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Sunday, December 27, 2009

CHRISTmas Menu 09

This year our CHRISTmas dinner rocked. It was the first time I'd tried brining a turkey, and every.single.thing I made this year was from scratch. In past years I've always had a box or 3 (or 5 or 6) of something I could "just add XXX" to or open & pour/heat/slice. Since changing our eating habits in January of this year, it was a huge undertaking. I made the pumpkin pie almost a week before & popped it in the freezer. CHRISTmas Eve I made almost all my other dishes, so I could just pop things into the oven, crockpot or in a pan on the stovetop as needed.

Here is what we had (Please excuse the picture quality. I got a camcorder for CHRISTmas & decided to use that instead of my "real" still shot camera for these. The camcorder has no flash option):

Brined Turkey (We tried the traditional turkey this year)
Mashed potatoes
Cornbread Stuffing & Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Onions


Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Apple Orange Relish (Which I don't have a picture of)

Gravy (made with pan dripping & my homemade chicken stock)
Dinner rolls

I also made peppermint iced tea to drink &

pumpkin pie with oatmeal crust.

Friends brought deviled eggs from their own chickens, "puppy chow" (chex mix sort of thing) & blueberry baklava (YUM!!!).

I had a GREAT time cooking all this stuff. I can't wait to get a "real" turkey for next year. This year I just could not afford a pastured turkey. But next year I will.... somehow. Baby Steps.

Hope your CHRISTmas was blessed & that you were stuffed to the gills & beyond like we were!!


Jodi aka One Blessed Mama said...

That looks so delicious! Great job, girl!

Donna B said...

Looks delicious! Bravo!

Anonymous said...

That all looked so yummy! Great job!

Stephanie said...

I love your blog! It's so nice!

Now, I'm an official follower! :)

Tatersmama said...

It all looks absolutely wonderful! And I can just imagine your pride in that it's ALL from scratch! Good for you, girl!
The thought of brussel sprouts with bacon and onion has got my mouth watering, and after our 2-day feast, I thought I would never want to eat anything ever again...lol!

At Home on the Rock... said...

Mmmm....looks and sounds delicious!

Kim said...

Wow! Another Wyoming gal to show me how to do the Nourishing Traditions way right! I love your blog and am looking forward to trying some of your recipes!

Thank you for visiting mine!

Stacy said...

Your meal looks delicious!

Sara said...

It all looks SO GOOD!! You did a GREAT job!! Our THanksgiving was totally from scratch this year ... LOVED it! For Christmas, we all decided just to have lasagna lol

Kelle at The Never Done Farm said...

What a blessing to have your whole meal made from scratch! The only thing better is being able to say you raised 90+% yourself too*wink*

It all looks yummy! You really outdid yourself, Hooray!


Nutmeg said...

Woo Hoo! Great job, mama!