Last night my church had its 13th annual Christmas dinner and it went over very well. It was a packed house!
I had to make up a recipe for carrot & turnip mash and it was delicious – so much so that there were no leftovers and my kids LOVED it! This is amazing because I know how strong turnip taste can be, right La la?! I boiled the turnip with a few apples. When I went to mash them with the carrots I included the boiled apples and added allspice, pepper and salt. Then I added about a cup of mayonnaise. I got that ingredient from the Kraft Canada website. I peeled and cooked a 10 pound bag of carrots and 4 large turnips. I also had about 4 potatoes that I added to it as well. It was a mixed bag of stuff and it turned out.
The kids did really well in the talent show as well. About 8 or 9 groups performed in total and a few last minute little ones wanted to experience the lime light. Q sang a solo, sans any music, he was a bit nervous so his voice wasn’t as strong as it was in his practice time. Em also sang a solo with a CD, she knew all of the words and did a really really great job. Even little Li got up there and sang, “Twinkle Twinkle”. I was and am very proud of all of them. I wish I had a video camera!!!!
The food last night was fa-bu-lous over all. We had so much food it was unbelieveable. People could go up for fourths if they wanted to. We used to take all the extra food to the shelter beside the old church but they no longer accept pre-made food. We divided up and handed it out to people as they left. There were almost 100 people. A few people didn’t show who said they would and a few people who showed up that we didn’t know were coming. I think it evened itself out in the end. We were all cleaned up and the chairs set up the way they should be for next Sunday by 9pm. Over all — a very enjoyable evening with our church family!
One little side note from this morning: I got Jake dressed early this morning and then I prepared to get myself ready (after the oldest two had left for their bus). I turned on my bathtub (large jacuzzi – deep style tub) and turned around to wash down the sink. I noticed the kids left large gobs of toothpaste around the rim and I can’t stand that. Why they use my bathroom I have no idea, they have their own! Anyway… so I wiped down the sink, tap and surrounding countertop and turned around to find Jake — fully clothed — sitting in my bathtub water. I didn’t even hear him get in the tub – over that huge edge and splash down into my water. He was so proud of himself – gave himself a little clap. Where’s the camera when you need it! He’s 16 months old. What next is he going to get himself into??!!