Christmas Came A Little Early!

We had one secretary out of the office yesterday, so I had to work for six people yesterday.  And with us having a shorter day because of our Christmas lunch, everyone was In high gear – which I absolutely love – makes the work day go by much faster.

It wasn’t until I was driving to our lunch event that I heard the awful news about the Connecticut school mass murders.  It took my breath away.  I couldn’t even begin to imagine dropping my daughter off at kindergarten, and coming back to the horror and wondering if she was still dead or alive.

I did get an early Christmas present that put some sunshine on my day.  Several years ago my parents in law gave me a whole box of Florida citrus for Christmas and I told them they never had to think of another gift for me again – I absolutely love it.

So the day before yesterday I got this heavy package in the mail from them, and new that Christmas came a little early for me. Open-mouthed smile

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I think the lemon is from their back yard lemon tree – I plan on drinking a boat load of lemon water today.  Thank you Bonnie and Carl!

For breakfast yesterday I cut the grapefruit in half, then sprinkled a package of splenda over the top, and broiled it for a few minutes.  I think broiling grapefruit helps release all the wonderful juices.  My MIL suggested putting agave nectar on it and broiling and I will definitely that next time.  I had a breakfast sammie on the side because I knew I’d be eating a late lunch – I didn’t eat this until around 9:30.

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The grapefruit was the star! 

I left a bit early since I was the planner of our work holiday lunch.  The dessert boxes I made ended up being place cards at the table – they turned out pretty cute!

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It was at this point that both my camera and phone batteries died – gah!  We had the appetizer sampler plate – it had bbq shrimp, ribs, chicken and onion straws.  We basically had a choice of anything on the menu – I made a special menu though, that took off the surf and turf and high end steak options off the plate. 

Weber grill is known for it’s burgers and ribs, so I got a Wisconsin cheese burger done medium rare – which was absolutely delicious.  I also had a Bell’s Brown Ale Seasonal Beer – so good!   Thanks to google images, but here is a picture of my burger:

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I did forget to say no onions, but they were the purple ones so I just picked them off.  I just love when a restaurant cooks a perfect medium rare, and it was super flavorful too.

This is my third planning event for our firm, and I think all three have gone without a hitch.  Having worked in restaurants for 10+ years during my life I think helps.  Although I did have one negative about the event.  I specifically told the server that we would be serving wine and beer only.  No hard alcohol, and that if anyone asked for it, to say that beer and wine are only provided.

I walked around the room and I ask what someone is drinking: Tanqueray and Tonic, someone else had a grey goose vodka bloody Mary.  And then when she was clearing the plates she said “would anyone care for an Irish Whiskey or Bailey’s and coffee?”  Of course people said yes.  Being a server I was the queen of the upsell, but if I were told that hard alcohol was off the table, I would have pushed the more expensive wines and beers.

But in the end, the partners were happy with how it went, and that’s all that matters at the end of the day – it is their money after all, not mine!

So today we are going to try to get up to the attic to get our tree up this weekend and my beloved snowmen.  It’s in the high 40’s today, but rainy, so it’s the perfect day to get bizzy in my kitchen.  I plan on shipping out my goodie boxes on Monday.

So in light of what’s going on in the world, I hope you spend a little extra time with your family and friends this weekend, and truly understand what is important in life.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday. Open-mouthed smile  HUGS!

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15 thoughts on “Christmas Came A Little Early!

  1. Senseless tragedy….What a great gift! I love me some grapefruit- nom nom nom! I’ve been to that Weber grill. I had to travel to the area for a while and ate there. Delish. Glad it went well (minus the hard alcohol issue)

  2. One of the best things about AZ is the fresh citrus! We are having cold and rainy weather the last couple of days and enjoying the change.

  3. Mmmmmm a Wisconsin Cheese burger sounds really good to me. Shall have to broil my next grapefruit, sounds interesting. Early Christmas presents are always fun.

