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…..rounded out the celebrating.  It’s always something I really look forward to and the fun and frivolity is matched only by the great food.  Seems that all the guests are ‘accomplished foodies’ and bring a favorite dish to the party.  (I managed to bring myself!)

The stockings (an array of Sandie’s awesome needlepoint) were hung by the chimney with care…..but the fire’s on so Santa beware!

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The tree bright and sparkly with presents to bare……

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O.K., enough of that.  Let’s get on with the food……

Sandie Girl did the most amazing salmon rub…..

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Instructions were given….

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Along with directions for the appetizers…..The blue cheese goes onto the cracker followed by a honeycomb drizzle which is then topped by a candied pecan…..soooo good!

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Meanwhile Jim was explaining his new ‘Rabbit’.

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Is this a beautiful table or what!  So elegant…..

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Bob contributed the squash/corn soup.  Pancetta on top of goat cheese made a perfect combination.This was so delicious I had to get seconds.  Piggy piggy! 

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This salad, made by Linda with it’s Roquefort dressing, was so refreshing I had to get a second helping atop my entree.

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So out of control….

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During dinner Jim gave one of his famous quizzes and the group got a B-.  The question that was for the five and under group was a puzzlement.  Does anyone remember ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”????

After dinner there was the opening of the presents……Linda didn’t want to return the amazingly soft throw made from Bamboo!  Could not believe it!!!

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Sandie and Jim went to it like that five year old I mentioned….no offense folks….

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Another Linda taking a picture of me taking her picture.  Sound familiar???

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Well, I didn’t get a photo of everyone but promise to do better next year (if I’m invited back).  I had to be home by nine and so I missed the absolutely hysterical charades that  I do love so much!  Bummer…..

Next day, class in the studio and everyone did beautifully.  I am so beyond description proud.

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It was great fun and that is what I wish for you in the coming year!

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