Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Time

Happy belated Merry Christmas!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and ate too much - like me!  I love this time of the year... for us the food fest starts on Christmas Eve - our good friends come over for an Italian tradition of a meatless meal.  The real tradition is called Feast of the Seven Fishes and this year I am happy to say we had 7 (though 2 were shrimp prepared in different ways - I hope that counts!).  We had a hot crab dip, shrimp cocktail, baked scallops with sherry, fried walleye (some from the DIY guy), fried shrimp, steamed clams and pasta with langostinos in a garlic butter sauce...   You might think that it was too much food but there were 12 of us - we just all fit around my dining room table.  Any more and we would need to start a "kid's table" and the youngest is 18!

The night started around 6 with some apps and drinks.  Next up was the shrimp cocktail and salad then the main course.  In between the courses we played a "new to us game" that our son-in-law organized called Minute to Win It - really fun as we pitted the families against each other!  It all came down to me and Steph - if I won, then there would be a tie breaker.... lots of pressure!  The challenge was to stack 10 cups into a pyramid as quickly as possible and then collapse them back to one stack...  I managed to not freak out and won for our team...yay...but then we lost the tie breaker... Oh well, we'll get them next year and win the trophy back!

Last of the night is dessert - and we didn't get to that until about 11:30!  This year besides cookies, I found a recipe from Sandra Lee's Christmas magazine called Snowy Yule Log..  A nice, light dessert that is quite easy to make.

The cake is an angel food mix made in a jelly roll pan.  After it cools in a powdered sugar towel, unroll and spread with the filling, roll back up and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Everyone enjoyed it!

 Christmas Eve and Day were wonderful... I was also thrilled to receive a new camera - a Cannon Rebel Tsi... I have no idea how to use it and glad it came with 4 classes!  I'll be anxious to see how to take food pictures.  (my current camera is a Canon Powershot)

Stay tuned!

Snowy Yule Log Serves: 10 Calories: na Prep Time to Table: 30 minutes plus baking and cooling
Recipe : Sandra Lee

• 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
• 1 (16-ounce) box angel food cake mix, Betty Crocker
• 1 (3-ounce) package instant white chocolate pudding mix, Jell-O
• 1 cup cold whole milk
• 1 cup frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed, Cool Whip
 • Confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed 15x10-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar evenly over a clean kitchen towel.
2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into prepared pan (I kept out about a cup – didn’t want it to overflow). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
3. Loosen edges of cake from pan, if necessary. Invert warm cake onto prepared towel. Carefully remove and discard parchment paper. Starting at 1 long side, roll up cake and towel together and let cool completely.
4. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and cold milk, whisking well. Cover, and refrigerate until set. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping.
5. Unroll cake, and remove towel. Spread filling over cake, and reroll, ending seam-side down. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
6. Transfer to a serving platter, seam-side down, and sift desired amount of confectioners' sugar over the top before serving.

Notes: I found that the plastic wrap made the sugar melt – so think next time I might just put in a sealed container


  1. Beautiful Christmas setting! Merry Christmas to you and family too. Sounds like you had lots of fun with your love ones.

  2. How fun! I'm going to try the yule log! Congrats on the new camera! You'll use it like a pro!

  3. Your table setting is beautiful! Wow, it sounds like you had quite the party, with quite the menu! Glad you had a great time!

  4. WOW and WOW. Your table is beautiful and the yule log looks delicious. I almost licked my monitor to taste it. I guess I will be trying to make this soon. Found you on Growing your blog hop.

  5. I'm stopping by from the GYB link up :) and I'm your newest Twitter follower. Your tablescape is beautiful, and that yule log logs delicious! (I'm pinning it for next year!)
    Hope you're having a great holiday season!

  6. What a pretty cake! I would love if you would link up to Fall Into the Holidays, open through Thursday!

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  7. 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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