Dinner, a Movie, and Christmas Placemats

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Right about this time of year, I think we are all ready for a break. The houses have been decked, the presents bought, and the Christmas cards mailed. Now is the perfect time to take a moment to relax and enjoy what we’ve created. This weekend, my family and I made our favorite lite lasagna, curled up to watch a Christmas movie, and enjoyed some hot chocolate on our Christmas placemats in front of the fire.

The Christmas Movie

I admit that there is nothing I like better than the Hallmark Channel, during the holidays or not. There are so many great options, it’s hard to choose. And, best of all, you are guaranteed a happy ending. Although it’s hard to pick a favorite, one of my leaders this year has been Good Morning Christmas! It stars Alison Sweeney (who is a channel regular and a favorite of mine) who plays a morning show broadcaster and is feuding with her co-host while they film their Christmas week show. Basically, it is The Morning Show with a Hallmark ending. Who doesn’t like that? In case you are another Christmas movie addict, I’ve included some other favorites below.

The Christmas Placemats

In addition to a heart-warming movie, there is nothing more cozy than lighting a fire and eating dinner around the coffee table. I keep a beautiful French tray in the corner of my family room, which serves as a great serving center. Key to not ruining my wood surfaces are the Christmas placemats. These Christmas placemats are thick and machine washable which protect the coffee table and are easy to clean up spills. I love dinner on the couch so I have built up quite the collection of placemats to go with my dinners.

Christmas placemats for casual dinner
christmas placemats for casual dinner
Christmas placemats for casual dinner and movie

The Dinner

The lite lasagna recipe (see below) is a family favorite. It is easy to make, can be made ahead, and leaves you with leftovers. Instead of the traditional thick lasagna noodle and cheeses, this substitutes in thinner noodles and a mix of cream cheese and cottage cheese as the filling. It’s lighter but still delicious.

lite lasagna


  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 29 oz Hunt’s tomato sauce
  • 8 oz package of noodles (I love Cipriani tagliardi)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz small curd cottage cheese
  • 2-3 oz package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced green onions
  • Dried oregano seasoning
  • Dried basil seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and green onions. Set aside.
  2. Boil noodles according to package instructions and set aside.
  3. Brown meat in a frying pan and drain off fat. Add the garlic and Hunt’s tomato sauce. Season to taste with the oregano and basil. Stir and simmer sauce for 15 minutes.
  4. In a 9×13 dish, put the cooked noodles on the bottom and spread evenly in a layer. Next layer on the cheese sauce, spreading evenly on top of the noodles. Finally, top with the meat sauce.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour.

I hope that all of you are able to squeeze in a quiet night at home to enjoy your families and decor. For other Christmas decor ideas and fun with the family, check out our Christmas Fireplace and 5 minute Christmas craft. And don’t forget to subscribe to receive all of our country living decor, crafts, gardening, and entertaining ideas.

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