It’s CHRISTMAS WEEK, people!!!!! I adore this week! And we are eating lots of great, crowd-pleasing meals! Instead of being harried and hurried and stressed and worried I come to a full stop! What is not done won’t get done and the busyness of Christmas does not find a home here! So let’s pour a glass of wine or coffee or hot chocolate, take a deep breath and enjoy Christmas! Oh, and great food too!
We have a full Christmas house! My children, in-law children, and grandbabies are all here!
Bobby said to me, “I know how your heart is full when your chicks are in your nest”. And he is so right. It’s loud and messy and tiring but more wonderful and loving and soul-healing!
Dinner tonight is a family favorite! Grandma LoBianco’s famous meatballs will feed a crowd and are a make-ahead, easy dinner.
The meatballs are in the freezer and all do is get them out and put them in sauce and the next day put them in the slow cooker for a couple hours.
If you have never tried these scrumptious meatballs, you should. They are the best I’ve ever eaten. Really!
TUESDAY- CHRISTMAS EVE
Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the entire year! It just feels so holy to me! I stop all the hustle and bustle (well, as much as I can we three grandbabies ages 3, 2 and 1) and what is not done does not get done!
I’m always overcome with a sense of the greatness of God’s eternal gift to us! His love for me and how He rescued me from a life without Him!
We will go to Christmas Eve service and enjoy fellowship and worship!
I love the Italian tradition of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner. I’m not serving seven fish but I am making a gorgeous Cod fillet that will feed a crowd! THANK YOU, Tania, from Cooktoria for this gorgeous cod main dish!
Because it is Christmas Eve we will put the babies to bed and then have an adult dinner together. I’m really looking forward to a quiet grown-up meal!
- BAKED COD WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE
- NANI SAUTEED RICE
- PERFECTLY ROASTED ASPARAGUS
- GINGERBREAD CAKE with HARD SAUCE
WEDNESDAY- CHRISTMAS DAY
I think having grandbabies is like a do-over! A great, amazing do-over! No one could have ever prepared me for the fun, love and sheer joy of being a grandparent! And this year Santa is coming to them at Tanglewood!
Our grandson Anderson is three now and there isn’t a truck he does not love or cannot name! Firemen are his heroes and he does the best impression of a Tyrannosaurus I have ever seen! He loves Christmas decorations and baby Jesus and I just can’t wait to see the wonderment of Christmas morning through his precious eyes!
Our Emma Kate is two-and-a-half and I call her “little bean” because she is such a smart bean! She is girly and twirly and full of songs and words! She too talks about Jesus and loves to play with her nativity set! Christmas will spin its spell over her to this year too!
And then there is Alexander! All 17-months of him! He is my ultimate do-over child. He looks exactly like my daughter. It’s breathtaking! We call him the “wrecking ball”! He runs through life with so much gusto but not very many words yet. He is a little man with a mission! His life is non-stop unless he is reading a book! He loves the world inside a book! Books are the only thing that has power over him to cause him to stop in his tracks and be still for a few minutes!
Christmas morning will be a chaotic mess of wonderful this year!
- HOLIDAY BRISKET
- MASHED POTATOES AND CELERY ROOT
- ROASTED GREEN BEANS WITH BACON
- CHRISTMAS SALAD WITH ORANGE VINAIGRETTE
- EASY RUM CAKE WITH CREME ANGLAISE
The day after Christmas is such a relaxed day! We usually take the kiddos to a park and then out to lunch! Easy, family time!
Dinner is easy too! I’m making a delicious one-pan main dish! To keep this recipe a bit more calorie friendly I’ll change out the heavy cream for Greek yogurt and a bit more chicken stock.
And I’m sure I’ll be making dinner among the toy crane and trucks and Peppa Pig figurines! LOL!
Thank you Olga from What’s In The Pan!
- CREAMY SPINACH AND MUSHROOM CHICKEN WITH PARMESAN SAUCE
- LEFTOVER MASHED POTATO CAKES (mashed potatoes from Christmas dinner)
- BIG SALAD OF LEFTOVER GREENS ETC
Friday’s as many of you know, are laid-back cooking days for me! And even when we have family and guests here I still serve an easy meal!
Today is this gorgeous Spinach Artichoke French Bread Pizza from Amy at Belly Full. What a great flavor combination! I hope we all play a raucous game of Mexican Train dominoes, my fav!
Jacqueline and her family are going to visit the in-laws for the weekend. They will be back Monday but Christopher and his family are still with us. So I’m making Christopher’s favorite meal! Or at least one of them!
Today’s salmon main dish comes to us from Ali at Gimme Some Oven, one of my favorite foodie blogs!
Yesterday’s Shepherd’s Pie was for Christopher but today’s main dish is for Abby! She is a Florida girl and loves seafood!
WISHING YOU LOVE AND JOY THIS CHRISTMAS. And lots of great food too!