A Few of My Favorite Christmas Things 2

It was just three days ago I wrote about peace in my heart.  The lasted about the time it took me to write it.  Guys, it’s stressful, but I am not giving up.  

The Soundtrack

The chorus:
I need a silent night, A holy night
To hear an angel voice thru the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here 
To end this crazy day with a silent night

It was just the reminder I needed. 

The Decor
I love a good Santa, and boy do I have a collection. This is my favorite. 

This is exactly what I picture when I think of Santa. 

The Cocktail – Spiked Mulled Cider
I needed something warm and easy as I worked on finishing our Christmas cards. 

The Supplies:
2 mugs
1 small pot

The Ingredients: (Makes two cocktails)
2 c apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
2 star anise
orange rind or slices
4 oz bourbon or whiskey, divided 

Breath deep because this smells like Christmas
Combine the cider, spices, orange rind into a pot and bring to a simmer
In your favorite mug, pour 2 oz of your favorite bourbon or rye or whiskey
Top off with 8 oz of cider 

The Treat – Triple Roasted Onion Sauce

The Supplies:
sheet pan
food processor

The Ingredients:
1 large red onion
1 large sweet onion
1 large white onion
6 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
1 T olive oil
pinch of salt, pepper
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 c mayo

Assembly:
Roll or toast bread or baguette
Roast beef, sirloin, filet, ham
Mixed greens
Cheese
Tomato 
That list is endless

Before we begin, I wasn’t sure how this would turn out, and so I don’t have enough step by step pictures and for that I apologize.  It ended up tasting different then I thought and instead of a dip recipe, I have a new sauce. 

Peel and quarter or eighth the onions, toss in the olive oil, thyme leaves, salt and pepper

Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes
The fragrance.  You could just stop here and serve these along side a burger, but not today. 

This is where this goes down hill because no photos.  

In the food processor, pulse the onions until fine.  Add the cream cheese and mayo, blend until combined. Let stand in the fridge for 30 minutes or more so the flavors have time to chill out. Taste for additional salt and pepper.  

When I dipped a chip, it tasted good, but they didn’t go together.  The only thing I could think of was a roast beef sandwich. 

Oh Em Gee. I pan seared a top sirloin that I coasted in TJ”s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, then through it in the oven for 40 minutes.  On a kaiser bun, I added a mix of spinach and arugula, topped it with the sirloin, and the triple onion spread.  I have a new menu item in the rotation. 

Merry, Merry, Friends – 
xo, AT

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