Food, food, food-my life seems to revolve around it, it seems, especially at this time of year. Here are some simple recipes that make my life easier this holiday season.
If I need to bring an appetizer to a party, my feta dip is super easy and I know it will be gone in seconds. (It is my most viewed post, no kidding.) No oven, no bowls, no mixer, no stove top. Here is the easy step by step recipe.
If I need to bring a dessert, I know Kitty’s Brownieswill be a huge hit. I am telling you, these things are divine-and it’s just brownie mix and 3 candy bars. They are ooey and gooey and chocolately and taste like you slaved over them for hours.
Caramel corn or shortbread cookies are usually my old standbys if I want to bake a gift.
My favorite cut out cookies are from an old-fashioned recipe my mom used every Christmas when we were kids. The recipe uses granulated brown sugar-they are sweet, but not too sweet, look like gingerbread, but not too gingery. My kids love them. Here is the recipe for Butterscotch Rolled Cookies.
I have talked aboutmeal planning and how it really saves me time and money and my sanity also-more than ever this season. Sometimes I just about hate doing it, but if I don’t we will end up eating take out pizza every night. Here is an example of my menu for the week-I just want to prove that it does NOT have to be fancy-I always think “meal planning” just sounds overwhelming. I use notebook paper and tape it up where I can see it every morning. Grilled cheese and soup one night-or pizza night on Saturday-no gourmet dinners or five course meals here. (Lots of my recipes are here and I’ve been adding new ones every week.)