I’ve been kind of busy the last couple of days working on my first fiction novel and didn’t have time to blog.

The day before Christmas Eve I headed down to the kitchen with a few of my daughters to whip up some delectable eats.

They were a big help. It was quite a few dishes that we were preparing. We didn’t get done until late at night and then had to wait for the food to cool before we could put it in the refrigerator.

I’m all for losing weight and eating healthy but there are certain times when my family wants the works. They wanted a nice Christmas dinner (we ate on Christmas Eve but there was plenty left over for Christmas day too).

The best part is that I enjoy a variety of foods and didn’t gain any weight.  🙂 I’ve exercised since and have been eating more weight loss friendly foods. I can’t eat like Christmas Eve every day.

Some of my children don’t eat meat at all so I had them covered when I planned our menu. I made sure there was plenty to eat that was meat-free.

Mac and cheese.

homemade mac and cheese
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homemade baked mac and cheese
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Some of my children prefer their mac and cheese creamy so I made a cheese sauce from scratch and then after mixing into the macaroni pasta I baked a batch for those of us who love it baked.

Turkey

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I baked the turkey and took it off of the bone before making the turkey gravy in the pan.

Ravioli with hot turkey sausage and turkey burger.

ground turkey hot turkey sausage ravioli
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Ravioli and sauce with onions, garlic, a variety of cheeses, hot turkey sausage, and ground turkey.

Kidney Beans
kidney beans with onions and garlic
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These were extremely easy. I didn’t make them from scratch as I normally would. I used canned beans.

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie.
pumpkin sweet potato pie
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There wasn’t enough pumpkin so I decided to add some of the sweet potatoes I made to the mix and it was good.
No one complained!

 

 

Pasta Salad.
veggie pasta salad
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Another really easy dish. I added on the vine tomatoes and cucumber to the pasta with Italian dressing. Easy and delicious!

Stuffing with gravy.

meat free stuffing and gravy
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I made this with veggie stock, onions, and garlic instead of a meat-based broth. It was delicious.

Deviled Eggs.

Fruit in syrup

Strawberries, mangoes, and blueberries.

We also had stewed tomatoes with corn and string beans, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, brownies, and cake.

I made this plate for my sister. No way can I eat that much. When she saw what I was cooking on Instagram she wanted a plate. She wound up sharing it with our mother when she dropped by her house.

 

My grandson, Binky, opened up most of his gifts on Christmas Eve. He loves Transformers so this was the first gift he received.

platinum edition supreme starscream transformer
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All the tiny pieces were removed and put away. Some of his other Transformers are put away for until he is older. He also received traditional baby toys which he loved as well.

I had a wonderful holiday with my children and husband. On Christmas Eve after dinner, we watched a few episodes American Horror Story until one by one we each drifted to bed.

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