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Christmas Party Fun!

Last night there was a Christmas Party  u11216554 with my TOPS friends(Take Off Pounds Sensibly)…

We went out one year to eat and then the last three years we have opted to have our get-together at the meeting room where we meet each week…

It is so much more fun!…

Due mainly to our club leader

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Our Leader, Sharon… in red…

She makes the room into a wonderful Christmas Party atmosphere!k7497879

with decorations… pretty tablecloths… colorful festive tablewarecenterpieces u11289609… and little gifts running up the middle of the length of tables…

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Table decorations and lots of friendly conversation!

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There is meat and bread provided… along with drinks/ice…

( this time we had lean pulled pork and chicken ) with BBQ saucefrom Mark’s Feed Store…

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since turkey and ham is usually the meat served everywhere else…

We all sign up to bring lower calorie dishes

We are all pretty good cooksu11777124 … or we wouldn’t need the club to help us stay on track of our weight or encouragement to lose those extra pounds...

Menu last night included…

green beans, glazed carrots, salad, jello salads, carrot salad, fruit, couple of different potato dishes, turkey/ dressing (after all), frito corn salad, veggie pizza appetizer, deviled eggs, broccoli casserole and a few desserts…

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My contribution…Veggie Pizza Appetizer

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Enjoying all of the good food!

I wouldn’t have liked to weigh after dinner  k12581406 … but, we did before and I am pleased to say I had lostYES!kch0052

As a group we gave our leader a gift card k4432558… and expressed how grateful we are for her hard work……

and then the fun began!

Sharon had 5 games…

Left-Right Game

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Seek/Find

Question/Answer

and 25 Christmas Items…

On this last one we all brought at least 25 or more Christmas Items in a bagk1658377 

Our leader read off a list of 25 items … Any items we had in our bag that matched her list counted as 1 point each…

Whoever had the most matches won a prize… gwil60212

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The kid in all of us comes out at these times!

Everyone left with a prizek15728629

We all help clean up… so it doesn’t take long to get everything packed away… divvied out… and cleaned up…

We are a good teamencouraging each other in every way!k11738059k9865422

Sunday Gratefuls – May 26, 2013

I know you are pretty tired of Granddaughter talk with her graduation

But, one last episode… a short one…

Grad Party was yesterday… Mel and Brian had worked so hard to make this a Special Day for Taylor…

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Mel kept worrying about having enough food

Everyone reassuring her there was PLENTY!…

This was served… you be the judge…

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Fried Chicken k1866627

Ham k6349628

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Sausages

Taco Ring

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Sweet/Sour Pasta salad

Potato Salad

Baked Beans k11995736

Corn on the Cob 908463

Homemade Rigatoni k9060194

Chip/Pretzels/Dip

Fruit Salad  k0309322

Vegetable Tray/Dip

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Made by a friend of Melanie’s… Cougar prints… The High School Mascot was “Cougars”…

Wine Coolers/ Beerk12687063 /Water/Tea x18844714 /Lemonade k13588990 /Margarita Drinks( and the graduate can’t even drink yet )

So do you think she had enough???

There were Corn Hole Boards set up for the guys team-cornhole-games

music playing in the backgroundk4603812

Video Games for the younger set… although Hide and Go Seek seemed to be the game of the day…

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and plenty of tables/chairs  in different areas for the 40+ people who came…

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It was “just right”…

Can you see my grateful forming…

Relatives and friends there… honoring our little graduate and her parents…

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As a Grandma… I am so grateful!…

I see our family staying close… loving each other… and making that “effort” that it takes to come to events like this…

Hopefully the younger ones will take heed and reciprocate later in their lives…

Thanks to everyone who was able to come!

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Recipe for Brown Sugar/Bacon Wrapped Sausages…

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Smoked Little Sausages… (I used 3 packages)

Brown Sugar … about 2 cups

Bacon… about 2 lbs. ( each slice cut into 3rds)

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Directions

Wrap each sausage in 1/3 slice of bacon… and roll in brown sugar… can secure with wooden toothpick or just lay seam down… (this is what i did) on a cookie sheet…

Sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top…

Bake 375 degrees until bacon starts to brown… and crisp… approximately 20-25 minutes…

I drained grease off and sprinkled a little more sugar on them… then put under broiler till browner and crisper…

After cooling I just put in a baking dish to serve… some bacon might fall off…

That’s OK!… we are not perfect!…

YUMMY!…. and they were all gone!