One of the most widely recognized Christmas songs is the "12 Days of Christmas." As the spoiled little girl I was, I'd always ask Santa for each of those things. Of course as a tot, I had no idea exactly how much I was asking for and how much it would cost the man to deliver those.
Who said you can't eat a partridge?
Now, according to Forbes, all 12 items cost nearly $25,000! Since receiving all 12 packaged gifts is out of the question for most of us, why not turn these gifts into something edible? Sure, a roast bird isn't quite as whimsical as one chirping in a tree, but in this economy, what more can you ask for?
Not only will making these gifts into food save you money, it'll also cut down your Christmas Eve menu planning, which leaves more room for caroling, drinking eggnog and kissing strangers under the mistletoe.
12 Drummers drumming
Since we do not condone cannibalism here at SheKnows, we're going to take a different approach to this one. Leave the drummers be and just indulge in a deliciously sweet drum cookie! These beautifully decorated sugar cookies are the perfect addition to any Christmas cookie exchange or Santa's cookie plate. To make these, prepare your favorite sugar cookie recipe (try this low-fat version!) and use a drum shaped cookie cutter. Once cookies have cooled, decorate with red, yellow and white icing and icing gel to replicate little drums!
11 Pipers piping
As beautiful as the sound of pipers piping may be, 11 is a bit of an overkill. Keep one piper to serenade you with music while you enjoy a flute of sparkling wine or Champagne. The flute you are enjoying is a little different than the flute the piper is piping, however, both can bring equal amounts of Christmas joy and cheer.
10 Lords a-leaping
In this day and age, and with today's obesity epidemic, the only living things you'll find leaping are the ones that croak and live in the pond. However slimy and repulsive frogs are to look at, they are incredibly good to snack on. Fried frog legs, a traditional French delicacy, have become a newfound favorite appetizer and main course for many American foodies. Impress your friends with your distinguished palate with this delicious frog leg recipe from All Recipes.
9 Ladies dancing
If you want nine ladies dancing, it's time to whip out the booze. And I'm not talking about wine or Champagne; you need the strong stuff, like tequila. The surefire way to get your ladies dancing (and some men dancing too -- we're all about equal rights here) is to keep these margaritas aplenty this holiday season. The recipe for a perfect margarita is 1-1/2 ounces of top shelf tequila, 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier, 1/2 ounce of Cointreau (orange liqueur), 2-1/2 ounces of sweet and sour mix and 1 ounce of lime juice. Serve over ice and enjoy!
8 Maids a-milking
I grew up in the city, so I have no clue how to milk anything. The closest I've gotten to an actual cow is during a rebellious night of cow-tipping (not as fun as it sounds). Save yourself the legwork in trying to find a maid, for one, and one who knows the art of milking and just leave this task to the professionals. Instead, just enjoy a frosty glass of this calcium enriched dairy drink with Saint Nick. Your bones will thank you.
7 Swans a-swimming
Swans may be beautiful swimming along in your pond, but these birds are also quite messy! The cleanup from one swan's droppings is a handful, so imagine doing that for seven! Save yourself the landscaping and instead enjoy a hearty burger made from these birds. Try this recipe, which can be found on Instructables.
6 Geese a-laying
Like the swan, geese are VERY messy animals, not to mention very loud. However, geese eggs are an incredible delicacy and have such a rich flavor. Once geese have laid your eggs, give them the boot and make scrambled eggs. Geese eggs are huge and can feed up to four people! To prepare the eggs, melt about a tablespoon of butter in the pan and crack the egg. These eggs are almost all yolk so they take a bit longer to cook and the flavor is much richer than a normal egg. Feel free to add chives, cheese, sour cream and salt and pepper to soften it up.
5 Golden rings
I never understood the point of five golden rings. Unless you're Mister T, why the necessity for so much finger bling? Instead of asking for wearable rings, ask for onion rings that you can eat instead. These popular bar snacks are as easy as they are delicious with this seven ingredient onion ring recipe from Southern Foods.
Serves 6 - 8
4 Colly birds
Like many, we've sung this song for years without any clue what a colly bird is. To be honest, I always thought it was "4 calling birds." A colly bird is actually a European black bird. Since the thought of eating a crow, essentially, is repulsive, serve your true love chicken, turkey or duck instead. Save the blackbirds and crows for the rooftops.
3 French hens
French hens, also known as Cornish game hens, are essentially miniature chickens. They often weigh in at two pounds. Like a chicken, there are multiple ways you can prepare and serve them. Try the apricot glazed Cornish hen recipe below for a sweet and savory hen that makes the perfect addition to any holiday dinner. Cornish hen recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
Two turtle doves
Doves are far too pretty and angelic to eat, especially since they are the symbols of peace. Instead, enjoy a decadent turtle dove bar, which is a thick dessert made of rich chocolate, butter, butterscotch and flaky pie crust. Make a few batches of this as it will go very fast, especially during the holidays! Recipe adapted from Christmas Cookies.com.
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Partridge in a pear tree
By this point in all the 12 days of eating, you're probably stuffed up to your eyeballs of poultry (and eating for that matter). However, you can't turn down a cookie, especially at Christmas. That's illegal. So as you kick off the last day of Christmas, kick it off right with a delicious partridge in a pear tree cookie recipe, made with pear preserves! Follow this recipe, provided by Pastry Girl, and you'll have a batch of these bird trees in no time -- all you need is a fun pear and bird cookie cutter set! Not only do these cookies look adorable, but they taste just as good. Who said you can't eat a partridge in a pear tree?
Luckily, the New Year is just around the corner and you can go back to drinking protein shakes and eating lettuce leaves.
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