Finish up the year with yummy style! You'll find a special Christmas brunch as well as New Year's Eve snacks with lots of easy and delicious recipes for all the days in between.
📅 Food Holidays
We celebrate a couple of fun food holidays this week. They're silly little holidays but it gives us an opportunity to make some memories and have some fun!
- Oddly enough December 25 is National Pumpkin Pie Day... I would have thought it would have been in November.
- December 26 we celebrate National Candy Cane Day and I can't think of a better way than with this Candy Cane Martini.
- December 27 is National Fruitcake Day and if you like it you'll be happy to know that my fruitcake recipe is the best ever.
🫑 What's in Season?
- Winter squash
💭 Tips for success
Here are some tips for this week -
- Make enough cornbread to go with the black bean soup and you can make the Khachapuri another time.
- Serve leftover Ranch chicken over slices of the buttermilk bread for a quick and easy lunch.
- Move the days around as you need to. Don't forget there are more meal plans here.
🍹This week's cocktail
Muddled Fig Old Fashioned
If you suddenly found yourself in a Victorian library, surrounded by leather and dark wood, THIS is the cocktail you'd be holding.
Creamy Chicken Chili
I like to keep things easy on Christmas eve and there's nothing easier than this creamy chicken chili.
You'll want this classic southern cornbread to go with it!
I've heard that these easy to make cherry and coconut cookies are Santa's favorites.
Easy Cheese Danish
These cheese danish are SO pretty made in the shape of a Christmas tree or wreath (I show you how). Made with crescent rolls!
There just has to be sausage balls on the table! These stay moist and delicious!
Sparkling, sweet, and tangy! Cranberry Daiquiri is one of the most festive cocktails I've ever had.
Copycat Panera Black Bean Soup
If you've overindulged on Christmas you'll want to keep things simple with this easy black bean soup.
These Khachapuri are a delicious, Eastern European roll that's filled with gooey cheese and sweet fried onions.
There's probably cookies left, right? If not, these oatmeal cookies are hearty and delicious!
A one dish slow cooker dinner? Oh yeah! Tender chicken, potatoes, and carrots simmer in a yummy country style gravy.
You can make this buttermilk bread into loaves, mini loaves, or rolls.
Chocolate Chess Pie
Chocolate chess pie is a decadent dessert that you've got to try.
Tater Tot Cowboy Casserole
Throw this simple casserole together in the morning and bake it just before you're ready to eat.
Southern Green Beans
Tangy and sweet with lots of onions and smoky bacon! Southern green beans are full of country flavor.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pineapple upside down cake from scratch is easy to make.
Crispy French Onion Chicken Bake
We love this easy chicken recipe.
Maple Roasted Carrots
Sweet and spicy roasted carrots are so delicious that even people who dislike cooked carrots might find themselves changing their minds!
Homemade chocolate pudding from scratch takes just 10 minutes in the microwave!
Shrimp Po' Boy
Make this classic New Orleans style sandwich in minutes!
Crispy fried potatoes are one of those side dishes that goes with everything.
These chewy cinnamon crackle cookies are similar to Snickerdoodles but a little spicier and ... well just give them a try... you'll see.
This baked brie topped with apples and bacon looks fancy but it's so easy!
White "wedding cake" cupcakes are really pretty decorated with silver sprinkles for New Year's Eve.
Midnight Kiss Cocktail
This sparkly champagne cocktail has a unique color that makes it perfect for New Year's Eve celebrations.
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