Let the holiday cooking begin!

The holiday season is officially underway, and with the holidays, comes the food! That means most of my days are now being spent preparing to cook food, cooking food, or eating food. It’s pretty simple really! haha!

Most people don’t realize how much work goes into preparing a holiday meal that is almost entirely from scratch without mama or grandmamma’s help. It takes several days and A LOT of preparation beforehand! I will usually start buying and preparing needed food items a month before the holidays. I need to go to 5 or 6 different supermarkets scattered across our city to find all the necessary items and prepare whatever I can in advance so that when it’s time to prepare the actual meal, everything goes smoothly!

While it was stressful the first couple of years (learning how to prepare it all),  I really do enjoy the process now! Spending time in the warm kitchen…cooking up our favorite comfort foods while listening to girly giggles and Christmas music playing in the background. It’s the best!

Making her favorite cookies!

Making her favorite cookies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, I was happy to finish up most of the holiday prep work and actually start cooking! Yes! Onto the fun stuff!

The first meal I had to prepare for was our homeschool group’s International Thanksgiving Banquet.

For the banquet, each family chose one country to represent through their food. Most of the families in our group represented their own country (our group is very diverse!)… But since another American family in our group chose to do an American dish, I decided to try to do something different. I didn’t branch out too far, though. I went Italian with meatballs and roasted potatoes, patate al forno.

I mean, who doesn’t love Italian food?!

Both of the recipes I tried were new to me, so I will admit I was a bit nervous. But they ended up tasting really great! And as it turns out, meatballs are a preschool favorite! What a relief! 🙂

To start: Making a batch of Italian breadcrumbs

To start: Making a batch of Italian breadcrumbs

Rolling out the Italian Meatballs

Rolling out the Italian Meatballs

Finished product

Finished product

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This meal was certainly a great way to start the holidays! Easy and delicious 🙂

We all enjoyed our time at the banquet. The food was excellent…and the fellowship was a blessing too!

We’re already looking forward to continuing the holiday fun next week with our family and church’s Thanksgiving celebrations.

There will be a lot going on in the kitchen!

We’re even expecting some snow! So I’m thinking hot cocoa, maybe?!

 

What are you cooking up this holiday season? I’d love to hear what your favorite holiday dishes are! We’re always looking to try something new! Share your ideas via message or the comment section below!

 

Happy Holiday Cooking,

Natasha

 

 

 

 

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