Christmas Dinner on Thanksgiving!

by DanicasDaily on November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I totally feel like Charlie Brown in Charlie Brown Thanksgiving saying that to you Smile  I normally would say Happy Turkey Day, but, seeing as we didn’t have ANY Turkey this year, I don’t think I can. 

The Husband and his mom both do not like Turkey or any of the Thanksgiving sides….they are weird, I know!  I actually pondered making a Turkey with all the fixin’s since I LOVE it all, but, I figured it would be a bad thing to have a ton of leftovers just for me Open-mouthed smile 

The Husband asked to have Christmas Dinner instead….since, I LOVE him and it’s our anniversary tomorrow I decided to just go with it.  Who knows, maybe he want to have Thanksgiving Dinner on Christmas in return….confused yet?! LOL….

Since I knew I’d be cooking all day long, I took a short cut for breakfast….Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake!

Trader Joe's Coffee CakeTrader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Cake Nutritional InformationTrader Joe's Cinnamon Crumb Cake Nutritional Information

After popping the cake in the oven, I brewed up some Morning Coffee Cake Coffee.

Morning Crumb Cake

Layers and layers of cinnamon crumb flavor…..

Layered Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Since we didn’t get to hit up Tartine yesterday, this moist, buttery, cinnamon coffee cake totally hit the spot.

Coffee CakeCinnamon Crumb Topping

After checking out all the ads for tomorrow, I put out some snacks for the day.  Foodbuzz sent us a pretty cool box from Hickory Farm’s as part of their tastemaker program.

Hickory Farm's Christmas

Tons of cheeses, summer sausages, crackers and MUSTARDS!

Hickory Farms Gift Box

The best part of the box we got, is that $5 of the sales go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign ~ I LOVE that!

Hickory Farms Share Our Strength

My personal favorites ~ I LOVE the Cranberry Mustard on everything!

Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard

My mom used to put Hickory Farms out for us to snack on while she cooked up our holiday dinners growing up so I told The Husband to pick out what he wanted to snack on.  I LOVE how he threw the olives in there too Winking smile

Hickory FarmsSnack Plate

For good measure, I put out a veggie tray.

Vegetable Tray

My plate with veggies x’s like 5 ( I snacked on the veggies all during cooking).

4 square Snack Plate

The Husband’s plate he made up to take outside and work Smile

Snacks on the go

Then, I spent the rest of the day, cooking, baking, whipping and needing away.  Here is what our Christmas Dinner on Thanksgiving included (you might recognize this from my A Healthy Holiday Series” last year).


Honey Ham


Healthy Scalloped Potatoes


Green Beans with Bacon & Caramelized Onion


Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I also made two new additions to this year’s menu that I have been totally wanting to try.  I figure our main menu is 80% healthy to allow for these 20% treats….read on and you will see why Winking smile

A 100% Whole Wheat Version of the Pioneer Woman’s Parker Rolls

Trader Joe's White Whole Wheat FlourMaking Bread

I worked on the dough all through out the day, mixing, letting it rise, kneading, letting it rise.

Parker House Rolls

They turned out fantasic!  Totally soft and completely buttery, melt in your mouth like.  I only used half the dough (froze the other half for another time) and that made 23 rolls that look like Big Lips.

Whole Wheat Rolls

Or maybe little pac – man’s.

Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls

This dessert was probably the very first recipe I picked out that I knew I’d make.  A few weeks’ ago my co-worker told me about this Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie recipe and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

What’s not to LOVE about Vanilla Wafers, Vanilla Pudding, Bananas, Caramel & whipped cream!

Vanilla Wafer Crumbs

The crust is made of butter & crushed vanilla wafers.

Buttery Vanilla Wafers

I also learned how EASY it is to make Home Made Caramel

I am NOT so sure this is a good thing to know considering I’m a caramel girl.

I’d pick caramel over chocolate any day.

The only reason I get latte’s is so I can get caramel drizzled on top.

This recipe includes 1 cup Homemade “Salted” Caramel (just add 1 teaspoon pink sea salt)

Sea Salted Caramel

I probably could’ve just stopped here and called it dessert.


Bananas with caramel sauce

Here is how the pie goes together.

Top your browned Vanilla Wafer Crust with Caramel Bananas <3!

Caramel Banana Pie

Add Homemade Vanilla Pudding & Vanilla Wafers

Homemade Vanille Pudding

Repeat finishing with Caramel Bananas.

Salted Caramel Banana Pudding Pie

I actually used Coconut Extract in my Homemade Whipped Cream instead of Almond……Salted Caramel Coconut Banana Cream Pie Open-mouthed smile

Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie

Top with Whipped Cream, more Homemade Caramel and Crushed Vanilla Wafers.  SO FREAKIN’ AMAZING!!!!!

Salted Caramel Coconut Banana Pudding Pie

I am off to catch some zzzzzzzz’s so I can get up early and go shopping Open-mouthed smile  I was too busy today to recap my San Fran Trip so that is to be continued.

Night all!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn (The Actors Diet) November 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

Amazingness on the menu! Sometimes ya don’t need Turkey, esp. with a spread like that. Happy Thanksgiving!


Lauren November 26, 2010 at 4:28 am

What a fantastic party! That banana pudding looks so amazing!!! Happy Thanksgiving Danica! :)


Marisa @ Loser for Life November 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

YUMMMM! And I LOVE your healthy au gratin potatoes!


Carbzilla November 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

Everything looks so delicious!

We had a very traditional Thanksgiving, and the sides really are my favorite part. I love a good turkey sandwich but it’s not my favorite part of the dinner. Now the TJ’s brussels sprouts au gratin were something to write home about.

Hope you got some rest!

PS. So funny. We were just talking about Nilla Wafers yesterday and how they don’t really get the credit they deserve.


tj November 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT PIE! …sorry I was shouting! lol :) YUM!


Roz November 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Wow…your thanksgiving looks fantastic! Glad you enjoyed the day! As always, your photos are spectacular!!!


Melissa @ TryingToHeal November 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm

What a great thanksgiving!!! I love the variety that strayed away from the traditional stuff; sometimes i think it’s fun to change it up a bit, ya know?!


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