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Butternut squash soup,  Raspberry Swirl Bread (recipe from Quill), Macadamia Oat Cookies,  Chocolate Cake, Snickerdoodles, Molasses Cookies,  Homemade Pizza, Homemade Nachos, Cinnamon Rolls.   All of this is vegan and homemade, and divided between 3 holidays: Solstice, Christmas, New Year.  There may a couple things I am forgetting!

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takeout curry 🙂

The current plan is that on the 24th we have company & will serve a sort of traditional Polish meal but with many alterations given that it's now vegan & low fat etc. Handmade (but not by me!) pierogi (potato & onion; mushroom); beet soup; potato casserole thingy; cabbage casserole thingy; roast mushrooms & a bunch of other odds and ends. The plan is to make enough of all this that we have enough to last us through the 26th so nobody has to cook again.  We're just en famille on the 25th (yay!!!) and then we are bringing beets & pierogi to a lunch at SIL's on the 26th. 

Then we get  a huge order of takeout vegan curry and have that for the next 3 days.  

 

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1 hour ago, hornblower said:

takeout curry 🙂

The current plan is that on the 24th we have company & will serve a sort of traditional Polish meal but with many alterations given that it's now vegan & low fat etc. Handmade (but not by me!) pierogi (potato & onion; mushroom); beet soup; potato casserole thingy; cabbage casserole thingy; roast mushrooms & a bunch of other odds and ends. The plan is to make enough of all this that we have enough to last us through the 26th so nobody has to cook again.  We're just en famille on the 25th (yay!!!) and then we are bringing beets & pierogi to a lunch at SIL's on the 26th. 

Then we get  a huge order of takeout vegan curry and have that for the next 3 days.  

 

Oh, I would love to have an Indian food for holidays tradition!!!

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Lasagna (when DS is here but DD isn't yet)

vegan vegetable dish, perhaps a curry or something roasted (when DD is here but meat loving DS is out)

London Broil and veggie sides (when we have a family friend visit.)

Grandma's special Christmas salad (potatoes, apples, red beets, celery, pickles, herring) - at all times 😉

Duck and roasted veggies (big family feast - Christmas eve?)

 

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Whatever is served in the airports, on the plane, on the cruise ship, and in Hawaii.

I hope I can button my pants when I get back.

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A standing rib roast,  potatoes roasted in duck fat and roasted carrots.  Not sure what else, but I guess we better start thinking!

Possibly a dessert we saw in a magazine.  Individual cranberry pavlova with lime custard.  It looked great.  My ds2 can't have dairy so will probably make his custard with coconut milk or that frozen coconut topping.  

 

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Christmas day: Beef tenderloin, mushroom casserole, roasted potatoes, spinach salad, green peas, curried fruit. Not sure about dessert yet. Something chocolate. 

Christmas Eve is potluck at my SIL's. Turkey and roast beef as entrees, to please all the people and fill up all the teens and college students. I am taking mushroom casserole and green salad. 

NYE or NY day: ham, potato casserole, broccoli, green salad, baked apples.

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Christmas eve: roasted duck, ham (for those who don't want to try duck), stuffing, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, plum pudding, and julekake.  MIL is bring some sort of pizza bread thing that she really wanted to try.

Christmas day at my parent's house:  ham, potatoes of some sort, whatever my siblings bring to share, crab dip, and Bûche de Noël (if it turns out because I have never tried it before). For dinner that night we are having appetizers that we all like: mozzarella sticks, quiches, stuffed mushroom casserole, and of course left over Christmas cookies and candy.

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Christmas Eve will be raviolis - baked and boiled (my family likes them both ways), garlic rolls, cranberry sauce, frosted sugar cookies, fudge, bark.  

Christmas Day at my in-laws will be ham, roast beef, potatoes, veggies, rolls, fruit, cheese and crackers, candy, and cookies.  

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We are doing basically Thanksgiving - turkey, veggies, stuffing, broccoli salad, and buns. Dessert is cookies and birthday cake (my brother's birthday is Christmas day). 

