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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Dinner ;

This year for Christmas i attended two Dinner Parties.
On x-mas eve i had dinner with my family, & Frankie came by as a guest !
he hasnt seen my parents for 4 years, and the last encounter wasnt a good one.
But things went so great during dinner.
i think my parents forgot the incident 4 years ago. (sorry wont re-cap on that story)
anyway, dinner went very well, & we had lots of yummy food to eat.
Frankie dropped by with a few gifts, a bottle of wine for my parents, with a cute
oriental outfit FOR the bottle, 2 bottles of Pomegranate Sparkling Cidar for
us & the Boys, and a big bag of Seasonal Ghirardelli Chocolate for all of us.
We ate Glazed Ham, Smoked Turkey, Swedish Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole,
Korean BBQ, &  Baked Mussels~
Oh, and on Christmas day, i was invited to Frankies house for a dinner party with
his family (sadly i dont really have too many pictures of that party)
but i LOVE his family ! Its so big !
haha, i guess since i grew up in such a tiny family.. being around so many
family members has always been a dream for me ~
we had so much food there as well, we had a Hot Pot Setup,
with squid, vegetable greens, shabu-shabu beef, shrimp, rice & udon noodles,
sausage, meatballs.. ahhh ! too many to list ! but it was delicious
i ended up having a ton of fun on both days,
Christmas for 2010 was truley an enjoyable one
Our Beautiful 8ft Christmas Tree
Presents for a Big Family
haha theres ALWAYS socks in one of the gifts.
we always get them for Christmas
Baked Mussles
these are heavenly! They're creamy, warm, and the perfect
side dish for any meal.

Recipe ;
- about 20 half mussels (i used frozen)
- 1/2cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 cup mayo
- 1/3 cup green onion
-  1/2cup masago (fish caviar for sushi)
- 1 tsp pepper
in a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together except
for the Mussels & Masago. (Be sure to clean and wash the
Mussles before preparing them) Put about 1 tsp of the mayo
mixture onto each mussel & then 1/2tsp of masago on top.
Bake at 350 degrees F , until mussels are tender & 
topping is golden & bubbly,

Green Bean Casserole with Fried Onions
we make this every Christmas and Thanksgiving, so easy
to make and yummy~

Recipe ;
- 1 Campbells Cream of Mushroom soup
- 2 Cans of green beans , drained. (14 oz each)
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 container of French's Fried onions (6oz)
Mix soup, milk, pepper, and green beans in a casserole dish,
stir in 2/3 of Frenchs Fried Onions, and bake at
350 Degrees F for 30 mins, or until casserole is hot. 
Stir & top it off with the remaining Fried onions,
bake it for 5 mins, & serve when onions are golden brown
Peter Struggling with the Smoked Turkey
Hahaha ! his funny facial expression as he was
carving the turkey
Table Setting
our pretty table, not all of our foods been placed yet,
i took this picture as the food was coming out.

but if you guys want the recipe for an amazing potato dish
"Swedish Potatoes" is the one to try!
Smile for the Camera !
we took a break from eating to snap a photo
Eating our Christmas dinner
i had alot of fun, we had great conversations, laughs, and
everything felt good at home for once
Family & Frankie at the Dinner Table
i thought this picture came out perfectly~
Dress for a Wine Bottle
aww so cute !
i think my mom read that it means
"goodluck" ?
even tho we`re korean, my mom
was taught how to read a bit of chinese
in her highschool years.
i think students are still taught
chinese, in korea.

Cheers !
wine & apple / pomegranate cidar ~
Cocos Plate
aww, i didnt forget about coco! he gets a plate every
Thanksgiving & Christmas as well~ !
MmMm ... beats dogfood anyday !
Time to Open Gifts ! .. WHAT THE HELL SANTA!?
Good Lord Almighty !
Oh My God , COCO !
i swear.. my dogs  a gay .
Coco really wants his gift..
To: Coco  From: Me
a new doggie bed! now can you PLEASE sleep in your
own bed ?! and stop sleeping in the middle of mine WHILE
hogging all my blankets !?
"The Kids"
waiting to get our presents !
cocos happy that hes already got his... lucky bastard
Yay Santas Passing out Gifts ! ..... WITH pants !
Yay ! Present for me
the photographer finally gets a gift~ hehe
Raise Up Your Gifts !
Hide Yo` Kids! Hide Yo` Wife !
haha, niklas is holding up my gift to
the family ~

here is the recipe for the
(Gingerbread & Cake Lollipops)
Gazing at the Lit Houses
Walk On Balboa
we took a walk on Balboa beach,
after eating & passing out gifts
we saw all the decorated houses, this one
actually had a merry-go-round on the
top, with Roudolph in the lead,
dragging Santa`s sleigh
i Guess Turkey Does make You Tired~
coco seems to enjoy his new bed . ZzzZzzz..
Christmas at Frankies!
Yummmmm his mom makes the best broth!
this was used for the hotpot.
she made a hugeee bowl of broth, & had two smaller pots
(filled with this broth)
on portable heaters for 2 tables.
there were so many people, even with 2 tables it wasnt
enough space . haha! funnnn !
A Few Dip-ables for the Hot-Pot !
yumm !
some Fish, Shrimp, & Shabu-Shabu beef
Condiments & Add-Ons for the Hot-Pot
peppers, cilantro , sauces, rice noodles, & sausages 
Dig In !
Alot of Frankies family members dropped by,
there had to be atleast 40 people!
amazing how big his family is !
he doesnt even know how many cousins he has !
i only have 8 cousins ....
& no family members who live in Cali
My Gift To Frankie's Family
a home-made gift basket ~
filled with beautiful goodies
Thank you for having me over for Christmas
i love you guys dearly ~

Recipe for the
(Ginger bread cookies & Cake Lollipops)
White Elephant
Friends got together, the day after Christmas to exchange
gifts and have a BBQ , a fun way to end Christmas week~

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