Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Week Menu Planning

Well, to answer your questions, there was a lot of grumbling going on in the Suburban. And, of course, everyone informed me that we "always" take "at least" 2 cars, which has never happened. So, while my order that everyone was going to be merry was not met with the greatest of enthusiasm, at least the grumbling ceased. And we rode home with the tree INSIDE the Suburban, along with 8 people and Thor, because it was too cold for the boys to merrily tie it to the luggage rack.
For the Florida Violin Mom, we love scoping out the 10 foot to 12 foot trees, but have only an 8 foot ceiling in the family room, so we stick with the standard sized trees.

The kids and Thor put the lights and "garlic" on the tree (so called because some of them couldn't pronounce "garland" about a million years ago), and we still have a tree covered with only lights and garlic. But at least it's lit, and smells nice.

Now, the food plan for the rest of the week:

Today, Wednesday:

Eye Round Roast
Heart Attack potatoes
creamed corn
steamed broccoli spears
Pullman Bread
Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting

Thursday, 12/23:

Roast turkey breast
corn bears (corn bread in little bear shaped pans)
pumpkin pie (because I like it)

Christmas Eve:

Shrimp Scampi
Angel Hair
Sponge Cake

Christmas Dinner:

Standing Rib Roast
Yorkshire Pudding
Rock Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Spinach Salad

Christmas Morning:

2 pans of brownies (with and without walnuts)
chocolate cake
2 color cake
4 loaves cranberry bread

2 loaves banana bread
Christmas punch

hot chocolate

And, in case you want a great Christmas punch, here it is:

12 ounce can orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 liter bottle diet cranberry ginger ale
1/2 pound frozen strawberries
whipped cream

Pour the orange juice into a punch bowl, and slowly add the ginger ale (so it stays bubbly). Add the frozen strawberries; they will keep your punch cold. Top with whipped cream - I make mine fresh, but use canned or cool whip if that's what floats your boat! It's good, it does have some redeeming nutritional qualities, it's not loaded with sugar, and, best of all, it's really, really easy!

Thor leaves you with a picture of the new Santa hat his soon-to-be lawyer girl bought him. He does not look that pleased to me!


Nichole said...

Thor looks very handsome in his Santa hat!

Wow... what a week menu... not just a Christmas feast, but an all week feast..... everything sounds delish! I want a Corn Bear and some Christmas punch please =)

Pam said...

Can I come over. Certainly an aging blonde woman would not be too noticeable with all you have going on.

gMarie said...

Sounds like fun! I found a recipe for parmesan crusted turkey breast and i think I'm gonna try it!

Are of you off the floor now? Your menu sounds fabulous. It's little things like garlic on the tree that make holidays fun. Thanks for sharing. g

Big Dude said...

Sounds like a week of really good eats.

Sue said...

When we moved here I was so happy to have twelve foot ceilings, so we went right out and bought a ten foot tree. I didn't thin about how hard it would be to trim and untrim a tree twice my height. It's beautiful, but I sort of wish I'd stuck to a shorter tree.

elra said...

Oh my, this is really fun to see your family so happy during the holiday season Marjie, I really like your menu as well.

Happy holidays!

Mickle in NZ said...

I'm drooling over your Christmas Day menu - I'd love to try roasting a standing rib of beef,

We will be having a roasted chicken (corn fed and free range) which I think I'll spatchcock for quicker cooking - the temperature at my Folks' place has been up around 30C, just perfect for cooking a full-on roast dinner!

Sending care and many huggles to everyone, Michelle xxx

Rose said...

Thor looks like a great Santa... I don't understand why these dogs don't like the hats.....check out MaggieMae's pics from today on my blog! And your menu looks absolutely yummy (except for the shrimp scampi...not a seafood person...haha). May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Mango said...

Fastening annoying humans to the roof rack is frowned upon as is crate training of them when they are young. Pity.


altadenahiker said...

Thor, you're going to have to wait. I'm going to read the holiday menu again.

Channon said...

Phew! What a menu!!

Thor, Gretchen doesn't care for hats either...

Linda said...

Great menu.....I'm seriously considering moving in.