December 26, 2008

Our Christmas day

Christmas started out with nice breakfast,with Dave's famous buttermilk pancakes and other yummy things to go with it. We had gone to midnight mass at the new cathedral in Oakland,and didn't get home until about 2:00am! So, this breakfast is really more like brunch.
The following pictures are after brunch, when presents were opened.Dave received this very nice gift from Nicole and Pierre.
This was a gift to Nicole from Pierre,aren't those cute little lambs.
Caitlin really wanted this make up case from Sephora,and was so happy when she opened it.
Nicole and Pierre gave me these beautiful antique French plates,along with....
this German antique platter and napkin set. Nicole had presented it all together very cute with other little boxes too.
Caitlin gave me these adorable earrings that I have been wanting for a while. Love the artist who makes these.
These are my first attempt at making profiterole pastry.
Brussel sprouts for a very good recipe,with caramelized shallots.
My Christmas ham. Recipe was from Martha Stewart this year. It was roasted with honey and apple cider. After an hour in the oven, Bosc pears and cranberries were added.
I didn't get a great shot of the table,but here is the group.
Pierre approves of the dinner!
Christmas Caitlin. Notice everyone wearing their paper crowns from the Christmas crackers....too funny!
Dave, hard at work putting together a small toy that was in his cracker.
Profiteroles, with coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce, good way to end the night!


  1. Looks like you had a lovely family-filled Christmas! We do the poppers too and wear our flimsy paper crowns for the whole meal. Gotta love family.

    Happy New Year 2009!


  2. Your pictures are lovely! Good job on those profiteroles. I have never seen such puffy wonderful pancakes in my life! Keep enjoying the Christmas spirit.

  3. everything looks absolutely wonderful and like you had a very nice holiday! those french plates are incredible (oo la la) and the profiteroles - yum. i've never made those before. enjoy your weekend!

  4. Well, it looks like you all had a fabulous Christmas Day. Love those earrings.

  5. Thanks for the Holiday wish over at my blog. Here's sending belated wishes for you and your family.

    Love those Profiteroles! Beautiful.

  6. I just knew you would have luscious photos of Christmas Day dinner! As I was making a spinach quiche for our gathering, Kitty said, "Oh, Nerm, we should have taken pictures as we made it, like Elizabeth does". That was about the time I put it in the oven-lol.
    Your family appears to have had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.
    Happy New Year. Nerm

  7. what a lovely Christmas you had !
    (there's nothing better than family ! and US pancakes !!! => we had some, too for the brunch I have a great recipe !)
    love the lambs and the earrings are fabulous !
    made me think (& smile) I was challenged to crochet a pod for a blogger who wanted to make this :
    The make-up case is very impressive, I'm sure Caitlin will make the best use of it !

    bonne année 2009 !

  8. Everything looks yummy, the dishware and table linens included!
    Happy New Year!

  9. I am v envious of those earrings. Peautiful.