{A Dash of Love} Friendsmas

Our 2nd Annual Friendsmas was a huge success! We made a huge, delicious meal and enjoyed the day together. I started preparing and cooking early in the morning, and by 2p we were digging in! I am featuring some of the wonderful dishes we made below, including the recipes. We tried a couple of new ones and some worked out perfectly, while others need tweaking before making again. That is the beauty of cooking though,  you can play with recipes and make them your own. I tried to derive my own sugar cookie recipe, and it didn't quite work out... I will be trying that one again soon though!

So, below are the yummies featured at our Friendsmas meal:

The Dressing
1-2 cups shredding cooked chicken, I bought a rotissire and shredded with a fork
Cornbread, baked and cooled
3-4 slices of day old white bread
2 tbs of celery flakes
1-2 tbs onion powder
1/2 tsp sage
Chicken stock, approx one whole 32oz carton
s&p to taste, at the end
**You can most definitely use chopped onions and celery, I would say about 3 stalks of celery and 1 small onion. I was working with a picky crowd...so I went the way where everyone would be pleased! :)

-crumble cornbread and sandwich bread in a large cake pan
-moisten the bread with the stock until you get an almost soupy mixture. everything must be moist and covered.
-add celery, onion, and sage, mix in carefully
-top with shredded chicken
-bake at 400 degrees for about an hour.
-dressing is done when the top is golden and the mixture has thickened up
-s&p to your liking

Finished product!


The Ham

4-5 lb precooked, spiral ham
1-2 cans pepsi, or coke
1 cup brown sugar, divided
1 tbs honey, approx
2 tsp water

-take 1/2 cup of brown sugar and mix with honey and water to make a paste
-rub all over outside of ham
-put in crockpot, I kept it in its netting so I could easily flip it
-add pepsi and brown sugar
-cook on low for at least 3 hours, ours cooked for 4

It turned out very moist and with just the right amount of sweetness!


The Side Dishes

Macaroni and Cheese
This yummy baked dish, which my friend brought, was inspired by The Pioneer Woman!
It was very creamy and cheesy, and a wonderful homemade classic.

Pinto Beans
Made from the can, not everything needs to be homemade, we love Bush's seasoned recipe! :)

Sweet Potatoes
I peeled and chopped 3 sweet potatoes, boiled them until they were tender, mashed them with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, then topped them with marshmallows and broiled! Yea, we broiled them a little too long, but it worked out, because I love toasted marshmallows!

Mashed Potatoes
The staple of all dinners, creamy mashed potatoes! I peeled and chopped 12 golden potatoes, boiled until tender, and whipped them in the mixer with milk and one stick of butter, then added salt and pepper to taste!

Sweet Corn
We used a bag of frozen sweet corn, one stick of butter, and a splash of milk. Then the corn boiled down to the sweet golden kernals you see above!

We had such a wonderful time, and such wonderful food. I cannot wait to eat all the leftovers! I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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