Monday, January 12, 2009

FONDUE-ING

A few weeks back, right after Christmas, my extended family got together for our annual "White Elephant" party. It's always a good time. The idea behind the white elephant is that no money should be spent. It's a chance to 're-gift' those items that you may not want for yourself. Unfortuanately some of those items are not wanted by anyone else and so they often make an appearance the next year, and the next and so on. We laugh a lot. I would have posted about this event except that I was too lazy to take pictures....heck, I was too lazy to even get dressed up for the big event. (I wore my sweats) This year I felt lucky. I got something that I would never buy for myself, but don't mind having in my collection either. It's a FONDUE POT. My brother Zachary and his wife Alana re-gifted it to ME! (I'm hoping their gifter will not happen upon this post or they might be in trouble...) I thought it would be a fun Sabbath activity to do with the kids. Chocolate and the Sabbath - what could be better? :)

Here are the sacrificial reindeer (is that sacrilegious to say?). I got them 75% off at the store the day before. Can we say BARGAIN? We used three of these...

Um...did I mention my husband was in charge of the fondue-ing? I'm SO glad that he made sure the pot was CLEAN before throwing the reindeer in. (sheesh - that's embarrassing)

He did do a fantastic job cutting up the fruit though.

My friend Kathy joined us in our fondue-ing.
Only a few kids got stabbed, especially as we got down to the last couple of strawberries. They were the HOT items of the night.

Mmmmmm...marshmellow and chocolate. Could it be any sweeter? I submit that it CANNOT! Thanks Z and A...it was a hit.

17 comments:

Jo Jo said...

Yum! I bet any kid would love for you to come home with that after seeing these pictures.

Carrie said...

We LOVE fondue night. This kids are always asking to do that "cool dinner where we get to dip the food in!" It's probably enough to have CPS called on me since I allow them to stick sharp objects into a pot of boiling hot oil, but they love it!

shirlgirl said...

Looks like a lot of fun and the fruit looked great! Glad you had a super time fonduing! I gave away all my fondue pots. I had two of them when they were the rage. We used to do beef tips--me and my Dad and Uncle David. I'd have a vegetable and a nice salad to go along with it. Never did have the one for cheese or chocolate--need a ceramic one for that, not metal. Your pictures made me drool!

LL said...

YUMMY!!! I love choc and strawberries. or pretzels. or...
who am I kidding I like anything with chocolate.
Also love the 75% off. NICE!

The Coopers said...

First, how fun! I love fonduing, especially with chocolate...mmm...Second, I love that you quoted Brian Regan! Way to go! Youve made me proud:)

"Can life get any better" I submit that it CANNOT!"

Rachel said...

Oh yum! I got a fondue pot as a "gag gift" this years from Matt's boss. I haven't used it yet, but I think I probably should. You've inspired me!

ChefTom said...

I find fondue to be a fundon't around here. We have a chocolate fountain that we drag out occasionally. It is only about 1.5 feet tall and fun to use, not fun to clean.... The best with marshmallows is to grind graham crackers into crumbs and then marshmallow on stick, into chocolate, roll through the graham cracker crumbs, and you have a somore(sp).

Wiggles said...

Ok, you got me. You put my name and my picture on your blog I have to respond. Had a great time eating fondue at your house. I always have great time when I come to your house. Your are my angles!!!!! Great idea about the graham cracker crumbs.

Love you

Sojourner said...

How tantilizing, I can taste it from here.;-)

April said...

How yummy and fun!! Hey, we love Brian Regan!! We just watched the eptimome of hyperbole- Loved it!
Love ya!!

Jenny said...

You fon-DO it with style! Nice choice of chocolate!
Mmmm...

Mostly Stacie's Space said...

Yummmm. The girls did a chocolate foutain for activity days and really loved it. I got two pots from my sister and it will be fun to use them. Love ya

KeriLyn and Matthew said...

that looks like fun! My parents used to have a fondue pot....like you said, i would never just buy it for myself, but that makes for a wonderful white elephant gift!!!

Christy said...

Fun Fun for you guys! Why don't we do things like this more often? It really is not difficult to set up. Even w/ cheese to dip as a dinner. That was one of our fav's as a kid. We dipped bread and ham.

Still cracking up about the sacrificial reindeer. Your too funny!

The Mormon Monk said...

Love that line about gift resurfacing year after year. Know what I'm saying Beck? Steve? Muah-ha-ha-ha.

Gilbert Family said...

I have NEVER got anything so great from a white elephant party!! I think fodue pots are great...I have to say that I prefer the cheesy fondue over the chocolate though...I know it's crazy but I am not a huge fan of sugar! It's ALL good though!

Anonymous said...

YUM!! We love fondue. I loved the 'sacrificial reindeer'!
Try fresh pineapple next time too : )