Tuesday, December 22, 2020
I thought I would share last minute ideas with you in case you are in need of some at the last minute! If I’m too late maybe you can use some for New Year’s Eve. I feel like this is going to be like 1999 NYE? But, what will 2021 bring?
This Christmas probably looks different (if it doesn’t I’m calling the Covid police on you!); more of the work may be on you without the extended family to help. As if the Moms didn’t have enough to do already, right? But, maybe 2020 has forced you to simplify. If there ever were a time to choose simple, it is this year, right?
It isn’t too late to do one last grocery pick up. If you aren’t picking up your groceries, you should. It is truly life changing!
I am planning for a Christmas Eve dinner for our family of four, Christmas morning brunch for our family of four, and a Christmas Day dinner for our family of four. Then, on December 26, somebody better go get me some take out food, ok? I love menu planing and cooking but I know I will be done by then.
Here are some ideas and I will share my/our menu plans at the end of the post.
Christmas Taco Salad – If you can find the red and green chips this can be really fun. Just do your taco meat and add whatever toppings. I bet kids would love a Christmas Taco Bar!
Order a Chick-Fil-A Heat it When you Need it tray. Or, if you don’t need that much, just get some ahead of time and heat in oven when ready. Serve with toothpicks. My kids loved foods with toothpicks and dipping sauces when they were little. Pick out the red and green toothpicks from your container!
Have Appetizers! This is what we are doing for either Eve or Day – haven’t decided yet. Here is one recipe I plan to make.
Open Faced Mini Rye Toasts – I love rye bread and this little cocktail bread is hard to find. My Aunt Judy has the best recipes and I have so many memories of her food upon our yearly Christmas trip to her house in a suburb of Chicago. Here is her recipe:
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. pork sausage
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. oregano
1 lb. Velveeta
Brown the sausage and beef and drain. Add W sauce and oregano. Add Velveeta. When cheese is melted, spread the mixture on top of the little rye on a cookie sheet. Broil for a minute then serve. You can prep ahead and it will work fine, too.
I am doing this but cutting the recipe in 1/2 at least for my family of four.
Think Red and Green Foods! Spaghetti, Lasagna, broccoli. The food can be normal dinner food.
Order pizza a day or two before and freeze. It warms up nicely on a cookie sheet in a low temp. oven.
Order Chinese or Mexican food for Eve. Most of our restaurants are open but some close early. I would say order early and then re-heat. I am re-heating for at least 20 seconds anyway just to be safe. Use your Christmas plates and it makes it really fun!
Just order chips and salsa/queso! We have been doing this for the last few years to have on Christmas day. The boys thought of it one year and it stuck.
Here is my menu:
Christmas Eve or Day:
ham (Kroger had spiral cut hams on sale for $8. They are huge) We usually get Honey Baked Ham but I don’t feel like spending $75 to get the ham sweats, you know?
Hawaiian buns or Sister Schubert’s rolls (I bought both)
Macaroni and Cheese
Egg Casserole (I will make this the day before)
Mimosas for the over 21 females (just me)
Virgin Mimosas for the rest
Monkey Bread (I think I can assemble the day before)
Christmas Day or Eve:
Cocktail Rye open faced toasts from above
Lil Smokies (small crockpot with grape jelly and chili sauce)
Beef and cream cheese roll ups (thin beef – spread cream cheese and roll up and cut – Jack loves)
Chips and Salsa
cream cheese and pepper jelly dip
carrots, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, grape tomatoes veggie tray
grape tomatoes with tiny mozzarella balls and balsamic
mini bagels with veggie cream cheese and cucumbers
The family is getting Monopoly Deal this year (upon a rec from a friend!) and we have last year’s game that never got played – The Game of Things – still bitter about that! I think it might be fun to do the apps with the games. My boys are hilarious (not biased at all) if we can get them to play a board game with us and if they are in the mood to be hilarious. Teenagers.
What are your plans? I need to know!