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Christmas Menu 2015

Christmas Menu 2015

If you’ve been visiting my site long then you know that I’m a sucker for a good menu plan. With Christmas now just 9 days away, I’m putting together our Christmas Menu 2015 in great haste. I feel like this has creeped up on me somehow so I’m trying to play catch up! I’m linking to some of my favorite Christmas Recipes for your enjoyment! Before the real meal: I need to start out by telling you that we eat basically all day on Christmas so we just kind of graze our way from one meal to the next. I make sausage balls for breakfast and as soon as we are done opening presents I get out the cheese board and cranberry dip. We eat on that while the rest of the meal prep takes place. Christmas Morning Sausage Balls– I’m all about a quick Christmas breakfast that we can eat while the kids are opening presents so I typically roll up the sausage balls the night before so they can just get thrown in the oven first thing. Or, if you’re up for it, you can cook the sausage balls the night before and just reheat them Christmas morning.  Cheese Plate- Our house loves a good cheese plate. I typically throw these together first thing in the morning so we can snack on it all day. My favorite cheeses for a cheese plate are a mix of hard, soft, strong, and pungent: Sliced Cheddar, Gruyere, Brie, and Parmesan. Next, sweets:…

Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms

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These balsamic glazed mushrooms are the PERFECT accompaniment for my Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin! Serve the mushrooms and sauce dripped over the cut tenderloin for the most delicious and flavorful meal, bite by bite. I also like to serve this as a main course over brown rice. It’s a quick and easy meal on day when you’re trying to lighten it up and cut out the meat. If you liked this post you should check out my Facebook The Stylish Mommy and Instagram @the_stylish_mommy! XOXO

Christmas Morning Sausage Balls

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Did you guys grow up on Christmas Morning Sausage Balls? I didn’t discover these until I was an adult but I make them so often I think it’s a real possibility that they are my children’s absolute favorite meal, like, ever. Every time I make these they are GONE in minutes so I have started making a double batch, like the recipe listed below. If you liked this you should check out my Facebook The Stylish Mommy and Instagram @the_stylish_mommy

Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin

If you have haven’t figured it out yet, I’m here to tell you that our family loves some red meat. In particular, steaks. We are steak eaters. I came across this recipe from The Pioneer Woman for a whole beef tenderloin last year and I’ve been perfecting it every since so you are now privy to the perfected recipe on your first shot!  Get a 4-5 lb tenderloin at your local butcher. If your butcher is feeling generous, have him go ahead and trim it up for you! If not, make sure you trim the fat off really well before seasoning the tenderloin. Next up: season the tenderloin. Rub in Lawry’s Seasoned Salt ALL OVER the tenderloin. Make sure it’s really rubbed in well. Then comes the Lemon Pepper. Rub it in well, too.   Now take your peppercorns and put them in a sealed plastic bag. Beat those suckers with a meat tenderizer until they’re crushed well. Set aside. You need a HOT, heavy pan. Turn the flame to high and melt 4 Tbls ghee in the pan until it’s “screaming” hot. You will know it’s hot enough if the steak “screams” as soon as it’s placed in the pan. If the steak doesn’t let out a yell, take if off and continue heating the pan.  Sear the tenderloin on all sides until it has a nice, brown crust; about 2-3 minutes per side. Place the tenderloin on a wire rack on top of a large baking sheet. When…

Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition

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I’ve got another confession to make: I’m a lazy mom. Ok, maybe lazy isn’t the correct word…uninspired, non-creative, Left Brained….whatever it is, I’m TERRIBLE at Elf on the Shelf. I’m not the mom who spends all day coming up with delightfully creative schemes for the family elves to perform at night; I’m the mom who sets an alarm so she doesn’t forget to move the dang thing at all. To help myself, and others like me, I created an Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition. The elf shenanigans require less than 5 minutes of staging on the part of the parents but are still cute and entertaining for the littles: winning!  Feel free to take this and make it your own for the needs of your family. I hope that this helps take some of the stress out of this little tradition so many of us take part in. I’d love to hear or see what your elves have been up to! Share with me on Facebook The Stylish Mommy or Instagram @the_stylish_mommy ! Merry Christmas, y’all!  Don’t have an Elf yet? You can get one for CHEAP on Amazon here: This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link which means you won’t pay any more for the (awesome) product and I receive a little dollars to help keep the lights on 😉