Three days until Christmas, and I am all wrapped, prepped, and ready to go-- wait, strike that-- I haven't even finished all my shopping... BUT, I am not stressed or worried about this holiday yet! I am still enjoying the endless Christmas music, the dazzling lights, and the delicious cookies. I am eagerly anticipating the Christmas morning excitement with children and the beautiful Mass. But first, I must get through Christmas eve. Somehow my plans for a quiet Christmas eve with my neighbors has escalated to 12 adults and 5 children at my house for appetizers and desserts! (Shout out to my friend Chrissy who lovingly invited herself to my house with her fantastic parents-- I love friends who balk the societal expectation of waiting for an invitation....) The more the merrier and I cannot wait to celebrate amongst friends!
As I plan this tapas-style menu for Tuesday night, I am realizing that pretty much all of the food has an element of cheese in it (which makes it a challenge for my lactose-sensitive son). But who cares- it's CHRISTMAS! So here are a few of the recipes for my "party" on the night before Christmas:
Buffalo Chicken Dip
This is a party-favorite of a few of my friends, so it is a requirement at most gatherings.
- 1 Cup ranch dressing
- 2 boxes (16 oz) cream cheese
- 6-8 oz Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (I use a little less as not to burn people's mouths)
- 1 to 1 1/2 # of chicken breasts
- 2 Cups grated cheddar
- 1 Cup chopped celery
- Tortilla Chips
2. Saute celery in saute pan (I have actually chopped and steamed this in the microwave before with a little water)
3. Add all ingredients and mix well.4. Add to 9 x 13" pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
Perfect appetizers for kids to eat: filling & not as messy as regular pizza
- 3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits OR crescent rolls
- Chopped pepperoni (I use the turkey pepperoni)
- Shredded or shredded mozzarella
- 1 beaten egg
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic powder
- 1 jar pizza sauce
- Flatten a biscuit/crescent roll out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.
- Gather up the edges of the biscuit or crescent roll
- Line the rolls up (seam side down) in a greased 9×13 in. pan.
- Brush with beaten egg.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
- Bake at 425°F for 18-20 minutes.
- Serve the rolls with warm pizza sauce for dipping.
allrecipes.com. I've made these several times and they are delicious and easy!!
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
|1.||Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).|
|2.||Mix 2 cups of flour and confectioner's sugar together. Cut in the butter or margarine. Mix well until the dough resembles pie dough consistency. Press the dough into a 9x13 inch baking pan.|
|3.||Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.|
|4.||Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, lemon juice and lemon rind for at least 1 minute. Pour the mixture over the baked crust.|
|5.||Bake the bars another 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar when cooled.|
Hopefully I can get all my cooking, cleaning, shopping, and wrapping done before Christmas so I can ENJOY these yummy dishes. At least my MOM is cooking Christmas dinner for us!!
Easy Rule #27098- Sometimes you just have to realize you'll be tired for awhile. Embrace the fatigue and try not to stress out!
Easy Rule #52222- The internet really is a treasure-trove of recipes with reviews & ratings that makes it so easy to plan a meal or special occasion.