Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Eve Menu

Growing up, we always had the traditional Thanksgiving meal on Christmas Eve night.  You know...turkey, dressing, sides and such.  I personally never loved this tradition because I felt like my family and I had just been together consuming this exact meal only a few weeks before...not nearly as exciting the second time around.

Then, I married Andrew...and I learned that their side of the family does a big appetizer party on Christmas Eve and that my friends, is a tradition I can totally get behind!  (And by the way, once I came home and told my mom how much fun an appetizer party can be on Christmas Eve, my side of the family decided to adopt the tradition too...and now we eat appetizers.)

So, on Christmas Eve, invite your friends and family over...maybe you suggest they bring an appetizer or dip with them...listen to carols, look at the twinkle lights, watch for Santa on the radar and enjoy little bites.  It's the best way to spend my very favorite day of the year!

No Christmas is complete in my family without a cheese my Cranberry and Pecan Cheese Ball is the perfect little dip for our big night.

I love this Spicy Spinach Dip because it's prepared in the slow cooker, it's served warm and it has a little kick to it.  So good!

Yummmm...Ham and Cheese Biscuit Sliders will be the first thing to go at the party.  I promise.

My friend Sarah makes these Pinwheels that will rock your world.  Whenever she invites us over, someone always group texts and asks if she's making pinwheels...and sweet Sarah always does.

Every single Christmas Eve, Andrew's family has Pizza Boats.  Every. Single. Year. 

Several years ago, Erika shared this recipe for Southwestern Egg Rolls with me and they are insanely good (and pretty simple too!).  People always eat them up at parties.

To see all of my yummy appetizer recipes, click here.

If you're needing something fun to drink this Christmas Eve, you should try my Cranberry Lime Cocktail...

Or try my Peppermint Punch...

And to see my Easy Christmas Desserts, click here.

Only 6 more days until Christmas!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cranberry Lime Cocktail

When my friends come over for my annual recipe exchange, I like to offer them a fun punch or cocktail to make things festive.  Usually, I make my Candy Cane Punch, but this year, I made a yummy Cranberry Lime Cocktail instead.  So easy, so fast, and so delicious both with and without the vodka (this can totally be kid friendly too!).  'Tis the season for festive drinks!

To make each drink (with alcohol), all you do is take each glass and add in one shot of vodka, about half a cup of cranberry juice, half a cup of  Sprite or 7-Up, a squeeze of half a lime and load it down with ice and frozen cranberries.


You can also just take out the vodka and make this alcohol-free by filling your glass half with juice and half with soda and proceeding from there.

Either way, it's delicious and refreshing!

I saw several cocktail recipes on Pinterest that used frozen cranberries as the ice for the drink, but I wasn't sure if that would really keep things cold enough, so I added both ice and frozen cranberries to make sure things stayed really chilly...either way, it's super cute and festive to see some frozen cranberries floating around inside the drink.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Morning Menu

I don't know about your family but in our family, midway through opening gifts on Christmas morning, we're hungry and break for a little fuel.  We grab some coffee, a plate of yumminess and sit back down to either finish opening gifts or to admire the gifts we've just opened.

Christmas music playing, check.

A fire roaring, check.

Cozy socks, check.

Flannel pajamas, check.

An easy breakfast that requires zero fuss on the big day...check, check.

We always have Butterscotch Monkey Bread on Christmas Day.  It's always, always, always a crowd pleaser!  If you're feeling extra festive, my Egg Nog Monkey Bread is really delicious too!

If you're more of a French Toast kind of family... Blueberry French Toast Bake is assembled the night before and just popped in the oven the morning of.

If your family likes things more on the savory side, my mother-in-law's Sausage Breakfast Casserole is the perfect make ahead breakfast!  We love, love, love this hearty casserole on chilly mornings.

Or you could try my Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole too!  Such a yummy little mix and match on the original recipe!

Whether you do savory or sweet, you just need to do something simple.  Grab some coffee and OJ and enjoy your morning with your family.

To see all of my breakfast recipes, click here.

Only 8 days until Christmas!!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicken and Broccoli Bites

At my annual recipe exchange this year, I made these Chicken and Broccoli Bites.  

I love appetizers like this because they can also be quick little lunches and light suppers too.  We're on a big broccoli kick at our house because it's Smith's favorite, I'm trying to incorporate it into as many things as I can.  

These little bites are so super simple to whip up and delicious too!  Enjoy!

Shopping List
1/2 a pound of cooked and shredded chicken (click here to see my perfect chicken method)
1 (10 oz) box of frozen broccoli, defrosted
1/2 a cup of shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 a cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz) bottle of Ranch dressing
1 can of Crescent Rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a cookie sheet with Pam or line it with parchment paper to prevent sticking.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine your cooked chicken, broccoli, cheeses and Ranch dressing.

Unroll your crescent rolls and take each triangle and spoon about two tablespoons of filling in the center.  Fold the edges of the crescent roll over (like you normally would when making rolls) and place them on the cookie sheet.

Bake the Chicken and Broccoli Bites about 10 to 12 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and the filling warm.

Serve immediately.

Such simple little bites of cheesy broccoli and chicken goodness.

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