Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Holiday Food!

I get just as excited about preparing food for the holidays as I do anything else. Feasting on Christmas is just a much of a tradition as opening presents at our house. Thanks to Pinterest, I found some yummy new recipes.  Here's a list of our menu items for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve
Since Jeremy has to work on Christmas Eve morning each year, we have had the tradition since we moved to Missouri, to meet at IHOP when he gets off of work mid morning. We eat a big brunch and then make any last minute stops that we need to make before settling in for a cozy evening at home. For the rest of the day, we spend time as a family watching Christmas movies, playing video games (Oh yes, we all love to play Mario Cart!), and getting things ready for Santa. A big pot of soup and some appetizers are perfect for this lazy afternoon and evening.

1.) Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup by www.life-in-the-lofthouse.com was slow cooking all day. Someone at school told me about this soup, and I thought it would be a fun new one to try for Christmas Eve. It definitely will be on our regular rotation of soups. Don't be fooled by the crock pot in the title. There is actually quite a bit that has to be done outside of the crock pot. The only thing that cooks in the crock pot are the vegetables. The beef and white sauce both have to be done separately. But still, it is yummy and was perfect for a day of grazing.

2.) Brown Sugar Bacon Smokies by kathyskitchentable.com was next on our list. I've made this is a few times before and you've probably had them at some tailgate or carry-in. People love things wrapped in bacon. I go light on the brown sugar because we aren't really that into sweets. These are just as good leftover which was good for us because we ate them for a couple of days.

Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies
Photo via Kathy's Kitchen Table

3.) Cranberry Feta Pinwheels by food.com would be ranked 1st if I were putting these in order of favorites. I am definitely going to make these again - possibly even this week. You wouldn't think that cranberries, feta, and green onion would blend together so well, but oh. my. goodness. AND they have red and green in them so they look really festive. They are so delicious. They will probably be made every Christmas Eve forever in our house.

Christmas Breakfast 

4.) Oatmeal and Fruit Casserole made its debut on our Christmas breakfast table last year after Lex spotted it over my shoulder on Pinterest.  As an oatmeal loving family, this is an absolutely delicious breakfast treat. I blogged the recipe here this past year. 


 5.) Easy Breakfast Casserole by The Whole Dish was our savory alternative for breakfast. This is actually the third time I've made this including once for company and it is so easy and so delicious. Honestly, it seems somewhat fool proof. I have made breakfast casseroles for years and this one is by far the easiest prep. I am so glad I found this one. 

Easy Breakfast Casserole
Photo Via The Wholesome Dish

Christmas Dinner   
In addition to a yummy spiral, bone-in ham, I found 2 new side dishes and a beautiful bread, all of which I will be making again. 

6.) Broccoli Casserole from Yellowblissroad.com was the perfect compliment to the ham. I have only ever had broccoli casserole with canned cream of mushroom soup which I tend to stay away from now when possible. This casserole, however, has a made from scratch cream of mushroom sauce that is to die for! And instead of cracker crumbs, it has toasted bread crumbs. Let me tell you, I was sad when the leftovers were gone on this one. It may have been my favorite thing of the entire day. And since both the boys love broccoli, they gobbled it up too.

 7. Corn and Bacon Casserole also came from Yellowblissroad.com. And this one had a little bit of a twist because it looks innocent, but it has red pepper in it which packs a little bit of a punch. It was pretty easy, but not out of this world. Still, I will probably make it again.

 8. And finally, for my "Piece de Resistance....." Seriously, I outdid my myself with this Pull Apart Christmas Tree from My Honeys Place. I had these on my "things to make for Christmas" list for months and couldn't wait to try them. Not only will I make them again, but I have tons of variations in mind as well. They don't take as long to make as you think, and they are yummy! Stuffed with cream cheese and mozzarella, then topped with garlic butter and herbs, they pull apart for a melt in your mouth kind of finale. I am so proud of this one.

And that wraps up our Christmas Feast. We don't really do desserts, because, well, there is plenty of eggnog, chocolate, and candy canes to go around that we really don't need anything sweet in a dish form. Hope you and your family feasted well this Christmas too!

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