We celebrated our Christmas a bit early at our home before the chaos of the season was in full swing and we were bouncing from house to house and traveling over the river and through the woods…..
It did not go as planned.
I had a major setback with my disease and my husband had a nasty upper respiratory infection (that we were praying the people who suffer from CF in our house would NOT catch, especially while my body was healing from other complications.)
BUT my little ones, they were bouncy and happy and full of Christmas Cheer.
As they bounded in from their last day of school before Christmas Break, they were anxious to get the celebration started.
Originally our plans included a candle-light dinner of New York Strip Roast and Sweet Potato Casserole. We would then celebrate Jesus’ birthday by reading the story of His birth and singing to him and of course indulging in a sweet dessert, yet to be determined. After the party for Jesus, the kids always unwrap one gift (a new family movie). We snuggle and watch the movie and then put out extra cookies for Santa–I mean he travels to Georgia a week early just to fill my kids stockings at their house. We need to love on the man! So we are sure to put out a few Reindeer Cookies and Santa’s Favorite, Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.
Honestly, it is my hubbie that looks forward to the New York Strip more than anyone. Because it is literally no prep and was already marinating in the refrigerator, I could handle it easily for dinner despite my lack of energy. BUT–my hubbie had zero appetite. I just couldn’t serve up his favorite meal. It didn’t seem fair.
When the kids came home, I posed the dilemma to them. Our dinner plans needed to change, and they agreed. But what could we make? Okay, what could they help me make, I really was a pretty weak lady.
They voted for pizza. Perfect. Call the delivery guy.
But nope, these kids wanted to get their hands dirty and make it themselves–they really do love to get in the kitchen.
I had no Greek yogurt, so my 5 minute 2 ingredient dough was NOT an option. I had no time to put the dough in the bread maker. But I found this quick and easy recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (and let me say, it may be a new go-to in our house–it was perfection!).
The kids dumped everything into the trusty Kitchen Aid with a dough hook and away it went.
They got creative and wanted to make pizzas shaped like candy canes–Oh, they really are my sweet corny babies!!
Now, I had ZERO intention of taking pictures, so although I admit to not have stellar pictures, these really are nothing special.
But it was so cute and so easy, that I thought it was the PERFECT thing to share with you all for those last minute Christmas celebrations.
How to Make Candy Cane Pizzas (Via my Two Little Christmas Elves)
- Shape the dough into a cane shape–a lot easier than rolling, I must say–the kids had it done in seconds flat. Even the 6 year old.
- Sprinkle the dough with oil and top with shredded cheese.
- Dollop your favorite pizza sauce, or tomato sauce, into diagonally lines, spaced evenly apart–well, just let the kids do their thing.
- Sprinkle with oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic powder–at least that is what MY elves did.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted browned.
- Serve with additional marinara sauce.
There you have it, our “Christmas Eve” dinner.
And let me tell you, it tasted great, was fun for the kids, and this mommy did ZERO work. They even loaded the dishwasher when dinner was through.
So it wasn’t what I had planned, but I am trying to let go of my expectations and go with the flow–after all, that was my Christmas Wish.