Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Holiday Tradition?

This Christmas, my husband and I realized we have already had our share of feasts.  I cook, I cater, and I run a small candy business, so up through the year we ate our share of meals and sweets... and then some...   Not to mention the number of dishes washed and trips to the store.
All those amazing things that highlighted our year...
What a weird way to think about it, sure, and yes we do celebrate holidays and wanted to assure we spent the day together... so in place of cakes, pies, cookies, and ham, we decided to do things a bit differently.  (Don't worry, the cats were totally OK with the change in tradition)

Christmas morning was sunny an d a crisp 40 degrees as the high.  Perfect weather for an outside adventure!  So with our cats dressed for the season and our Christmas Dinner in mind, we started to prep the perfect Christmas Meal:  Hamburgers and Fries!

And so to prep, I bought ground beef, buns, and potatoes.  Normal ingredients almost every household has.  And it being a day to celebrate family, faith, and life, I made sure to make the biggest, juiciest, plumpest burgers our grill has ever seen: Four 1 pounders!

Now I know what you are thinking.  Burgers and Fries for Christmas?!  Yes!  Why not?  Beer in hand, grill lit up, my husband and I embraced the crisp air, sunny day, our frozen toes (ok so I was wearing flip flops!), and the smokey air.

Now, because I am a vegetarian, I also assure to use the right side of the grill for some fabulous meat free goods.  And you know what?  Every once and I while even I do not feel like making everything from scratch, and so for this meal, I used meatless burgers and chicken from the grocery store.  And I don't feel guilty at all!

And so we grilled.  Neighbors peeking out their wintery windows, our cats roaming the yard in christmas sweaters... it was perfect!  We even caught a glimpse of ourselves in the grill (new Xmas photo?)

Can you find us?
Now these burgers were seasoned with love, and it wouldn't be a holiday without bacon!  So to assure my husband had the best fest possible, cheddar and bacon were set aside to top the hot burgers and toasted buns.

For me, I have provolone and fresh tomatoes with salt and pepper, arugula, and a spiced wine.  A fabulous end of a hard working year.  All that's left is to start planning all the traditional and superstitious foods for the new years (another blog post to come soon!).

And so we ate.  Thankful for all our friends, Bargain Bites supporters, our family, and our health.  Not to mention the amount of juice spilling from my husbands giant sized sandwich!

I hope no matter what you do or do not celebrate, that December has been good to you and your loved ones!  Thats for all your support with Bargain Bites.  I look forward to more posts, stories, and amazing foods to come!

Happy Holidays,


  1. Sounds like a great way to celebrate Christmas - and the start of a new tradition perhaps =)

  2. Thanks Peggy!

    It was a pretty "cool" way for us to get out and celebrate Christmas. So less stressful than making the usual fixings (and absolutely tasty too!)

    Hope you have a wonderful New Years!

  3. Sounds like a great Christmas Feast! Simple but tasty. I don't know about you, but we fire up the grill year round....of course, we're in Texas, but I've grilled in the snow before.


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