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A quiet CHRISTMAS DAY here in Maine for DH and I.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

We had a nice easy laid back day. We were invited to dinner at a friends and family gathering.
DH was weary and I was thinking I hope there is no-one there with kids with colds. We decided to decline. The menu was YORKSHIRE PUDDING ROAST BEEF and PLUM PUDDING.
They always buy a standing rib roast of beef at Christmas, I make the Yorkshire puddings and bring the Plum pudding.

I made the pudding batter in my kitchen- aid and took it and all that was needed to make them over to their house along with a few gifts.
I also took the plum pudding.

I sat with my friend and we ate Stollen and drank tea while kids and family milled around. DH and I go there most years and they were missing DH but they understood our reasoning.

I had planned to have Salmon for our supper time meal.
While I was mixing the Yorkshire pudding batter I really wanted to eat some some today. I asked DH if he wanted Yorkshires and he said YES!!!!

Last night he went out to buy something and he came back with a roll of sausage meat. We like sausage rolls for New Years Eve.

That combination reminded me of an old English meal called "TOAD IN THE HOLE" I asked DH if he would like me to make a small one and he was thrilled I suggested it.

I switched on the oven and put 3 Russet Potatoes in the microwave to cook. I decided to put the sausage meat in there too so that they would begin to release some fat to make sausage gravy, we never ate that in England but I kept seeing it on the recipe pages so I wanted to make some. I cooked Spinach and Carrots and frozen Petite Peas in the microwave too.

The Savory pudding needs very high heat to make is puffy. I took out the three Russets when they were soft and I cut them in to wedges and scooped out the potato.
I love "Tater Skins" DH does not so our dinner for him was with mashed creamy baked potato and I had the crispiest "Tater skins” ever with our "Toad in the HOLE" the gravy was great.

I ate some of the pudding then ate some sausage . OUCH!!! Neither DH or I noticed he had bought HOT sausage.
It tasted great but OH how hot it was. I had to sip milk each time I ate some sausage. It was good and DH loved it. He had a sore tongue with his shingles but I think it must be better now since he ate the biggest piece and loved it.

We never eat on big dinner plates but DH wanted it that way today.
He was right and it was good.
We had a quiet very MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY, I hope you all did too!
Pat in Maine.

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    Merry Christmas Pat! emoticon
    1939 days ago
    All your Christmas food sounds like fun! I'm so glad you enjoyed your day.
    1942 days ago
    I am so happy for you and Fred. Sounds like you
    had a wonderful day. Your toad in the hole made
    me drool. I used to have it when we were young
    too. I am glad Fred is getting his appetite back.
    I had to laugh when I read about the hot sausage-
    meat and drinking milk. I do that when I have a
    very hot curry. Have a nice day.
    1942 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Merry Christmas (a little late but from my heart) to you and DH.

    We went to the Christmas Eve Service at Church then came home to some Beef Barley soup and a quiet evening. Yesterday, Our Son, Brian and his wife were here and then tomorrow our bunch from Kansas will arrive. We are going to St. Louis for the Trans Siberian Orchestra's The Lost Christmas Eve concert and by the time we get home, our kids will be here.

    I am excited about the Grandkids being here and can't wait. They just make Christmas - don't they.

    Take care and here is a emoticon to a Happy and Healthy New Year.

    Love you, Pat.

    1942 days ago
    all the best to you both your meal sounds tempting stay well
    1942 days ago
    I love Toad in the Hole!! My dad used to make it for me when I was a kid. I am craving it now!! Your meal sounded delicious!
    1943 days ago
    I'm glad you had a nice Christmas day and also glad Fred has a bit of his appetite back so he could enjoy your cooking again. We had a very nice Christmas with the kids but had our big meal on Christmas Eve Day because Daughter and her family wanted to be home with the kids for Santa to come then go to SIL's family for Christmas evening. Son, Jon stayed with us and we had a nice left over meal with him before he left for home about 3PM.
    1943 days ago
  • POOHGIRL1970
    So glad your day was a success. Wishing a blessed New Year to you and DH!
    1943 days ago
    Ah the memories and feelings associated with comfort foods. Yum. I made a gluten free dairy free coconut cream pie and had extra crust to make my DH his beloved saskatoon pie (I found some berries last summer and put them in the freezer for exactly this). We were full after dinner last night so it will be a treat today. For his part he strung up fairy lights outside my window that are twinkling in the snow. I always wanted them there. It is small things that I am grateful for this morning. Wonderful you got in a walk and a visit. I have not gone out much this Christmas as everyone is coming here, but I realize for some it must be a lonely time. Give you DH an extra hug from me. Justyna in Richmond Ontario Canada near Ottawa.
    1943 days ago
    so glad you had a wonderful christmas!

