A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Twas the night before Christmas...

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 we will head to Paul's Uncle Mike's house to spend time with his family! It is a day full of family, which I love.

Before we leave today, I have to make a pineapple casserole to take to our family gatherings. 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. My MIL makes pineapple casserole and it's so good! It's like dessert- love the combination of sweet and salty tastes in it :)

  2. Super cute poem--I love it. Enjoy your day with family. It sounds so wonderful. We will be going to church at 12:30 pm and then to Rick's family to hang out, eat, exchange gifts and play games. I really love today and feel really lucky to have Rick's family--they are one of a kind and so loving!

    1. I am glad you have a wonderful day planned! :) Enjoy!

  3. Aww, so funny cus I was going to ask you about that pineapple casserole recipe. I was intrigued when you posted about it a few years ago. Do you think it would have the same taste if I used whole wheat Ritz crackers?
    Love your poem about the Kitties!

    1. Yes, the crackers provide the saltiness so just don't get low sodium crackers. Wheat will be just fine! :)

  4. It is definitely one of my Christmas traditions to come to your blog and read this poem! :)

    I hope you have a great day with your family!

    We don't have any traditions really. The last 10 years or so have been all over the place. Our families were split between Georgia, Tampa, Inverness and Fort Lauderdale so we've done a lot of traveling. Then slowly we convinced almost every one to move to south Florida, so now we can build traditions that don't involve us frantically taking road trips and catching flights. This year is the first year Adam and I will host Christmas Eve dinner at our house and we are very excited!

    1. I hope Christmas Eve dinner went well! That is funny you convinced everyone to move closer to you. ;)

  5. Merry Christmas Meg! I hope Santa brings you everything you want!

  6. Our Christmas eve are an insane, busy day! we cook all day, then we celebrate my younger sister's birthday, we have dinner and open all the family presents. Santa only brings 1 present for the kids on Christmas morning, so my son says that his Tias (aunts) are better than Santa.

    1. Wow, it sounds like Christmas Eve is even bigger than Christmas for you guys. I bet you had delicious food!