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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Today, we are doing precisely what I have done every single Christmas Eve of my life. Around lunch time, we will go to my Grandma & Pappy's house and spend the day with my mom's side of the family. I used to see this side of the family a lot, but sadly, Christmas Eve is one of the only days of the year we all get together anymore! I am very excited to see my wacky family!

Later on in the evening, we may stop by Paul's parent's house. It depends how tired we are, and how badly we fear Christmas peed in the corner in retaliation to being gone all day.

Before we leave today, I have to make a pineapple casserole to take to the family gathering. I love pineapple casserole, and everyone who has tried mine has loved it as well! (Well, maybe the ones that didn't love it just kept it to themselves!) I know pineapple + cheese sounds weird, but it is so delicious.

Pineapple Casserole Recipe:

1. In a huge bowl, mix together the following ingredients:

3-4 large cans of pineapple chunks (drained)
1 c. sugar
8 tbsp. flour
As much shredded cheddar cheese as you want (go crazy!!!)

2. Dump all of that into a cake pan. Sprinkle as many 
Ritz crackers over top as you want. (go crazy!!!)

3. Slice off pats of butter and place them out evenly on top of the crackers. 
Try to cover a lot of the casserole, you may or may not use an entire stick of butter.

4. Cook at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. VOILA!

Jelly guards the pineapple for me!

A couple years ago, I wrote a little Christmas Eve poem that I thought I would share with you again!!! It's sort of a Christmas Eve blogging tradition! I probably wrote it while I was drinking.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Twas the night before Christmas, and all was not quiet
All the creatures were stirring- the cats were on a diet!
The stockings were hung in the kitchen with care,
Chrissy and Jelly were prowling.... they are quite the pair!

My husband was nestled all snug in the basement,
Playing guitar and burning some candles so fragrant.
And me in my reindeer PJs so cozy
Relaxed on the couch, cheeks bright and rosy.

When out in the kitchen there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But two kitty cats acting so cavalier

Chrissy had opened the cupboard door,
He cried and meowed- begging for more.
And Jelly just stared with bright precious eyes,
That said, "Please give me food!" and I had to sympathize...

"Now Chrissy! Now Jelly! You're going to be fine!
It's only ten o'clock and you just ate at nine!"
"Don't let them dupe you!" Paul called from below.
"There's no way they're hungry. They're putting on a show."

And so I bent down and gave them a kiss,
Their antics are always so hard to resist.
After all, my dear readers, it was Christmas Eve,
They deserve something special, I do believe.

Quietly, cautiously, ever so discrete,
I snuck to the cupboard and got out the treats.
The cats excitedly puffed out their tails
And within seconds gobbled their treats- diets derailed.

But holidays are a time to relax and recharge,
to not worry about calories, sugar and carbs.
Tomorrow the kitties will get back on track,
Their hard work not ruined by one midnight snack.

Chrissy and Jelly were now so content,
They purred with delight and off to bed they went.
But I heard them exclaim, as they sneaked out of sight,
"Meowy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

What are your Christmas Eve Traditions?


  1. Haha- cute poem! Our traditions have changed over the years and usually involves some crazy traveling, but this year we are going to church and then out to dinner with my parents! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. That sounds relaxing! Have a great Christmas, Lisa! :)

  2. cute poem! I have never heard of such a recipe with pineapple and cheese. My Christmas Eve traditions involve a lot of wrapping, baking, and a quick run through of songs on the piano for all of the Christmas Eve and Day services...Dinner Christmas Eve is something super easy, tonight, it is burgers because it is so warm!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    1. It is freaking warm! About to go run and it's 63 degrees! I love your Christmas Eve traditions, especially the piano playing. Have a lovely Christmas! :) <3

  3. Looks like you and I have been channelling each other...I've got a take on the night before Christmas as well. I'm publishing it tomorrow... because I always post on Fridays. Plus it's really cheesy and maybe not a lot of people will read it..

    Merry Christmas Meg!

    1. HAHAHA well I will read it, Wendy! Can't wait. :) Merry Christmas!

  4. Wishing you a super fun day w/ family, Megan. We will be spending this evening w/ Rick's family and tomorrow my family will come over for Christmas brunch. Because we don't need to be anywhere until much later, we decided it would be the perfect day to go see The Big Short. Yes, 4th day in a row of seeing a movie and loving life.

    1. I am glad you are making the most of your vacation and seeing all the movies you want. You deserve it! Merry Christmas, Susan! :) Enjoy the time with your families.

  5. Hahahah I have to tell you, when I saw your "twas the night before Christmas graphic" at the top of the post I thought to myself "I wonder if she's going to include the cat poem in this post" Of course you did... you would never disappoint your fans! :D

    Merry Christmas Eve!!!

    1. I would never disappoint my loyal readers! And since I post every freaking day I figure I can recycle something ONCE in awhile. ;)

  6. Awww, super cute kitties and poem! You should have included a picture of the pineapple casserole. I have never heard of such a thing and now I'm totally intrigued by the combo of ingredients!
    As for traditions, we will be tracking Santa with the help of NORAD tonight as usual and just hanging out trying to keep the kids from being too hyper about opening presents tomorrow!! Merry Christmas Meg!

    1. I will post a pic, I promise!

      Hope you had fun tracking Santa! Can't wait to see pics of your Christmas. :)

  7. "Don't let them dupe you" LOL what a great poem! You're so creative, I love it. I loved the video of you playing the recorder for Christmas yesterday. SO CUTE. Merry Christmas, Meg! Give your kitties a kiss on their nosies for me!

    1. Christmas tries to dupe as ALL THE TIME and pretend he didn't get fed when he really did. He acts all frantic and hungry. :)

      Glad you liked the recorder video! I never played it at home before and I didn't know how they would react. They love it.

  8. That's such a cute poem! So clever. I have never heard of pineapple casserole before. We just received a huge fruit basket with a pineapple in it and I actually just bought Ritz crackers! Can you text me a pic and show me what it's suppose to look like? Merry Christmas! So glad you are able to hang on to your family traditions!

    1. I will take a pic tomorrow! I made two, so I will take a pic of the one when I open it up.

  9. That casserole sounds weird but...it's also sounds like a cracker, fruit, and cheese plate, so I bet it's delicious!

    1. YES! I mean basically, yes. I swear it is good. :)

  10. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Megan! It is a family tradition of ours to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Christmas eve... I found your version comical and very creative. :)

    1. Thanks I am glad you liked it! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas Eve and Christmas. :)

  11. I think I would really like your pineapple casserole! I have to tell you how much I love that M! You're quite the writer :)

  12. I love pineapple casserole, I have had it before and it was yummy! Your poem is awesome :)