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  • Share Your Christmas Eve Plans/Menu

    31 posts, 18 voices, 823 views, started Dec 23, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 by Daphne

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    • Carnelian
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      As is tradition, Christmas Eve is spent with my MIL & FIL.  They don’t usually stay long enough to serve a meal so i typically offer appetizers.  Shrimp is always available, as is cheese and crackers.  This year i thought i’d try some Swedish Meatballs and i’m also going to “class it up” a little with brie.  I LOVE brie with raspberry preserves but it’s fussy to serve so i came up with an idea.  I’m going to cut puff pastry squares and put them into the mini-muffin tin cups and fill with brie and raspberry preserves...creating an “amuse boush” (learned that one on Top Chef)...one perfect mouthful of deliciousness.  I will serve coffee, tea, wine and soda.  

      More than likely, it will by my two younger children, my husband and I who will enjoy the bulk of the appetizers as my in-laws will be in and out and my daughter is zooming off to her boyfriend’s once her grandparents leave.

      Anyone else care to share their plans/menu?



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          Feathermaye wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Scott, Jonathan and I are driving into our hometown (about an hour away) to visit first with Scott’s son, daughter-in-law and the gorgeous Hailie. I don’t think we’ll be eating there, although I’m taking them a bunch of the goodies I’ve made the last few days.

          From there we’ll go to my mom’s, where she’s doing her traditional Christmas Eve with cold shrimp, lil smokies in bbq sauce, cold cuts and cheeses w/a variety of breads, and her famous poppyseed bread. I’m taking a bottle of my new favorite wine and more goodies.

          Then we’ll be dropping Jonathan (and more goodies!) off with his dad’s side of the family (about an hour from my mom’s) before we head home.

          I’m about to blog about all the goodies, so you’ll have to wait to see what that’s all about! ;)

          BTW: I looooove brie, but have never had it with raspberry. Making note of it now. estatic



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          Daphne wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Forgot to mention that i’m going to BAKE the little brie cups...brie is awesomest when served warm!



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          Daphne wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Feather...sounds like a lot of driving time for you on Christmas Eve.  I’m glad that you won’t be having the weather that we‘re expecting...freezing rain!



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Daphne this year Christmas is going to be simple. I am having my mom, dad, stepmom, brother and two nieces join me,my husband and my two kids.

          The menu is a sirloin roast with potatoes and carrots. Fresh cabbage, chicken wings, fried corn and macaroni and cheese. For dessert a cake and fudge.  

          Usually I really cook more a whole buffet spread, but just getting over having a hysterectomy on 11/17 I decided on this menu because it is easy.  

          My step mom is cooking the corn and making the fudge and my husband is making the macaroni and cheese.  

          I only have to do the roast, pototates and carrots - all that will go in an oven bag. The cabbage (easy) and make a cake.



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Im having “open house” on Christmas Eve catered.
          Chicken Verde, Penne ala Vodka, antipasti, italian hero, foccacia pie, garlic stix, spiral ham. Also having
          assorted cheeses and crackers, chips and dips.  Serving wine, gingerbread cosmos and beer.  

          Christmas day we‘re off the my sisters for dinner :)



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          Daphne wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Doreen...are you one of the Housewives of Orange County?  LOL



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Doreen - what time. The menu sounds delicious.



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • I rather like your menu tracy.  Sounds yummy.  Come on over any time after six Tracy.  :) Daphne..at the risk of sounding well, dumb.......where is Orange County and just what do the housewives do there??? hmmmmmmm lol



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          Daphne wrote Dec 23, 2008
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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • link is broken  :(



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          Mary Clark wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Christmas Eve:  grilled steaks, baked potatoes, Olive Garden salad and Olive Garden breadsticks...
          Dessert:  I don’t know yet

          Christmas Day:  We do a big breakfast at my MIL’s...then the rest of the day is just whatever....not sure...I’m going to a movie though...



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Christmas morning, Im doing a brunch style breakfast.  It’s easier to have casseroles ready to eat after opening gifts than trying to actually cook at the stove.  

          Yum...grilled steaks!!  My mouth is watering.  My favorite thing to eat steak!!!



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Oh...saw the link Daphne...lol.  NO....Im not one of “them“...lol.  Just a combination of having too little time and being a little lazy.



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          Linni wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • goodness.. im not too sure what mines gonna be yet



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          Mztracy wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Christmas Eve we just hang out here at home, just us.
          My dad and step came by sunday and we did the Christmas thing with them.

          Tomorrow we will call my sister in Oregon and all yell/sing Happy Birthday to her. lol Then, tradition, we let the kids open one gift.

