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Holiday Eats

Christmas day at our house was filled with family, delicious food, games, movies and did I mention the delicious food?! We won’t need to cook again for a few days as our refrigerator is stuffed with amazing leftovers. I’m grateful that we could be together and have so much fun.

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  My kitchen table expands to accommodate twelve so when we entertain large groups we dine more casual in the kitchen setting. Since there were just six of us for Christmas dinner we could eat in the dining room which is always a treat!

FallOff The Bone BBQ Ribs

Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole with Pank Crumbs

Daughter Katy made this cheesy, spicy Green Bean Casserole topped with crunchy panko crumbs. This recipe comes from Pioneer Woman so it is full of bacon, cream, cheese, butter and totally delicious! A once a year recipe for sure. I just added it to the recipe board so check it out.

Praline Yams

I had to make David’s favorite - Praline yams, he would be happy with a dish of pralines minus the yams! I use to make these with canned yams but now we love them with fresh organic yams. Steaming the yams so as not to lose any of the nutrients and then proceed with the recipe. They are amazing and also one of my favorite holiday dishes.

How to keep mashed potatoes warm for hours.

On the Rachael Ray show I learned a wonderful trick for making mashed potatoes ahead and keeping them warm. Using our favorite Garlic Mashed Potato recipe, once prepared, the potatoes were transferred to a smaller sauce pan that would fit inside a Dutch oven that contained simmering water. Just keep the water simmering gently, put a lid on the pot with potatoes and you are good to go for hours!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This worked so well! I made the potatoes in the morning before any guests arrived and kept them warm until we ate around 1:00.

  Christmas 2012

This was my plate with a hearty sampling of everything.

  Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Since I didn’t do any baking this year Katy baked a family favorite – Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies. Yummy – two of my favorite flavors combined in one cookie, peanut butter and chocolate. The recipe comes from my mom, she always made these for us kids and I made them for my children. I love them as much today as I did back then. After moving to CA I use to have to order the Brach’s chocolate stars on the internet as we weren’t able to buy them locally. Fortunately last year our Target store started carrying Brach’s chocolate stars but only during the Christmas season. We also had Cheesecake Factory cheesecake but I forgot to photograph it.

Sausage Cheese Egg Casserole

This year since we didn’t gather for a big breakfast I assembled this Sausage Cheese Egg casserole in the morning and refrigerated it until evening when we baked it for a lighter meal to enjoy while we watched movies. Served with fresh grapes, apple slices and mandarin oranges it was the perfect light meal after all that heavy food earlier in the day. It was a new recipe for me and although I tweaked it as I prepared the recipe I feel like it needs the addition of more green onions and a spicier breakfast sausage as the flavor was more mild than I had wished. Still good but it could better!

What about you, how did you spend Christmas Day?


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  1. Sharon says:

    That looks like a delicious meal. I’m sure it was1! We had a very quiet low-key Christmas day as all our family festivities were completed on Christmas Eve. It was the first Christmas Day ever that we had no where we had to be. It was wonderful celebrating just the two of us.

    1. Tami says:

      That sounds wonderful Sharon.Low key and quiet is always nice. :)

  2. Jody - Fit at 55 says:

    What a wonderful time for all Tami!!!! The food – OMG! :)

    Ours was calm & not crazy – just right!

    How is your foot?

    1. Tami says:

      I am healing and getting better. Still have plenty of pain and swelling but it’s getting better. I have to take each day as it comes and stay sat with my foot propped when needed. It seems like if I move around a lot one day then the next day I have to do less and prop my foot a bit more. The recovery phase takes patience!

      Wishing you all the best in the New Year Jody!

  3. Veronica says:

    Those are some good eats! I love that you use the Brach stars, they are so melty in the pic for a minute I thought you piped them on yourself! :) They are on sale for $2 a bag right now but I resisted buying them b/c I don’t want to bake the cookies and then eat a dozen. Better to buy the stars full price for when I really need them and not just because they’re on sale. Dang it! We totally didn’t eat at home on Christmas, it was tragic, but we did get to see the Hobbit, and it was great.

