Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Brunch and Dinner Menus, Plus Pineapple Pie Recipe

Dear friends,

A special welcome to those who have landed on this blog while doing a web search on Christmas menus!  I encourage you to bookmark this site and poke around the blog a little more when the holiday rush is over!

Several of my friends have posted their Christmas menus on their blogs, so I've decided to jump on the bandwagon!  I've also done a Thanksgiving menu before, and that has been a popular post, so here goes!  I have linked several recipes to this post, too.

My daughter's family is coming for an early brunch since Christmas is on a Saturday and they attend a messianic synagogue on Sabbath afternoons.  Breakfast will be semi-kosher, too! (No pork or products with pork lard!)  Then for dinner we have invited a few guests who have no family in the area. We always enjoy having visitors at our holiday meals!

I'm going to cook and bake ahead of time as much as possible.  My children all love to claim recipes to prepare, too, so I don't have to do it all.  In fact, on Thanksgiving, I think all I made myself was the boxed stuffing.  I just hung around the kitchen cleaning up after everyone else and getting out ingredients for them.   Not a bad deal!

Christmas Menu 2010

Brunch 
  • Egg & cheese casserole
  • Egg, cheese & turkey sausage casserole
  • Fruit salad
  • Cinnamon rolls from cans
  • Pumpkin streusel muffins
  • Biscuits from refrigerated cans & country gravy from a mix (had to look to find gravy envelopes without lard or sausage flavoring in them)
  • Orange juice
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pineapple Pie
Pineapple pie: Mix 1 small box vanilla pudding, 1 pint of sour cream, and 1 15-oz can of crushed pineapple together in a bowl. Spoon in to a graham cracker crust and chill until set. If you wish, you can make your own graham cracker crust by crushing 8 graham crackers, mixing with 1/4 melted butter, patting into the pie pan, and baking for 8 minutes. Or, if you want a lower fat dessert, skip the crust and serve the pineapple mixture in parfait cups topped with whipped cream.

Dinner 

Dessert 










  • Pumpkin pie with ice cream
  • Volcano cake (pictured above, but this time we're making it in a Bundt pan instead of a pile of brownies)
  • Wassail  (a lovely hot spiced drink that we always make for Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Are you in need of a few moments of quiet reflection and inspiration before you go back to your cooking?  Read An Invitation to Stillness and be blessed!

In Christ's rich love,
Virginia Knowles
http://www.virginiaknowles.blogspot.com/

P.S. on Christmas day: In the rush between opening presents and the arrival of my daughter's family, we completely forgot to make the gravy, hot chocolate, or pineapple pie for brunch! (We might make them this afternoon and serve them with dinner instead...)  We also didn't have time to make egg casserole, so we scrambled the eggs instead and served the turkey sausage on the side.  However, my husband whipped up a delicious pan of homemade hash browns seasoned with onions, green peppers and garlic. Yum!   We all have to make adjustments to the best laid plans!  And for dinner, I think we're going to skip making the homemade bread and just use leftover biscuits from this morning, and pass on the pumpkin pie in favor of the easier to make pineapple pie.  Simplicity certainly has its place on a busy day.

P.P. S. Join the Food on Fridays carnival at Ann Kroeker's blog!

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1 comment:

  1. How fun--I almost feel like I got to sit around the table with you and your family, seeing all of this delicious food! Thanks for the pineapple pie recipe. I like the variation in parfait cups, not only for the lower calories, but also because it's a step easier. :)

    Plus, it's kind of fun to spoon something out of a parfait cup.

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