Our 2013 Christmas Menu and a nod to Charlie Brown

I know things have been rather quiet around here lately, but we've had a bit of a medical emergency that hasn't been leaving me any time to concentrate on all the fun things I had planned to write about this month. Right now the calendar in my kitchen is full of sharpie scribbles and X's where I have tried rather unsuccessfully to rearrange things. Fortunately some of my posts were written in advance and I've had a few back-up review posts to share with you, otherwise you may not have heard from me at all. 

It has just been that kind of month around here... 

I know that all of you understand that family comes first and I appreciate the kind messages I have received from my readers and friends on Steepster. They do brighten my day, I love to hear from you guys! If I haven't had an opportunity to respond to you yet, I promise that I will as soon as time allows. My husband finds out tomorrow when the surgeon can fit him in. We're in a sort of holding pattern until then, so that really has put a damper on my holiday spirit. Hopefully it won't affect our holiday plans much.

We did finally decorate the inside of the house, although it's definitely time for a new tree. My husband keeps referring to it as the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Ok, so maybe one or two (or possibly as many as half the branches) fell off as we were putting it up. It's also possible that I had to fill in the bare spots with some pre-lit garland that was the same color as the tree, just so I could hang up the ornaments. After putting up our tree, I understood completely how Charlie Brown felt as he placed the ornament on his tree and it bent over. 

I've killed it! Everything I touch gets ruined!

Charlie Brown, I feel your pain...

There are only 9 days left until Christmas and I still don't have a menu planned for our meal, or any idea if it will have to be rescheduled. What I do have are twisted peppermint plug-ins from Bath and Body Works, copious amounts of Christmas cookies, and Egg Nog from Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus, WI. The holidays are almost here, even if I'm suffering from a case of the bah-humbugs brought on by lack of sleep and stress.

What I wouldn't give for one day this week where I could get a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. I wonder if Santa reads my blog, maybe I should cover all my bases (with a little nod to Lucy from Charlie Brown's Christmas while I'm at it.) Although I'm wondering if the approach Linus took was better. Should I try for a peculiarly refreshing letter instead?

I'll just stick with the direct approach for now.

Dearest Santa,

I have been perfect all year. Perhaps you could bring me a few extra hours of sleep and a housekeeper this year. 

Affectionately yours,

Jenn (Your Friend)

P.S. Merry Christmas

Jenn (Your Very Best Friend)

XXXXXXXXX <-- Kisses 

Instead of writing letters to Santa, I should probably sit down and plan the dinner menu so I can do the grocery shopping next week. We likely won't have guests for our holiday meal like I had planned. That really bums me out because I love cooking for other people and seldom get the chance to do so. 

Curious about what I'll be putting together in the kitchen at Not Starving Yet? Here is a rundown on what I've decided on making this year with links to some of the recipes. My updates will still continue to be sporadic over the next few weeks, but as I have time I'll post the recipes for you to enjoy. Hopefully by the start of the new year things will be back to normal around here.

Main Course

Hormel® Cure 81® Classic Boneless Ham

Side Dishes

Southern Style Corn (check back soon for the recipe)

Red and Green Mashed Potatoes (check back soon for the recipe)

Parker House Rolls (Pioneer Woman)


Cherry Pie


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