Every once in a while we do a mock Christmas feast with a ham, green bean and sweet potato casseroles and Hawaiian bread rolls. It is hands down the favorite home made meal for all of us.
For me, the secret to a moist ham is cooking it in a roasting bag to seal in the moisture. I also make a killer brown sugar and butter glaze for the ham, but that is for another post. For the sweet potato casserole the magic is in boiling your potatoes with a little sugar (no canned sweet potatoes); then mashing them with butter, a bit of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Of course we add mini marshmallows on top and bake it in the oven. It goes beyond side dish and almost becomes a hearty dessert. I am so hungry now.
We eat the initial feast and then are able to eat leftover ham sandwiches for a day or two. We try to do it every month or so because we love it so much. I will do a post in the future with the recipes for our holiday feast.
The favorite home made desert is the Reese cup peanut butter cookies, we usually make them during the holidays. The favorite home made drink is sweet tea. Isabel makes it (the student now the master) and everyone drinks it.
Here are their other favorites, along with cool photos of them:
Sebastian * Age 19His Favorites:
Overall-Pizza and Fried Chicken
Sweet Snack: Chocolate covered peanuts or pretzels
Savory Snack: Nachos or Chips
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A 12 count meal
Fast Food He Makes: Chicken Taco
Drink/Soda: Coke or Dr. Pepper
Veggie: Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes
It may not seem like it with the list above, but Buddy has a sensitive stomach. He doesn't like spicy food (no Chinese or Thai) and he doesn't like seafood at all (Funny that his school nickname was SeaBass). He likes fruit and will choke down veggies on occasion to ensure he doesn't turn into a giant pizza. He is a pretty new coffee drinker (about 6 months) and takes his black.
Isabel Sophia * Age 13Her favorites:
Overall-Pasta and Fried Chicken
Sweet Snack: Chocolate truffles and Smoothies
Savory Snack: Exotic Chips and Nachos
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A 8 count meal
Fast Food She Makes: Ramen and Bread-less Sandwiches
Drink/Soda: Mix of Sodas and Apple Juice
Fruit: Plumbs and Peaches
Veggie: Green Beans and Broccoli
Isabel is maturing and is now more open to trying new foods. She likes Salmon and other fish, but they are not her favorites;). She's tried sushi and likes some Chinese food. Isabel likes certain veggies, loves fruit and LOVES a smoothie. Isabel could drink a gallon of apple juice without blinking, so we have her ration it a bit. Isabel thinks coffee is gross and will stunt her growth.
Luci Sophia * Age 3 or 21 in dog years?
Her Favorites:Overall-Dog Chow (yellow bag)
Sweet Snack: Peanut Butter (she loves it and it is so funny to watch her eat-everyone wins)
Savory Snack: All beef hot dog
Fast Food: Burger
Fruit: Apple Sauce
Veggie: she will chew a bit on a Carrot
Ok, clearly we spoil Luci but we do not endanger her health. If we give her people food it is in tiny treat size amounts. We want to have her with us for a long time plus she is watching her figure;). I have to explain the coffee, the incident happened about two years ago. I stepped away and left my coffee on a side table and walked in on her sampling my mug. Since then, I have to be very careful because she will sneak a lick of my coffee at every opportunity. When she smells it, her eyes get big and she gives me that oh pretty please look. Luci once sampled (without my permission) a cup of all natural apple sauce I was holding, she really liked it and follows me around every time I have it now.
There you have it, their current favorites. I think they are pretty average American teens.
Have a fantastic Friday!