Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What We're Actually Eating for Christmas

A lot of times when I publish my lists of food, they are I'd-love-to-make-this-some-day lists. Or maybe they are my tried and true recipes that I'm sharing with you. This time it's an actual, sure-fire menu. Here's what we're eating Wednesday night when my parents come to shower the kiddos with gifts:

1. A large, hickory smoked ham (that I'm going to toss in the oven with some foil and prayer)

2. Mashed Potatoes--the smooth kind my hubby loves. His mom taught me how to make them. Slice and boil desired amount of potatoes until very soft. Drain water. Use hand mixer to blend with butter and milk until soft and smooth in consistency.

3. Sweet Potato Casserole--I love this but rarely make it because just baking a sweet potato is so good and so much easier. It takes a holiday meal to make me get off my lazy bum!

4. Chocolate Cake--(mentioned first in this list of chocolate cakes) This one was actually made for a party on Sunday, but since there is more than half of it left and I really (really) don't want it just sitting around my house, I'm hoping it gets completed on Wednesday.

5. Pumpkin Pie--Occasionally I remember to actually ask my hubby what he would like to see on the table during or after a meal. When I did this time pumpkin pie was the first thing out of his mouth. Perfect--I have all the ingredients and it's relatively easy to make.

6. Apple Dumpling Cake--When I broadcast the question to the kids, the oldest answered that she would like to have apple dumplings. I've never made these--I think she read about them in a book. Thinking about prep time, I chose this dumpling cake instead. It looks like the oldest will be able to help a lot. Maybe this could be something she makes for the family often.

7. I usually make these rolls to go with meals like this because they are easy and yummy. (I have mentioned them a lot of times, once here.)

8. We will have lima beans (the boy's request), green beans (more the crowd pleaser) and baked mixed vegetables as sides. There is something about having more than one vegetable on the table that just screams "Holiday!" to me. : ) For the baked vegetable: pour frozen vegetables into a large glass baking dish. Sprinkle with garlic, italian seasonings, and olive oil. Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes. The roasted taste to these really makes the time (and oven space) worth it!

These two recipes won't be served on Wednesday, but I've already made them numerous times this Christmas for parties and gifts:

9. Easy Granola Bars--I first found these when looking for good things to take with us camping. I LOVE them! They are easy, wholesome, and cheap. I don't think I'll buy pre-made granola bars ever again. Yesterday I made a quadruple batch (half with dried fruit and nuts and the other half with chocolate chips) and took them to friends and neighbors in cute little bags.

10. I've made this Ham and Swiss Braid (with cheddar both times) for two different parties and it was a hit at both. My head is spinning with the possibilities for seasonings and fillings. This looks sophisticated, but let me tell you, it's super EASY! Easy enough to get off the couch at 5:15 and have it ready by 6! If you make it by the recipe, make sure to spread lots of mustard inside the sandwich and be quite generous with the cheese. I recently saw a recipe for a braid like this made with crescent rolls with broccoli, chicken chunks and cheese! Yum! This bread would work for just about anything you wanted to stuff it with!


  1. Sounds like you guys are going to have one awesome menu this Christmas! :) Have fun!

  2. Sounds delicious! Instead of milk in your mashed potatoes... add heavy whipping cream! Makes them even more divine! Merry Christmas!

  3. We will be having chocolate cake for Christmas. My son has told me Jesus would want a chocolate birthday cake.