First Christmas in Our Home!

by Nicole on December 26, 2011

Happy day after Christmas!

I haven’t check in, in a couple of days, because I was enjoying time with family & friends. I hosted Christmas yesterday at my house. I’ve been talking about hosting Christmas in our home before we even knew we were moving. Christmas is something I’ve wanted to have in my own home for years, but our apartment was just too small to do it. Last Christmas when we knew we’d most likely be moving I started talking about having it.

There is just something about cooking good food and making everyone feel welcome in our home that got me so excited months in advance. It was a perfect day. Even though we almost burnt the turkey, everything turned out wonderful and pretty stress free. I had a lot of help preparing & cleaning…especially cleaning. We all know I fall short when it comes to cleaning skills.

I made homemade manicotti for the first time ever and it was delicious. The shells could have been a smidge thinner, but I’ll work on that next year. I’ll be sure to post the recipe also in the coming week.

Our menu:


  • Stuffed mushrooms (made homemade breadcrumbs from bread I made earlier in week)
  • Artichoke dip
  • Tomato & fresh mozzarella
  • Bruschetta
  • Spread of fresh cheeses & Italian meats

First Course:

  • Homemade manicotti & meatballs

Second Course:

  • Endive & mixed greens salad with toasted walnuts
  • Roasted veggies (asparagus, carrots, broccoli)
  • Turkey
  • Chicken for those who don’t eat turkey

Third Course:


Literally an insane amount of food. We have so much leftovers & the second course barely got touched…but it’s a tradition to do it this way. hah.

Hope you all had an amazingly wonderful holiday like I did!

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Christine December 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

Great first holiday at your house =] Still full!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

Sounds like a lovely time!!
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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

Holey Moley!! That IS alot of food!
leftovers are the best though!!
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kalli December 27, 2011 at 10:55 am

love this! what an incredible spread of food :)
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janetha December 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

what an amazing menu! looks like it went off without a hitch. my family is big on making too much food, too. love leftovers! merry christmas, darling!
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Toni @Runninglovingliving December 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Looks beautiful!!! What a great job you did!!!
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Mike Stewart December 28, 2011 at 2:16 am

Reading your post reminds me of the movie “Rattatouille”. There was a scene where the rat was cooking spaghetti, I wonder if it was Italian or home made. ;)
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KevinTrucer December 28, 2011 at 5:06 am

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