Christmas with the Dowes

As soon as I arrived home from work Friday night, Dave and I packed up the car and headed down to Illinois to spend Christmas with the Dowes. Since we moved to Stevens Point, the drive has now gone from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours….bah humbug! Just out of curiosity, I looked up a flight from Stevens Point to Chicago and had to laugh at the $500 price tag….PER PERSON. I think Dave and I should invest in a private jet.

After the long drive, we arrived to this beautiful sight. Hallelujah

002

 

After big hugs and hellos, we headed down to the basement to see this.

004

 

The Dowes don’t screw around at Christmas time.

We spent a few hours chatting and I indulged in a martini before passing out on the couch.

The next morning, it was go-go-go as we got ready to prepare our foods and beverage for Christmas Faux Eve.

007

 

But not before breakfast.

I managed two eggs and pieces of bacon made by Barry, and Dave helped me eat the rest.

006

 

Definitely a white Christmas this year, Bing.

Dave’s mom Kathy had to work part of the day, so he, his Dad and I ran to the store for a few last minute things before getting our cook on.

008

011

012

015

016

017

At 4:45pm, we packed up the cars and headed to Ali and Jaimee’s for the first Christmas ever in their new house.

020

 

They had their house all decked out for the holidays as well, and it was gorgeous.

And the food….oh, man, the food.

021

 

Herbed Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Bites.

022

Salami Roll-Ups.

023

 

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Salad Crackers.

028

 

Egg Rolls.

029

 

Deconstructed Crab Rangoons.

030

 

Chicken and Pork Steam Buns.

024

 

And, of course…cheese.

025

 

We also had hummus and baba ganoush with vegetables, risotto balls, stuffed jalapenos, Scandinavian pickled herring bites, mozzarella cheese sticks with marinara sauce, bagel bites, olives, and bacon jam. Yes, you read that right. I will have a recipe for you courtesy of my mother-in-law Kathy soon.

026

 

I had at least two of everything and promptly fell into a food coma.

027

 

Steve felt the same way after a few bites of kibble.

This is how much food was left after we ate.

044

 

We do not know how to cook for six people, apparently.

031

 

035

 

037

 

038

 

After dinner in the living room, we headed back to the kitchen for a board game. (Hey, that sounds a little backwards).

046

 

Ali is famous for scouting out awesome board games (which Wil Wheaton clues her in to), and we ended up playing two rounds of one of her newer finds–Pandemic. I’m sometimes afraid to learn new games, but this was so fun and interesting. Dave and I both loved it.

After we saved the world (we killed everyone the first round), we headed to the front room to sing some carols while Jaimee played the piano.

051

 

052

 

054

 

According to our Christmas rules, we were supposed to watch a holiday movie, but we were far too tired to manage it. Instead, we headed back to Dave’s parent’s house and waited for Santa to come.

055

 

We all must have been very good this year!

056

 

Kathy prepared her traditional Christmas morning cinnamon rolls, and we opened lots of lovely gifts. I know we’re getting older, because we get really excited about things like new hot pads, storage cubes, a garden cart, pressure cooker, as well as a huge fermenting pot to make sauerkraut in next spring. I also got some lovely new moccasin slippers, a beautiful crocheted scarf, and a ‘Make Love Not Horcruxes’ tote bag. Another year of Food Network Magazine, too…sweet!

It was a wonderful visit, and we were both sad to make the trip home so soon. I will be heading home to my parents tomorrow night to celebrate with them, so I hope you all have a very lovely holiday.

2 thoughts on “Christmas with the Dowes

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s