Friday, November 26, 2010

Full as a . .

I blame it all on my family.  If they weren't such good cooks, I could restrain myself.  But damn if we don't make the most delicious food ever.  With no limit.  All over the place.  In a fun setting.  I never stood a chance.

Here's what we had available at Thanksgiving:

Smoked Turkey
Fried Turkey
Roasted Turkey
Smoked ham
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Gruyere-onion-cream potato galette
Stuffing - 2 kinds
Baked squash
Whiskey cranberry sauce
Gingered cranberry sauce
Green beans
Spinach salad with bleu cheese, craisins, nuts, and homemade dressing
Spinach balls
Veggie tray extraordinaire with spinach/veg dip or pesto dip
Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie
Apple pie
Red Velvet cake

All this gluttony followed by multiple games of 500 and Celebrity.  Darling MG taught us Celebrity a few years ago and it's now a family tradition.  Here's how it's played but don't blame me if you have a cardiac arrest from laughing.  The funniest part is when the younger kids are better than the adults.


Take everybody, and divide the group into 2 teams.  Whoever refuses to play must clean up the entire kitchen by themselves.  Designate a person to keep time on each team.

Give EVERYBODY 2-4 slips of paper.  If you have a lot of people, do just 2.
Everybody writes the name of a "celebrity" on their slips.  Try to make them names everyone in the group is likely to recognize - authors, cartoons, actors, musicians, etc.  You can even use the names of people there, or mutual friends. You may have more than one person write the same name - that's OK!

Put all those slips in a bowl, and have an empty bowl ready as well.

ROUND ONE - someone from team #1 volunteers to go first.  Someone from team #2 holds the guessing bowl full of slips ready for player #1 to draw from.  Someone on team #2 has their watch or timer ready to time one minute.
Timer says "GO"
Player #1 takes a slip of paper from the bowl and using words, songs, etc gets their teammates to guess the correct name.  If they get it right, player #1 throws the slip in the empty bowl and takes another etc etc.  If the team is stumped, player #1 throws the slip at their feet and takes another.  This keeps going until timer says "STOP!".  If they were in the middle of a guessing round, that name slip goes back into the guessing bowl.  Team #1 counts how many they got right, and subtracts any they had to skip.  KEEP SCORE!

Someone puts the correctly guessed slips from the 2nd bowl in a pile off to the side.  The skipped names go back into the guessing bowl.

Then a volunteer from Team #2 goes, and Team #1 keeps the time.  This goes back and forth until all the slips are gone.

Starting and playing just like Round One, except this time the player can say only ONE WORD! and NO GESTURES!  This is where anything that happened in round one comes in handy.

Starting and playing stays the same, but this time it's pantomime, like charades.


MommyLisa said...

OMG - too funny. I will have to remember that when our friends kids get older. We can do it at New Year's then.

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's all fun and games until great-grandpa gets a coronary because none of the grandkids have ever even heard of Clara Bow.

Mnmom said...

Oh Kirby, my stomach is aching from laughing.

...tom... said...

Long time no read. My bad, my loss.

I see you still have your sense of humor about life.

That is the way it goes nowadays. ...:minism:...

Happy holidays from down-I-35 I-o-way..!!


Mauigirl said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you had a great day!

Life As I Know It Now said...

glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

michaelg said...

OMG! She's doing Auntie Ruth!!


Slimbolala said...

Sounds like a great time.

Churlita said...

Good lord! But that's a lot of food. Ours was good, but nothing like yours. I think I'd still be in a food coma right now, if ours was like yours.