SO, I got to use the beautiful cake plate and cute muffin pots that Santa Nick gifted to me at the Secret Santa Exchange. I didn't have enough dip dishes, so I cracked open the muffin pots and used them for the dips. They worked out really well. I plated my Cafe Au Lait Cheesecake on teh Snowmen plate. It was a perfect fit for the 8" cheesecake! By the way, I am not a coffee fan, but this cheesecake was scrumptious! We had fondue - hot oil. Great for cooking, yucky for smell and residue. My house smells and I had to wipe everything down from the S&P shakers to the table. Anyway, we had steak, zucchini sticks, onion rings, potato salad, fried rice, garlic bread and the dips! It was so good. And we had just the right amount of everything.
We opened gifts after supper. The kids all liked their name frames. It was a hit, particularly with Jessie who LOVES pink. Not only that, but she has developed a love of polka dots - that is, AFTER I made this. Isn't that fortunate? K loved his Magical Science Tricks Book ... something he'll end up doing with Fred, more often than not. Em wasn't super keen on the starter Junie B. Jones books I gave her, but she has never read any of them. I'm positive that she will fall in love with them once she does read them.
And here's a picture with Sarah and the kids and I. I think I will send it to Sarah cuz it really is a nice one of all of us. I might even get this printed and frame it.
Anyway, it was sooooooooooooooooooo good to see my kids. I call them my kids. I know they're not, but I have always doted on them since they were babies.
If Fred gets posted to Victoria when he's done his course, I will have absolutely no choice but to go out for a visit, even if it takes every last dime I have and I do nothing touristy while I am out there.