christmas eve menu

24 Dec

around here we are cooking and baking and cleaning up a storm!  at my house we host christmas eve and then we see my husband’s family christmas day at his parent’s house.  christmas eve is an all day event.  my parents come early and we do a late breakfast and open gifts.  we have a snack type lunch and my sister and her family come over and we decorate sugar cookies.  then we all head to church and back to eat dinner and some baked goods.  then its time to leave food out for the reindeer…cookies and soy milk for santa (he has a dairy allergy too i think) and off to bed we go.

my friend heather got me hooked on pinterest…but i am a late bloomer…i seriously just got into it a few weeks ago.   but i have found lots of goods to eat on there, and even created a christmas eve board.  so be prepared for lots of links but here is our menu: (all photos are from the sites linked to the menu item)

breakfast: monkey bread

 

like i said, lunch is a mix of pickles, olives, pepperoni bread, crackers, ect.

dinner…yum…here we go.

we are having prime rib.  i have a few recipes that are similar…this is my first time making it.  i haven’t yet decided which one we are going with…and won’t decide until later in the afternoon.  it will all depend on the before prep time and how long it cooks…it has to stay in the oven while we are at mass.

we are also having baked potatoes and brussel sprouts:

 

we are also having mushrooms and rolls.  and homemade cranberry sauce

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the baked goods….

snickerdoodles

chocolate crinkles

 

peppermint sandwich cookies

 

we also make a plain sugar cookie for the kids to decorate and i made some chocolate covered pretzels.

but i have to take a minute to share my favorite pinterest find…joy the baker.  that is who i got the cranberry sauce recipe from.  her photos of food are good enough.  if the food itself only tastes a quarter as good as it looks…i will be happy with that.  so for christmas morning (we don’t have a big breakfast…for pete’s sake santa has come…who wants to eat) i made this bread.  It.Is.Delish!!!  i left the nuts out.  we don’t do nuts in baked goods around here.

cranberry orange coffee cake

 

after reading her blog and comments and drooling…i also decided to make this cake for a christmas dessert.

 

i am not normally a fruit in a cake kind of girl…but the other stuff i have tried from her site has been so yummy…i thought this would be a little different for the adults.  i also added some chocolate chips…because…well it’s chocolate!

i hope you all have a very merry christmas!  stick with us through the holidays and look for some blog changes in the new year:)

 

 

 

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