|The finished meal: (clockwise from the turkey) Turkey with red wine gravy, Parmesan roasted parsnips and sweet potato, Port and cranberry sauce (totally delish and my favorite of everything), Sausage, sage and onion stuffing, and Pancetta, Parmesan and lemon stuffing rolls.|
Christmas was quiet chez Al & Drew. I cooked, we feasted and drank our bubbly and had turkey sandwiches and cake from Wittamer (which Andrew forgot to take a picture of) and we’ve been recovering ever since. We got to talk to our families on Christmas which was nice. Andrew has been working from home all week and we’ve both been generally lazy.
On Boxing Day my doorbell rang and I assumed it was the mailman with a package from home that I had been expecting. Well, it was the mailman, he did have a package for me, but it was not the one I was expecting at all.
My dear friend Cheri had sent me a beautiful teapot that is now gracing the centre of my dining room table. I didn’t have a proper teapot here and this on is beautiful. Thanks honey, I love it!
Yesterday, the bell rang again and this time it was the box my mom had told me she sent us, despite my insistence that they not send us gifts. My mom subscribes to the belief that you have to have something to open on Christmas – and open we did. Although the Belgian postal system did its best to delay our package, it was a great Christmas surprise.
The package included some apple cider spice, a DVD and a CD of ocean sounds (which if I turn up loud enough to drown out the airport noise, I can almost imagine I’m at the Bay of Fundy again.) There was also a track suit and fuzzy socks for me (my work uniform you know…) and a lovely shirt for Andrew (stain resistant – she either knows my husband well or is just in the habit from Dad.) There were also a bunch of books Mom’s been collecting for me so I can continue reading the mystery series I love. Andrew also got an ‘executive marble game’ to pay while on boring conference calls and we received a book on ‘Living with a Neurotic Cat’…. (But what about when you have four?) And the crowning touch… a lobster ornament for our tree.
It was great and we loved it all. Thank you so much!