Monday, December 8, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas...

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...

IMG_2905 Meet... the press!!


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She's such a lady!

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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.

WHChristmas08 085 Here she is showing us the White House Christmas cards.

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."

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Beautiful tables in the East Room.

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A beautiful tree in Cross Hall.

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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.

If you want to see your local ornament, you can click here.  (You'll have to know your Congressional district, if you don't click here.)


On our way out, we all posed for Christmas portraits by the infamous tree!

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Now... let's talk about the FOOD! (this wasn't even ALL!)

WHChristmas08 024Lobster Salad with Fresh Cucumber, Radishes, and Chicory

Smoked Salmon with Potato Pancakes and Chive Crème Fraîche

Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Madeira Sauce

Cauliflower Gratin

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

Yule Log

Lemon Layer Cake with Fresh Blueberry and Raspberry Topping

Pecan Pie

Red Velvet, Devil's Food, and Strawberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Pecan Pralines

Chocolate Truffles **(my favorite!)

Blueberry Cobbler

Fresh Long-Stemmed Strawberries with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Barney, Miss Beazley, and Kitty Cookies

Star Cookies

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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...)

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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!

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Eric took some questions in the Briefing Room.

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And I sat in Helen's chair.

But I played nice!

That's a wrap!

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