Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

I am taking a blogging vacation from now until the second week of January. I'm planning to curl up in our cabin, drink plenty of hot chocolate, snuggle with warm blankets and read several good books while enjoying every single moment of my favorite two weeks of the year. (The fact that over a dozen family members will be visiting off and on during that time is just an added bonus!)

Here is a peek at my meal plan for the next two weeks. These are some of our favorite recipes and I can hardly wait to enjoy them again! If you are interested in the recipes, you can click on the links to see the original posts.

Italian White Bean Spinach and Beef Soup is awesome in it's simplicity. Less than 20 minutes from start to finish and dinner is served. On top of that, it's a truly delicious soup that my entire family loves. My non-spinach-eating son even cleans his bowl when this is on the table.

Bacon and Egg Chipotle Taco Salad is loaded with far more chopped vegetables, bacon, egg and cheese than lettuce. Start the bacon in the oven, boil the eggs, chop vegetables and then assemble. Start to finish in about 30 minutes (even with making your own salad dressing!), this is an excellent weeknight meal.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are a family favorite that I rely anytime I need to feed a crowd. These enchiladas are on our table at least once every couple of months.

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon is a favorite salmon recipe for all of my boys. I mentioned making salmon sometime next week and my oldest son immediately requested "the salmon with the peach jam on it." I haven't made this in months and I'm looking forward to it as well.

Baked Potato Soup with fluffy bites of baked potato in each bowl. If you have ever thought that you didn't like potato soup, this rich and creamy version just might change your mind. Topped with cheese, bacon and chives, this soup is the perfect snowy day food.

Traditional Filipino Lumpia is stuffed with pork and shrimp, water chestnuts and mushrooms, onions and garlic; then fried (or baked!) until golden brown and crispy. Perfect with spicy or sweet dipping sauces. I haven't made lumpia in quite a while and I can hardly wait to enjoy it again.

Baked Italian Herb and Parmesan Meatballs are the easiest meatballs ever. Full of fantastic Italian flavors and perfect on their own or tossed with pasta. I will be serving them with the best Five Minute Marinara sauce you can imagine. Even after making this sauce regularly for over a year, I'm still blown away by how simple and delicious it is.

Sriracha Honey Cashew Chicken was such a success when I made it last month, it's already on my menu again for next week. With just a bit of prep time and less than 10 minutes to cook, stir fry meals are my favorite way to get dinner on the table fast.

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


  1. Sounds like a plan for two great weeks and I hope it goes perfectly for you. Merry Christmas.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family and enjoy that stay at the cabin. Great line up of food. I must take a look at that soup and the salad.

  3. Merry Christmas Mary! Blessing to you and your family for a safe and happy holiday. May all your recipes rock in the new year :)

  4. Have an amazing holiday!! Enjoy your vacation.

  5. Enjoy the holiday! Thank you for sharing another delicious set of eats, my friend, and thank you for your warm wishes on my blog. It means so much to me!

  6. Merry Christmas to you Mary! I am so happy to have found your site. Your recipes are a hit. We made I Want to Marry You cookies recently and that will be my go to cookie now too. I also caramelized onions in my crock pot yesterday! Cannot wait to try them!

  7. For sure I'm going back and printing off several of these recipes! Great list, it all looks good!

  8. It's my favorite time of year too! Have a wonderful holiday break. Cheers!

  9. Merry Christmas, curl up and enjoy the break!!

  10. I will miss you chica but I think it's great that you're taking the time off to just relax. :) Happy holidays!

  11. Enjoy your break!! And of course, hope you had a very merry Christmas!!!
    Happy New Year!!!

  12. I'll be eating like crazy, catching up on blogs, and having one giant movie marathon. I love this time of year!


  13. Enjoy your break and I hope that the New Year brings you an abundance of blessings!

  14. Love your round-up…delicious looking! Happy New Year!!

  15. Gorgeous round up. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  16. That's a delicious looking line up! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)

  17. I'm new to your blog and trying to figure out how it works;) hope you had a great holiday! I have made your gluten free bread recipe twice now and it's amazing! Looking for cookies as well do you have any? Would love it! Thanks

    1. I have a great many gluten free cookie recipes posted here. If you click here: it is a direct link to all the cookie posts.

      If you look in the recipe index you will see all of my recipes listed there. Here is a link directly to the index:

      I'm glad you like the bread. Have a blessed week.