December 26, 2010

Happy Post-Christmas

Our Christms day was relaxing and fun. We made a new friend (my sister's new dog, rescued from an abuse/hoarder situation). He's a dear thing, but so scared.

We ate ourselves silly in a kind of potluck, casual meal. Here: shrimp, pupusas and tamales.

Crab melt-aways (edited to add recipe: 1/2 pound of blue crab meat--I used backfin so that it doesn't take fishy; 2 tblsp. of mayonnaise; 1 stick of butter; 1 5 oz. jar of Kraft Old English cheese; 1 tsp. of seasoning salt (like Lawry's). Mix thoroughly with a hand mixer until well blended into a paste. Spread thickly on halved/quartered English muffins and then freeze. (Freezing is an important step, even if it's just an hour or so.) Take out of the freezer and cook under the broiler until puffy and golden brown.)

Sugar plums? No, caramel (and everything else) apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory:

I have managed some stitching. This is Christinia Cathcart. I don't love the 32 count linen, but I'm not restarting it now. I do like the colors (AVAS). I can see a finish in my not-so-distant future.

And a closeup of the section I'm working on. Because of this and so many other WIPs, I'm modifying my "15 New Things" to maybe "3 New Things." I'm planning to go to In Stitches' pajama sale event tomorrow, if the weather cooperates--I'm not up for icy roads. Thank you, everyone, for your well wishes after my flu/accident/job situation. For now, I'm going to stay home with a long list of to-do items: clean the house and do some painting and sprucing up which I never had time for while I was working; finish up some courses toward qualifying for the CPA; exercise and lose some weight; and stitch my butt off!

The gang says "phew, we're glad the hustle-bustle is over!"

Happy week ahead!

28 comments:

Tanya said...

Can't believe food looks good to me after so much of it I'm consumed just this weekend alone but YUMMERS!! Happy New Year, Glenna :)

Tanya

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

MMMMmmmm! The food looks awesome - the tamales look SO good and I LOVE crab meltaways - make them all the time!
Love your progress pic - sorry you're not liking the linen but it looks lovely!

Sounds like you have big plans to get lots done - YGG!

Deb said...

All that food looks so wonderful. I'm a huge fan of tamales, but don't eat them that often.

I think your sampler looks wonderful, but I understand that it's probably not fun stitching on fabric you don't love. I'm kind of like that with Frances Eden. But your sampler really looks great so hopefully it won't bother you too much!

Siobhan said...

Yumm, that food looks good! I wish my family would go for something other than the traditional Christmas meal. Your sister's pup is adorable.

Christina looks GREAT! I love the colors in it.

Faye said...

Those crab melt aways will be tried by me!! My guys will love that recipe!!!

Love your stitched piece also~~

Peace, Faye

Anna van Schurman said...

We call those crab things "Crabby English," though I haven't served them to the dude yet. Christina is looking good!

Margaret said...

Oh the food looks soooo good! Thanks for the recipe -- I need to copy it and try it. I love crab! Your Christina is gorgeous! Yay you! As for what you need to do -- I vote for lots of stitching. lol!

bunnygirl said...

It looks like you and the bunnies had a good Christmas!

Alice said...

Those apples look astounding! Your stitching is gorgeous and your sister's new dog has such a sweet face. I am sure he will get over his fright with love and patience. Keep safe amid all the snow/ice.

Nancy said...

The food looks delicious, and your sampler looks gorgeous! I love those colors too.

What a sweet pup, and I'm so glad he was rescued by a loving family. The bunnies are as cute as ever.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh yum... the food looks delish. Your sister's new pup is sweet. I love the bright colors in Christina.

Jan said...

Yum Glenna, that food looks very enticing, I am sure it was enjoyed! I am so sorry to read that you have been so ill and with bad luck attached...I hope that your 2011 is MUCHO better, dear one!

I can see why you love your current wip...those colors and motifs look like such fun to stitch. I hope you enjoy each and every stitch!

Katrina said...

My MIL has two rescued puppies and they are a lot of work but so, so sweet. Glad your sister's new dog has a good home :-).

Yummy food and cute bunnies, hope you had a merry, merry Christmas.

Katrina said...

Forgot to say, love, love, love Christina!!!!

Karen said...

Your Christmas dinner looks yummy -- gotta try the crab thingies, they sound (and look) delicious!

Christina is looking great! I love the colors. I feel your pain about stitching on a fabric you don't love; I have a WIP that I wish I'd done on something else and I don't stitch on it very often for that reason. But I've done too much on it to re-start :-/

Sounds like you have some good plans made -- you go!

Crafty Green Poet said...

What a lovely photo of the bunnies and the food looks wonderful too! Glad you had a nice t ime! Best wishes for 2011

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love the sampler piece you are working on and all that food looks scrummy!!

Melissa said...

The food is making me hungry! I've never had tamales nor crab meltaways. They look so yummy.

Christina is looking great and I bet it's like a ray of sunshine in the cold dark winter!

I agree with the gang and am glad the hustle & bustle is over.

Have fun at the sale tomorrow, you lucky girl!

Michelle said...

Happy New Year! I do hope that with some love and time, the pup will lose some of the fear. Love love love your WIP - gorgeous colors.

mainely stitching said...

Hey Glenna, your feast looks DELICIOUS! We are big fans of anything from the seas, lakes, and rivers. :) After so many years away, traditional fare (= turkey) feels pretty exotic, so that's what we've indulged in ... but I think we'll try something else for Easter. ;)
Wonderful stitching progress!

Berit said...

Mnnn! Those crabmelts look toasty/melty/cheesy awesome!

The Fab Furs said...

Love the food and the relaxing! Yay for rescuing the new dog and making him a part of the family.

B L said...

Oh dear! Came to see the crab melt aways (must try those soon!) and read about your accident and feeling so bad.

You stich beautifully. 32 count? How can you see it?

Sweet bun picture all together like that. I wonder what would happen if we tried that here?

Take care and feel better soon.

Catherine said...

Yummy looking food!!

Your stitches look great!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I'm sure the bunnies and cats will be happy to have you home with your to-do list. Love your Xmas, looks like it was lots of fun.

Dona said...

So glad your sister adopted the cute dog! He looks so sweet.

Your food looks delicious. I love anything with crab.

The colors in Christina are really pretty. If I don't like fabric, it's really hard to finish a project.

Great to-do list!

Giovanna said...

Awesome sampler! Glad you had a good Christmas. Happy New Year!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Crab melt-aways coming up soon!

Great shot of the bunns - yes, we would have fur flying if we tried it.

Stitch your butt off? Crazy way to lose weight.