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I too need help on uninvited guests.

Your brother doesn't want to have to choose between his sibling and his children/grandchildren. Isn't spending time with family what the holidays are all about?

I would call your brother ASAP and say something along the line of "It was such a nice surprise to see your kids and grandkids. What are your for plans for Christmas?" and then see what he says. If he says that he will be at your house as usual then ask point blank if the kids are coming. You don't get anywhere pussy footing around. If he says no they are going to XYZ you are off the hook. Most parents of small children don't wing it over Christmas plans and chances are they already know where they are going.

Of course before you call you need to decide what you are comfortable with. Are you Ok with them coming? Are you willing to change things around? I mean this is your brother, your nieces/nephews and grand nieces/nephews. If you are truly over kids in your home no problem just make it very clear to your brother that you will not tolerate surprise guests at the holidays. Just be prepared with the potential fall out.

But…if he says they want to come AND if you are willing to work around it you could
a) ask you brother to host all 18 of you
b) ask one of the adult nieces/nephews to host
c) turn it into something more casual. Maybe a potluck, a buffet brunch, a coffee/dessert party or if funds aren't an issue maybe rent a hall or a private room in a restaurant.
d) if it is in your house consider hiring a sitter for the unruly kids. Even if this get together is on christmas day you can often find folks to sit. Often they are woman of your age who don't have families near by. When my mom was sick and coming for the holidays a woman at our church was thrilled to come and keep our young son busy while I focused on my mom and dinner. She loved being with a family instead of home alone.

ETA- just saw you have a 17 year old grandchild. Are they part of the 18? Would they be willing to keep the kids (their cousins) busy? Maybe get some kid DVDs, etc and they could be in another part of the house while your eating? Most 17 year olds I know would love some extra cash…

about 9 hours ago
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

Most pasta dishes can be relatively inexpensive.

Spaghetti carbonara is elegant, delicious and easy

Giada's roasted eggplant and tomato rigatoni. I sub basil for the mint. A loaf of hearty garlic bread and simple salad makes a dinner party worthy meal.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

about 11 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Cranberry Sauce?

Top a wheel of brie with it and then warm in micro/oven. Serve with crusty bread

It's wonderful on french toast

Swirl into yogurt

It's a great filling for coffee cake. I made this one last year
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

Spread on warm cornbread

about 15 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

Turkey stock (in process)

Cheesy mashed potato pancakes

6 turkey pot pies (assembled, to be baked)

1 open face turkey sandwich

about 15 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

"Bully Beef & Biscuits" - a new book about food during the First World War

Congratulations! Cant wait to read it.

about 15 hours ago
foodieX2 in Food Media & News

Best New Thanksgiving Dish

Vegetarian nut loaf! It was amazing and omni and veggies alike loved it.
http://girllovesnature1.hubpages.com/...

about 19 hours ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

When my mom was going thru chemo it really impacted her appetite. Even when not feeling nauseous she rarely could eat more than a few bites. The most successful "meals" were things that could be sipped so we did a lot of soups. Comfort foods worked too like buttered cinnamon toast, french toast, mashed potatoes with meatloaf, pasta, etc.

Another thing that worked is we would often watch the food network together. If she seemed even middy interested in a dish I would go home, make it and bring it to her the next day.

Its hard seeing your parent suffer. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

about 20 hours ago
foodieX2 in General Topics

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Another successful Turkey Day under our belt, LOL.

2 16 turkeys that were brined, air dried and roasted
apple sausage and chestnut cornbread dressing
vegetarian roasted veggie and fruit dressing
vegetarian nut loaf
mashed taters
sweet potatoes w/ marshmallows
green beans almondine
endive/arugula/fennel salad
giblet gravy

All washed down with some amazing wine and then followed by ice cream with blueberry, pumpkin and apple pies

Kitchen is pretty much clean except for the final roasting pan, linens are washed and silver put away.

I have tons of leftovers. Some will become soup and some will become potpies. My husband will have his traditional day after Thanksgiving breakfast-cheesy mashed potato pancakes topped with over easy eggs. My son will have eggs over the chestnut dressing. And while I really want blubbery pie for breakfast I will model restraint after yesterdays feast.

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

First turkey is done and resting. Second is in the oven. Everything but the mashed taters are cooked and waiting to be reheated. Guests arrive in about an hour. It's the calm before the storm!

Happy happy to all who are celebrating with friends and family!

Weight Watcher's Foodies - Return to the Bermuda Triangle Edition! November 2014

Happy thanksgiving to you too!

