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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Dinner

I know this menu is nothing special - 





but it was the VERY FIRST time I've EVER cooked:

  1. A Turkey (OK, it was just a turkey breast, but still!)
  2. Mashed Potatoes from scratch
  3. Deviled Eggs 
  4. Pumpkin Pie

I've been fortunate enough to always be near all my family where either my mother or my hubby's parent's would make our holiday meals.  Now that we have moved away from them, I had to see if I could do it - and I did!!


I HATE to cook, and I figured out why - it's too much paper work!!


Let me explain.  In order for me to get everything done at the same time, I had to read and re-read every recipe to see the time scope.  Then I made a spread sheet and calculated when I needed to start each dish and what preparations could be done before hand.   Whew!  


Oh, and this is what we had for breakfast.








21 comments:

Kaaren said...

It looks like a meal fit for a King. WTG, Mel!

Pat said...

YUMMMMM.....great job! I do recall the timing of cooking so many dishes was a challenge in my early years of married life and cooking!

Maryjo said...

Your meal looks heavenly! Would you consider sharing your pull apart breakfast rolls? Not that I need to eat them but they look soooooo good! Have a happy day!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Mel you did a great job! Everything looks delicious! Yes cooking is an art form :-)

Needled Mom said...

It all looks delicious, but the monkey bread breakfast looks heavenly!

SheilaC said...

Everything looks so yummy, good for you!

And remember, if everything is not done at the same time, you can always warm things up in the microwave and no one will be the wiser! :)

SHeilaC

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Way to go, looks yummy. I think the hardest part is to get it all done at the same time too!! ( but that is why we now have microwaves)!

Nedra said...

I know it's so hard to be away from family during the holiday's. You did a great job on cooking for your family. I still won't make pie crust from scratch, even after all these years.

Annette said...

Wow, for not liking to cook you sure do a beautiful job. Looks so delicious!!

Beth said...

You are right! Cooking IS alot of work! Today is the 28th and I JUST finished the last of Christmas dishes...the pots I had to soak! I could never figure out how to get everything done at the same time. My mom never made homemade mashed potatoes. I JUST found a ricer last year..and that is what I put my cooked potatoes thru. VOILA! no lumps..and when they are done, I plop them in the crock pot. That way the messy potato dishes are done and put away EARLY. I just LOVE that crockpot! Great job on a lovely dinner!

Trisha said...

Good for you, Mel! I cooked my first turkey (breast) this year too because my sister (who usually cooks it) was out of town. It was a lot less scary than I thought it would be. Your food all looks delicious!

Robyn said...

Mel, Congratulations on your Christmas meal. How clever of you to time it the way you did. Everything looks delicious. Here in Australia I cooked baked potato/sweet potato/pumpkin/onion; beans, pork, chicken, ham and we sat down to a roast on a hot day. Next year we are having cold seafood (prawns, oysters, etc) and salad.

Geri said...

If I come to visit will you cook a dinner for me like that?

Geri said...

If I come to visit will you cook a dinner for me like that?

Cathy M said...

Dinner looks great but those pull aparts look to die for. Do share...

Micki said...

Wow! It all looks just delicious!
Micki

Micki said...

I also wanted to wish you a healthy and Happy New Year, Mel.
Micki

Tessa said...

Oh wow, that looks amazing!! Nice work. Now I'm hungry... ;)

Barb said...

It all looks fantastic! Wishing you and your family a wonderful, happy, healthy and rewarding new year; with lots of quilting for you!

The pull apart breakfast rolls look heavenly!

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Hillary said...

Great job Mel! I had to laugh I've had my own years of spreadsheets and reading recipes but thats only when I'm trying! Your dinner looks amazing!