    1. Tami says:

      The fact that the Brachs get all melty and shiny is one of the reason we like them better than the chocolate kisses! They are addictive so lucky for me I don’t have an entire bunch hav
      Being around. They do freeze well!

      We saw The Hobbit too, it was great! We went to a morning showing which wasn’t crowded and I was able to prop my foot during the movie. What a fun escape from the rest of the world.

  4. Renee@Mykitchenadventures says:

    Looking like your holiday was a great one! You won’t be surprised, but I also use those Brach stars on the pb blossoms when I make them…so much better than a hershey kiss, I think. I never got around to making them this year though, much to my son’s dismay…this is his favorite cookie! If you can find the brachs stars on sale after the holidays, they freeze great…just so you know.
    Too many indulgent good eats over the holiday here too…time to get back on track!! lol

    1. Tami says:

      Renee I think we are related! We think so much alike and cook the same! I did buy an extra bag of the stars prior to my foot surgery and of course then I didn’t do any baking so we have extra stars to freeze. I don’t think they go on sale here because only one Target has hem and only a few bags at that. So many food items are regional – I had no idea until we moved here 23 years ago!

      I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family.

  5. Helen says:

    Yummy food!

    I host Christmas so it’s always a busy day for me even if there are only a few of us, like this year. As you know my whole December was packed so I never got around to doing any baking either but it didn’t matter one bit. We ended up having plates of goodies on the counter because so many were given to us.

    I usually don’t make a breakfast because I’m so busy but this year I tried an easy recipe for a Bacon Pie – one of those impossible pies that use a baking mix. It was delicious and kept everyone full until dinner was served!

    1. Tami says:

      Sound like everything all worked out well Helen! bacon makes everything better! Happy New Year. :)

  6. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Oh my goodness, I haven’t thought of Brach’s chocolate stars in years! I must try to find some locally. (I’d imagine they’re about the same calorie count as Hershey’s Kisses, wouldn’t you?)

    I’m glad you and your family had such a lovely holiday, Tami!

    1. Tami says:

      Cammy here is the nutritional info for the chocolate stars
      Per 10 stars, 190 calories, 10g fat, 5mg chol, 24g carbs,1g fiber, 2g pro. I don’t know how that compares to chocolate kisses.

      Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  7. janine says:

    Your holiday table looks so pretty–and that food! Wow! Even with the healing footie you had a beautiful celebration. Can’t ask for better.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Janine! I was able to sit to do my food prep and pulled my bar stool up to the stove so I could sit while watching over the pots! It worked pretty well. The family did all the cleanup so we shared the work load and everyone had a good time.

      Blessings to you for the New Year!

  8. Biz says:

    Everything looks great – I am sure Katy was such a big help to you this year – no worries, you’ll be up and around in no time!

    We had a low key Christmas, which was fine – I’ll be putting my Christmas stuff away this weekend – boo!

    Happy Friday!

    1. Tami says:

      Katy and the entire family were a big help! I only have a few decorations out so putting them away will be easy and take all of about 10 minutes!

      Happy New Year Biz!

  9. Roz@weightingfor50 says:

    Hi Tami, Belated Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope you are continuing to heal well, and that you are up dancing again soon in 2013! Hugs.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Roz. Just taking it a day at a time. Happy New Year!

  10. Kim says:

    Love your recipes!!! We had the garlic mashed potatoes as a side for our pork tenderloin Christmas day. We just kept them warm in the crock pot….worked for us. Actually, I think you are the one who gave me the crockpot idea to keep potatoes warm. This way I wasnt mashing right before we had dinner.

    I am very interested in the breakfast casserole you made. I need to make breakfast for 20 hungry wrestler soon…..and this sounds GREAT!!! Things have been busy so I havent had a chance to comment…..but I still love reading your blog! And your great recipes!!!

    Glad you are doing well!!!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Kim! Yes the crock pot does a good job of keeping the mashed potatoes warm too. I’m delighted to know you enjoyed that garlic mashed potato recipe.

      I posted the breakfast casserole recipe today. Be sure to check it out.

      Happy New Year to you and your family. :)

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