    HUGS and happy Boxing Day!!
    1943 days ago
    Glad you had a nice day and hubby is feeling better!
    1943 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    DD and I were alone again, no big deal, we were fed, warm and safe.. church was full, and I had a day off..
    1943 days ago
    That sounds like a lovely Christmas day! I agree with your thinking about Fred and the possiblity of picking up some kind of bug....better safe than sorry. I had to smile at the hot sausage incident, I've made that oversight before (more than once!), and I still remember the surprise my taste buds had with that first bite, lol! It sounds like you had all kinds of yummy things to eat, a nice break from the usual routine. Today seems to be the calm before the storm, I plan on bringing in enough wood to see us through the tomorrow's predicted weather. Happy Boxing Day!
    1943 days ago
  • TERRI289
    Your day sounded very nice.

    Happy Boxing Day!!! emoticon
    1943 days ago
  • RD03875
    Sounds like a lovely day!
    1943 days ago
    What a nice day, Pat.
    1943 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Oh no, hot sausage! I don't do well with hot...I would have been doing the same thing with the milk Pat!!
    Glad you two had a lovely Christmas. We had a wonderful one as well. Mom arrived on Sunday and will be with me the remainder of the week.
    Will try to post a blog with pictures of the kids later today or tomorrow.

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    1943 days ago
    I spent Christmas alone this year. I refused to be sad. I called friends and family and wish them happiness and joy. I made a simple dinner of baked chicken and Brussels sprouts. I gave the Baby Kittie some extra attention...kisses and hugs, which his breed hates but I did it anyway! I listen to Christmas music and exercised. I would have laughed at the hot sausage....Toad in the Hole...well, the hot peppers will keep all the bad germs away. I don't know about you, but it would have kept me from eating too much. Once again, I just love to read your blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1943 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Sounds like You had a very Lovely Quiet Day. The Yorkshire Pudding and Plum Pudding sounds very good along with the other food. Glad That You enjoyed it. Watching Television and working on the Computer. I'm alone all Holidays. No Friends. Tomorrow is My Birthday. Big 70. My Mother went into the hospital Christmas afternoon and miss Dinner. I was not born til 6:22 til the next night. She had a long labor. Will spend it quietly by myself. God Bless You and DH. Have a Super Nice Day. Stay Safe and Warm. Take Care. You made a wise decision on DH not going today in light of Him just getting over the Shingles and with the upcoming Surgery. He can't afford to catch anything now. Good Call on Your Part. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1943 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/26/2012 2:51:53 AM
    I'd love to see3 what that plum pudding looks like. I've heard of others making it at Christmas time.

    After all the time your DH was so sick and no appetite i'm sure he is regaining his strength now. It all sounds so good.
    1943 days ago
    You British people just *love* your sausage rolls eh? Alex here too cannot go through Christmas/NewYear's without some sausage rolls and he makes his own stuffing with sausage~ *yuck* in my I make my own Canadian stuffing for me....

    Just the two of us here all day today but we enjoy each others company and had some *giggles* with our pressies and ate way too much turkey & stuffing!

    While waiting for the turkey to cook we watched some BBC programs that Alex downloaded on his IPad but he has a connection to put it up on our big tv screen. This particular series from BBC is called *Waking the Dead* is fictional about cold cases squad....we both love this series and will be sorry when we have watched all the downloads for that series.
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    PS...glad you enjoyed the Smilebox card and the videos of Anjulie
    PS...we had lots of phone calls today both from here in Canada and from Scotland....
    1943 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/26/2012 12:25:33 AM
    i slept fell and broke my finger a few days ago and really hung up in this splint..i had a hot dog and a glass of milk but then there are others who had nothing so i am truly blessed for sure
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    1943 days ago
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