We spent our third Christmas at home this year. As I have posted before, we decided we would always try to have Henry in his home for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. I was always at home growing up and Randall wasn’t. He said it was not enjoyable and wanted to ensure that Henry have the experience I had and the one he always wanted. I think Randall loves it more than anyone. He is finally getting to have the Christmases he always wanted. It makes my heart happy. We do love the calmness of it and the fun of getting to make our own traditions.
One of those traditions is having my mother-in-love in my kitchen with me on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Randall’s parents come to stay with us on Christmas Eve and wake up with us on Christmas Morning. I love having Molly help me prepare our dishes and she always praises what I serve. I love some praise and some help in the kitchen…who doesn’t?!
I am working on finding the recipes we like a lot and want to serve each year. This was the third year for a few things and a new year for a few. Maybe in a couple of years we will have a set menu for our Christmas meals. I love variety and new things though…so maybe not! I also want to tie in our old family traditions with the new ones. It is fun to put it all together.
I thought I would give you a little summary of what we cooked up for our Christmas Eve supper, Christmas breakfast and Christmas lunch.
On Christmas Eve I made a “weenie ring”. It is not called that but I thought I would be redneck a little bit since my stone was beyond tacky looking. I should have put it on a tray to serve it but after our Christmas Eve service and preparing our dinner, we were some hungry kin folk! There was no time for presentation. I loved the bell pepper wreath. It was so cute. I made a mix of cranberry sauce and bbq sauce for a dipping sauce. It was yummy stuff. Just lil’ smokies wrapped in crescents. The stone was empty when I went to clean up. We ate every one of them…along with redneck caviar, sausage cheese dip and a cheese ball!
I failed to take a photo of breakfast due to having a toddler and Santa coming. We had cream cheese danish casserole and sausage balls. It was super yummy.
Christmas lunch was yummy stuff also. We cooked a truducken – a turkey with a hen and duck stuffed inside. It was really good. We bought it ready to go into the oven. No prep work. I loved the duck in it a lot. I am glad Randall picked that for our main course. It was a hit. We had hashbrown casserole, green bean casserole, dressing and yeast rolls. We also had my Meemaw’s chocolate pecan pie and Molly’s famous coconut pie. I am still full.
I prepared most of the dishes before we left for Fort Smith and froze them. Planning and preparing ahead of time makes for an easy and enjoyable Christmas. I am so glad I just had to heat and serve most everything. We now have great leftovers!