Hey hey hey everybody!
I hope you all had the MERRIEST of Christmases!
Monday, I told you guys all about the weekend of celebrating that went down around here, complete with an alcoholic rendition of Dirty Santa, a garbage bowl hat, and how I FINALLY managed to get that pony I’ve been asking for for years…
But today? TODAY it’s ALL about the FOOD!
Be sure to head on over to Peas & Crayons and show some love to our hostess with the mostest, Jenn, for putting on this food filled fun-show each and every week and check out everyone else’s holiday deliciousness!
The food-filled weekend began with our family’s finger food FEASTival:
My contribution, also known as the ONLY healthy thing on the table (besides the carrots and celery sticks), was of course, the deviled eggs!
Originally, I had planned on making my Herbed-Ricotta Deviled Eggs, but since I was all out of ricotta, I had to improvise and what I came up with was even BETTER than the ones from Thanksgiving!
“Angelic” Deviled Eggs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Keywords: boil food processor side snack high protein low-carb eggs cottage cheese
Ingredients (Serves 12)
- 12 large eggs
- 1/3 cup cottage cheese
- 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1-2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1. Place eggs in a large pot and cover with one inch of water.
2. Bring water to boil, remove from heat, cover with lid and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
3. Drain water from pan and immediately submerge eggs in cold ice water to halt the cooking process.
4. Peel eggs and slice lengthwise, carefully removing the yolks.
5. Combine egg yolks, cottage cheese, and mustard in a small blender or food processor and process until smooth (add a little water if needed).
6. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in pickle relish.
7. Spoon mixture into egg halves and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika.
Nutrition facts for TWO egg halves:
Almost identical stats as the ricotta version but these were stuffed to the
MAX and SUPER CREAMY!
And totally worth a close-up shot! 😉
I loaded up my plate with a little bit of everything and then totally went back and attacked that meat and cheese tray…seriously, how do I always forget just how good summer sausage slices are?!
Then it was time for dessert…
A slice of almond cake and a few dark chocolate covered pretzels.
And then, this happened:
Nom nom nom!
As practically polished off half the jar of peanut butter and entered my Christmas food coma, I couldn’t even consider the thought of having dinner later…
Until my mom mentioned homemade french fries and sausage balls.
Sorry, no pic…just use your imagination!
Of course then my dad just HAD to bring out the leftovers from lunch, the meat and cheese tray was attacked again, Ritz crackers scattered the table, and then THIS happened:
I swear I’m not pregnant! But it was SO good! 😉
The next morning, after opening gifts, I put my new spatula to good use and I whipped up a batch of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pancakes!
Topped with walnuts, peanut butter, and maple syrup! 😀
After breakfast, we all got ready and headed over to my grandmother’s for lunch, but since my aunt had some leftovers from Christmas breakfast at her church that morning, we ended up having a lunch BRUNCH sort of meal…
Ham, mac ‘n cheese, green beans, and French toast casserole
For the record, ham and French toast is REALLY good together! 😉
But that wasn’t all my aunt brought over…
You may laugh, but I kid you not when I say those little squares at the top should be ILLEGAL!! It was like a blondie but it was covered in chocolate chips and cranberries and…well, CRACK!
And I did just what any other
crack head cookie lover would do…
Later on that evening, back at my mom and dad’s house, I got the munchies (obviously)…
Remember those powdered sugar donuts from earlier?
Yeah, those guys!
Cookies may be my kryptonite, but a powdered sugar donut is just something I can NEVER turn down! And since I only had one the day before, I…ummm, well, I kinda maybe sorta ate half the package! Whoops?
And washed it down with a cup of this:
What would a Christmas weekend be without a little
gluttony egg nog?!
So much for doing better with the sweets this year! 😉
Needless to say, once I arrived home that evening and laid down for my nap before work, I slept like a friggin’ BABY!
But now…three days later, and STILL feeling out of whack, the majority of my eats have looked like this:
And there has been a LOT of this:
Damn you donuts!
For the record, I’m petitioning for a REAL family dinner next year instead of the
finger food thing we’ve been doing for the last couple of years…
the madness has to stop and well, I just miss all the home cookin’!
Does your family do a traditional dinner or finger foods for
Christmas each year?
What’s the best thing you ate for YOUR Christmas?
My thoughts on this post are: ‘Oh, yumm.’ ‘What is this? I want it.’ ‘Oh my God. hmmmmmm.’ ‘I totally need to call my dealer and get some more crack’. ‘Aaaah, this looks SO good. I need this, NOW!!’ – Well, everything looks SO good. As you know I am a cookie/crack head too and I am still suffering from palpitation cause of the sugar-shock I have from stuffing my face with countless of these babies 🙂 We always do a traditional dinner, this year with a fish meal which was SO good. Have great day girl!!
“I totally need to call my dealer and get some more crack” <- Oh my gosh girl, you've got me absolutely ROLLING! Hahaha! Love it!
The deviled eggs sound wonderful! I personally can’t think of anything that couldn’t be improved by the addition of cottage cheese! I love that lemon ginger Bigelow tea. It tastes good and certainly has the desired effect. 😉 The finger food thing is a good idea, but my problem would be grazing which is my problem anyway. I like the confines of a dinner plate…I fare much better that way. Merry Christmas, Heather!!
Oh I TOTALLY get what you mean! I think that’s how I get myself into so much trouble with potlucks/buffets…all that “little” food definitely adds up! I hope you had a very MERRY Christmas and a HAPPY new year, friend!
Merry Christmas, lady! Please feel free to send some ACV my way…lol 😉 There were a lot of sweets and treats this year but I did TRY to keep it under control. We do a traditional Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas brunch and Christmas dinner. There are snacks between brunch and dinner just in case you get hungry. 🙂
that french toast casserole looks and sounds amazing! recipe?
