Last week was First Lady Laura Bush's final reveal of the Christmas decorations and food for the Holiday Season at the White House. I was fortunate to get to cover it, once again, for work. I really LOVE being at the White House and I jump at the chance to get over there any time I can! I'm snuggled in bed, trying to tackle all of this blog catching up... so I may get to just pictures, no stories... if that happens, I'll fill in the blanks tomorrow...
It was really touching when she told us how much she's going to miss the staff of the White House.
She almost started crying while talking about the florist.
I got mine today! It cracks me up that it always comes with a Crawford, TX postmark!
It's very pretty and on the inside, is Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Beautiful tables in the East Room.
A beautiful tree in Cross Hall.
This is THE tree in the Blue Room. A little crooked, yes, I know... sorry about that. :)
The theme this year is "A Red, White and Blue Christmas." The tree has ornaments designed by artists all around the USA.
On our way out, we all posed for Christmas portraits by the infamous tree!
Now... let's talk about the FOOD! (this wasn't even ALL!)
Smoked Salmon with Potato Pancakes and Chive Crème Fraîche
Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Madeira Sauce
Shaved Virginia Ham with Plum Marmalade
Cheesy Stone-Ground Grits
Holiday Reception Desserts
Brioche Bread Pudding
Coconut Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting
Chocolate Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate Glaze
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
Lemon Layer Cake with Fresh Blueberry and Raspberry Topping
Red Velvet, Devil's Food, and Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Chocolate Truffles **(my favorite!)
Fresh Long-Stemmed Strawberries with Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Barney, Miss Beazley, and Kitty Cookies
This is the annual giant gingerbread/white chocolate to scale White House!
It's made with more than 350 lbs of white chocolate and 125 lbs of gingerbread!
(whoa! totally sounds like one of those shows on the Discovery Health Channel or something...)
I saw a plate and glass and fork that someone left behind in the Green Room.
Seriously, how ghetto do you have to be to leave your stank dishes laying around the White House? C'mon people!
Eric took some questions in the Briefing Room.
But I played nice!
That's a wrap!