Thursday, December 4, 2008

I'm In A Holiday Mood

Hi Ladies!

I just got home this evening from holiday shopping at Ross (discount store) and bought some of the sweetest plates and bowls for my Christmas table. I'm so excited about serving the family's favorite foods in them at our Christmas Eve buffet dinner. My little shopping trip has really put me in the mood to start baking and getting ready for the special night with my big family.

Most of us have our favorite platters, plates, and bowls; some will even be lucky enough to use china and flatware that have been handed down from generation to generation. And in those precious vessels we will serve delicious concoctions. Below are goodies I'll make and serve on Christmas Eve.

Bon appetit!!

1. Seafood salad (with crab and shrimp)

2. Deviled eggs

3. Potato salad

4. Baked beans

5. Green bean casserole

6. Stuffed baked mushrooms

7. Broccoli salad

8. Cabbage salad

9. Cherry salad

10. Orange salad

11. Homemade rolls

12. Red Velvet cake

13. Coconut cake (I ordered one from QVC last year and it was so good that I ordered another one for this season.)

14. My famous chocolate covered cherries

15. Pecan Pie

16. Cookies

***What are some family favorites you'll make for Christmas?


Jeannette said...

Our all time favourite is Sherry Trifle, I am famous for it lol

Joanne said...

My daughter & I make a Christmas lasagna. She insists that one special ingredient helps it come out perfect ... The right Christmas music must play as we make it. Her choice is always Frank Sinatra Christmas songs!

Terri Tiffany said...

Can I come to your house on Christmas eve????
I will make Sugar cookies and give them away as I make them once a year and it is only my husband and I this year but I love them!
We aren't doing a meal this year but might be going to a brunch with friends--so I will take something but not sure yet!

Barbara said...

Jeannette, Joanne, Terri- I would love to hear your recipes.

Patty H. said...

I have no clue what I'll be making this yr. Coconut cake sounds good. I'm sure dh will make some of his famous fudge.
come on over to my blog, I anominated you for an award.

Janna Qualman said...

My family always does the buffet thing on Christmas Eve, too, with things like smokies, fresh veggies with dip, and rotel dip and chips. And misterwrites wants to order a cajun turducken for his family gathering this year. We should probably make our final decision!

Patty H. said...

Yuck, jury duty. Only had to do that once. Was called this past yr but was able to get an excuse from my chiro, can't sit for long periods of time. Hope the case isn't anything that would cause emotional stress.

Barbara said...

Patty- Thanks so much for the award. I'll follow up shortly.

Barbara said...

Janna- Never ordered a turducken, but have thought of it in the past.

Barbara said...

Patty- Yep! You're right!

Pat's Place said...

Yum! Tell us about your famous chocolate covered cherries. My favorite is Forgotten Cookies. It is a meringue-type cookie and my boys used to pull them off the cookie sheet before they were fully baked. Then, when I went to get them from the oven, the baking sheet had gaps where the cookies HAD been.

Angie Ledbetter said...

We'll be doing the "regulars" of gumbo, dipped pretzels, lots of mac & cheese, bean patties (these are an old family recipe from an Italian aunt and taste just like artichokes), honey ham, potatoes au gratin, Dad's homemade bread loaves, cranberry salad, sweet potato crunch....oh, now I'm hungry! Your menu sounds wonderful.

Barbara said...

Pat- I will give the recipe before Christmas. would like your cookie recipe.

Barbara said...

Angie- Those bean patties sound delic.

Walt Jones said...

I wished I was close enough to be at your buffet. I remember some of those special creations of yours from my childhood. I loved your red velvet cake and those wonderful cherries. Have a blessed holiday season.

Barbara said...

Walt- I wish you could be here, too. I vividly remember those wonderful times our families had together. Very special!! God bless.

Debra said...


Wow! The red velvet cake sounds delicious! And the cherries! Yum!

My favorite is my grandmother's almond bars but she never would give anyone the recipe!

My bonus Mom has it and makes them every Christmas for us now.

Blessings to you!

Barbara said...

Debra- Almond bars sound so good! Happy holiday!!

Lea and her Mustangs said...

We don't have a mean on Christmas Eve - just finger foods so no one has to cook alot. I did make some zuchini bread today and one loaf is already in the freezer and I will make sugar cookies.

Barbara said...

Lea- I like your idea about finger foods. Have you ever made cranberry-orange nut bread? I think I'll make that this year, too. My husband loves it.

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo you got me right off the start with the seafood salad! All of it sounds wonderfully good! We always have the traditional Christmas fare, with Turkey and Dressing b/c my family won't let me not do dressing!!!

Barbara said...

Regina- I love, love, love dressing, especially the type my grandmother used to make.

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