This week has been an incredibly different week for me. If you read my other blog you know my oldest son (Geoff, 22) had his tonsils out on Monday. So instead of baking cookies and wrapping gifts, like I would in a normal week before Christmas, I've been making jello, cream of wheat, and chicken noodle soup, and handing out the pain meds. It doesn't feel like Christmas, but it doesn't help that it feels like a spring day out. No white Christmas here.
I'm trying to get myself in the mood, and today I made my list of dishes I'll cook on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and put together my grocery list. My extended family comes to my house on Christmas Eve, and we will attend 10 p.m. Mass, but Christmas day will be low-key with just my own family and Doug's parents over during the afternoon. We ordered a smoked turkey from Honey Baked Ham for Christmas Day, and I'll just make a few side dishes. We'll munch on apps during the afternoon instead of a lunch-time meal.
Christmas Eve Dinner
Cheese Manicotti (much like this recipe but with store-bought shells)
Braunschweiger Spread & crackers (this is the same recipe I use)
Au Gratin Potatoes