Santa’s Helpers

My family always celebrates Christmas on Christmas eve. Christmas Day is for the young children to run down to the den and discover what Santa had in fact, arrived at your house, even if you had no chimney. 

Christmas Day

The women were exhausted from doing all the cooking and taking naps on the couch having done all the work for days……AHHH Tradition!!!!

On cue it had snowed a few days before we left for Christmas vacation and my patients got to look outat our terrace and garden while being tortured by me at this beautiful sight.


I told my niece I would make a fresh spiral ham, a fillet  mignon, grandma’s mashed potatoes, cupcakes, corn salad and salmon and homemade eggnog.


yes I also made cookies!

Granola Cluster Cookies


1 1/2 cups pecans

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup old fashion oats

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 extra large egg whites

2/3 cups sugar


 Pre heat oven to 325 degrees .Toss pecans, almonds, coconut, pumpkin seeds, oats, salt, and oil in on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing once until coconut is golden and mixture is fragrant, 10-12 minutes,

let cool

Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until foamy. gradually, add sugar, whisking until mixture is opaque and thick, Add nut mixture and fold to coat evenly. 

Drop 1/4 cupful’s  of mixture onto a parchment baking sheet, spacing evenly. Bake cookies , rotating sheet halfway through until edges are golden. 15-20 minutes until edges are golden. Transfer to cooling rack.

Spiral Ham

The easiest thing to make! You buy it already cured all you have to do is brown and season.

Bake the ham first most of the way (it’s already cooked so you just bake ‘until browned about a 1/2 hour ) follow directions on the label.

 I like to put pineapples on my ham so I buy some fresh pineapple and slice it up and tooth pick it to the cooked ham

I return to the oven until the pineapples are browned.

Once the pineapples are brown I add a combination of herbs and vinegars to pour over the ham and return to oven just before serving to heat up.Christmas cupcakes

The next thing I worked on were the cupcakes which can be frozen and the thawed and frosted the day you need them .

The next thing that I worked on were the cupcakes, which can be frozen and then thawed and frosted the day you need them.

I admit I used a store bought cake mix. I doctored it by adding some chocolate chips

I followed the instructions and baked

Then I made little Christmas tree cupcakes (YES I’M GUILTY) of using premade frosting!!!

Using green sprinkles and red mini M&M’s

Then I made a second batch where I made whipped cream ( yes I made from scratch) and strawberries

Next I made a corn salad

I boiled the corn and when done I cut it off the cob.I looked thru my fridge and cabinet and decided on additional ingredients

red cabbage and onions and a little red pepper .

I made is vinaigrette to dress it with. I also made a Fillet MignonI browned at my house then we finished at my nieces house in the oven 

I also made a whole Salmon fillet but I was so tired at this point I forgot to take a photo of it!!

And then there were those empty mason jars that you saw above. I filled them with homemade eggnog for all those young cousins that were of legal drinking age.They loved it!!!


Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah Everyone!!

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