Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Freezer Cooking (With Christmas Menu!)

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as lovely as mine (with the exception of the 5 lbs I'm fearful I gained...)! We made a short trip to visit family and took full advantage of the time to relax and eat good food.

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Part of the Thanksgiving spread
We celebrated Squishy's 2nd birthday and ate pie, pie, pie (and cupcakes!)...

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The apple pie was pretty fabulous...and so was my sister's blackberry pie!
And we took the obligatory family photo (always a comical affair). This year, we were missing the presence of my sister and her hubby who live abroad. It's fun, though, to see how each year there seems to be either a spouse or a child added to the picture. These are growing years!

Family, November 2011

For Thanksgiving, my only food responsibility was rolls and a pie...but at Christmas? I'm cooking the whole meal!! For the 1st time ever.

Since I'll 4 days away from my due date then, I'm aiming to do the majority of my cooking ahead of time. A dish or two a week until Christmas. For help, I'm using the Once A Month Mom's Holiday ecookbook.

Once a Month Mom Holiday 2010 eCookbook

Tricia's holiday freezer ecookbook is put together so well! The recipes all including mouth-watering pictures, and the ebook is complete with a grocery list and instructions for making a holiday meal that serves either 8 or 16 people. The recipes are as follows:

  • Veggie Pizza
  • Pumpkin Cheeseball
Side Dishes:
  • Scalloped Corn
  • Freezer Mashed Potatoes
  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Stuffing 
  • Make Ahead Butterhorn Rolls
Main Dishes:
  • Turkey Baste
  • Cranberry Mustard Ham Glaze
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Caramel Apple Pie Trifle
A jaw-dropping spread! I'm taking the tips, methods, and recipes from Tricia's menu and making it my own for Christmas. Here's my personal Christmas menu:

Turkey (I will make the Turkey Baste from the holiday ecookbook)
Freezer Mashed Potatoes (from the ecookbook)
Stuffing (I might do the ecookbook recipe...or I might do Stovetop! I'm a sucker for Stovetop Stuffing....)
Make Ahead Butterhorn Rolls (from the ecookbook--made them for Thanksgiving--a HIT!)
Pumpkin or Fruit Pie
Cranberry Sauce

Think I can pull it off? I'm excited to try! This week I'm going to attempt to tuck away some rolls and sweet potato casserole in the freezer.

If you'd like to purchase the Once A Month Mom's Holiday Ecookbook, she's offering a 50% discount to my blog readers (making the ebook only $2.50). Use the discount code ALICIA50 at checkout. There are only 20 codes available, so be sure to snatch this up if you're interested.

I'd love to hear how your Thanksgiving went and/or what's on your Christmas menu...

Linked to Menu Plan Monday.

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the OAMM Holiday Ecookbook to review, and all ecookbook links are my affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Wow! I'm amazed at the energy you have! It sounds really delicious...I'm cooking ahead too, since I have to work at christmas, but I won't be cooking so much as you ;-)
    Love Amelie

  2. Great fam pic!! You have some great recipes for your Christmas meal. I think you can do it...most of it can be done ahead of time. Good luck!

  3. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving. And a great family picture for sure!

    You're going to totally knock Christmas dinner out of the ball park. :)


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