Weekly Menu 12/22 and Christmas Menu

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I can't believe I forgot to share my Christmas menu with you. It's been kind of crazy around here lately with house guests, plans and just life. I also can't believe that Christmas is only three days away. I haven't even watched the Grinch yet! 

And to make the Christmas spirit even less sparse, it's a balmy 64 degrees with high humidity today. So weird. 

Anyway, I decided to keep it kind of simple this week. I'm doing some of the Christmas food preparations tonight and the rest will be done on Christmas eve. 

Sunday - oven-fried chicken over buttermilk waffles, corn 

Monday - spinach-stuffed flank steal, roasted baby potatoes, sauteed green beans 

Tuesday - shrimp scampi 

Wednesday - Christmas dinner - *see below*

Thursday - leftovers

And on Wednesday, our Christmas dinner consists of:

~{Appetizers}~
veggies & dip 
parmesan thyme crackers
cheese ball 
deviled eggs
tomato parmesan tarts
steak bites

~{Main and Sides}~
Honeybaked ham 
Alton's baked macaroni and cheese
gouda bacon mashed potatoes
thyme roasted carrots
butternut squash lasagna roll ups

~{Bread}~
Texas roadhouse rolls with honey cinnamon butter

~{Desserts}~
pear and cardamom crumbles
salted caramel apple pie
mini cheesecakes 

I know I said that I was going to try to keep Christmas much simpler this year, but this is actually quite easier than what I pull off most years. Here's my timeline for how I plan to pull this off:
Sunday - make and freeze butternut squash and spinach lasagna roll ups; make and freeze parmesan thyme crackers 
Tuesday - make dip and cut up veggies; assemble macaroni and cheese; make rolls; make pie; boil potatoes for mashed potatoes; thaw crackers and lasagna rolls 
Wednesday - make tomato tarts and steak bites; bake macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, lasagna roll ups; roast carrots; bake pear crumbles 

The deviled eggs and cheese ball are courtesy of my aunt. My mom always brings a Honeybaked ham that we just heat up in the oven. She's also bringing the mini cheesecakes. 

At this rate, in a few years I might actually only make enough food for the number of people coming! Wouldn't that be a Christmas miracle :) 

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