Merry (after) Christmas!

I hope you all had a great holiday! I know I did. I just woke up from a solid 12 hours of  happy recuperation.

Yesterday we had the whole family over for Christmas. My mom has been making Christmas dinner since I was a baby and it’s always soooo good! We had beef tenderloin, turkey stuffed with cranberry stuffing, spinach gratin, roasted balsamic vegetables, fresh bakery rolls, salad, two kinds of mashed potatoes….and I haven’t even gotten to the desert spread yet.

I always bake all of the deserts (this year I did 8 kinds of cookies and a new delicious chocolate cream pie, I definitely got the ‘make way too much food’ Italian gene from my mom).

(This is a pic of my desert spread in our dining room. I love jazzing it up with little Christmas lights and garland.)

(If you want some of these recipes I have these Chewy Sugar Cookies, Jam Thumbprint Meltaways, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies posted here, just click on the link!)

But what I really want to brag about is my turkey roulade with cranberry stuffing. There are really few things that freak me out, but for some reason prepping a turkey is like handing me a tarantula and telling me not to move for an hour. But chicken? no big deal. Beef? I’m fine. Fish? Who cares. But turkey. gross. Its something about the skin and its little dangling legs…

But by a Christmas miracle I conquered my totally rational fear of raw turkey and baked an awesome new roulade recipe. It’s from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. I’ve found a couple really great recipes out of her cookbook. She takes classic and simple home recipes and makes them healthier with easy substitutions.

(My mom and aunt)

So Christmas was a success! Lots of fun, too much food, and my whole family. I wanted to post this awesome Chocolate Cream Pie recipe I made yesterday but I forgot to take pictures! I took them of the prep, but I completely forgot to take one before we all dug into it (and there’s no leftovers for me to take a picture of now either! That’s how yummy this one was…). It’s from the Sono Baking Company Cookbook. This cookbook has yet to fail me (and I”m sure it never will). After I recover from my sugar coma from the past few days I’ll try and make it again to show you all because it was yummmmmmy. Sorry…

(My two brothers and our close friends at their house celebrating the holiday)

This year my mom’s brother’s family brought their new cavalier king charles spaniel puppies! My dog’s the one on the left and she is the biggest wuss EVER. These little one year old pups would back my brave little dog into the corner and wag their adorable tails at her while Tory (my dog) would get this ‘holy crap’ look on her face and wait for someone to rescue her. Being a guard dog is clearly not in her future.

(My dad and I after we cut down our Christmas tree. We’re so hardcore….)

 

Hope you all a great one! More recipes to come….