It’s a cold and snowy January day….perfect for sharing a few holiday recipes! Last month we enjoyed a fun evening with our Auto Zone family at the company Christmas party. We always look forward to this celebration each year! It’s a great time to catch up, relax and just spend a few hours together during the busy holiday season. Due to Adam’s job change, we didn’t host the party this year like normal but we were happy to be invited!
Meat and cheese boards are so fun to put together! Be creative and make it appealing! The basics include meat and cheese, pickles, olives, crackers, dried fruit, garnishes and nuts. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Just make sure to use different shapes, sizes and textures on the tray. Another idea is to use sweet and salty items for a completely different type of board.
Speaking of sweet items… we can’t forget desserts! These white chocolate peanut butter balls from Taste of Home are always a favorite each year! They are so simple and quick to mix up.
The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled depending on the amount you need to serve. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peanut-butter-snowballs
These little roll ups are a great cold lunch idea….easy to make and delicious! Add some cut up veggies and fruit for a quick lunch. The turkey is paired with a yummy spread made of cream cheese and cranberry sauce. These would also be great party appetizers, sliced and served on a pretty tray. Plan ahead so the wrapped roll ups have time to chill for awhile before slicing.
I love to meal prep and have so many healthy things ready to go in the fridge. Of course it’s a chore and time consuming but it’s well worth it! Last night and this morning I have been washing and slicing fresh veggies, fresh fruits and berries, boiling eggs, making pasta salad, starting side dishes for dinner and making chocolate peanut butter fat bombs. I’m not jumping on the keto (high fat/low carb) bandwagon but I do love these little treats! You can be very creative and try different combinations. They are high in calories so again, they are meant to be a little treat once in awhile or when cravings strike. It’s a great way to get in your healthy fats and satisfy that sweet tooth!
Store in freezer. Keeps for several weeks in a freezer bag or tight sealed container.
I follow a few BeachBody coaches on social media for inspiration, encouragement and recipes, of course! I don’t know them personally but I appreciate the fitness and nutrition information that they share!
I tried this yummy recipe last week from http://deidrapenrose.com/
Scroll down to the blog entry on Feb 3 for the recipe. All you need is ripe bananas, PB, eggs, vanilla and baking soda. No flour and no sugar! I topped it with dark chocolate chips and we had them for breakfast with strawberries for a couple days. They taste like banana bread and are really moist and light. By the way, if you don’t have really ripe bananas, Kroger sells them 😊
I love breakfast ideas like this recipe! So easy to make, healthy and really delicious! Simply mix all ingredients, chill and roll into balls or spread into a pan to make bars.
Here’s a quick way to toast coconut, in case you need it. I forgot and had to look it up today. Preheat oven to 325. Spread coconut flakes on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper or silpat mat. Bake 3 minutes, stir with spatula and then bake 3 more minutes. Cool completely. This toasted coconut makes your kitchen smell wonderful!
I used dark chocolate chips in my recipe but any kind would be good I’m sure. This recipe is also great because you can mix it up and try different variations of chocolate, dried fruit, nuts or nut butters.
Kid approved….my girl hates peanut butter but just came back asking for another. I think these would be great for breakfast with a banana or grapes, as a snack on the go or an after dinner bite size dessert!
We decided to stay home and have a little family house party to ring in the new year!
We planned to make special food and play party games until the clock struck midnight. We decorated the house and the girls even turned our Christmas tree into a New Years tree!
We had a lot of fun with crazy photo props….
Here are a few of the fun recipes we enjoyed that night.
Who doesn’t love these meatballs??!! The sauce is just awesome! http://www.smuckers.com/recipes/savory-glazed-meatballs-24
These crackers were simple and delicious! I served them with a meat and cheese tray.
These little Santa hats were made from brownies, strawberries and cream cheese icing.
We picked up a box of Auntie Anne’s pretzel mix and made salted pretzels, cinnamon and sugar sticks and a few pretzel dogs. They were fun to make and the girls done a great job!
I hope you have a blessed 2017 with good health, love and happiness!
Many people are starting to plan Christmas parties and cookie exchanges! If you need a new recipe idea, here is a great one from the Pioneer Woman! Lacey says it is heaven on a pan! 😊