We always have appetizers vs. a meal on Christmas Eve & since I had to work that day, I made sure to pick recipes that could be made the day before. The Pioneer Woman inspired me to do shrimp cocktail with various dipping sauces. I took a shortcut with the cocktail sauce & just used store bought with extra horseradish stirred in since we like it hot!
I made a remoulade sauce from The Chew which was super tasty, but the cocktail sauce was the hit, so I'd stick to basics next time & skip the special sauce.
I also whipped up Pioneer Woman's holiday tortilla roll-ups which were a cinch to make the night before. I wrapped them in plastic wrap, stuck them in the fridge & cut them just before serving & they were a huge hit.
I made them ahead, put them on a baking sheet with a wire rack so the grease could drip off as they cooked & popped them in the oven when we were ready for them. They were the perfect combo of sweet, salty & crunchy. I will definitely be making these again!
Okay, enough about the food, lets move on to the family! The kids had a ball playing around the back yard before it was time for presents.
This little girl can always be found swinging in the backyard, even if it's in a dress & cowboy boots!
It's hard to believe how quickly the kids are growing & changing as the years go by!
I cherish the holidays that bring us all together!
Cameron has been wanting the Wii U since before last Christmas & he finally got it this year. He was off the wall excited when he opened it & got a bunch of games from everyone to supplement it. Unfortunately, when Mike went to hook it up, it was a completely dead unit. The poor kid was so crushed & each game he opened only rubbed salt in his little wound. Mike had to go back to Walmart at 6am the day after Christmas & luckily exchanged it for a working unit, yay!
It was an absolute Christmas miracle when I opened my new KitchenAid mixer... could not believe my eyes when I saw this turquoise beauty! Mike blew me away with this one & I cannot wait to try it out!!! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas too!