How was your Christmas? Mine was fantastic. Our elf Bob HAD to stay and watch the boys open their presents so he was still around in the morning but he and Santa decorated our family room by our tree with lots of icicle lights and ribbons. He even hung cotton “snowflake” strings down from the doorway so the boys had to walk through them to get into the room. This was our first Christmas not with my parents and brothers and their families. With all those people gathered to exchange presents the tree always looked over stocked. It’s awesome but I was
going out of my mind, anxious a little worried that they would feel disappointed when they came down. They were so excited and it made me realize that I shouldn’t underestimate my kids. They understand what Christmas is really about and they appreciate the gifts they got. Don’t get me wrong they got the gifts that they wanted. At one point when my youngest opened his “big” Santa gift he was so excited he said I don’t need any other presents. He quickly realized what he was saying and said. N,o I’m just kidding. I think he was a little worried that his presents would disappear.
We got to Facetime with my parents as the kids opened the gifts from them and talked to them a few times throughout the day. It was a good day. I love that we can stay connected to family with video chats like Factime. Not only did I talk to my parents and brother out in CA but I got to talk to my Grandmother and Aunt out in FL and my other brother in TX. It’s so much fun to get to see your loved ones face and the presents they got for Christmas.
After presents were opened we went over to our friends’ house for a casual snacky feast, nothing formal, We had turkey, ham, cream puffs, and a crazy number of appetizers. Who doesn’t love just relaxing and snacking all day with friends and family? I made a bunch of new food that I can’t wait to share with you, including these glazed kielbasa bites. They are so good! People were taking them faster than I could get them onto the plate. I had to snatch the plate away so I could grab some pictures for you before they were all gone. They can be put together up to a day or two ahead of time and then just brush them with the glaze and pop them into the oven just before your guests arrive. Perfect for parties, right? I think I’ll make them again for New Year’s.
- 2 lbs. kielbasa, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 14 oz can pineapple slices, in juice, quartered
- 3 T teriyaki sauce
- 1 T sweet chili sauce
- 1 T honey
- 1 T pineapple juice (from can)
- preheat oven to 425 degrees
- place a piece of pineapple on top of a slice of kielbasa and stick a toothpick into them
- in a small bowl combine remaining ingredients
- line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
- place kielbasa bites onto the baking sheet
- brush glaze over tops and sides of bites
- place in oven and cook for 15 to 20 min (keeping an eye on them)
- remove and enjoy hot!