Oh gosh, I only WISH I had the recipe! Unfortunately it was something someone brought to my aunt’s church so she wasn’t sure what all was in it, but I’m sure it can’t be too hard…some good crusty bread, a little egg and milk mix…Oh yeah, I’m totally ON THIS! 😉
Glad you had a great christmas and you had lots of good food and sweets too! Damn!
We do a big dinner on christmas eve! I love it, lots of pasta and fish too! We are italian 😉
Have a great day today! <3
Oh man, chocolate covered pretzels in peanut butter – the best! Everything look delicious 😀
Chocolate covered pretzels dipped in peanut butter? Yea, that’s pretty genius.
The deviled eggs look delish! They are my families favorite. I’ve never seen them made with cottage cheese or any cheese for that matter. Yours look so great!
It’s always good to detox with some good eats after some sweets. 🙂
This was the first time I’ve ever tried them with the cottage cheese and I thought they were some of the best I’ve ever had! I didn’t tell my family about the switch and was pretty proud of myself when no one even seemed to notice the difference! 😉
Angelic eggs look lovely. Cake and pancakes look lush. Looks like you’ve had a good Christmas.
That all looks so good! I would have OD’d too. Oh wait… I did. It was fun while it lasted but I am SO glad it’s over. Egg whites have never tasted so good.
I knew I could count on your for amazing looking food porn 🙂
So many deliciousness. I bet that french toast casserole was great!
My family has a traditional Christmas meal for lunch. I just had soup for most of the day though. Butternut and kabocha squash were the highlights.
Oh girl, the French toast casserole was SO good! I will be working soon to recreate it for sure! But first, I need to get to the store for some kabocha! It’s been FAR too long! Thanks for the reminder! 😉
Finger foods can be DANGEROUS. I know that when I am at home I tend to just graze and graze and not stick to a meal routine which does TOTALY throw your system out of whack. [I, luckily, don’t have a weakness for doughnuts. My weakness is for things like Skippy peanut butter and haystack cookies.]
Speaing of peanut butter, isn’t that Crazy Richard’s the creamiest you have ever had?!?! Stepmama Smart gets it and I am ALWAYS in awe of how it dribbles and drizzles.
Ritz + ketchup is amazing. When I had the hamburger-tasting mustard (featuring relish and ketchup mixed in) I found that Ritz really taste a bit like a butter hamburger bun, so adding ketchup isn’t that much of a stretch really.
Love the looks of those eggs…mustard + relish + cottage cheese are always a delicious combo. [When you are weirdo like we are, that is. ;)]
Mmmm! Great, now you’ve got me craving haystack cookies…just when I thought I was RECOVERED! Lol! And oh my gosh, the Crazy Richards is SO good! I love how it’s perfectly drizzly for oatmeal and yogurt bowls since I don’t seem to have much luck when I try to warm up the thicker stuff (it always ends up turning into a burnt peanut paste! ick!)
Gah! I should have known I could count on you to back me with the Ritz/ketchup combo! One of the many MANY reasons I love you! xoxox
My family does finger foods on Vhrstmas Eve, and it gets me every time! I can relate to your woes. It was so good going done, but my body is still off kilter.
Thanks for the new deviled egg recipe. I’ll have to try these.
I think your family’s finger food Christmas meal is such a cute idea! And those deviled eggs look awesome – good to know that they can be made with cottage cheese too because I almost always have cottage cheese in my fridge!
The best thing I ate for Christmas was a gingerbread cake with dulce de leche frosting that I made… actually I think that cake might be the best thing I’ve eaten all year!!
Oh my gosh girl, that cake sounds DIVINE! Though I’m pretty sure if you put dulce de leche frosting on a stick it would taste amazing! Lol
This recipe looks awesome! I’m having a little “New Year’s Resolution” pot luck next week and I think I will make these!
Also- I feel you on the sweets. Total kryptonite.
Awesome! Did you end up trying them out? What did you think?
HOLY CRAP – overload!!! 😉 That all looks so delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the look of those sweets – that is my thing.
Not too much craziness here…. I was able to portion control since not lots of things that tempt me. I did have some fav cookies though! 🙂
Our Christmas eve dinner is more of finger foods and snacks (but there are turkey and roast beef sandwiches during the dinner hour) and then Christmas is an actual meal, which I enjoy.
oh pretzels and peanut butter are AMAZING! I adored our homemade cinnamon rolls after a long run 🙂
Ugh, that’s it! I need to sit down with my family and have a serious talk…it’s time to petition for a new holiday tradition…I want homemade cinnamon rolls!! I’m totally jealous of you! Lol
Mmmm, everything looks fabulous – especially that brunch. Bring on the mac n’ cheese!
Omigod I’d die if we had that cookie plate anywhere at my house! Definitely my biggest weakness as well. I don’t celebrate Christmas (Jewish), but if I did, I’d be a total sucker for the cookies and other desserts 😛
I’m pretty sure I’m in a sugar coma by just reading this post… but man, I wouldn’t change the feeling for anything =) Ha Ha
My family managed to do both this year, haha. Finger foods/dessert disaster (in a good way) on Christmas Eve, a more traditional dinner on Christmas day. And seriously, I will never judge anyone for dunking anything in either PB or ketchup (or both?). I mean, that’s just guaranteed tastebud magic, no matter what. And hah, totally laughed at you naming the cookie/dessert platter. Thingies are the best!
Haha! I KNEW my fellow weird foodies would back me with this! Though it might take me just a little bit of convincing before I start mixing peanut butter and ketchup! 😉
All this food looks delicious!! Have you ever put peanut butter on powdered doughnuts?? OH. MY. GOSH…. I die!
Omg, WHY are you telling me this?!?!! Haha!
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