Are you sure everyone gets along?

As planned, my mom, stepdad, and I headed over to my dad’s house for a big family dinner! When we arrived, my stepmom had prepared quite a spread of scrumptious appetizers. I have no clue how much of this ended up going into my mouth, but I was certainly on a roll …

cheese-ball

My stepmom made this spread with fat free cream cheese, craisins, orange zest, and several other yummy touches. It tasted like carrot cake frosting!

sorpressata-cheddar-pineapple-olive skewers!

sorpressata-cheddar-pineapple-olive skewers

Has anyone tried this before? It's the perfect salty-sweet-spicy combo.

And onto the main event:
Dad slicing some bakery fresh wheat ciabatta

Dad slicing some bakery fresh wheat ciabatta

 

Stepmom slicing terriyaki pork tenderloin (flanked by sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, and green beans)

Stepmom slicing terriyaki pork tenderloin (flanked by sweet potatoes, white potatoes, carrots, and green beans)

heel of the bread, 4 slices tenderloin, roasted veggies (minus white potatoes -- LOATHE them!), and unsweetened applesauce

My plate: heel of the bread, 4 slices tenderloin, roasted veggies (minus white potatoes -- LOATHE them!), and unsweetened applesauce

For dessert, we each had a slice of my very yummy and very healthy creation: Apple-Cranberry Pie with Millet Crust.

pie 

pie-crust

Ensuing hilarity:

Angry mom trying to request a more flattering angle.

Angry mom trying to request a more flattering angle.

 

Dad sending a friendly message to the photographer (my mother)

Dad sending a friendly message to the photographer (my mother)

Inauguration of the new camera’s self-timer feature:

Aunt Mary, stepmom, me, dad, mom, stepdad

Everyone: Aunt Mary, Rae Ann (stepmom), me, dad, mom, John (stepdad)

Following this wholesome family meal, we all retired to the living room so dad, John, and Rae Ann could break out the guitars. I napped on the floor in front of the roaring fire, waking up every so often for:

molasses cookies and m&m cookies (I had one of each)

molasses cookies and m&m cookies (I had one of each)

clementine (x2)

clementine (x2)

candy jar! (I had 2 mini peanut butter cups, mmmm).

candy jar! (I had 2 mini peanut butter cups, mmmm).

 We finally left around 1:30am, perfectly satisfied and ready for bed. I love my family!

fire

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