Merry Christmas 2012

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A tree with snow on the ground

I am taking a blogging vacation from now until the second week of January. I’m
planning to curl up in our cabin, drink plenty of 
hot chocolate, snuggle with warm blankets and read several good books while enjoying every single moment of my favorite two
weeks of the year.
(The fact that over a dozen family members will be visiting off and on during that time is just an added bonus!)

Here is a peek at my meal plan for the next two weeks. These are some of our favorite recipes and I can hardly wait to enjoy them again! If you are interested in the recipes, you can click on the links to see the original posts.

A bowl of food with broccoli, with Soup and Spinach

Italian White Bean Spinach and Beef Soup is awesome in it’s simplicity. Less than 20 minutes from start to finish and dinner is served. On top of that, it’s a truly delicious soup that my entire family loves. My non-spinach-eating son even cleans his bowl when this is on the table.

A bowl of salad, with Lettuce

Bacon and Egg Chipotle Taco Salad is loaded with far more chopped vegetables, bacon, egg and cheese than lettuce. Start the bacon in the oven, boil the eggs, chop vegetables and then assemble. Start to finish in about 30 minutes (even with making your own salad dressing!), this is an excellent weeknight meal.

A plate of food with a fork

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are a family favorite that I rely anytime I need to feed a crowd. These enchiladas are on our table at least once every couple of months.

A plate of food with broccoliSweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon is a favorite salmon recipe for all of my boys. I mentioned making salmon sometime next week and my oldest son immediately requested “the salmon with the peach jam on it.” I haven’t made this in months and I’m looking forward to it as well.

A bowl of food on a plate

Baked Potato Soup with fluffy bites of baked potato in each bowl. If you have ever thought that
you didn’t like potato soup, this rich and creamy version just might
change your mind.
Topped with cheese, bacon and chives, this soup is the perfect snowy day food.

A plate of hot dogs and a cup of coffee, with Lumpia and Dipping sauceTraditional Filipino Lumpia is stuffed with pork and shrimp, water chestnuts and mushrooms, onions and garlic; then fried (or baked!) until golden brown and crispy. Perfect with spicy or sweet dipping sauces. I haven’t made lumpia in quite a while and I can hardly wait to enjoy it again.

A bowl of food on a plate

Baked Italian Herb and Parmesan Meatballs are the easiest meatballs ever. Full of fantastic Italian flavors and perfect on their own or tossed with pasta. I will be serving them with the best Five Minute Marinara sauce you can imagine. Even after making this sauce regularly for over a year, I’m still blown away by how simple and delicious it is.

A plate of food with broccoliSriracha Honey Cashew Chicken was such a success when I made it last month, it’s already on my menu again for next week. With just a bit of prep time and less than 10 minutes to cook, stir fry meals are my favorite way to get dinner on the table fast.

I am wishing you all an absolutely wonderful Christmas.
 May God richly bless you and yours throughout the coming year.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Monet says

    Enjoy the holiday! Thank you for sharing another delicious set of eats, my friend, and thank you for your warm wishes on my blog. It means so much to me!

  2. SixBalloons says

    Merry Christmas to you Mary! I am so happy to have found your site. Your recipes are a hit. We made I Want to Marry You cookies recently and that will be my go to cookie now too. I also caramelized onions in my crock pot yesterday! Cannot wait to try them!

  3. crackurjax says

    I'm new to your blog and trying to figure out how it works;) hope you had a great holiday! I have made your gluten free bread recipe twice now and it's amazing! Looking for cookies as well do you have any? Would love it! Thanks