Well we got snowed in all weekend long, which was wonderful! I love snow, and we hardly ever get a good snow in Georgia. I couldn’t believe we got thirteen inches of snow in December. That has got to be a record, right? Just as soon as we thought we were safe, our water stopped working Sunday evening. Apparently something happened up the line, and we are still without water. Not a pleasant problem to have.
In my attempt to distract myself and mask the fact that I didn’t get anything done around the house, I thought I would share some holiday recipes. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked cookies? My favorite part is sampling everything as I make it. I used to go crazy for the holidays, but I’ve learned to keep it pretty simple now. I just don’t have the time I used to. So here are some of my favorites during the holidays.
Appetizer: Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball
This recipe is perfect for a holiday gathering or for munching as you cook your holiday meal. I make it nearly every year, because I haven’t found anyone that doesn’t like it. It’s absolutely delicious and super easy to make. Here is the recipe I use Click Here. One change that I’ve made is that I double the amount of cheddar cheese. You’ve got to try this one!
Dessert: No-Bake Nutella Pie
I didn’t know I liked Nutella until my mother-in-law made this pie! It is my absolute favorite pie now. I make it all the time, but I especially enjoy it during the holidays. It’s a very easy dessert and unexpected. It’s just the right blend of chocolate. Be sure to use name brand cream cheese with this recipe (trust me it makes a difference). Click Here for the recipe.
Beverage: Signature Hot Chocolate
I love hot cocoa! It is my beverage of choice during the fall and winter. Ryan and I like to mimic Panera’s hot cocoa.
Milk, Ghirardelli or Sillycow Farms Cocoa Mix, Marshmallows from Wondermade, Whipped Cream, & Caramel
- Warm the milk on the stove, be sure not to burn it.
- While warming, add the appropriate amount of hot cocoa mix. Check the packaging for amounts, typically a couple of tablespoons.
- Pour the cocoa into a large cups and add whipped cream.
- Drizzle with caramel and finish with two marshmallows.
Side: Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Carrots
These carrots melt in your mouth. This a simple side item for the holidays. I do add toasted pecans to the carrots for some crunch. My mother-in-law introduced me to this one too. She is such a fabulous cook! Click Here for the recipe.
Cookies: Spritz Cookies
Although this recipe requires more work, these cookies are Ryan’s favorite. They are also super festive and transport well. I like to decorate them with sprinkles for the holidays. They are a great sugar cookie replacement, and children love these cookies. Click Here for the Wilton recipe, but you can find several variations online.
So these are some of my favorite recipes during the holiday season, and I hope you found one you would like to try. What do you enjoy cooking or baking? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Stay tuned, we got lots more coming your way.