I have learned to circumvent that wait to open presents nonsense by handing out small gifts. At our house, the pets often give small gifts, and of course get some in return. It must be a momentum thing, because once I crack the ice, the dam starts leaking Christmas Spirit and the whole mess ends in a flurry of paper, bows and laughter. I have learned to get my large garbage bags, scissors and a box cutter near my chair ahead of time, and once I settle in with a cup of coffee, I can snipe passersby with gift shots.YEP, its I that rules the kitchen. mine is a whole turkey, got a deal with grocery points etc. mine is in oven at 500 degrees for 30 mins, then down to 325 for 2.5 hours, not opening door at all till then, to lift lid and start the browning time, with basting etc. We should be opening gifts, but instead going outside to fuss with garden some. nice day here. Later gifts.
Becky make homemade cranberry sauce! Good stuff!Just had christmas dinner, put the turkey in at 5.30. worked that it would take 5 hours, checked it at 9.30 and it was done. Wished i checked it earlier. The legs fell off the body when i tried to lift it, but at least it was done.
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Also we had a sparkling wine with it, from NZ
Then christmas pudding with cranberry sauce and whipped cream.
Some that was left over and put in freezer to be forgotten.
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Homemade Cranberry sauce
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Triple chocolate gateaux, have it with cream and cranberry sauce.
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