Friday, 28 December 2012

A good time was had by all

Another Christmas has passed.  We drove a few hours north to the Cariboo plateau for the 24th to the 27th.  It was 20 below C. which = 4 below zero F.  We could definitely feel the difference between this river valley and the rangelands north of us.  There were visitors the first night with excited children who were tracking Santa's whereabouts on the computer, thanks to Uncle Rusty. 

The sunrise on Christmas morning was spectacular. Here is the beginning.Then it was time to open a few presents. Old Man was given an electric razor.  He has always used a straight razor, but with his poorer close-up vision he keeps nicking himself and coming out of the bathroom with bits of toilet paper stuck on the cuts.  So I risked having Wagonburner go to Wal-Mart and pick up a medium-priced razor before we got there.  She even wrapped it.  He is very happy with it even now on the 28th.  No more nicking.  I don't think his beard is as tough as it once was either.  We were apprehensive as he has always pooh-poohed electric razors as inefficient. 

Then it was time to start the big dinner.  A friend and neighbour, the Sexy Shaunna, came to help get the meal organized.  She helped make the stuffing and prepared the asparagus and brussels to roast.    She also peeled potatoes for a big pot, with the extras to be used in soup on Boxing Day.  I made the cranberry sauce while the workers were out feeding the cattle and plowing out the driveways.  It is still a working day on a ranch. 

The turkey and stuffing were perfect.  I like the wings and few people fight me for them.
Afterwards there was still enough for some sandwiches before bedtime.  (and for breakfast before feeding cattle on Boxing Day).  I can never decide whether to use the cranberry sauce or mayonnaise, so do a half and half concoction.It was a good day with some cards after dinner with the visitors.  We played 31 for quarters.  We are the last of the big gamblers.  I lost 75 cents.  I won't be able to pay off my credit card this month.


  1. Yum - all that food looks SO good. I like to slather on butter when I have a turkey sandwich. Love the cranberries made from scratch, too. I can't imagine being someplace where it is that cold now. After being in Florida for almost 24 years, when we get into the 40s, I am freezing! Joe uses an electric razor now, too, after cutting himself too many times. He wouldn't go back now.

  2. The cranberry and sprouts sound like the best part of the meal! It's a lovely time, isn't it, having everyone gathered together. We always have pickled walnuts on our turkey sandwiches. Yummy!

  3. Smile. Love the idea of playing cards with people. Games are such a nice way to socialize. I played with Mom and sister, all gone now.

  4. It looks like a lovely day and the food looks great. I'm just coming up to lunchtime and I'd been happy to tackle any of it.

    I love Heinz Sandwich Spread on my chicken and turkey sandwich. It's not very sophisticated but it tastes marvellous.

  5. I used to prepare stuffed turkeys for big occasions like Christmas. But since I replaced my old oven with a microwave, I find it too cumbersome following recipes and instructions. I miss the practice tho.