Merry Christmas

I finally have the menu pinned down for Christmas Day. We are are pretty casual group, so nothing too fancy because I know many of my guests would be cautious of trying new things. I save the more interesting ideas for when it is just me, Hubby, and Taylor the rest of the year.

Nothing fancy, just a plain ham that I will heat up and garnish. No glaze on it while I’m heating it up even since I have some picky people.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce/Glaze
I make my own cranberry sauces at home, they are super easy and taste so much better than the canned stuff. Instead of chilling it though, I’m going to keep this warm so that anyone who wants can have it like a warm glaze on their ham. I’m going to make a simple Orange-Cranberry Sauce (recipe) this year.

Crispy Potato Roast
This is a little time consuming to thinly slice all the potatoes, but a simple recipe and well worth the effort. Taylor was very happy when he heard this was on the menu. I posted the recipe for Crispy Potato Roast last year if you need it again.

Green Bean Casserole
Yes, that green bean casserole. It is Hubby’s favorite and I never make it throughout the year, just on holidays (it’s not my favorite). I like the cheesy version better than the regular and I always have to buy an extra can of the crunchy onions just for Hubby to munch on because he steals them all if I don’t.

Mushroom Broccoli Medley
I found this recipe on AllRecipes the other day and it sounds good since I love mushrooms and broccoli. I haven’t made it yet, but I think it will be a good addition to the meal. I will probably use shitake mushrooms instead of white button mushrooms and maybe leeks instead of green onions.

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
My mother-in-law does a wonderful job with these and Taylor requested that she bring this on Christmas Day. Of course, Grandma couldn’t refuse her only grandchild LOL

Rhodes Dinner Rolls
Do you all use these? I’m not a baker really so I don’t make things like this from scratch that often and certainly not on holidays. With the Rhodes frozen doughs you just thaw them out and let them rise and then bake. Totally goof proof and you get that yummy smell of fresh baked bread in the house still.

Olives & Pickles
You just have to have this kind of thing right? Especially so the silly folks can put olives on their fingertips.

Hubby and my FIL love mincemeat pie (ick) so my MIL will make and bring that for them. My mom is in charge of the really good dessert though. I have no idea what she will be bringing, but she is an expert on desserts and never lets us down!


So what does your holiday menu look like this year?