Christmas Dinner 2022! We had such a great time celebrating Christmas! As long as we are together, healthy and happy, it’s a special occasion for me! Especially when Joshua comes home, we are all so happy to see him!

Christmas Dinner 2022 table

I was just so busy the last few days, cooking more than what you see on the table, so I could pack food for Joshua to take with him; plus, he brings so much laundry and always alteration projects for me. At least he didn’t ask me for a haircut this time, lol. Mom does it all!
Alex, seeing me working so hard, promised we would go out more to give me much-needed relaxation.
I enjoy creating these Holiday tables, but it gets more difficult as I get older. I do have so many recipes and ideas on my blog. I hope you will find them helpful!
Some of you have asked me if I get any help cooking and how long it takes me to cook for the holidays. 
Yes, I cook everything myself, with the help of Costco (buying our favorite items you need to reheat or bake).
On occasion, my mother-in-law will make Salad Olivier and Chicken Liver Pate, which we love!

Christmas Dinner Table 2022


The whole process takes me about 3 to 4 days:

A day of planning, a day of decorating, and two whole days of cooking.

Two refrigerators (one from previous owners in the garage) and a double oven make it all possible. Not sure if I were able to accomplish it in a small apartment with a small fridge. 

It took me 3 days to create this Christmas table.

My Father-in-law made a joke many years ago: “I will rest in the coffin!”. It stuck with me.

While I have the energy, I like being productive and bringing joy to the people that I love!

You can find more ideas for decorating Holiday and Special Occasion tables by clicking here!

Watch the video below. Click on the small square in the right corner to see it in full size on your phone!


Homemade Cranberry sauce




Salad Olivier

Salad Olivier

How to make Delicious Salad Olivier

  • 2 pounds potatoes, boiled, peeled, and finely diced
  • 3 eggs, hard-boiled, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 small dill pickles, finely diced
  • 1 cup canned peas or frozen peas
  • carrots (optional)
  • dill, minced
  • Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients, and add more or less of the ingredients to taste. Enjoy!

Caprese Salad 

Caprese Salad


Vinaigrette Salad

Vinaigrette Salad

HOW TO MAKE Vinaigrette Salad click here>

Potatoes and Seledka (herrings)

Seledka (herrings)

Seledka is a well-known marinated Herring Fillets throughout the Slavic culture.

Potatoes and Seledka (herrings)

Soviet Era delicacy that is always served on Holidays!

We bought seledka/herrings at the local Euro Deli store, and I boiled young potatoes and served them with butter/oil, garlic, and dill. 

Bread with red caviar

Bread with red caviar

Another Soviet Era favorite.

Bread + Butter + Caviar = Delicious!

Salmon Red Caviar we buy at the local European store. 

This is the brand that we like and normally buy. You can buy it on Amazon as well.

Bacon Crostini
Spanakopita and Bacon Crostini

Once we discovered these Spanokopita cheese and spinach in phyllo pastries at Costco, I decided not to make my own again. These are just perfect, and I keep buying them once we run out.

Great to have in the freezer just in case you have company over. They are best prepared just before serving when they are hot and crispy. They take almost no time to bake, so it’s not a problem.

Bacon Crostini 


  • French baguette, cut into slices
  • good quality olive oil
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • garlic clove, minced
  • cooked crispy bacon chopped
  • cheddar cheese or any you have on hand

Preheat the oven to 400°
Brush slices with olive oil, and top with chopped tomatoes, garlic, bacon, and cheese.
Bake until the cheese is melted and browned, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms
Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms
These easy-peasy BLUE CRAB SPREAD MUSHROOMS make an awesome holiday appetizer, perfect for your next party!
Blue crab spread
We love the BLUE CRAB SPREAD from Costco!
I use it on top of fish or just as a spread on top of fresh sliced bread.
The Large Portabella mushrooms are from Costco as well. 



  • Blue Crab Spread or you can make your own by mixing crab meat with mayo or cream cheese
  • Italian Style Panko breadcrumbs (optional). Leave out for low-carb mushrooms.
  • Cheddar cheese or any you have on hand

Wipe mushrooms clean with damp paper towel. Remove stems and scoop out gills. Discard.
Stuff each mushroom cap generously with the blue crab spread.
Sprinkle with Italian-style panko breadcrumbs.
Top with cheese.
Bake at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges become golden

Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms inside
Roasted Duck in Wine with Potatoes, Peppers and Mushrooms
Roasted Duck in Wine with Potatoes, Peppers and Mushrooms
Marinated Greek Lamb Chops with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
Marinated Greek Lamb Chops with Mushrooms and Tomatoes


Angel Hair pasta with Parmesan cheese and oregano
Angel Hair pasta with Parmesan cheese
Tuxedo Chocolate Cake
Tuxedo Chocolate Cake
I’m in many Costco groups, and I always read how much people love this Tuxedo Chocolate Cake.
We normally don’t buy such high-calorie items in such huge portions, but for the holidays decided to try it. And like so many, we are in complete agreement – THIS IS THE BEST TASTING CHOCOLATE CAKE!
Chocolate Cream Cups
Chocolate Cream Cups
This is another popular item from Costco! These Chocolate Cream Cups
are made in Italy, and if you like creamy desserts, this one is for you. I love the fact that you can keep the glass cups, I will use them in the future!
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
Family Christmas 2022

Christmas Dinner 2022

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