Christmas weekend was a whirlwind of activity and entertaining at our house. We hosted Mr. Click's side of the family on Christmas Eve morning for brunch and my side of the family for Christmas dinner. I made as much as I could ahead of time and was lucky that I had three great cooks to help me with the preparations.Hot Spiced Fruit Dish that was full of apples, pears and cranberries. It makes a great brunch side dish. This photo is before it was baked.
Miss High School made a batch of Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls which are always crowd pleasers. She gave some out to her co-workers but we had a few trays left for brunch (not vegan but totally amazing!).
Some of the ugly sweater shenanigans. Props were from Etsy.
I also made this Mushroom Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato vegan quiche which I've made before (old photo).
My oldest made this fabulous Thai Kale Salad with Cashew Dressing. Not my photo!
We made LOTS of cookies! I only made the Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss cookies and the Peppermint Brownies(working on a recipe for these).
They are a layer of brownies followed by a peppermint buttercream icing and a hard chocolate coating, covered in peppermint candy.
We had a little hot chocolate bar set up as well as mimosas and some fancy egg nog (I can't remember what it was called).
After everyone left we had to start cleaning up and preparing for the next day's dinner. We had a low key Christmas Eve with just the four of us. We took a walk around our neighborhood to see the beautiful luminaries.
Dinner was leftovers and then a game of Settlers of Catan. I bought the game last year and we finally got the girls to try it with us. They were hooked.
My Christmas morning breakfast: tofu scramble, sweet potato hash and vegan stollen that my aunt made for us.
I was a bit obsessed with plaids and buffalo checks this year. See my DIY Blanket Scarf tutorial for more cozy plaids and checks!Smoky & Spicy Nut, Sesame and Coconut Bacon Bar Nuts a few days before Christmas. They are addictive!
The Best Shredded Kale Salad. I've made it before and the red of cranberries with the dark green kale really look Christmas-y to me!
Easy & Delicious Bruschetta. It uses grape tomatoes and you can get the taste of a summer treat anytime of year (also red and green!).
Since our roasted veggies were such a hit on Thanksgiving, we made them again for Christmas. Other repeats were the Cornbread Dressing and Vegan Gravy.
Some of the appetizers. We made two kinds of spinach artichoke dip. This one was the Trader Joe's brand. The vegan one I made was not very good. I had the Extra Raw Vegan Cheese Ball in my freezer from last year so I defrosted it and it was still tasty!
Now this was my piece de resistance! I have been wanting to make this Puff Pastry Wrapped Lentil Loaf for a long time and this was the year! The savory lentil-nut filling can be made ahead of time. I made the loaves a few days before Christmas and wrapped them up well until ready to bake and serve. I brushed almond milk on top of the pastry before baking and it wasn't dry at all.
Look how pretty it bakes up! This was a show stopper and tasted as good as it looked. We also served turkey breast, roasted potatoes and rolls for dinner.
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