Friday, December 27, 2013

A Fun, Old-Fashioned Family Christmas!

Hahahaaaaa!  Name that movie!

Santa did come and brought presents for all the good little girls and good little boys!




We spent the morning opening gifts!



Davis found a big candy cane in his stocking right away and really seemed to enjoy it!





Whaaaat is thiiiiiiisss?????




A new kitchen!???  Olivia's quote:  "This is just the one Makenzie has!"








Wanna know the BEST $0.97 gift EVER!? 

A squirt bottle for Kevin's hot sauce!  You see, a few months back, I bought a big Sams-size bottle of Texas Pete all for Kevin (actually, it's more like a 5-gallon bucket!) which was great, but made it a little difficult to portion out each serving of hot sauce.  

BEST GIFT EVER!













After presents, we enjoyed our traditional breakfast casserole and pancakes for breakfast!  Mama and Daddy came over around lunch time, and we snacked on a spread of appetizers!  Daddy brought his sleigh (read: trailer) and loaded up a mountain of limbs and hedge trimmings that I had piled up in the yard.  Merry Christmas to Kevin and me!  And that really WAS A WONDERFUL GIFT!!  We so appreciate that!

Nana, Olivia and I bowled on the Wii.  Nana stomped us!!

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and playing, and I did lots of cooking. 

We always make a really nice dinner on Christmas night.  But, as I suggested to Kevin, next year we're going to shift our big family dinner to Christmas Eve night, and do something simple for Christmas dinner.  

This year, we enjoyed:

Roast Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout

The Pioneer Woman's Green Bean Casserole

Tip:  I've tried a few short cuts with this recipe in the past.  I've used canned and frozen green beans.  I've used jarred garlic.  I've tried to use the little bags of real bacon bits.  Take it from me, it's not worth it!  The casserole is soooo much better if you follow the recipe!  Use fresh green beans.  Use fresh garlic.  Use the legit bacon.  You'll end up with THE.  BEST.  GREEN BEAN.  CASSEROLE.  EVER!

Thyme Roasted Potatoes

10 whole red skinned potatoes
1/4 cups Olive Oil
1 Stick butter (I don't use a whole stick)
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Dried Thyme
2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Shop potatoes and toss with olive oil on cookie sheet.  Roast potatoes at 425 for 15 mins, then reduce temp to 400, stir potatoes, and roast another 20-25 mins.  
Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan until it almost begins to turn brown.  Add garlic and cook until the garlic just begins to turn brown.  Remove from heat and stir in thyme and parsley.
Toss herb mixture with potatoes in a bowl and add salt to taste.

Garlic Cheese Rolls


GARLIC CHEESE ROLLS

Ingredients
8 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese
12 Bakery potato rolls
6 teaspoons herb garlic butter, divided
1 (24x12-inch) sheet aluminum foil

Steps
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut cheese into 12 cubes. Cut a deep X into each potato roll; pull rolls open slightly.
  2. Place one cube of the cheese into opening of each roll; top cheese with 1/2 teaspoon of the butter.
  3. Push rolls closed and place in center of foil. Bring up foil sides; then double-fold top and ends to seal the package. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve.


Oh.  my.  I'm telling you, this is bliss!




I didn't get any pictures of our dinner.  We were rushing around trying to get food on the table because Davis was exhausted and needed to be fed and sent off to bed.  Plus, Kevin grabbed the handle on a 400 degree pan that had just come out of the oven.  That certainly put a damper on things.  It brought the man to his knees.  So Kevin spent the rest of the evening nursing a badly burnt hand with honey and a bag of frozen peas.  

So that was Christmas for us in a nut shell!  Olivia woke up this morning talking about her birthday party, so we're jumping from one even to another!

Sincerely,

Leigh

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