Thursday, December 17, 2009

Preparing for Christmas

Today I'm swamped with housechores and errands. I'm trying to get everything prepared for the approaching holiday week. Can you believe that Christmas is now literally around the corner? I still have to pick up a few little items for Christmas and begin to plan for our big holiday feast. However, I did finalize our Christmas menu.

Our Christmas Menu
Roasted Cornish Game Hens smothered in a plum sauce
Teriyaki Wild Rice
Sweet Potato Praline Casserole
Roasted Almond Green Beans
Grandma's Fruit Salad
Dinner Rolls
Pecan Pie with French Vanilla Ice cream (dessert)

We are planning on gaining at least 5 lbs. from this dinner, lol!

Tomorrow I'm running to the grocery store to buy our hens. I've learned my mistake from this past Thanksgiving. Wow, it seems like I have to start shopping earlier and earlier each year because of the crowds. I don't remember the grocery stores being so crowded when I was younger. It amazes me where all of these people are coming from. And how more difficult it has become to shop during the holidays. I guess it is something we have to get use to.

Well, this year I have my trusty old deep freeze ready to go. I truly love my deep freeze. It's like having my very own meat market in my garage. When I'm out grocery shopping I always stop and eye up the meat department. I've gotten in the habit of asking the butcher when the next big sale is coming up. It saves us a lot of money and helps me keep within our grocery budget. Also, helps to shop in advance before the big holiday rush at the market.

Is everyone ready for Christmas? What helps you prepare in advance for the big holiday?


  1. I wish you the best as you prepare for Christmas. Your menu sounds delicious. I've done all my shopping so there's nothing really to stress me out now. I'll be going to my grandmother's for Christmas. She, my mom, etc. will be doing all the cooking.

  2. Wow! Once again I wish I was coming for dinner. We don't go all out like this. We usually make some type of pasta or something and go lighter. I can't believe it's next week already. It sounds like you are well on your way to being ready. Good for you girlie! Kori xoxo

  3. YES, we still have snow. The temps haven't been above freezing so not much has melted. And we are supposed to get another round of snowstorms next week just in time for Christmas!

    I love our chest freezer too. Since it's just the two of us we always have dinner leftovers. It's nice to be able to freeze them to eat at a later time. Your Christmas menu sounds yummy. We are having beef stew and roast pork sandwiches - very Iowan! LOL


  4. Hi Gigi,
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I know you don't understand a word of it, since it is in Danish. I wish I had the time and the energy to do one parallel in English too, but - alas - I don't. I'm glad you enjoyed the music, I've been Christmas DJ for some days. And in a few days I will play my favourite Danish Christmas music, perhaps it will be fun for you to hear. I have clicked "follow" on your blog, since I enjoy it so much, you're doing a great job. Have a lovely weekend. :)


  5. I still have to work on our dinner menu. Since it will be just us, I'm not sure if we want to have a big dinner or a small one. I want your recipe for the sweet potato praline casserole! It sounds great! We love our deep freezer too :) Everything I make that is freezable I place in there. Needless to say, it's jammed pack with

  6. I promise to post my recipe for the sweet potato praline casserole on my cooking blog over the weekend. I know you'll love it! We have it for Christmas every year. It wouldn't feel like Christmas dinner without it.