    Bought some “potstickers” today, my sauce? Water, a little bit of beef boullion and HOT SAUCE…..gosh, not bad at all 🙂

    I know, I know, when I was doing my blog yesterday, the shooting had just happened and reports were just coming over the radio………..a senseless act, I feel sorry for the parents of the dead children. Sad, sad 😦 commentary for this country, what are we teaching through our words and actions to these people who carry guns and kill young innocent children???

  4. Living in Florida, I sometimes think I take our citrus for granted. I will have to try the broiled grapefruit idea.
    What a senseless act. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this tragedy.

  5. Florida citrus is wonderful, Isn’t it?

    That was such a tragedy – and still is. i find it difficult to wrap my head around it.

  6. That is the perfect Christmas gift. We live right close to where the Mandarins – little cuties grow and they are so sweet and delicious. My own Meyers Lemons are almost ready to pick and I can hardly wait!

    The school shootings have made me so sad. I can’t comprehend why anyone would commit such evil.

  7. I always wanted to visit Florida when the citrus was is season so I could pick it fresh at the vacation house we stay at in Orlando. What a great present!
    Your holiday celebration looks great. I love your treat boxes.

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    Sounds like a great holiday event Vat. Yay you for pulling it off on behalf of the firm! They’re lucky to have you. Hope you have a great weekend, and big yay on the citrus. hugs

  9. YUM! Such a great present!! We enjoyed some delicious grapefruits as well!
    it is such a tragedy. I am still shocked that someone could do that.

  10. Terrible tragedy. Beyond comprehension, truly.

  11. Here in Holland the tragedy of Connecticut is all over the news too and it’s so, so sad.

    Looks to me you had a great Christmas lunch planned Biz. Mine is next Friday but it’s all organized by someone else so I just go and enjoy it 🙂

    • It weather, but I am on Phoenix viiinstg relatives. It’s COLD. To get a hard freeze tonight. Snow level is about 2500 feet. Road from Sedona to Flagstaff is closed. I-17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix is closed. There are avalanche warnings posted for San Francisco Peak. Interstate 40 stretching through Kingman, Flagstaff and Holbrook (milepost 71 to 250) has been closed in both directions due to winter driving conditions. I-17 northbound remains closed north of State Route 179. Traffic at this time is being diverted to southbound I-17. Drivers are advised to detour in advance or delay travels to avoid congestion at the turnaround. I-17 southbound is closed at Airport Road, about two miles south of Flagstaff. Traffic is being rerouted back to the north. Travel south from Flagstaff at this time is not recommended; no reopen time has been established. State Route 89A remains closed from Pumphouse Wash at milepost 386 to Forest Highlands Road at milepost 397 due to winter conditions and resource allocation. In other words, avoid travel in northern Arizona. If you are already there, hunker down and stay warm for a couple of days.Freeze warnings extend from Phoenix East to the California line and South to the Mexican border.

  12. Do you not like onions?? OMG, I have grown to LOVE them over the past year. I have Colin hooked on them, too!!!!

  13. […] remember last week when I told you that my parents-in-law always buy me Florida citrus for Christmas?  I knew exactly what it was so I opened it right away.  Tony got a box too, but he […]

  14. Ecrotratas,I actually waethcd the Beebs polar bear show, expecting it to be full of gw nonsense but but it wasn’t. It was bizarre. I actually stopped what I was doing and started listerning very carefully but it didn’t really go off on one’ like I expected it to.For sure, it was the usual natural history nonsense, assigning human emotions to animals, projecting etc. And it did make me laugh when its storyline ran concern for the mother bear left stranded on Svalgard when the ice retreated (but no GW hysteria) as if it was a desperate plight of one bear that missed the bus but then introduced loads of other bears who seemed quite well fed I suppose the bbc does not do irony.But overall, as a window piece for GW alarm it did not follow the mantra.I’m actually quite shocked. In a nice way. Maybe there is hope for the BBC yet

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