First off, I’ve got a NYE mix. It starts off with some songs to ring in the new year. You always need some Auld Lang Syne for a midnight kiss and singalong. Then I’ve also got a couple for us Virginians. Then the middle gets a little party-ish. Finally we come back to a more traditional Hogmanay tune.
Then I’ve got a Caviar mix. When I’m feeling bougie around the holidays, I like to pop a bottle of champs, pull some vodka out of the freezer, and have a little caviar. When indulging in the finest roe the caspian/black sea has to offer (or more often than not for me, farmed in Florida or somewhere) I like a little music. I’ll start out with some traditional Russian folk, and then as the vodka starts kicking in, speed things up to get the feel of bottle service at the Moscow discotheque.by rsiv with
On Saturday the high was in the mid-50s, so FJ his buddy Doug, D.S. and I together for a round at the Oaks Course at Twin Lakes. I got to try out my new garmin.
I was an amazingly beautiful day, especially after the weather we’ve been having. D.S. asked how often I get to play golf with my dad, and was clearly envious. I don’t know if he has a kid, or lives far away from him, but it sure makes you think and appreciate what you have.
I loved the S6. The distances are great, but its visual display of the fairways and greens is awesome. I also really liked having the layup distances. FJ has an older model, and definitely wants to upgrade. Now if only I was a decent golfer…
I took one last moment to enjoy the sun and being outside.
The next morning, Fster watched her first Sunderland Match. Then we took a nice healthy walk…
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The day after Christmas, we decided to smoke a goose. I got up early and got the smoker going. This is about the time I realized I’d been a bit ambitious this year with a new bebe and everything. While cleaning the smoker, we saw we had about a gallon of duck fat in the water plan.
Shelier came out and cleaned it, while I was getting everything going.
FJ enjoyed a soak, and then went to see his personal trainer.
I cracked a beer.
For lunch, I fried up some leftover steak, eggs, and potatoes.
I wasn’t very happy with how the skin came out on the bird, but nobody complained. We smoked some potatoes in the goose fat. Then LeBeef and I made a spiced fig gravy.
Everything was great, but we definitely have some lessons learned/best practices for next year. The icing on the cake, was apple pie (not pictured, but homemade), with homemade whipped cream.by rsiv with
We popped a bottle and then got into the prezzies.
CK brought me something fancy back from Scotland.
FJ got some special Tequila, and some toasting glasses from HB.
For Christmas dinner, we used to do a more traditional thanksgiving-style meal, but we’ve switched to steak. FJ and LeBeef picked up some bone-in ribeye from the Organic Butcher of McLean.
Dinner turned out great. CK serenaded us with her cigar box guitar, and then I went out with the dogs, and got a feel for my new rod.by rsiv with
A day or so before xmas, I had my parents over for some nog. Nog is never noggy enough for my taste, so I topped ‘er off with some brown in honor of FJ.
On Christmas Eve, we have several family traditions. One of which, is vodka martinis.
Then we go to a party in A-town, that I’ve been bartending at since I was 8. I switched to gin.
Then when we get home, its time for champs, caviar, a little more vodka, and FJ’s version of The Polar Express.
We ended the evening by opening our stockings. Ry got his own this year that LeBeef embroidered herself.by rsiv with
I don’t recall how, but I recently came across the Scottish tradition of first-footing on Hogmanay (New Years). CK came back from Scotland and was talking about it, which is more than enough excuse for me to get into it. Essentially, first-footing involves being the first guest across someone’s threshold after midnight on New Years. You bring gifts and set the tone for the new year. I’ll try to play it both ways: have a gift ready for when I’m a guest, and then another for the first guest to come to my home. I imagine my first guest won’t be early New Year’s Day, but I’ll have a gift ready none the less.
Read more about first-footing, and how you need to bring a half bottle of whisky here.
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The other evening, I grilled up some poblano and anaheim peppers to serve with some wild boar sausage. I used to grill more bell peppers, but I’m pretty hooked on the spicier ones now.
The Tracys got me a bacon jam sampler for xmas (very good with cheese, or on a BLT). I enjoyed some fine Scottish beer that CK enjoyed in Scotland.
I picked up some lamb and brussels at the local market, pan fried both, and seasoned with a little balsamic reduction and opened a bottle of rioja.
The Tracys also got me a Balducci’s taco salad.
CK brought me back some Bramble Jam from Scotland. I’m not sure how its different from blackberry jam, but it certainly had a delicious and unique taste. It was a cold rainy night, so I put some Rob Roy on the telly, and fixed a fry up.
I enjoyed some more Scottish beer, but went with a more American brown sauce made by some of my people in Clan Russell.
CK and RY brought me back some very interesting drams, but I haven’t invented a good enough excuse to open them yet.
I’ve also been feeling this Tullamore Dew commercial. It was clearly effective.
Another tune from the Emerald Isle for your drinking pleasure:
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FJ came over, and we loaded up the 30 footer to hang FJ’s wreath. I’m not a huge fan of heights, but we got it done.
Since I have the new bebe, I got out of putting up the little trees that line the driveway this year. Its always a cold tedious task, so I was happy to avoid it, but it makes the house look like a holiday car commercial, and I’m glad Swaggy-we and FJ got them up. Later that evening, I had a surprise for FJ. HB really wanted a picture of EF and Santa, but the doc said germy malls and unvaccinated bebes don’t mix. So I went on amazon prime, and in two days, Santa popped down the chimney.
Thursday we had a little cocktail party. I went to Dominion Wine and Beer to get some provisions.
It was nice to see everybody, and a welcome change of pace from the dipers and fussiness.
Chelsea was going to be in Scotland for her bday, so we celebrated early. Then she and Ryan headed to Scotland, while FJ and Swaggy-we rolled to West By God Virginia, so HB and I were new parents that were house and dog sitting. Yay.
We made the most of it with Taco Bombas.
Then daddy enjoyed some much needed hot tub and sauna time.
The next day I interrupted band practice to let the dogs out.
Then Otto von Bismarck (Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg) helped me pick out a Riesling to pair with some chinese.
After lunch, HB wrote some thank you notes, and then we headed out to walk to the dogs, and take EF on her first walk.
After a light stroll, I rewarded myself with a stogie and some sauce and enjoyed watching the clouds roll by. I rounded out the evening with a nice schvitz.
I gchatted with the buggins and Ry, who were having a great time in bonny Scotland.
I enjoyed a salteña. FJ finally got an xmas tree for his office, which was decorated with all my favorite ornaments.
LeBeef and FJ had their xmas party, and EF attended virtually via her baby monitor.
On Chelsea’s bday, I picked up some flowers from her for my moms.
Then I enjoyed some of the truffles that Christine brought over. They were quite delicious.
Most festive holiday pano-selfie ever?
We tried out the coravin on some port, and HB enjoyed some rare tuna steak for the first time in nine months.by rsiv with
HB and I were getting down on some Peaky Blinders before her due date. I was just setting up an iPad HB got at her company xmas party when I found out season two is out.
I don’t recall how I stumbled upon the Peaky Blinders, but its a very enjoyable show. Its based on a real life gang of WWI vets in Birmingham England. The gang’s name comes from the razors sewn into the brim’s of their caps, to be used as weapons in a pinch, or to make a statement. If perhaps you’re sitting around at night watching a baby, its a good way to pass the time. Since I hadn’t heard anything about the show, and just kind of came across it, I thought I’d share it with y’all here.by rsiv with
Garden and Gun put a lesser known Johnny Cash playlist together that I’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d share it here:by rsiv with