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dessert, not desert...
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We've sort of settled on Chicken Kiev for Christmas Eve and grilled steaks for Christmas day as our "traditional" meals over the last few years. We used to do lasagna but the kids don't really like it, tried ham but too much sodium for dh, tried prime rib but too much leftover, tried easy appetizers but we don't really want that much junk, etc.

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I decided after lunch thanksgiving day that I was done with cooking big festive meals forever.  And I mean it.  I’m.Done.   So, Christmas Eve, my parents will probably come and we’re picking up Popeyes.  Nothing says Christmas like Popeyes, right?    On Christmas Day, we’ll either have breakfast casserole and finger foods throughout the day to graze or we’ll have a honey baked ham with rolls for sandwiches and a veggie platter and chips and dip or something.   

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We always do a simple soup and bread bowls for Christmas Eve.  But we don't have a real tradition for Christmas day.  I am leaning towards all appetizers, but I'm worried that there will come a point when we all look around and say "what's for dinner".  My dh is deployed this year, so I want to keep things very simple but also special for my two kids at home. Maybe a small ham with some mashed potatoes from the freezer section (is there such a thing? I really don't want to peal and boil and smash potatoes, but I am morally opposed to potato flakes...) along with some easy finger foods.

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25 minutes ago, WendyLady said:

  I am leaning towards all appetizers, but I'm worried that there will come a point when we all look around and say "what's for dinner". 

 

That would happen here with my sons.  I love the idea of just having snack foods out all day but they would definitely require a full meal.  

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Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean my kids suddenly stop being picky.  Sigh. 

So, it’s Spaghetti Monday on Christmas Eve, just like all the other 51 Mondays of the year.  We’ll eat lunch on Christmas Day at the Chinese buffet.  Dinner is a frozen pizza for the boys, (they’ll be thrilled) and a veggie lasagna for DH and me because we pretty much never bother to cook that because the boys won’t eat it.

 

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We are going to Cancun for Christmas and I’m planning on a clean eating diet of tacos and margaritas. For days.

 

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My aunt will be bringing ham and the best homemade rolls for cold ham sandwiches as the first course. Then my dad and I will be making homemade raviolis for the main course. I imagine we'll be assembling them on the 22 or 23rd. Making raviolis with my dad is my favorite with about Christmas. We've been doing it since my grandmother died when I was 16, so 16 years agos. 

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5 hours ago, regentrude said:

 

Grandma's special Christmas salad (potatoes, apples, red beets, celery, pickles, herring) - at all times 😉

 

 

 

Would you post the recipe? I don't need exact measurements -- all my grandma's recipes are along the lines of "add milk til it's wet."

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2 hours ago, WendyLady said:

We always do a simple soup and bread bowls for Christmas Eve.  But we don't have a real tradition for Christmas day.  I am leaning towards all appetizers, but I'm worried that there will come a point when we all look around and say "what's for dinner".  My dh is deployed this year, so I want to keep things very simple but also special for my two kids at home. Maybe a small ham with some mashed potatoes from the freezer section (is there such a thing? I really don't want to peal and boil and smash potatoes, but I am morally opposed to potato flakes...) along with some easy finger foods.

If you can find Crystal Farms mashed potatoes, they are really good. They are refrigerated and just need to be heated in the microwave. They are usually with Crystal Farms Simply Potatoes hash browns-which are also delicious.

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For Christmas Eve, always homemade waffles with real maple syrup and bacon. For Christmas morning, aebleskivers with strawberries and fresh whipped cream. For Christmas dinner, probably ham, mashed potatoes, peas, brussel sprouts, green salad with Gorgonzola, walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette, and homemade applesauce.

 

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Christmas Eve is always Chinese Take Out.  Christmas Dinner my mom make us Prime Rib, twice baked potatos, roast asparagus and pumpkin swirl cheesecake this is considered the adults present.

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Traditional fish on Christmas Eve.

Chuck roast, slow roasted for 25th

Probably left overs for 26th

Have not thought beyond that. If we visit other family on the 25th, things may change again.

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9 hours ago, Danae said:

Would you post the recipe? I don't need exact measurements -- all my grandma's recipes are along the lines of "add milk til it's wet."

