There were sixteen members of the Knife and Fork Club from Tanner Valley UMC. We started at the Skidmores' for appetizers. My favorite was the bacon thingies with water chestnuts. Chinese-ish. Yum. We started arriving at 4:00 p.m. and at 5:00 departed for the next stop.
At the Hesses' we had soup and salad. Rich's ham & bean soup was wonderful and there were interesting salads, too. We were there from about 5:15 to 6:00 p.m., whereupon the whole bunch packed up and headed across the county for the main course.
6:15 found us at Delores's, where she had whomped up Prime Rib for us (OMG). that_guy_zach and I tried to finish the platter, but just couldn't. collinsmom and I left there at 7:00 to ready our house for dessert. The others started at 7:15; by 7:30 or so, we were greeting guests.
Sassafras was a good hostess. Cuthbert was freaked out and unsociable. We served up flaming plum pudding, a chocolate Buche de Noel with meringue mushrooms, and collinsmom's personal recipe home-made pumpkin pie. After gobbling and groaning our way through the goodies, we sang Christmas songs and carols with me at the organ.
To start things off, we distributed a set of glasses with the Twelve Days of Christmas on them (one day on each glass). When we sang the Twelve Days, each glass-holder had to sing one's part at the appropriate time.
People started leaving about 9:00 p.m. It was a fun evening. The Knife and Fork Club is an open-to-everyone meet-and-eat program of our church. It seems to be the place where new members make friends and cement relationships within the congregation. There's no pressure and little program. Just good food and good company.
I feel happy and loved and Christmassy. Yay!