Thursday, December 24, 2009

Getting ready for THE birthday of the year!


Last night I started setting one of our two dining tables that will be set for Christmas dinner.  We had Fusion Christmas dinner last night at church and it was a busy night with me getting home later than usual but when I got home I made two pumpkin pies, a 7 layer salad and started ironing linens and began to arrange a bit.  I quit at about midnight and got in the jacuzzi before calling it a day.

Today I will be prepping what dishes can be done in advance and filling up the fridge before heading to Christmas Eve Communion and our tradition after such -- going out for Chinese dinner.  (The last thing I want to do after cooking for two days and filling up my fridge for Christmas day is cook another dinner.  We have always gone out for dinner on Christmas Eve since our very first year of marriage.)  We invite the staff and most times everyone goes and we exchange gifts.

  I thought I'd share one of our favorite Christmas dishes that is always on our Christmas menu. 

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

5 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 a stick of butter
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup cup of heavy cream  (go by look/consistencyl on this)
About 1/2 bag of miniature marshmallows


Peel and chop sweet potatoes and boil in pot of water until soft.  Drain sweet potatoes and blend with sugar, salt, spices, butter and cream.  Put about 1 cup mini marshmallows in mixture.  Mix all of this well with electric mixer or food processor.  You want it to be totally pureed.  Turn into a buttered baking dish. Top with remaining marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until marshmallows are puffy and slightly brown. 

This is so good, even Larry who hates yams or sweet potatoes LOVES it!    

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