John and I celebrated Christmas twice in 2011! We spent Christmas #1 in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, with John’s family. December 16 was our Christmas Eve, and December 17 was our Christmas Day. John’s parents had recently upgraded their living room, dining room and kitchen. New floors, furniture, dinnerware, decorations, you name it!
Silly me, I forgot to take photos of the lunch John’s parents prepared when we arrived at their house. BBQ ribs, corn bread, mac & cheese. This was the most creamy mac & cheese I’ve ever had. The secret? Velveeta! Who would have though! John’s dad described Velveeta as the Spam equivalent of cheese. Ha!
Christmas Eve Dinner
Polish mizeria (cucumbers in sour cream salad), breaded tilapia, smoked salmon, sugar snap peas with sesame oil, tortellini mushroom ravioli, croissants and dinner rolls. The yellow and orange plates are so cheerful!Dessert
Pound cake, ginger cake, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, soy cool whip. Christmas Breakfast
Maple flavored sausages, turkey patties, cheese, berries, and even pigs in a blanket! Unfortunately, the cool morning light does not play nice with the iPhone camera. Our breakfast the very next day was very similar, but with bacon! Christmas Dinner
Mixed greens salad with raspberries, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or cabbage. Green beans. Fettuccine with alfredo sauce. Sweet potatoes with pomegranate molasses. Roast beef and lamb. I don’t normally eat much red meat, but I tried some of the lamb. This is a special occasion after all. The lamb was a little too rare for my liking. Loved the pomegranate molasses with the sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, after I saw the rare lamb sitting on my plate in a pool of pomegranate molasses aka a bright red puddle, I decided to switch to the vegetarian dishes (alfredo!).
We had our secret santa exchange and white elephant game before moving on to desserts. Silly me again, I didn’t take any dessert photos! Many of the desserts were from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. My favorite was the pecan tart. I’ve never been a big fan of pecans… until now.