Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve, I threw together a simple egg dish for Christmas morning.
Oven baked ham and cheese omelet with whole wheat English muffins. This was out of this world. I don't like the one with the bread or the croutons. They are more like a strata. This is more like an omelette. Delicious!
Baked Oven Omelet
adapted from


  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 3 ounces cooked ham, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8x8 inch casserole dish and set aside.
  2. Beat together the eggs and milk. Add seasoning salt, ham, Cheddar cheese, Mozzarella cheese and minced onion. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes.

Also served Fruit Salsa. No recipe, just chopped fruit, served with 
Gingerbread shaped cinnamon sugar tortilla chips! Sooo Cute!!
hello, yummy guy!
Also served Festive Slush, Warm Parmesan Crab Dip and gluten free crackers.
Of course, we all ate too many appetizers, but were so happy to see the Prime Rib come out like this:

Garlic Prime Rib

adapted from


  • 1 (10 pound) prime rib roast
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme


  1. Place the roast in a roasting pan with the fatty side up. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Spread the mixture over the fatty layer of the roast, and let the roast sit out until it is at room temperature, no longer than 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  3. Bake the roast for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), and continue roasting for an additional 60 to 75 minutes. The internal temperature of the roast should be at 145 degrees F (53 degrees C) for medium rare.
  4. Allow the roast to rest for 10 or 15 minutes before carving so the meat can retain its juices.

In the end, we had a great family celebration. 
We used the good china and silver and crystal. It made for a lovely table. Something about the good stuff makes it a special day!
here I am with my mother-in-law!
Gracie and Cass feelin festive
Nick and Grama laughing together
here's my boy
the table looks so great, with the sun streaming on it. I wished I would've gotten a shot with the crystal on it!


  1. Family. Good Food. WOnderful day. Cute idea with the tortilla "gingerbread men". I shall be stealing that idea!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Sissy,
    Your table was beautiful! I agree that using the good stuff makes it feel extra special. Your egg dish reminds of one my MIL shared with me a zillion years ago. You could throw alomost anything in it,pop it in the oven and have a delish dinner (or breakfast). The little tortilla GB men were so adorable.

  3. It was so much fun looking at your pictures and the recipes. I'll be trying your breakfast egg dish. I wanted to make a strata for Christmas day, but my refrig was so stuffed with turkey, etc., that I didn't have room for a big casserole dish. Maybe this weekend. And I love those cut-outs! Everyone looks as if they had a wonderful time at your house. Your table is lovely!

  4. Some wonderful photos of the family (and Gracie). Looks like you all had a wonderful time and the meals sure look great.
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  5. Your festive table and food look wonderful. Looks like you had a super day. Happy New Year to you and yours:)


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