WIAW Christmas Day 2013 + Future Posts

Before I get started with all of this 2013 recapping fun in the coming days I first want to share a quick collage of my Christmas Day.

Of course it must feature some food as I hate to miss out on Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday party.


First row from left: Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, my brother’s new Keurig machine, paleo Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls.

Second row from left: The fire station where we had lunch on Christmas day, laying out the food, Christmas presents.

Third row from left: My dad expertly cutting the ham, the start of the dessert table, my dad’s plate of leftovers for dinner.


For breakfast on Christmas morning we made Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls for my brother and Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls for my parents. Along with the rolls they also made bacon on our large griddle and after presents were opened, made coffee and hot chocolate with my brother’s new Keurig.


Every year for Christmas we always go to my grandparent’s house for lunch to celebrate. As they’ve gotten older though we have started just having holidays at the fire station where my grandpa is the retired fire chief. There was the usual ham and turkey, of which the turkey my grandma accidentally overcooked A LOT.  Sighing “good gravy” in an exasperated tone, she tapped the outside of the cooked bird and it sounded quite… hard. I preferred it that way, but to see her face when she first took the lid off the turkey was hilarious.


My grandparents also brought the stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie and soda. My great aunt brought some homemade rolls which everyone said were delicious. My other two aunts brought fresh fruit salad and homemade sweet potato casserole. One of my cousins brought her famous frosted sugar cookies, deviled eggs, and cranberry jelly, and another made a raw vegan kale salad which sounded amazing. There was also cole slaw, lemon bars, m&m cookies, powdered sugar balls, and peanut butter cookies (but I’m not sure exactly who made them).


After the lunch I was recruited as always to help dish out the leftovers. Just as my grandma was trying to send us home more food, I was also acting as a double agent for my mom who wanted me to stave off the attempts. I tried my best. As you can see in the last picture of the collage though we ended up with quite a bit of delicious food for the following night and next day.

If you are still plagued with any leftovers from Christmas feasts, or if you will be after New Years, check out my post on creative ways to use them.


Coming up soon in my next four posts I will have a recap of my Christmas presents, my recap of 2013/plan for 2014, a new oatmeal recipe, and another cookbook giveaway!


Well, it’s officially New Year’s. My brother and his friends are outside right now blowing their kuzookas and probably making a mess of our yard with poppers. Once again the news stations did not actually show the ball dropping, which I just don’t understand.


Happy 2014 blogland! Hope it’s a great one 🙂


Questions for you:

  • What are your plans for New Years day? We are going to Pizza Hut with family.
  • Are you ever roped into getting leftovers?  Yes.
  • What would be your favorite food to get? Turkey!

27 thoughts on “WIAW Christmas Day 2013 + Future Posts

  1. Happy New Year, Madison!! I hope 2014 brings you many more amazing adventures:) I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog over the past several months, and sampling your delicious recipes. I am looking forward to your future posts–a cookbook giveaway sounds fantastic, and I always enjoy reading blogger recaps of the past year. That story about your grandma made me smile–better overcooked than under-cooked, at least, so you don’t have to worry about getting food poisoning! I’ll have to check out your post on what to do with leftovers; not that we actually HAVE any leftovers, since we didn’t have a huge Christmas dinner, but I am sure there are some great recipes anyway!

    • Happy New Year to you too Kendra! I have enjoyed reading your blog as well. Thanks for reading mine and always having such thoughtful comments. I know that you will love the cookbook giveaway!

      Haha. Good point about food poisoning.

      We don’t have any leftovers from Christmas now either, but in years past when I haven’t been as convincing that “No Grandma, we do NOT need 3 containers of corn” we have had a ton.

      I think some of my favorite from the leftovers post were those with the pie and candy canes 🙂

  2. I used to make pillsbury cinnamon rolls almost every weekend w/ other marine wives while our men were deployed. There probably in my top 5 favorite breakfast foods! It’s pretty much impossible to stop at just one. Am I right – or am I right? Ha Ha!

    Happy New Year, Madison! Have a wonderful first day of 2014

  3. Haha oh no the poor turkey! But it is often the memories like those that we remember the longest. 🙂 All the food looks fantastic! A delicious day of eats for sure, especially the cinnamon rolls!
    I hope you have a wonderful 2014 Madison!!!

  4. Sounds like you had a fun Christmas!! And ate some good food! I’m also loving the leftovers idea post, I always seem to have some that I have no idea what to do with.

    • I thought I was going to be all prepared this year with that leftovers post. We always have a bunch of food from Christmas and New Years, but we barely have any now. Haha. Oh well, it was still fun to gather them all up and it gave me some great ideas.

  5. Oh wow love that you have Christmas in such a cool place!
    Ah yes unfortunately our turkey was a little overdone too – but it was still tasty. And we had soo much left over. I love leftovers 🙂 Unfortunately my hubby and I were ill for four days after Christmas which meant we had to throw a lot away (though I had made sure to freeze a load of turkey!). Devastating 😦
    Happy New Year!

    • Hearing everyone saying that our Christmas location is cool makes me feel kind of bad… I really miss having our holidays at my grandparents house. It’s just not the same to sit on metal fold-up chairs and eat in a firehouse. The idea of a “home” is like the ideal Christmas lunch location for me. Warm, comfy… But thinking about it now, I guess it’s just a newer tradition for us. Not bad, just different 🙂

      Good thinking on freezing the turkey! I was sick after Christmas too. Hope you are both much much better now.

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