Category Archives: Christmas
UPDATE: JeffreyW took my original photo and played with it to tone down the gold and bring up the reds and it looks much better. I ran it through Snapseed again to give it some flair and I think it’s better. You can compare it with the original below:
If you click on any photo and then click on its title, you’ll get full size.
This was our Christmas eve main course. There was also garlic-cheese bread, a beautiful tossed salad and for dessert, a sundae bar with all kinds of toppings.
There were three of us playing with the camera, but no matter what, the pictures wanted to be golden. Even with a white sheet for balance. So I finally went with it before the lasagna got cold.
It was good. The original recipe is here. I made the sauce on Friday. So on Monday all I had to do was put the lasagna together. I used Tinkyada rice noodles to keep it gluten free. I didn’t boil them first, so I cooked the lasagna at full temp for 45 minutes, then turned the oven down to 200 degrees and let it coast until the guests arrived (about 90 minutes). The noodles were perfect. Pulled it out and let it set while I toasted the garlic bread. Total prep time was about 30 minutes, including salad, bread and putting the lasagna together.
That’s what I call a stress-free dinner party.
Looking for another cookie to add to the cookie tray you give as gifts? These are very pretty. You can add chocolate drizzle to really make them look festive (I’d melt semi-sweet or cacao chocolate chips for the drizzle).
Easy to make, pretty to look at.
Coconut Lace Cookies
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup regular oats
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp water
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 tbsp light corn syrup
baking sheet, bowl
Combine flour, oats, sugar, coconut, & baking soda in bowl, mix well. Add water, margarine & syrup and stir well. Drop by teaspoon onto baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes until almost set, remove to rack to completely cool. Makes 2 dozen.
Ok, just like with Thanksgiving, I thought I’d put together the search for you. These recipes are good for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, holiday get-togethers and holiday gifts.
So if you’re looking for ideas, start here, and unfortunately you’ll have to wade through the Christmas carols because I tagged them as Christmas, so they show up. But you’ll find many recipes while you, hopefully, listen to the music.
If you need something specific, search on the ingredient in the Search W4DS box in the upper right corner. And you’ll probably find something that sounds good.
As always, you can ask me questions in the comment or send me an email. I’ll do my best.
And stay tuned, on Thursday the recipe exchange has three more ideas for holiday meals.
I hope you have a lovely holiday season, full of peace and love and zero stress.
This is by far my favorite Christmas carol, and still in awe that it was written by Steve Earle. I like this Kathy Mattea version, though the version I have on my CD player is my favorite. Maybe next year I’ll get around to uploading it to youtube.
This will not be the only appearance of Ms. Kitt this holiday season.