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Christmas this year was pretty quiet, just the six of us home for the holidays. Mom & I did our share of holiday baking and brought some goodies to the neighbors, but tried to keep things simple this year. And since there’s always so much food and snacking, most of our Christmas Eve and Christmas choices were great leftovers (mid-afternoon snack/appetizers instead of a meal) or freezable.

This year’s menu was a mix of old favorites (such as the seven-layer cookies, the stuffed shrimp, and the spinach lasagna) and new adventures (like the red velvet snowball cake that we made twice and ultimately deemed a failure). In the end, we had a very happy, well-fed family.


Christmas Week Goodies:



Oreo Truffles

Seven-Layer Cookies

Almond Kringle


A meatless Christmas Eve:

Lunch: Potato Pancakes with sour cream & apple sauce

Snacks: Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms

Dinner: Spinach Lasagna

Eggplant Parmesan

Crab-Stuffed Shrimp

Dessert: Red Velvet Snowball Cake


Christmas Day:

Bunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Rosemary & Fennel Crusted Beef Tenderloin served with Horseradish Sauce and Creamy Mustard Sauce

Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Shallots

Green Beans with Vinaigrette & Asiago

Dessert: Red Velvet Snowball Cake

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