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Christmastime at Feathered Nester’s

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It’s almost Christmas here at The Feathered Nester. And, I’m sharing it with you. Our Christmas decor, what’s for Christmas Dinner, and of course, all the recipes. Let’s see what’s going on around here!

Christmas Decor

The highlight of my Christmas decor is definitely our tree. Decorating our tree is like an annual walk down memory lane. Our ornaments are a mix of those made by family, purchased on our travels, and those gifted and bought over the years.

Christmas Decor

My husband and I got married about two weeks after Christmas, so my sister-in-law gave us an entire collection of beautifully, handcrafted ornaments. To this day, we put them on our tree every year. And, each year I buy a few new ornaments to commemorate the year.

Our new off-white sectional begged for colorful Christmas pillows. So, I didn’t disappoint. Generally, I turn to Pottery Barn or Home Goods for pillows. I stumbled on these red and white buffalo check and farmhouse style “Christmas Trees” pillow covers on Amazon, though. What a bargain! And, they’re perfect in this space.

Christmas Dinner

For the past decade or so, we have served Prime Rib during Christmas. Last year we had it for Christmas Eve and Ribeye steaks and Lobster for Christmas Dinner. This year we are having Prime Rib on Christmas Day.

Christmas Dinner

My husband is preparing the Prime Rib. I think he might be cooking it on the grill. But, I’m sharing my usual recipe with you.

Another Christmas Dinner tradition is serving Hash Brown Casserole (aka Cheesy Potato Casserole). If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I like cooking from scratch. But, Hash Brown Casserole breaks all the rules! It has condensed Cream of Potato Soup AND frozen, shredded Hash Browns.

Christmas Dinner

It is creamy, rich, and sinfully delicious! Perfect for Christmas, right?

I don’t think Christmas Dinner would be complete without my newly discovered Potato Rolls. My family is hooked on them and they are really so easy to make.

These are the most divine rolls! Although the preparation is easy, the rising can be time consuming. So, I’m thinking of trying to flash freeze the dough rolls individually to bake later.

Rounding out our Christmas Dinner are Roasted Green Beans

and Carrot Cake.


So, let’s get to the recipes!

The Recipes

I’m sharing and/or linking all recipes below:

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Prime Rib Roast

Nothing says the holidays like a Prime Rib Roast. It is one of our family's favorite dinners. Here is our family recipe.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Dinner, Easy Dinner, One Pot Meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Dry rub refrigeration 1 day
Total Time 1 day 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 950kcal

Equipment

  • A v-rack and baking sheet with high sides
  • Temperature probe (leave in or instant read)

Ingredients

  • 7 lb. standing rib roast
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • vegetable or olive oil

Instructions

  • Make cross-cuts through the fat pad on top of the roast, only cutting through the fat – not the meat. Rub about 2 Tbsp. of kosher salt all over the roast. Refrigerate at least 24 hours and up to 4 days.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet until just smoking. Brown the roast on all sides, 6-8 minutes total. Let rest for 10 minutes. Place the roast on a V-rack or wire rack inside of a roasting or rimmed pan. Season with salt and pepper, and place the oven on a middle rack. Roast until meat reaches 110 degrees (about 3-4 hours).
  • Turn off the oven, leaving the roast inside, until meat reaches 125 (for medium-rare). This will take between about 60 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes, then slice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 950kcal | Protein: 43g | Fat: 85g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 696mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 4mg

Hash Brown Casserole

Recipe is here: https://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipe/184617/cheesy-potato-casserole

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Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls Recipe

You'll love Grandma's homemade Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls recipe. Make these easy potato dinner rolls for all your holidays and gatherings!
Course Bread, Holiday, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade rolls, old fashioned potato rolls, old fashioned yeast rolls, potato rolls, yeast rolls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 36 rolls
Calories 134kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water (about 95º to 110ºF)
  • 2 tsp yeast (1 envelope of yeast)
  • 1 large potato
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 6-7 cups all-purpose flour
  • butter for tops of rolls

Instructions

  • Scrub your potato, quarter, and add enough water to cover potatoes by 2". Do not add salt. Bring to a boil and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Remove potato and mash. Set aside 1 cup mashed potatoes. Pour potato water into measuring cup, and set aside 1 ½ cups potato water to let cool.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup warm water . Add pinch of sugar to test yeast. Set aside yeast and water.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine potato water, sugar, salt and yeast mixture. Begin mixing with dough hook attachment on stand mixer. Add butter and eggs. Continue mixing. Add mashed potatoes, then add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly between cups. Stop adding flour after the 6th cup and see if the dough cleans the sides of the bowl. If not, add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until the dough will begin forming a ball. Do not add more than 7 cups of flour. Knead dough in stand mixer for at least 5 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes.
  • Place dough in lightly greased bowl to rise. Lightly grease top of dough and cover with a towel. Place dough in warm place and let rise for 2 hours (or until double in size).
  • After first rising, punch dough down. Begin second rise for two hours or until double in size, or refrigerate dough overnight. If refrigerated overnight, place dough in warm place the next morning and let rise for 2 hours.
  • Then, 2 hours before baking, divide dough into two pieces and continue dividing dough until you have 36 similar sized balls. Place rolls on greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size.
  • Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes. Butter tops of each roll after baking to preserve soft crust. Serve warm.

Notes

Although this recipe calls for all-purpose flour, I have used Kamut and bread flour with great results.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Roasted Green Beans

Recipe here: https://thefeatherednester.com/weeks-poultry-seafood-recipes/

Carrot Cake

Recipe here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/grandma-hiers-carrot-cake-recipe-1917589

Gathering Together

Buffet Decor

I am in love with this new custom wooden sign (harpergrayce.com) above our dining room buffet. We just got it a few weeks ago, and it says it all, “Gather Here With Grateful Hearts.” That’s what truly means the most to me. People gathering and sharing a special meal.

From my family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Full of wonder, happiness, and love.


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