One of my favorite times of year is finally here and I’m writing from mom and dad’s kitchen table this morning. The Minnesota crock pots are all lined up and ready for wild rice soup and appetizers. My family has the tradition of making tons of appetizers of all kinds instead of a big meal. No turkey or ham for us. We have bacon wrapped water chestnuts, tennie weenies in a bun, cheese fondue, and I’m giving a little Korean spice with a Korean mom’s sauce with meatballs.
There’s a few more savories on the menu but my mouth is watering thinking about all the smells coming from the different size crock pots. I’m out in the country and past the border of Minnesota and into the cheese land of Wisconsin this weekend. I woke up this morning to a large crash in front of my parent’s house. The drizzle morning must have been slippery because someone crashed into the guard rail right across the street this morning.
Being like my mom, I had to see what was going on. We all migrated over to look outside the window to see a large truck turned the wrong way on the county road. I imagine their Christmas includes a repair bill. I guess I won’t complain about my recent one compared to theirs. Oh, the excitement this morning! It’s a big deal out in the country. The local sheriff even stopped out to check out the spot and the damage to the metal guard rail.
After the excitement it was back to the table to finish writing and then the kitchen to help with the appetizers. I always wondered why I wanted a restaurant that only made appetizers or dim sum style service all day. I prefer small bites of perfect to plates and plates full of empty calories. I guess I agree with the French chefs, it’s all about creating the perfect bit. And there’s going to be a lot tonight.
The only thing missing from tonight’s celebration is my sister. She’s in the hospital after surgery and last night on the way here I was a little tears after talking to my brother-in-law to see how things went. We’re all getting older and it makes you think. I told my husband I’m in denial that my parents won’t live forever. Too bad some things don’t freeze in time.
Before I start sobbing over the pages, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you have moments to write about for next year!
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