Excited For Christmas Dinner

I’m a sucker for Christmas. It’s not in my religious upbringing to celebrate Christmas. But when you live away from your birth country all your life, a bit of your own traditions merge with a bit of the traditions of the country you live in. How can you not celebrate, when everyone around you is celebrating?

For me, I love hosting parties and dinners. I love people coming over to our place and sharing in our happiness and joys. I’d rather be the hostess than the guest. So, every year around this time, I try to get a few of the people who are nearest and dearest to us to come together and share a meal, lots of laughs and happiness with us. This year, we’re doing it on Christmas day. Yay!

I’ve been working on a menu for the big day for some time and I think I’ve just about nailed it. Hopefully, everyone enjoys it just as much as I enjoy making it. Here’s my menu (recipes and pictures pending):

Appetizers/Welcome Drinks:

  • Mimosa (Orange juice and champagne)
  • Garlic shrimp bites

Main Course:

  • Cesar salad
  • Sweet corn kernels and steamed veggies
  • Baked chicken (I’m still debating between stuffed spinach/feta chicken or honey-glazed chicken)
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Cheesy, pull-apart bread
  • garlic and herb roasted potatoes

Dessert:

  • Double chocolate cake stuffed with dulce de leche, served with vanilla ice cream
  • Apple crumble with vanilla ice cream

I’ll post pictures and recipes as soon as I can. Stay tuned and have yourself a very Merry Christmas.

Dollar Store Holiday Decorating Ideas

The dollar stores these days can help you decorate all of your home and that too, on a small budget. I’ll admit, I’m a dollar store junkie. I love the dollar store and have spent lots of money there. I wouldn’t necessary buy some groceries there or even electronic stuff other than a charger or headphones, but the dollar store is great for candles, picture frames, everyday dishware and home organization bins and tools.

But the one thing I absolutely love the dollar store for are the decorations they bring out. For a mere $30 you can buy a mini Christmas tree, decorations, wrapping paper, kitchen towels and other decorating accessories. And that’s exactly what I did this year. I budgeted my holiday decorating to $30 and think I did a pretty amazing job with some of the ideas I came up with.

Our mini Christmas tree cost me $3 for the tree, 2 sets of 50x lights for $3 a box and 3 sets of blue and silver ornaments at $1.25 a box. Total cost = $12.75

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This beautiful center piece set me back $4.50 but doesn’t it look fantastic? The tray and glass candle holders I had. But the ornaments ($1.50 a box), pine cones (free from the pine tree behind my building) and reindeer ($3) are all from the dollar store. And if you must know, the tray was a small gift from my neighbor; which cost her $10  at Kitchen Stuff Plus. image3

I wish I had taken a better picture of this. This is a canvas board wrapped with shiny wrapping paper and a Christmas tree ornament hung with blue ribbon. This cost about $1 for the wrapping paper and $3 for the canvases.

I’ll post my Christmas dinner photos after, to show you some of the frugal items I picked up to set my table and centerpiece. Until then, stay tuned and have yourself a very Merry Christmas.