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Christmas Dinner at Eddeaux’s

If my house were a restaurant, I’d have to give it 5 stars…

I set the mood by lighting all the lights, burning all the candles, and setting the table for 9. I took a little extra time making dinner last night and even started preparing it the day before. I brined my chicken in garlic, sugar and salt. I purchased beer brined pork chops and picked up gas for the grill. In the end dinner consisted of fried chicken strips, pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans and tres leches cake with strawberries, bananas, pineapple and coconut. There were glasses filled with ice and sweet tea and a room filled with warm smiles and laughter.

This is my family, no extension, no cousins, no friends – which is a rarity in our world. We always seem to have a few extra family members or friends join our gatherings and while we love having them with us 99% of the time it was nice to have just my mom and my sisters and their kids and significant others around my table.

After dinner we exchanged inexpensive gifts and warm hugs. We sat around the fire and made a big mess of wrapping paper and had enjoyable conversation. It was simple – fantastically simple and blessed.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the great state of Kentucky to spend Christmas with my best friend Joe and his sweet family. It’s been a good year. I’m fat and happy and that’s nice.

So here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas…

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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