I'm happy to say that the tree's up, decorations are done, lights are in the front yard and ...well, most of the gifts are wrapped. We've been working our way down that Christmas check list! True, the angel just went into her spot at the top of the tree last night because it required Hubby hoisting up our tallest ladder to place her there. No cookie baking has begun, yet. I usually bake right before, because they like the cookies really fresh. Picky, picky, picky, I know!
Along with having our sons home, we are very excited to have out-of-town company coming, as well, and I've been getting their rooms and bathrooms ready. I've also been planning the menu to have while they are here. Ben, our youngest son, got in from college last night and promptly started "cleaning out" the refrigerators (Hey, Mom, is this leftover pork roast?!)
During our guests' brief visit, we plan to see Holiday in the Park at Six Flags and eat out at a Texas-style restaurant. One night will be the viewing of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and I plan to fix party food for that movie night at our house. The crock pot will have the sausages in BBQ sauce, crunchy chicken bites in the oven, cheese ball with veggies and crackers and chips and dip. As I was going over my list, I realized that you probably have a Christmas party or some company, too, so here's a great dip recipe!
1 C mayonnaise, plus 1/2 C sour cream
3 TBSP ketchup
3 tsp curry powder
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp onion juice (or onion powder)
salt, pepper, and crushed garlic
Mix first six ingredients until well-blended. Add salt, pepper and crushed garlic in small amounts (about 1/2 tsp each) to taste. This is great with shrimp. Put a small bowl of dip in the center of a large bowl filled with cracked ice. Place shrimp, raw cauliflower, celery, carrots and ripe olives on the surface of the ice. Very pretty in the center of the buffet!
Great Christmas Movie: The Preacher's Wife (or older black and white version: The Bishop's Wife) Both are great!!
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