Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

I am taking a blogging vacation from now until the first week of January. I'm planning to curl up in our cabin, drink tons of hot cocoa and tea, find my kids some snow and enjoy every single moment of my favorite two weeks of the year.

Here is a peek at what I am planning to make in the next two weeks. These are some of my favorite recipes and I can hardly wait to enjoy them again! If you are interested in the recipes, you can click on any of the pictures for a link to the original post.

Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage is the ultimate winter comfort food. Nothing beats this chili after it has simmered on the stove all day long. This is the very first meal I plan to make as soon as we arrive at our cabin.

Slow Cooked Cranberry Almond Oatmeal is still my favorite oatmeal combination. I've made this more frequently than any other oatmeal this year. (It's actually in the crockpot this morning, as I write this post.) Every single member of my family loves it. I don't usually prep it the night before, although the directions do include instructions for that. I typically just toss it all into the crockpot in the morning and then just walk away for an hour. I love that I can start this as soon as I wake up and by the time the rest of the family gets moving, breakfast is ready to eat.

Vanilla Bean Mashed Sweet Potatoes have been requested once again and so they will be made for our  Christmas dinner. Unbelievably smooth and creamy, I will probably be enjoying these for a dessert as well. Luckily, I will have a food processor at my disposal this time!

Crockpot Pulled Pork is a great meal to start in the morning and then forget about all day. I plan to use my crockpot as much as possible and avoid all but the most fun cooking whenever I am able.

Carmelized Brussels Sprouts have become a new favorite food in my house. I'm still surprised at just how much we like these. Each time I buy Brussels Sprouts, I intend to try something different with them. However, when it comes time to cook them, I can't help making this awesomely easy recipe once again. They are perfect every time!

I've been wanting to make this Twisted Chicken Piccata again for a while now, so it is on the menu for the week after Christmas. I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait!

I have made several batches of these Ginger and Honey Roasted Almonds already. I added a dash or two of cayenne last time and they were even better. (Thanks for the suggestion, Chris!)

I can not resist the temptation to make the Cranberry Christmas Cake once again this year. This is one of my favorite new dessert finds and I have a LOT of cranberries stashed away in the freezer now. I plan to enjoy this several times throughout the coming year.


I am wishing you all an absolutely wonderful Christmas. 
May God richly bless you and yours throughout the coming year.

45 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2012.

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  2. God bless you and yours and Merry Christmas!! Here's hoping you have a wonderful 2012.

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  3. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you and yours too Mary!!

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  4. Mary, I hope you have a fabulous time! I know you're going to have a delicious time with that lineup of great dishes! This post made me suddenly very hungry.

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  5. Merry Xmas and all the best for 2012. With all those delicious food I wonder if you will ever leave the cabin:)

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  6. Enjoy your time off...sounds like you're going to have a lovely time. What great recipes to re-make, everything sounds delicious! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you! x

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  7. All of these things looks so ridiculously delicious. Have a wonderful Christmas and a nice break from blogging. Take care! :)

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  8. Have a great Christmas. I'm not sure where you are but if you're going to be cured up in a cabin with hot chocolate, I hope you have some snow.

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  9. Merry Christmas Mary! Have a wonderful break and enjoy cooking, eating, spending time with family and relaxing. See you in 2012!

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  10. Happy Holidays! Sounds like you'll have a great time with your family.

    Off to check out some of those yummy recipes you highlighted.

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  11. Merry Christmas Chickie!. Enjoy every last bit of your cabin time with those sweet boys and your Guy and Happy new year! Eat well it all looks d'lish!

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  12. Enjoy your time away! You deserve some rest & relaxation!

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  13. Have a wonderful Christmas and see you back in January
    Mary oxo

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  14. Merry Christmas Mary! I hope you have a great Holiday! I am for sure making that cranberry cake over the holidays!

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  15. Merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful time off!

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  16. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays..See you soon in New Year..

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  17. Merry Christmas Mary! Thanks for all the yummy recipes

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  18. Sugerencias exquisitas me encantan,abrazos y Feliz Navidad muchas bendiciones.

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  19. Mary,
    Have a great time off the computer and Merry Christmas, Happy New year to you and yours.

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  20. Merry Christmas, Mary! You will be missed, but enjoy your well-earned break! Your Cranberry Christmas Cake is on my to-make list these holidays too :)

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  21. Enjoy your break from blogging! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Mary! I'm so glad to have found your blog this year! :)

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  22. Thanks for leaving us with some fabulous links! I'd love to try your pulled pork....mmmmmmmm. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for all your kind words this year! xo

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  23. Oh everything looks so delicious especially that chili!!

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  24. Mary, have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your well-deserved rest from blogging! I hope Santa brings you some wonderful gifts and I'll be here, drooling over your vanilla mashed sweet potatoes :)

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  25. Well, the boys and I will have to come to the cabin with you if you'll be making all those fabulous meals! Can't wait til you're back. In the meantime, I'm off to make those brussels sprouts and that chili!!!

    Happy holidays!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's for Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  26. OMG! Everything looks soo delcious!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!! Merry X'mas & Happy New Year to you and your family :)

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  27. Mary, everything looks delicious!
    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones :-)

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  28. Merry Christmas Mary! Enjoy your time at the cabin. It sounds like a great place to be right now and hopefully you will see some snow! Talk to you next year.

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  29. The brussels sprouts and the chicken piccata both really caught my interest!

    Enjoy your blogging holiday, and have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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  30. Have a fabulous holiday, love! And enjoy all of this good food! Can't wait to see you when you get back!

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  31. Merry Christmas to you too! Hope you have a wonderful break. And I totally agree, caramelized brussel sprouts are the best, I just made some the other night.

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  32. Merry Christmas, Mary! I hope you and your family are feeling the joy and promise of this holy season. Ain't Jesus' love grand?

    Thank you so much for giving us all wonderful ways in which to feed ourselves. 2 of my Christmas dinner dishes are coming from your blog. Gracias!

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  33. Merry Christmas to you and your family,Mary! I hope you have a nice blogging break (I too on a break on posting. :-)). I already checked the sweet potato mashed potatoes and will have to give it a try! Looks yummy. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  34. That cranberry cake looks delicious :) Hope you had a fabulous Christmas! x

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  35. Have a wonderful Christmas and a magnificent vacation!

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  36. Hello Mary, the cranberry cake is wonderfull.
    I wish you a Happy New Year!!!!!
    baci sabina

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  37. I've finally featured your blog in my Enjoy your food posts - http://www.lifecoachwannabe.com/2011/12/enjoy-your-food-barefeet-in-kitchen.html
    I hope you like it :)

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  38. Hmmm--yes, I want the twisted chicken piccata, and the vanilla bean sweet potatoes, too.
    Glad you are enjoying a break with your family. best wishes for a happy and fulfilling new year.

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  39. Wow.. what a lovely post full with yummy food. Especially your cranberry chritmas cake & vanilla with mashed sweet potatos. Wishing you & your family a Happy New year :)

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  40. Hope you're enjoying your holidays, Mary, and wish you all the best for the New Year!!
    Great links to leave us drooling over. I'm excited to try that cranberry cake when those wonderful red berries are not in season. It will be a great change of taste!

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  41. Hope you had a lovely And nice Christmas!!! and Happy new year, all look delicious:)

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