Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve and Holiday Recipes

 Tonight, we are hosting my parents and brother for Christmas Eve. I used a quilt topper my mom made. I love the simple colors in it and how well the plates, candy poppers and centerpiece marry with it.
I used two sets of plates, since there are seven of us. All the salad plates are from Cracker Barrel from 3 and 4 years ago. I've had the red glass plates and poinsettia napkins forever. I used an eclectic mix of silver, stainless and red handled flatware.
Each plate is adorned with a chocolate ornament or Santa with a couple thrown around the centerpiece for those who've been extra good!
These were heavenly. I made them for a cookie exchange I hosted Saturday. I doubled the recipe and it made 40, plenty to share and keep for my boys. They remind me of cookies from Romania, so my husband was overjoyed!
Each lady brought 2 dozen cookies, so everyone took home a couple of each.  I served a couple appetizers and wassail. The Greek Feta Dip was long gone before I took of picture, but if I make it tonight or tomorrow, I'll snap a was a simple mix of pesto, feta cheese, kalamata olives and grape tomatoes. Serve with pita chips. I also made a cheese ball.
I also made Texas Jalapeno Jelly with my October surplus of jalapenos. Another huge hit, I gave this to family, church friends and my husband's coworkers. It made everybody happy!

May your days be Merry and Bright!


Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Meredith! So what do you use the Jalapeno Jelly for? Surely it doesn't go on biscuits and such!!! I like the bright green color of it, though, and I do like jalapenos VERY much. I just can't see slathering this on a piece of toast! The Snowball cookies...gimme!!! I could eat those things by the dozen!!!!!!! Your table turned out really great! You did a really great job of mixing and matching elements!!! I know everyone was duly impressed! I hope your Christmas was great and that your New Year will be even greater! Be safe, take care, and have a Happy New Year!!!!!!

The Tablescaper said...

Such a wonderful celebration of red and green!

Merry Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Entertaining Women said...

Walnut Snowball Cookies...I love the sound of that! I like cookie exchanges, but I haven't been to any in the last few years. Do you suppose that my cookies weren't good enough, and I was eliminated from the guest list...surely not! I love that you used your mama's quilted table topper...your table charmed me. Thanks for intiting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Marigene said...

Meredith, love your table, there is nothing like lots of reds and greens for Christmas.
Those walnut cookies look does the jalapeño jelly, which is one of my favorites.
Happy New Year to you!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Your combination looks so pretty on the table, and your food sounds so good. It looks like such an inviting Christmas, with a pretty table and delicious gifts. laurie

Scribbler said...

Thank you so much for visiting -- I really enjoyed looking at your blog. I love jalepeno jelly -- haven't made any in a long time. I am now following -- follow me too?

Martha said...

A pretty table! WALNUT snowballs! I've never seen that before -- always pecan . . . but I may try them with walnuts next time! Love those cookies! And isn't that jalapeno jam Christmas colorful!

Tanya Payzant said...

Is the Texas Jalapeno Jelly made the same as Red Pepper Jelly? It looks wonderful. Happy New Year Meredith!

Kathleen said...

I love those Santa plates, such a festive table. The cookies look delicious.
Happy 2013, Meredith!

Miz Helen said...

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes with Full Plate Thursday in 2012. Wishing you and your family the very best in 2013.
Happy New Year!
Miz Helen

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