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?