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*  Setup worked great - appetizers & drinks in the library, short folding table over the bar sink with the dinnerware, let the woodstove die and put the 8' folding table over it for the food;
*  Desserts on the buffet;
*  Taking the blender and canisters off the counter worked well;
*  If you do soup, preheat the crock pot with water to get it to warm - apparently it runs up hot to begin with, and that's too much for a cream soup to take.  Who knew?
*  Moving the scratching post out of the living room was a Good Idea;
*  Try doing the Yorkshire pudding in two batches through the oven so that you don't have to worry about the bottom pans scorching;
*  Talk to Bob ahead of time about carving/serving - he doesn't take a hint;
*  Scattering chairs and tray tables randomly worked out;
*  Buy more steak knives;
*  Buy a second cutting board for roasts


*  Only 1/2 gallon of hot cider, and use one of the spaces on the three-part crock pot.  That gets you less leftovers, it's more in front of people, and eliminates the "need" to come up with an extra side dish because I feel like all the slots should be filled.  I really am a victim of the Salaamallah school of cooking...


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Jan. 9th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Good list!
FYI: IKEA has good steak knives cheap. Be happy to grab some for you at any point.

I have to take pics of our New Year's Eve punchbowl service. It involves a period table, even!
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, number seven made me laugh. No, your husband does not take hints. My brother knows that carving is his job...he even brings an apron to my house to avoid wearing something covered in sunflowers. :-)
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
Himself has always been cryptic...and I'm not surprised it's a 2-way street :-\

I usually bring an apron, but sunflowers are pretty harmless, manhood-wise.
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