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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day Menus

Merry Christmas! Were you able to sleep last night? I am like a kid, I lay there half the night waiting for morning to come. Wherever you are today, I am wishing you the merriest of Christmases! Every year, I think to myself, "Christmas just gets better and better each year." New friendships, maturing older friendships, a growing up family -- all those those things make for Christmases that get better with each year.


Today, I'll take 1 meal off, and we'll only have a brunch and dinner. I am told that all the clean-up is covered, so that after I cook, I can just go put my feet up. Now that's a Christmas present! Brunch is actually the bigger meal to prepare, today. We'll snack on brunch items throughout the day. My dinner menu is fairly simple (easy on the cook), and much of it was prepared in advance.

The menus for the day:

Christmas Brunch

pineapple chunks
apple-dried fruit-nut salad
overnight herb and cheese strata with marinara sauce
Austrian almond braid bread
mini blueberry muffins
orange-pineapple juice

Christmas Dinner

baked ham
au gratin potatoes
pumpkin souffle
pear mousse gelled salad
carrot sticks, green bean pickles, bread and butter pickles

As I said, most of these items were made ahead. The pineapple chunks were canned. After draining, I added the liquid from the can to the orange juice. The marinara sauce was left over from batch cooking over the weekend. I pre-cooked the sausages the day before, then simply heated them through this morning. The bread and muffins were baked earlier in the week. The pumpkin souffle was made, ready for the oven, yesterday afternoon. And the gelled salad was prepared on Monday.

I like to have an easy day, too. A little preparation ahead of time goes a long way. Merry, merry!


  1. That menu sounds delicious! When you have time, please post or email me your recipes for apple-dried fruit-nut salad
    overnight herb and cheese strata
    Merry Christmas!
    Carol in CT

    1. Merry Christmas, Carol! I hope you had a wonderful day with your kids, the 5 of you gathered together to celebrate.
      I'll get a recipe for both posted later this week. The strata makes a great, easy holiday or weekend breakfast (or supper).

  2. Merry Christmas! I can't believe you posted today. :) I made cinnamon rolls yesterday and scrambled eggs this morning for breakfast. Not sure what we'll do for lunch. My hubby is making a ham dinner for supper. My busy day was yesterday when we had some family over after church for a light supper. (We weren't able to have our big annual Christmas party last weekend due to an ice storm--speaking of which, my parents are still without power) so it was nice to see at least some extended family. I had a very simple meal--Italian vegetable soup (in the crockpot to make my life easier), Russian potato bread, gourmet crackers, and my sister-in-law brought a Mexican salad (I guess we were multi-cultural but it all tasted good together!). They also brought a pie and I had Christmas cookies. The kids are off playing with toys and life is good. :)

    1. Merry Christmas, Kris! I hope you and your family had a fabulous day! It sounds like it was delicious! :-) Your Christmas Eve dinner with family also sounded yummy!

  3. We made Sloppy Joes and Taco Salad yesterday and are snacking today instead of cooking. It's so nice to be able to just put your feet up and relax and enjoy times with your family. How wonderful that your clean up is covered. I agree, that is a very nice Christmas present! Enjoy your day. :)

    1. Merry Christmas, Belinda! I hope you and your daughter had a great day together. It sure sounds like it! Snacking is a fun (and easy) way to get meals! :-)


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