          Once they all go to bed we do the stocking stuffing over the fireplace. We are all still lil kids here!! lol

          A pic of the kids and the gpa and gma from Sunday



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          Cindylouwho1966 wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Tomorrow night Mark and I are headed to the Garden o’ Olives (that’d be Olive Garden!)

          Christmas Eve used to be the night for my mom's house. She would make the best standing rib roast, some kind of fabu side, shrimp cocktail, and an outrageous dessert.



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          Dennie05 wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • geez tracy...you and your mom are twins!!



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          Mztracy wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • shhh don’t tell her that....she is my step and resembles my mom alot. lol But, my mom is prettier!! lol



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          Trudy S wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • OMG TEEKY!  I want to be at your house!  The closest we get to soul food in WA State is Popeyes!!  Sad but true.  

          More sad but true.  Both sides of our family live on the east coast (Canada/USA) so my husband, son and I celebrate alone.

          My husband has some sort of illness - just came on today - so it is likely that he won’t want to eat much by tomorrow night.  If he wasn’t running such a high fever I would think he was trying to get out of going to the Christmas Eve service at our church!!

          I think we’ll probably have Orange Chicken with Brown Rice and stir fry veggies with oyster sauce.  And glogg.  I lived in Singapore for 5 years and still crave Asian food daily.  This won’t be as good as what I used to get for New Year in S‘pore but it will be fast and easy after church!



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          Marie Hempsey wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Christmas Eve it is just us...my huby , kids, Uncle and I.
          I am making tortellini soup with meatballs and escarole, lobster ravioli, cheese ravioli and meat ravioli with homeade Italian gravy and honeade meatballs with salad and rolls.
          Christmas Dinner is ...m eatball parm, sausage with peppers and onions, lasagna, salad and rolls. My sis in law is bringing macaroni salad and my hubbys uncle said he is bringing “a bunch of stuff“. He is a great cook and i am hoping he brings his famous chili! We will have cheesecake for dessert and my homeade cookies.



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          Doreen XoXo wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • IRISHEE.......all I can say is YUMMY!!!  Im coming to your house!! What time is dinner?  estatic

          xoxo



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          Karyn Olson wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • This year we are all going over to mom’s on Christmas Eve where I will be cooking a turkey dinner with all the trimmings...We will spend some family time there...open some gifts and then head home...where we will open the rest of our gifts and head to bed....we also do the stockings in our house...those will be set out before we head off to bed...Christmas day is a day of rest...a good day to sleep in...we won’t starve as we will have plenty of leftovers...we can watch movies...go tobogganing...just one of those carefree days with nothing to do but relax and have fun.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Dec 24, 2008
        • I will probably go to a Chinese Restaurant, with my parents and family.  It was my mother’s birthday on 23rd and we did not get together.  So we would celebrate and then my son who has not been to church for a long while said he would accompany me to Midnight Mass since hubby will be asleep.



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          Womensafety wrote Dec 24, 2008
        • Happy Christmas Eve is this not the best day for kids and adults I so love it. I am having about
          15 different appetizers
          Crown Roast baked Potato’s, Carrots
          Cheese cake, Carrot cake and many more
          Everyone comes to my house about 25 to 30 people for a sit down dinner.
          I have not children but the kids all say Christmas would not be the same if we didn’t go to Aunt Donna’s It takes me about 3 weeks to decorate my house starting in Oct but I love every second of it.  

          Make Memories every second of this holiday you never know what tomorrow may bring.
          Have a safe and wonderful Holiday to everyone
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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 24, 2008
        • All of the menus sound yummy! I wish I could make the rounds and “make me a plate” at each house - LOL!



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          Dennie05 wrote Dec 24, 2008
        • Tracy...my bad ...didn’t realize...I’m sure your mom is much prettier! anyway...

          CD....did you see the movie a christmas story and the family eating Christmas dinner in the chinese restaurant...fa-ra-fa-ra-ra-fa-ra-ra-ra.  I love that movie!



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          Sunshineliz wrote Dec 24, 2008
        • I so envy everyone and their “traditional” Christmas plans of visiting family and having huge feasts. I work for a church which means I will work until midnight tonight. So while I make sure everyone is having a wonderful Christmas in my community, my family gets to have a tired and stressed mom.frown

          For Christmas dinner, I will make Cornish Game Hens, braised veges, potatoes with Pastry Pears with Vanilla Cream Sauce for dessert. Luckily I saw Rachel Ray the other night with a whole menu I am going to use. Should be fairly easy! Keep your fingers crossed!



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