A Caroling We Went

December 12th

Last 2008 Community Dinner

BEFORE: And the commotion begins. I took on a bit too much for this dinner; from beginning to end, it took about six hours to prepare and clean up afterward.

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Aztec squash soup

Aztec squash soup

Turkey chile

Turkey chile

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Buttermilk biscuits

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Carbs o’ plenty

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AFTER: phew.

Last night’s communiy dinner menu included: crockpot turkey chile, aztec squash soup, buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, carrot cake, brownies, homemade hot chocolate with candy canes and marshmallows and a partridge in a pear tree. The prep for this dinner took quite a bit of time, but it was well worth it. There was plenty of food, lots of cheer and even a dozen friends who stuck around to go caroling afterward. We walked through the neighborhood singing a variety of tunes completely off key and completely enjoying ourselves. We agreed the night was well worth embarrassing ourselves when we came to a house where an older gentleman opened the door and his wife, bald from what we guessed was cancer treatment, cheered us on.

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Last 2008 Community Dinner

Last 2008 Community Dinner

We spread a bit of cheer and walked off those calories in the process. I had a lot of fun and am really thankful for my friends. I realized last night as we tromped through the street that I have some incredible people in my life, willing to do the ridiculous to make me happy.

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18 Responses

  1. The pictures and descriptions of your community dinners make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m going to have to get one of those going… 🙂

  2. thats what it’s really about isn’t it?

  3. Friends are a real blessing, don’t you think? And a little embarassement adds fun to it………

  4. Silly fun with friends–that’s great! You cooked all that food yourself!? Comfort food at it’s best! Glad you had a great night, and I wish you a relaxing weekend. TGIF!

  5. What a feast! And you can’t beat caroling afterwards… my Brownie troop is caroling after school today at a nursing home. The last time I went caroling as a group was in India – every year on Christmas Eve, we went to the houses of all our staff and the few Christians that lived in our neighbourhood. Wonderful memories….. and a wonderful way to share the joy of the season.

  6. Being the lone Tenor (and Jew!) of the group was fantastic…not quite enough schnapps for my taste (damn Sam) but still so much fun.

  7. I wish I had a posse to go caroling! Maybe some people will come to MY house this year…I could see that happening in our new ‘hood.

  8. Great meal, wonderful family of friends and caroling. What a terrific start to the holidays! Sounded like big fun Kelli. I am going to try and get people to go caroling at our annual holiday next year. I have always wanted to do that. I know there are lots of people nutty enouugh in my family of friends to join me. We won;t have scnapps but there is always lots of my very strong homemade egg nog. Thanks for sharing the evening. Great fun!

  9. LOL ” Being the lone Tenor (and Jew!” LOL that made my morning! Now can you please show us what you have made???

  10. That sounds really awesome – a dinner together and then singing!

  11. That’s what friends are for! I’m so glad you had a great dinner, and fun singing.

  12. 6 hours – that’s some dedication. It looks delicious and the carolling sounds fun.

  13. That soup looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipes. Friends are so precious, arent they? Glad you had such a good time.

  14. Tina in Duluth December 12, 2008

    What a special evening!

  15. Hurray for caroling! I am so glad you had a great time…I am starving now from looking at all that delicious food! Fantastic:)

  16. It sounds like you & your friends had a wonderful evening and it is even more special that you shared your joy with your neighbors.

  17. Who is the woman on the far left in the photo? She looks familiar.

    Um, and I have to confess this isn’t the nicest pic the Nemecs have been in 😉 hehehe. Gotta love good food!! I may need the turkey chilli recipe.

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