My mom and dad will be here for the holiday, so it will be a small group. My mom always made a turkey or a roast for the holidays when I was growing up--on top of an enormous breakfast, too. I don't mind cooking big meals every once in a while, but I am not quite that enterprising.
And I probably won't be that enterprising at least until the children are a bit older, because mostly on Christmas Day, I'm occupied with taking pictures of The Cute and detaching the toys from the awful, awful packaging (toy companies clearly enjoy their little practical jokes on parents) and occasionally calling a halt to the proceedings so we can clear away some of the
So here's what I'm thinking:
- I MIGHT make something for breakfast. :P Actually, maybe the hubby will scramble up some eggs and we'll cook some bacon, too. I really wonder if we'll need to bother, because the kids won't eat a thing, I'm sure. But bacon and eggs (with coconut oil) is a nice hearty paleo breakfast, and I know I'll certainly need some fuel to make it through the long long long long day (which will no doubt begin earlier than I'd like it to).
And for dinner:
- Standing Rib Roast (not sure how I'll prepare it yet, but it'll be some variation of Slather It In Something & Put In The Oven, and I'll get a huge one so there's lots of leftovers!)
- Roasted Asparagus (in bacon grease, yum)
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes (I think, maybe I'll cheat and just slice them up and roast them)
- My Grandmother's Rolls *
- Flourless Chocolate Cake (that was such a hit last time, and I can make it the day before)
How does that sound? Simple to make and mostly healthy!
*The Rolls. As I wrote in the original post with the recipe, these rolls are not only delicious (and not paleo!), but they are a way in which I remember my grandmother. It's one of my very favorite memories of her, when she'd help my sister and me roll out the dough and roll them up into crescents. Every time I make them, I think about her, what her kitchen looked like, how sweet she was to us. These aren't just any old dinner rolls--they are memories.
So I'm going to make them (maybe the day before) with the kids and tell them all about my grandmother while I do it. I might even eat one, but honestly, the eating of them doesn't sound all that appealing to me now. I don't want to eat them; I want to make them. I want to participate in a time-honored family ritual and pay homage to the memory of my grandparents, and involve my kids in the process.
Come to think of it, while I'm perusing my grandmother's old cookbook, maybe I'll find some good paleo recipes. This is a classic cookbook full of old-time recipes when people made food made out of real ingredients, and not a few of the recipes contain lard. :o)
What are you making for Christmas (or what did you make for Hanukkah)? Do you do anything special for New Year's?