Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our Christmas Feast

_MG_0353.jpgThis Christmas was the most relaxing, low key dinner we've had since we've lived in Denver. It was wonderful. We didn't have any friends or family over. Normally, it's a little stressful trying to clean up the Christmas mess and then cook for a crowd. It wasn't until this year that I realized how much work it was and how stressed I would get in order to have my home look perfect. This year it was just us and a gentleman from church, who just like family to us now. I asked the children what they wanted to eat and they named their favorite dishes and even offered to help prepare them.
_MG_0337.jpgI have a thing for rolls. When my brother and sister-in-law came out for Thanksgiving several years ago, Nikara helped me make dinner and we made these rolls. They've been my favorite recipe ever since. I've tweaked it just a little, and the best thing about these rolls is that you can have them made, and hot out of the oven in about an hour.
_MG_0344.jpgThis "Pink" Salad is a favorite in our family. I could never get away without making it. Though it looks orange and contains orange Jello we call it Pink Salad. I have no idea why. It's just what we do.
_MG_0351.jpgI've made this corn casserole as a side for different soups as well as just special meals. It's always been received well and even requested by a few who have had it. It's a Paula Deen recipe, so you know it's loaded with buttery goodness. ;)
_MG_0363.jpgCheesy potatoes is also a winner in our home, but really, who doesn't love cheesy potatoes, right? The recipe I always use when making this came from a dear friend our family got to know while we were on vicarage in Indiana. I always think of her when I make this.
_MG_0352.jpgNo big holiday meal would be complete without the standard green bean casserole, right? I hate to admit it, but I LOVE french fried onions.
_MG_0359.jpgWe had a nice variety of adult beverages to choose from. Our church member supplied the port, vodka, and coffee liqueur, while I thought it was time to pop open the Almond bubbly from Texas!
_MG_0341.jpgDessert was even pretty simple. We still have a ton of pumpkins from our garden. I'm a little slow at getting them baked, so I finally got a little pumpkin puree made just before Christmas. My freezer is now stocked! We enjoyed some Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with out Dark and White Russians. It was a very nice and relaxing evening. It may even turn out to be a new tradition for us. How was your Christmas dinner?


Gretchen said...

So you went with an orange theme huh? Yummy!

JAN said...

Oh, my! That is a lot of orange. Ew! ;)

Virginia said...

Would love it if you would share your roll recipe. :D

Lucy said...

We did the same thing this year...just our "small" family of eight. It was amazing to me how relaxing and wonderful it was. Glad you had a good Christmas.