A Few of My Favorite Things

by Cate on December 23, 2010

As I was putting away groceries tonight, I got a little inspiration for tonight’s post.

These are a few of my favorite things. Not “clean eating.”

But it’s a holiday.

And there will be dip.

And dip needs a dipping vehicle.

And carrots alone just won’t do.

I’d love to hear your favorites.

Hint of Lime Tostitos

Tostito Scoops

Pretzel Sticks

People ask me all the time how I can manage to lose weight with all the baking we do.  It’s simple.  Salt is my poison.  Which is exactly why the above types of things only appear in the house on special occasions.

Project 365
December 23, 2010, Photo #318

To Do ListMy list for today during my lunch break and after the gym.  And would you believe I managed to get it all done?  I was aiming to get through the list so I didn’t have to take the kids out tomorrow, but I forgot juice and dog food, so there will be one quick trip. I’m still in desperate search for the Ramona and Beezus DVD (because now that we’ve rented it three times I think it’s safer to just own it!), but have come up empty, and will just get it after Christmas for a just because or Valentine’s Day present.

Christmas Eve Menu

Regular readers know that we celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, and we also have 13 desserts (a French tradition). Cioppino will be taking care of five of the seven fishes, with the last two fish appearing in Spumo di Tonno and Smoked Salmon Spread.  There will also be Spinach Artichoke Dip, Spinach Cheese Squares, fresh fruit, Macaroni and Cheese and Herbed Pull-Apart Rolls.  My sister is taking care of cheese and crackers, and my Mom is handling the desserts.  Ignoring my Mom’s comment about me being a glutton for punishment, there will even be a craft for the kids before dinner tomorrow.  God willing.  Can’t wait to get the festivities underway… what’s cooking for your holiday celebration?

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Joanne December 24, 2010 at 8:09 am

That is one crazy long to-do list! I am impressed.

We’re not doing much for Christmas Eve, although I still have a cheesecake to bake and a 12 mile run to do. For Christmas we are having lasagna (my mom), a standing rib roast (me), a veggie dish (me), many cookies (me) and a red velvet cheesecake (me).

I’ve always wanted to do a feast of the seven fishes but try telling that to the picky eaters in my life!


FireMom December 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

YES. Amen. Salt is my favorite as well. Which I’m REALLY not supposed to have because of my kidney. Like you, we only have special treats for holidays/birthdays/etc because I will EAT THEM ALL. Sweets? Meh. I’ve had three cookies of the four dozen we baked two weeks ago. LOL

The Lime Tostitos ARE my favorite. My mouth watered. :) (PS: Did you get my reply email?)


Debbie December 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Sweets are my weakness… We’ll be having turkey with all the trimmings and lots and lots of cookies and cakes for dessert!!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Kris #40 December 25, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Tostitos w/Lime – my favorite – I could eat the whole bag!

We had easy dinner – spiral ham, ziti, Marie Calendar’s new Vermont Cheddar Mac & Cheese, homemade cole slaw.

Desserts were pumpkin gooey bars (my favorite) pies and ice cream. Had a homemade tray of goodies consisting of Oreo Truffles, Sugar Cookies, Chocolate pretzels and homemade peppermint bark.


Cyndi December 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Your Feast of the Seven Fishes not only sounds interesting, it’s something I’ve never heard of before. Our Christmas Eve tradition is always something German (my husband is half German and I had my daughter there). So we’ve had different wursts, smoked pork chops, or schnitzel through the years. Last night we had schnitzel – since I’d run out of the weisswurst we love so much. Hope you and the kids have had a great day!


Casey December 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I dip all the time now with celery, since trying to eat less carbs. It works!


Ramona December 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I saw that movie in Walmart and thought about ya’ll……


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