Potatoes (boiled in the skin, then peeled), apples (chopped, with skin on), pickled red beets (save the juice!!!),pickles, onion, celeriac root (I replace it with chopped celery stalks here), walnuts. Salt+pepper+all the juice from the drained beets+ some pickle juice as seasonings. You can add sour herring.

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Christmas Eve Morning: Einstein Brothers for coffee and a bagel sandwich. We will for waiting for our car to get new tires.

Christmas Eve: Dinner at a neighbor’s house. She’s having ham and Mac and cheese. 

Christmas Day: Cream of crab soup, with some special bread hubby picks out and pie. I’m thinking of making a breakfast casserole for the morning. After cooking and planning so many holiday dinners, DH and I have discovered the beauty of keeping things low key. Also, DH doesn’t like leftovers and I’m bad at cooking a big meal for two.🎄

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Friday night w/my sister & her family -- roast (in the crock pot, because we're at a concert all day before they come over) w/potatoes & carrots, and a salad I will make ahead of time (hopefully) -- a cranberry/apple salad recipe I found on.....pinterest?....I think? 

Christmas (just us) -- we will heat up a ham, probably make biscuits or have some kind of good bread, and we buy a spread of cheeses & crackers every year from a cheese store in the city. We'll have ham & eggs for breakfast (we have the only children on the planet who sleep in on Christmas, so dh and I always have an hour or more awake waiting on them....gives time to cook in the morning....), then munch on ham, cheese, crackers, etc. all day long. DH has requested cranberry sauce to go with, so will also do that ahead of time. 

Post-Christmas week, the ham bone will turn into beans & cornbread 😉

Christmas get-together with the in-laws -- tamales; we're going down today to make them. 

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We're going to do appetizers and picky type foods on Christmas Eve. We have to be at church just before 5 for a 6 pm service because DS is in the children's play and I'm a greeter. Will probably get home around 730, so I struggled with when/what to eat. 

Christmas day I will make cinnamon rolls (Pioneer Woman's recipe) for breakfast and lasagna with salad and garlic bread for the meal, whenever we decide that will be, along with leftover appetizers from the night before.

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16 hours ago, WendyLady said:

We always do a simple soup and bread bowls for Christmas Eve.  But we don't have a real tradition for Christmas day.  I am leaning towards all appetizers, but I'm worried that there will come a point when we all look around and say "what's for dinner".  My dh is deployed this year, so I want to keep things very simple but also special for my two kids at home. Maybe a small ham with some mashed potatoes from the freezer section (is there such a thing? I really don't want to peal and boil and smash potatoes, but I am morally opposed to potato flakes...) along with some easy finger foods.

When my dh was deployed over Thanksgiving one year I let each kid pick a dish.  We ended up with pancakes, mashed potatoes, and pie. 

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We eat Chinese buffet on Christmas Eve. My mom cooks Christmas dinner. It will most likely be ham with a lot of sides (almost a Thanksgiving repeat). On New Year's Day, we always eat appetizer type food. It varies from year to year. 

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23rd:  big ham dinner with cheesy potatoes, rolls and veggies. 

24th: appetizer/dip night 

25th:  potluck soups, rolls, veggies and dip and some easy dessert. Probably a Costco cheesecake. 

Plus whatever goodies accumulate between now and then. They’re piling up. 

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I am giving serious consideration to pizza or chinese takeout or something.  The kids would be thrilled and it's been a hard holiday season for everyone.

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Maybe filet mignon.  I usually undercook it by accident - it's hard for me to accomplish. But, I'm trying again.  Sauteed mushrooms and onions maybe in butter, romaine lettuce salad and maybe a twice baked potato.  Dessert: my homemade pumpkin pie made from scratch from pie pumpkins.  

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We'll have traditional Swedish fare on the 22nd at my parent's because my brother works on Christmas Eve. ... Ham, Jansson's Temptation (type of scalloped potatoes), apple and beet salad, red cabbage dish, pickled herring, potatoes, dark brown bread dipped in drippings (to remind us of lean times).  cookies, rice porridge and rice a la malta which is like a rice pudding, non alcoholic Glogg.

Christmas Day Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast.

Then I'm going to roast a leg of lamb and haven't decided on sides. 

