As we all know, our holiday gatherings will look quite differently this year. As much as I am going to miss celebrating the holiday season with my Family, for the safety of all of us, I know it is best to stay home. I plan on enjoying an intimate Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner with my Hubby and our two goldendoodles, Hazel and 7. We would like to wish you all the best, and look forward to the New Year. Thank you for all of your support over the past few years. Happy Holidays from the Latin Family!
Still looking for ideas to serve on Christmas Eve? Check out my Feast of the Seven Fishes menu!
So, I have a “good morning” holiday tradition. Whether it be Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, I always start the morning off right with my Asparagus and Gruyère Quiche. This year, because we all need a little more comfort, my Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls or Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll, may just make an appearance, as well.
CHRISTMAS DINNER TRADITIONS
Tell me all about your Christmas Dinner traditions. For me, our tradition was to celebrate Christmas Eve with a celebration of The Feast of the Seven Fishes. On Christmas Day, we enjoyed a simple, yet beautiful ham. My Mother always had a huge roasting pan full of Cabbage Rolls and homemade bread. Oh, and her fabulous macaroni and/or potato salad. These are Family memories I will never forget. For years, I continued on the tradition of baking a ham on Christmas Day. However, in the past few years, ham has been replaced with the most Perfect Prime Rib.
Although, roasting a turkey on Christmas was never my Family’s tradition, I know a lot of families who do serve it on Christmas. We are not huge fans of turkey. So, after having it on Thanksgiving, we were usually good to go the entire year. However, if you are preparing a turkey, you may want to consider adding my Grandfather’s Sausage Stuffing or my Oyster Dressing as an amazing side dish.
SIDE DISHES FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER
As a child, I really never cared much for Potato Salad. Now that I am adulting, I love it! Believe me, if I was serving ham for Christmas Dinner this year, potato salad would definitely be my main side dish.
This year, I will be more than likely serving my Hubby’s favorite, Creamy Mashed Potatoes with my Perfect Prime Rib. Even though, I have not yet decided on a vegetable, I am considering Homemade Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Creamed Spinach.
Even though, I am not much of a baker. I am fairly certain that I will be adding these delicious Gruyère and Black Pepper Popovers to my Christmas Dinner. If you love to bake, and are looking for a most perfect dessert, try my Momma’s recipe for Nut Rolls. Nut and apricot rolls (my favorite) have been a Christmas, and Easter tradition in my Family. Other than not being able to spend the holidays my Family this year (due to COVID-19), I will definitely also miss not be able to share our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Feast together.
If you are not familiar with Pierogies, you should be. They are perfect pillows of dough filled with joy. My choice of joy is always potato and cheese. However, you may find them filled with prunes or sauerkraut. Growing up, if my Momma did not make them, she would order them from a lady who would hand make these beauties in her home. They are fabulous with melted butter and onions. Some people even prefer serving them with a dollop of sour cream. Honestly, now that Pierogies are on my mind, I may just have to make a few dozen for Christmas Eve.
However you plan to celebrate the holiday season this year, we wish you all the best! Much love! The Latin’s!
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Our life has changed dramatically in the past few years with the passing of our two goldendoodles, Vegas and Viva. We were lucky enough to have Vegas for five years (totally wish it was longer). Most recently, losing our Viva to a brain tumor in July of 2020. We welcomed our mini goldendoodle 7, almost seven years ago. We just added the amazing Hazel! Of course, I am always posting tons and tons of photos! Be sure to check out my recipe for Pet Bone Broth! This broth is super rich in nutrients and will provide your pet with a multitude of health benefits!
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