For the first time in years, we got to spend Christmas with extended family, this one in the Carolinas. It was three full days of cooking for me – culminating in a very traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes in honor of Daniel’s Italian mother. We happily slurped and gorged ourselves on giant Alaskan king crab legs with garlic butter dipping sauce, clams in red wine marinara, mussels in white wine and ginger, fried oysters, roasted whole salmon, deep fried tilapia and trout almandine. And it just occurred to me that I made eight seafood dishes and not seven. Oops. Handmade cannoli for dessert and coffee rounded out the menu before midnight Mass. I hope your Christmas was just as memorable as ours.

Before anything else – Karen Boughton, where is my Christmas baklava? I am craving, please help.

It was another fun-filled Girls Game Night at Lynn Fields’ home with Emmy Lee, Catherine DeHart, Donna Locke, DeRinda Bass, Colette Marshall,  Suzanne Monk, Lynn Fields,  Judy Luquette Gollub, Laurie Katz, Pam Hall, Cheryl Wilson and Kelly Altic with a super funny edition of White Elephant. 

Gina Remmes also hosted a Girls Night, but this one was an ugly sweater-themed one. I have to say that when Jill Henderson of Red Door Realty walked in dressed in a Santa sweater complete with a paunch, I thought she nailed it.  But then Cheryl Burnett entered with an absolutely crazy piece of holiday madness; everyone had to bow down to the clear winner. I can’t even describe it – there was tinsel and lights, candy canes and Barbie tree ornaments. You’ll have to check someone’s Facebook page to see as I’m pretty sure several people posted it. Joan Clinton,  Kathleen Labbe, Elizabeth Daughtery, Kathy Whalen, Karen Kelly, Janie Patton, Janet Tingen, Shelly Paul,  Robin Wells,  Ann Cox, Robin Pargahn, Karen Hughey, Lisa Meier,  Rita Hansen,  Joanne Dusing and I had a blast with the ornament exchange where every single one of the ornaments I picked was immediately stolen by someone else. The evening ended pretty spectacularly as we watched our area’s very own Sundance Head crowned winner of “The Voice.” 

Congratulations to Darryal and Connie Chandler of MinuteMan Press for being honored as the Small Business of the Year by the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center Advisory Council. Over 300 guests attended the banquet, including Kelly Amerson, Vincente Velasquez, Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce’s Jenna Armstrong and Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Stephen Head. Congratulations also to JLA Realty and my very dear friend Danny Sullivan of Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Body.                       

The FamilyTime Women of Achievement Gala is soon upon us. In preparation for the event, Chris Parker hosted a Build the Bar at her home where guests Christina Lafuente, Kathy Neal, Judy Cox, Danny Sullivan, Casey Christman, Juanita Zavala, Fran Fennie, Laryssa Korduba, Tracy Hobson and Devon Alexander donated bottles of alcohol which will be available for blind purchase at the gala. 

Speaking of Women of Achievement, Tamara Paul and other past Women of Achievement helped decorate 100 miniature Christmas trees for all the residents of Cypress Woods Retirement Center. Those who were busy trimming the trees were Tammy Broussard, Christine Zenker, Norma O’Donnell,  Emily Stander, Halene Crossman, Barbara Hemphill  and Kathy Adkins. Pat Guard took photos of each resident sitting with Santa and donations from Kenneth’s Car Care. The Kingwood Executive Group and past Women of Achievement made this fun project possible.

Sevala and Terry Benton, along with Elizabeth Saxon, John Philips, Susan Meinholz, Lakeisha Jackson and a whole lot of other revelers, partied through the New Year’s Eve countdown at the Kingwood Country Club enjoying food, drinks and lots of dancing.

Congratulations to dear friends, Steve and Cristie Herrin, who began the holiday season by celebrating their wedding anniversary in my old stomping grounds, Savannah, Ga. 

Had impromptu drinks with some of the girls – Carol Covey, Wendy Alexander and Denise Krieger – at Raffa’s followed by frozen yogurt at the Berry Bar. Angie Chesnut – we missed you!

Corinn and Joe Price opened their lovely home to friends and family for a New Year’s Eve party. The dining room table was loaded with extravagant and delectable goodies like crab cakes, chicken, dips, stuffed mushrooms and some truly amazing desserts all prepared by Corinn! Several beautiful Christmas trees greeted guests who admired Corinn’s extensive Christmas Village collection. A great way to usher in the new year! Among the guests at the lovely open house were David and Louise Cheney, Christine Price,  Larry and Cynthia ShifletDarrell and Lynn Cheney, Bob and Pam Singletary, Rachel Miller, Trey Hill, Vince and Kim Hegwood, Elizabeth Brock, Scott and Tracey Brady,  Jeff and Laurie Hiett,  Mike and Lisa Ogle,  Lauren Matt, Linda Matt, Steve and Jennifer Dantzler, LynAnn Centofani, Randy and Carol Sutton, Andrew and Katherine Persson, Roger and Anne Schuelke and Tom Victor.

I wish us all a fantastic New Year! Let’s hope for a 2017 filled with much better everything, shall we?  We can do this!

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