My brother in law always makes tomatoe soup and over the top grilled cheese Christmas day... lots of cheese, ham, and any other topping you might like. We like it when they come over but my husband can't have dairy so that's out. 

 

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On 12/19/2018 at 12:14 PM, peacelovehomeschooling said:

   Raspberry Swirl Bread (recipe from Quill),  

 

Can you share this recipe pleeeeeaaaaaase? 🙂

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4 minutes ago, hornblower said:

 

Can you share this recipe pleeeeeaaaaaase? 🙂

I am trying to find it in my past activity.  It is from Quill and was posted quite a while ago.  I am not sure how to page Quill.   Calling Quill!!!!   I am going to keep going through my history to see if I can find it.   If anyone reading this knows how to link Quill, please do.

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8 minutes ago, hornblower said:

 

Can you share this recipe pleeeeeaaaaaase? 🙂

 

I got it through Google!!!   Here is the link,  just follow down until you come to the actual post:  https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:hd4ROR-3lmEJ:https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/677864-thread-follow-ups/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1-ab

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On 12/19/2018 at 7:10 PM, Thatboyofmine said:

I decided after lunch thanksgiving day that I was done with cooking big festive meals forever.  And I mean it.  I’m.Done.   So, Christmas Eve, my parents will probably come and we’re picking up Popeyes.  Nothing says Christmas like Popeyes, right?    On Christmas Day, we’ll either have breakfast casserole and finger foods throughout the day to graze or we’ll have a honey baked ham with rolls for sandwiches and a veggie platter and chips and dip or something.   

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this!   In fact, there are some great advantages.  In my opinion, if it works for you and your family, then it really doesn't matter what it looks like to anyone else.   Enjoy the day and your family (that is all that is important....)!

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On Christmas Eve I'm making a sausage, apple, and gouda savory pie for lunch. Then we'll eat at Cheesecake Factory for dinner. 

Christmas morning, we'll cook bacon and eggs and scones (already mixed, frozen, and ready to bake). Then for lunch we're having BBQ from a famous local place (DH is picking up on Christmas Eve) and some easy sides. Dinner will be leftovers. 

I also have some ginger and peppermint cookies (2 separate kinds, not ginger and peppermint together) in the freezer, ready to be baked. 

I'm looking forward to it being delicious and easy. 

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Same Christmas dinner I cook every year (creature of habit).  Beef tenderloin, portabello gravy, potato leek au gratin casserole, green beans sauteed with cherry tomatoes, and homemade french silk pies for dessert.

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On 12/19/2018 at 3:16 PM, hornblower said:

takeout curry 🙂

The current plan is that on the 24th we have company & will serve a sort of traditional Polish meal but with many alterations given that it's now vegan & low fat etc. Handmade (but not by me!) pierogi (potato & onion; mushroom); beet soup; potato casserole thingy; cabbage casserole thingy; roast mushrooms & a bunch of other odds and ends. The plan is to make enough of all this that we have enough to last us through the 26th so nobody has to cook again.  We're just en famille on the 25th (yay!!!) and then we are bringing beets & pierogi to a lunch at SIL's on the 26th. 

Then we get  a huge order of takeout vegan curry and have that for the next 3 days.  

 

Love that you vegan dishes!

Also note on the Raspberry Swirl bread...I adapted it to be vegan very easily.

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23 hours ago, moonflower said:

I am giving serious consideration to pizza or chinese takeout or something.  The kids would be thrilled and it's been a hard holiday season for everyone.

Do it!   Keep it easy and be gentle to yourself.   Many hugs to your and your family.

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45 minutes ago, peacelovehomeschooling said:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this!   In fact, there are some great advantages.  In my opinion, if it works for you and your family, then it really doesn't matter what it looks like to anyone else.   Enjoy the day and your family (that is all that is important....)!

Guess what?   That Christmas Day of appetizers has become a ham, mashed potatoes, field peas, and an appetizer.  🤦‍♀️  The mashed potatoes, peas, and app will be on me.  The ham is dh’s domain.   Ugh.  But!! It’ll only be the 4 of us!!   🙌   Still having Popeye’s on C Eve.  Dh and I may take off Christmas afternoon and go away for a couple days, but idk.   I’ll force a low-key Christmas if it kills me.  😁

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