Some how I managed to get some presents for most of the people on my small list (small amount of $$= small list!) So I'm all set to set back and enjoy the next two days. I just finished cooking all of the side dishes for tonight's Christmas Eve dinner, and I thought I would share some pictures and a recipe or two! Most are traditional for me, and the other but a few are new.
From left to right:Sweet Potato Casserole, Squash Casserole, and Green bean casserole
This squash casserole is a family staple, my grandmother has been making it for 50 years,and I was taught how to make it when I was a little girl. Its pretty famous for being AWESOME amongst family and friends.
3lbs Squash (lightly skinned, boiled until soft,drained, and mashed)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 sweet onion
stick of butter
1 can sliced water chestnuts ( you find these in the Asian food section)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup dry crushed stuffing
Finlay chop onion, and cook with 1/2 the butter in a small pan until transparent and soft. Mix all ingredients except stuffing & butter, pour into a casserole dish, and top with stuffing, sprinkle with left over butter. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Four layer Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting
This one is new to me, but it totally rocks!
1 pakg white cake mix
3 tbs flour
1/2 cup veg. oil
3/4 cup water
1 3 oz. pkg strawberry jello
1 pkg frozen strawberries (thawed)
1 cup powdered sugar ( or to taste)
1 stick softened butter
2 packs softened cream cheese
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg fresh strawberries
Combine cake mix, flour, eggs, oil, water, jello, and 3/4 of thawed strawberries. Mix well. Pour into two oiled, 9 inch cake pans. Bake about 30 mins at 350. When cooled, split into 4 layers total.
In mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and rest of thawed strawberries (slightly mashed). Add more lemon juice as necessary to thing frosting. Frost cake when cool adding sliced fresh strawberries to each layer. Decorate top with whole strawberries, and left over slices.
Make sure to refrigerate!