On the Menu

So, I think this is what I’ll be serving for Christmas Brunch:

  • Spiral Ham
  • Spinach and Gruyere Strata
  • Pear Salad with Cranberries and Chevre
  • O’Brian Potatoes
  • Cresent Roll Christmas Wreath
  • Holiday Funfetti Cake — requested and made by Jake (with a little help from me)
  • Fresh fruit — still not sure about this; the one salad might be enough

Yes, I am having ham. Some of you might remember that I made a ham the Christmas when I was newly-pregnant with Noah (and NO I am NOT pregnant again, trust me!) and the leftovers became a terrible food aversion. So much, in fact, that I’m still a little unsure about making it. However, it’s so easy to prepare (I mean, you can’t get easier than “stick the thing in the oven”) and it is very brunchy. The strata is a little bit involved, but it was such a hit last year that I want to make it a Christmas tradition. As for the cresent roll wreath? I was looking through some old cooking magazines and found the recipe in an issue of Taste of Home. You bake up the rolls, let them cool, make a yummy cream cheese mixture, spread it on top of the rolls and then arrange broccoli, celery, and sweet red pepper. It looks so pretty and sounds yummy! If I make it I’ll be sure to take a photo.

Jake and I made the most amazing mint-chocolate brownies today. Basically, we just doctored up boxed brownie mix by chopping up some York Peppermint Patties (I obviously did that part) and stirred them into the mix. Awesome! Unfortunately the brownies are for after Jake’s preschool’s holiday show tomorrow. Well, fortunate for everyone who goes, but unfortunate that they’re not just for us. I will be making these again though! And I might be able to sneak one (just a tiny one) later on to have as a bedtime snack with a cup of tea 😉


  1. Liz says:

    yummmmmmy brownies! Mint Chocolate has been my weakness this year! All this revolving around trying to cut down on sweets and taking the ever-popular glucose test! Torture!

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