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Menu planning help? snack for my parents who are arriving early?

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Menu planning help? snack for my parents who are arriving early?

shana | Dec 22, 2007 06:09 AM

My husband and I are spending Christmas day with his family and then we are hosting both our families on boxing day at our house.

Now since my parents and sister/niece etc won't have seen us on Christmas day I've told them to come early (1:00pm) so we can do our gift exchanging before the husbands brood arrive at 3. My problem is since my family lives more than 2 hours away they will have left their homes around 10:30-11 am and will not have eaten anything since breakfast.

I've got my menu for the rest of the day planned:
-artisan cheese plate of Canadian cheeses with dried fruits and pears, cured meats/olives, breads, crisps and spiced nuts.
-Roast pork with braised red cabbage, butternut squash, spinach salad with pomegranites and pumpkin seeds and a rice pilaf.
-Chocolate honey cake and assorted baking.

We'll be eating early - 4:30-5 so the seniors can get home and not be on the road to late.

In the past I've put out baking, sweet breads and coffee when my family arrives for the gift exchange but I'm hoping to do something different/special for them this year - I'd also like to do some sort of protein for them so it's not carb city.

But we have a huge meal and tons of appies planned for the rest of the day so don't want anything too big either otherwise we'll just have to roll everyone out at the end of the night!

Any suggestions? Luckily my family loves food and are not picky at all!

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