiley buns with my daughter, getting ready to PPV "Sorcerer's Apprentice", then heading over to my folks' with kids for soup, a visit with my brother from MN, presents... and hopefully an adult beverage or 2 (or3, or 8...)

And a few photos to get you all in the spirit:
Made by my daughter this morning.


Angel atop our Christmas tree.


And these are smiley buns. Filled with chocolate.
 

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They do look like boobies, until I put the faces on them - and I have pointed out to Gurl that they should more appropriately be called Boobie Buns. Would be a lot easier to omit the faces, but can't hand out Boobie Buns to children, can I?

Forgot this earlier. It's my favorite Christmas song:
 

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Dinner table:


Pork roast, stuffed w/prunes & apricots, cooked in brandy:


Pot o' mash, my brother & nephew:


Dinner rolls, made by Gurl:


There was also a ham, and this is raisin sauce... not sure exactly what's in it, but it's essentially candy. Raisin sauce is not very typical, from what I hear, but we've never eaten a ham without it:


Big pan of squash, with crunchy cornflake topping. I ate none... and right next to it is green bean casserole - green beans, cream of mushroom soup, topped with french fried onions from a can (I imagine this is an entirely American dish that would be hard to explain):




Mom & dad have friends who run a honey business, and these figures are made of beeswax. I have an identical set:


This Creche was made by my dad's secretary 30yrs ago. My dad, brother & I made the stable, using palm fronds from a tree in the backyard when we lived in CA:


Dessert; Pumpkin pie, apple pie, some kind of cake, cinnamon rolls made by my dad, and pecan pie (most likely unknown in GB? It's a really sweet custard in a pie crust, topped with pecans. Delicious)... ice cream, and squirty whipped cream to top it off:





And Christmas present from my mom - spatulas, bowl scrapers... not sure their proper name, but pretty sweet nonetheless! Can't wait to bake something, so I have an excuse to use them:



There's a bag of Welsh cakes in one of those photos above.

I imagine, outside America, we have a reputation for pointless consumption, and perhaps my photos do nothing to dispel that notion. To be fair, I have 5 brothers & sisters, their spouses, nieces & nephews... and they were all here today (except a sister, brother & his family), my sister-in-law's parents & brother, and a couple of friends of my parents... all told, more than 20 people sat around that dinner table, and exchanged gifts afterwards.
 

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Sorry, The better half cooked up a storm and I ate it all. Too busy chompin' to photograph. Damn it was good!!!!! And we have some more for tomorrow. After that I think I'll have to stop eating until the New Year.
 

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judey the whole of your Christmas could easily have been in any town or city in England, there isnt any difference worth mentioning, except we dont have bread rolls with our dinner.. but judging from those photos were not that different in out christmas culture, your meal looks lovely by the way as does the dinner table, i showed my wife and she said "awww thats pretty"..
heres my pics, forgot to take one of all the food on the table tho..


cheers!
 

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From Christmas Eves' "Feast of Seven Fishes"

The Calamari Fra Diablo.


The Mrs. doling out the Linguini in White Clam Sauce.


From left to right. My oldest son, Austin. Behind him, hidden, the youngest; Dylan. Our friend Ron, a.k.a. "Pel". And my daughter Sarah. And a bit of our other friend Ron's elbow.


Merry Christmas, and Happy Boxing Day.

Cheers,
Leo
 

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Thanks, Tony. I can't take any credit for the food, but at least half for the kids. Sarah's a piece of work, and a hellava kid. They all are. But I'm biased.

And not for nothing; for a family that lives in like a thousand year old wind tunnel of a house, man, I'm seeing a lot of bare skin. Is it December or June in Yorkshire?

Cheers,
 
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