Hey guys and dolls!
I was a bit torn while typing up yesterday’s post. I wanted to include more, but I didn’t want to overload the post…especially on Christmas night, but I just can’t go without showing you guys the little dinner that my dad put together for us for Christmas Eve!
We agreed that since my mom was working and wouldn’t get home till right at dinnertime, we would forego a traditional holiday meal and do more of a snack variety…well, apparently I underestimated my father’s talent for piecing together a feast of odds and ends.
Three trips to the grocery store (we Powers’s are notorious for forgetting things) and nearly $1oo later…
And I shall call it The Finger Food Feast of a Lifetime!
After recruiting my sister Tori for opening, slicing, and spreading, my dad put together a nice meat and cheese tray, little smokies in BBQ sauce, two different kinds of chips and two different crackers with multiple dips, salsa, and hummus (brought my me of course), along with a veggie tray with sweet pickles (love), sliced apples and caramel dip, and even a tropical punch made with orange sherbet!
Along with the hummus, my other contributions were Evan’s peanut butter chocolate chip dessert hummus, a massive bowl of fruit salad, and dark chocolate dipped peanut butter “Ritz”
I use the word in quotation marks because I just couldn’t bring myself to buy that traditional red and gold box…have you seen the ingredient list on those things? Sometimes I wish I could forget some of the things I know about nutrition…if someone else makes it, I have no problem, but my health-freak conscious will not let me buy something with an ingredient list full of hydrogenated oils and preservatives out the yahoo!
Luckily, Kroger has just the place for nut-jobs like me (and some of you…I know I’m not alone!)…it’s called the “natural foods” section of the store! And that is where I picked up this box of Back to Nature crackers…a fraction of the size of a package of Ritz for double the cost…ugh!
But seriously, the crackers taste great (maybe a little better than Ritz…or that could be all in my head) and sandwiched with one of my newest peanut butter finds, Wild Squirrel Pretzel Pizazz (there’s actually bits of salted pretzel in it!), and then covered in dark chocolate…mmm, mmm, mmm!
As far as the dessert hummus, I gotta hand it Tori and BB for trying something new…I don’t think they quite understand my obsession with it (maybe if I made it sweeter) but they did say they liked it. My parents on the other hand, wouldn’t even give it a chance :-/
Can’t win ’em all I guess…at least they ate the fruit!
After dinner, we all
rolled ourselves retired to the living room to watch the best Christmas movie ever made:
I know Sarena is with me on this one…no matter how many times I see this movie, it ALWAYS makes me laugh!
Oh and before I go, I just have to show you guys my wrapping job:
Between years and years of watching my mom and my own OCD/perfectionism, every year I can’t resist prettifying each gift with it’s own curly-que ribbon and bow!
And I totally counted this as my cardio workout for the day after I ended up crawling around on the floor for an hour wrapping and RE-wrapping gifts (definitely got my heart rate up)…note to self: do NOT buy brown paper-type wrapping paper.
Because it doesn’t matter how many different types of tape you use, once you turn your back the gift will proceed to UNWRAP itself!
What is your all time favorite Christmas movie?
Finger foods were totally how my family rolled on Christmas Eve when I was growing up, completed with craptons of boiled shrimp… I continued that tradition and ate my weight in shrimp on Saturday night (Alex had a pizza, lol!). 🙂
Everything looks great! This movie is such a classic, love it 😀
You know…I know of people who use hot glue instead of tape to wrap gifts. I bet that would hold the brown paper wrapping 🙂
oh that sounds like the perfect day. Love that movie and I love finger food! Merry Christmas (belated of course).
“Sometimes I wish I could forget some of the things I know about nutrition” <– Me too! I wish I could go back to the days when Pop Tarts were just Pop Tarts – not a vessel for saturated fat, sugar, and chemical additives up the wazoo. 😛 Knowing about nutrition can really take the fun out of eating treats haha.
I've never seen A Christmas Story before… but it feels too late to watch it now. I'll have to remember to watch it next year! My favourite Christmas movie is The Santa Clause – I've loved it ever since I was a little kid.
I really want to try this dessert hummus. How is the taste, really? Merry Christmas:)
Not only am I with you on the movie, but I won’t buy funky food ingredients either! My health is worth way more than cheap factory made unidentifiable foods! Looks like you made an incredibly delicious snack feast! My favorite types of meals!
Wow the spread looks yummy and healthy. I have eaten my weight in cheese and it shows. o.O I think I would drown in the tropical punch (my cousin makes something that looks like it too for Christmas!) and the yummy looking fruit salad.
And a Christmas Story was definetly on TV over here 🙂
Hahaha wow I’m impressed with your dads skills!!!! Nice 🙂
That’s too funny about the wrapping paper. That’s so annoying! Ohhh well.
I think my favorite christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. Always makes me cry! 😉
Awesome finger food feast! 😀