Christmas Menu and Planning

Well, we are down to the final hours.  As I write this, Christmas will be here in less than 48 hours.  Will I get it ALL done?  Probably NOT! haha

My house is a MESS.  For the first Christmas in years, we have family coming to spend Christmas at our house, and some are even staying the night!  So that means I have the added pressure of  extra cleaning on top of my already long to do list!

I didn’t get ALL of the baking done (I always plan for WAY too much).

We decorated Butter Cookies

Every year I try out a new cookie recipe or two.  This year Raspberry Filled Butter Cookies and Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies were the new kids on the block and both received high praises and I’m sure will make appearances again!

We made and gifted lots of Christmas Tree Peppermint Bark

Christmas tree Peppermint barkas well as  Cinnamon Honey Butter and Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cinnamon Honey Butter and Pound Cake

I used my favorite Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes in a bag to make things a little easier, for some Chocolate Chip and Gingerbread Cookies.  Seriously those mixes are so yummy and taste like homemade!  I always have several in my pantry!

It’s not the holidays with out Red Velvet Truffles {cake balls}.  I just decorated in red and green for a more festive look!  These are, by far, one of my husbands VERY favorite treats!

Today I plan to try my hand at Kristan’s cute snowman cupcakes.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I will be serving many dishes I can make ahead of time.  Some of the recipes I will share after the holidays, and some I linked to.

Christmas Dinner Menu

Italian Beef

Cheese Potatoes

Cheese Straws

Green Bean Casserole

Gigi Salad

Christmas Appetizers

Bacon Wrapped Jalepaneos

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Garlic Chicken Puffs

Vegetable Tray

Rye Bread Dip

Christmas Breakfast Menu

Gooey Butter Cake

Praline French Toast

Weekend Brunch Egg & Sausage Casserole

Crunchy Coated Bacon

I know many of us try to be “one of those mom’s” who can pull it ALL off………but reality is, it usually doesn’t happen that way.   So I didn’t bake EVERY SINGLE incredible recipe I saw this year, we didn’t go caroling or drive thru Santa’s Magical Kingdom, I didn’t send out Christmas cards (first time ever), and I seriously doubt I’ll get my toes painted the new pretty OPI red Ali’s Big Break that we bought, and my guests will not care if there are dust bunnies under the cabinets.

It’s ok if I can’t do it all. My family will love everything I did make, Santa’s Magical Kingdom will be up thru New Years, I can say Merry Christmas via facebook, email and skype,  I wear boots or slippers everyday so no one see’s my toes any way and most importantly, we will all be together and healthy for Christmas!

Melissa shares How to Find Peace during the holidays.

Are YOU ready? Are YOU letting some things “go”?


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. My in laws stayed with us for Thanksgiving and it was very stressful!!! I’m not even a mom and I feel like I can’t do it all! I’m going to read that piece you linked because I find myself fixating on the fact that I didn’t get to that last batch of cookies, etc. Love your pictures, and your menu looks fantastic! We will also be having buffalo chicken dip – my favorite. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  2. You may not have *done it all* but you certainly have done more than enough and wonderfully so Cheryl. Relax and enjoy this special time with your loved ones. It has been a very busy year for you and I have enjoyed being witness to some of it through your blog. Best wishes for a great and restful Christmas and all the best to you and your family in 2011.

    P.S. I really would try to squeeze in some time to get yourself a little pedicure and show off that pretty OPI Red 🙂

  3. I feel like I’ve had to let so many things go this year! Last week I had sick kids, one sick for 4 days and just as she got to feeling better, the other got sick for four days! I’ve done some baking but NO delivering and I haven’t wrapped a single thing! Throw 28 weeks pregnant into the mix and i feel so unprepared it’s ridiculous 😛

    I’ve just recently said to myself “why does all this baking have to be done BEFORE christmas??” I have a super break between Christmas and new years to relax and this is when the magic will happen 🙂 SO for now I”m going to enjoy everone else’s cooking and delcious cookies and not stress about the things I have yet to do!

    Your menu sounds delicious….mmmm I can’t wait for breakfast on Christmas morning!

  4. Are up serving Gooey Butter Cake? I want to come over for breakfast!!

  5. You are the Christmas Queen! And I want to come to YOUR house!!!

    I have NOT accomplished everything on my list, but I did manage to squeeze in a pedicure yesterday and my toesies are RED and ready for Christmas! 😉

    Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your adorable family!

    {I hope Santa is bringing Miss A a “crooked” necklace.} 😉

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  7. I have my lists planned out for today & tomorrow (we celebrate on Christmas Eve as we’ve cattle to feed on Christmas day and we give our help the day off).

    I found out a couple years ago that making two new recipes and then sticking to a couple old standards works when it comes to baking. Keeping it simple helps me from getting overwhelmed & cranky.

    With the book, I’d pour lots!! of pictures of my 3 grandsons into it. I’m a scrapbooker, but this would be a great opportunity to put LOTS of photos into one book.

    Merry Christmas.

  8. NONE of us can do it all. Thank God there is family to help out especially Christmas dinner. I wasn’t going to send cards but my hubby thought that was horrible!!!!! So, 100 plus went out!!! Just made a snack for the party we were going to tonight and it got cancelled so my snack will be fine for Christmas eve or day:) ENJOY your day and you r family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  11. Such pretty cookies!!! Didn’t finish all of my baking; I promised a few people they’d get their annual goodies from me either next week, or the 1st week of January. Just as well, most people have TOO much junk food around the house over these next few days, right?

  12. Wow, your Christmas menu looks terrific! It is tough getting everything done. My expectations always exceed my reality.

  13. Your cookies look amazing. The raspberry filled look and sound absolutely heavenly!!!

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