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Holiday Eats and Treats

Holiday hodge-podge version of WIAW, thanks to Jenn – feel better, girlie! 🙂

Peas and Crayons

Early Christmas gift arrived on December 23rd!


A case of Chobani on my doorstep!   Thanks, Chobani!


The night before Christmas Eve, my family and I dined at one of my Dad’s favorite restaurants, Ciao 2, a family owned Italian joint.  Typically their meatless dishes are too heavy for me, but these portobellas stuffed with crabmeat, spinach, and tomato basil sauce were incredible.


Still a little heavy on the oil, but still delicious.

Christmas Eve was spent with my husband’s family, as it is their tradition to have a large meal, exchange gifts, and go to Church, then relax on Christmas day.

His mother made a Polish feast of 12 different dishes, about 6 of which were fish – so I could try everything!  This punch was tastier than it looked – soaked with plums, dates, and apricots, with tons of added sugar and cloves.


This pickled herring is one of my husband’s favorite holiday foods, but the texture was too chewy for me.


My MIL’s table – before she added about 7 more dishes of food!


My dad always makes cinnamon rolls, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, quiche, and eggs on Christmas morning.  I had a florentine version with veggie bacon (also a sliver of the 3 cheese quiche – so good)!


Christmas dinner at my aunt’s was (unpictured) salmon (beef and ham for everyone else), cheesey potatoes, and green beans.

The rest of the holiday was spent munching on all the treats I mentioned Friday, plus some basic peanut butter blossoms…


Puppy chow (white chocolate, thanks to Averie), by popular demand…


Angela’s Nutcracker Cookies (rolled in powdered sugar, tea-cake style)…


Oreo Cheesecake truffles…


Peanut butter pretzel truffles


And another batch of the almost too sweet chex mix, made it all its buttery glory.


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

What was your favorite holiday treat?

I think I have to go with the nutcracker cookies!


26 responses to “Holiday Eats and Treats

  1. sprint2thetable December 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Everything looks so good! I don’t think I would have been able to control myself around all of those desserts! 🙂

    My favorite holiday treat was the sweet potato cake I made. I’m posting it tomorrow… I only wish the recipe were my own!

  2. Tessa @ Amazing Asset December 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    You have so many great desserts goign on here! The pretzel truffles are catching my eye right now 🙂 oh and the Oreo ones as well! Yummm

  3. Yosefa @nonrecipe December 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    The PB pretzel truffles sound super yummy!

  4. peaceloveandoats December 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    oh gosh all those treats look so good! I love tons of homemade food!

  5. blogitness December 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Everything looks delicious! Those peanut butter pretzel truffles look amazing!

  6. Cait's Plate December 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Woohoo LOVE the Chobani package – it’s the best arrival that can come to the doorstep 🙂

    And holy man – you guys had some good treats! I don’t know that I could pick a favorite holiday treat – they’re all SO good!

  7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Did you love the nutcracker cookies? I seriously did not want to give the ones I made away! haha

  8. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance December 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Wowza! You were busy busy busy! My favorite holiday treat was the chocolate bark that I made and ate half of in 1 night. Yeah. True story.

  9. cluelessnutrition December 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Everything looks delicious. I has to scroll very fast when I got to the dessert part. The peanut butter blossoms caught my eye… probably because I just downed one an hour ago. HA!

  10. Jessica December 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Chobani is amazing…my favorite is Pineapple!

  11. Paige December 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Look at all those treats! Makes me want some puppy chow:)

  12. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish December 29, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I think I’ll take one (or five) of everything! And maybe 10 of the peanut butter pretzel truffles. Mmm. Your dad’s eggs benedict looks incredibly delicious as well!

    I’m glad you had a nice Christmas with your family! Happy-almost-New Year, Claire!

  13. Allison @ PickyEatingRD December 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Puppy chow is my secret love! Whenever someone makes it I have a very hard time controlling my intake! I think my favorite holiday treat was the red velvet cheesecake cookies I had. They were amazing.

  14. Melissa December 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    That’s a lot of yumminess! I think my fav thing was my Creative Mix with white chocolate, pretzels, PB captain crunch, Chex, and peanuts. Holy addicting!

  15. Jessica December 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Your puppy chow looks different than the peanut butter, chOcolate chip and powdered sugar version I’m used to. Would you share the recipe?

  16. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for linking me up….Glad the white chocolate puppy chow was a hit and just read about your (Almost Too) Sweet Chex Mix…I think it looks great! Nothing is really ever too sweet for me 🙂

    Love the roundup of the other treats you made…all look so delish!

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