I had my regular breakfast, over easy egg on 1/2 a sandwich thin topped with a wedge of spicy jack laughing cow cheese. Got the first turkey in the oven and then did 3 miles on the treadmill. For lunch it's a WW smoothies made with FF milk, a cup of blueberries and a TBS of chia seeds. Now I am getting the mashed taters ready. Everything else is done!

Trying not to sweat today. Fingers crossed!

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all my CH WW friends!

1 day ago
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Found this gravy that I think I'll try to make in the AM, subbing soy for the marmite. It will be a good test.

http://umamigirl.com/2011/11/best-veg...

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

That looks wonderful and a lot more "festive" than mine. Bookmarking for the next holiday get together. thank you!

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

Hmmm. It doesn't seem to be missing anything but now you have me curious! Maybe I'll make some kind of soy based "gravy" to serve with it tomorrow. Off to google what I can find…

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I skipped it entirely. I didn't want to buy an ingredient that I was unlikely to use again in the near future. I assumed it was to act as binder not flavor? In any event it tasted delicious!

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I would say 6 generous or 8 smaller servings. I have to say it was so good I was eating it "raw" but it was even better baked. I also think it would be pretty adaptable if you had little too few or too much of something.

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

I made this parsnip/mushroom/cashew loaf for my veggie niece as her main course tomorrow and I have to say it was so good I had two slices for my dinner tonight. So rich and satisfying. Served it along side some roasted kabucha squash.

http://girllovesnature1.hubpages.com/...

Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

You should see the vat of chestnut stuffing I just made. PLenty for everyone and then some. You gotta have leftovers sides, its what makes those sandwiches soooo good!

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

You might find it refreshing. Being direct (and kind) takes care of a lot of petty annoyances.

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Not About Food
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Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

I am the complete opposite! Leftovers are just as important as the big meal. I have already reminded my family to bring their own takeaway containers!

This year I am actual roasting two turkeys. One will be for the big meal and the other is to be carved for leftovers so everyone will get some

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Not About Food
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Would you say your Thanksgiving this year is going to be a big deal . Or your just going to make it simple ?

I have been hosting Turkey day for so long it feels very simple to me but to my friends who don't host or don't cook it appears to be a big deal. I do pull out the fancier silver and the good china but I do that many times a year so it's not like it is a once a year event.

The foods themselves are so easy to prepare and many can be prepared in advance that the actual day is really no big deal with plenty of downtime which to mean equals simple. My typical dinner parties are much more hectic.

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in General Topics

Weight your own vegetables at Wegmans

You sound like my grandmother. In addition to not using self check outs she refuses to use ATM's because they are taking away a job from cashiers AND charging you a fee to do their job.

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Chains

NY Times: F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

Chowser- have you heard about Paneras "hidden menu"? It's on their website but not listed in their stores. I rarely eat out for lunch these days but I ended up there yesterday and ordered the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps. 230 calories, 10 grams fat, 250 grams sodium. It was quite good albeit way too many red onions for me.

https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/art...

https://www.panerabread.com/content/d...

NY Times: F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Food Media & News

NY Times: F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

That place is scary.

Nov 26, 2014
foodieX2 in Food Media & News

NY Times: F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

Maybe not but it can be a wake up call. When Baja Fresh first came to this area my husband loved it….until he realized that even the most basic burrito (the ones *without* guacamole, cheese and sour cream) were around 800 calories and had a whopping 2000+ grams of sodium.

Nov 25, 2014
foodieX2 in Food Media & News

Weight Watcher's Foodies - Return to the Bermuda Triangle Edition! November 2014

Can I say again how jealous I am that you are in Key West?? We are expecting cold and snow tomorrow!

What's for dinner #336 -- The Thanksgiving 2014 Edition!

What sweet faced sneak!!

Nov 25, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Weight Watcher's Foodies - Return to the Bermuda Triangle Edition! November 2014

Wow! Sounds wonderful Rox!! Please report back on Daniel.

Nov 25, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Weight Watcher's Foodies - Return to the Bermuda Triangle Edition! November 2014

Yup, I keep telling myself the same thing-Its only one day! Even if its a total cheat day with no tracking and all splurging it shouldn't cause a long term gain if the rest of the week is on plan AND I get my exercise. My other strategy is that I pushed out the time we are eating to do a local turkey trot on Thursday morning. Granted I am walking it but its guarantees I get I my 10K steps in!

Nov 25, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Make ahead (or prep ahead) Brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving not at my home?

Since you say it a small group/quantities do you have a toaster oven? You could bring it with you and roast them that way. I have been getting a lot of sprouts in my farmshare and the toaster oven makes quick work of them.

Nov 24, 2014
foodieX2 in Home Cooking