Last week we invited a few friends over the house for a Christmas cookie decorating party. This is something I have been wanting to do for some time now, and the kids are finally old enough to get excited about all of the Christmas festivities. This is also the first year they’re tall enough to reach the decorating table and not just throw everything on the floor… which makes for a fun party rather than a complete mess. We spent a few days preparing for the party, making frosting, and picking out the best Christmas sprinkles. It was so much fun building up the excitement and an getting the house ready for our little friends.
The kids picked out sugar cookies and snickerdoodle cookies and ate more frosting than I would like to admit, but they had such a great time!
Grace insisted she have pink frosting for her cookies. Since there were a few other little girls who also love pink, we made an extra batch of pink frosting. It was one of the best decisions ever. #momwin for sure.
Also, that picture above… all the baby toes/ crunched up toes, baby bear slippers and footie pj’s!
See what I’m talking about… pink pj’s and pink frosting.
All the pj’s went straight to the wash right after this party. Frosting ERRRRWHERE! I also found some in my hair… which is not really that surprising but I also found some on my dog. That one I was a little surprised about but hey… none ended up on my couch and that was a win for me!
Eyes closed… two hands… true love friends.
This little boy and his precious smile and Grace with a mouth full of cookies.
Obviously, frosting is just glue for all the Christmas sprinkles!
So thankful for these dear friends and for all of the new memories!
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We are so excited about the holiday season and are pulling out all of our festive holiday recipes. Today I’m sharing with you my warm acorn squash and pomegranate salad (below). It is the perfect salad to serve alongside your holiday dinner or as the main course. The acorn squash slowly roasts to give it a soft and tender bite, and the pomegranate seeds add crunch and a sweet and tart flavor. I love serving this salad warm making it perfect for the change of season.
Along with preparing holiday dishes and decorations, we are also preparing to have a healthy holiday season.
There are a few products but I’d like to keep in stock as we head into the colder weather:
Abreva pump because it delivers the best results at the first sign of a cold sore and because I have them frequently during the colder weather, I make sure to keep it on hand.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes is a must! I use these year round, but make sure to stock up especially since I have three little ones running around touching everything. I love them because they kill 99.9% of germs* that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours**. They also kill Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella and Strep. I also use it to clean Emory’s highchair and make sure to rinse it with water after I wipe it all down.
Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Syrup because it provides powerful relief without a prescription
TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Warming Honey Lemon Liquid. I usually take Tylenol capsules, but this warming liquid is so comforting. It also clears nasal congestion, quiets my coughs and relieves minor aches and pains.
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So the holidays are here and we are super excited about it! I love giving gifts and I usually start checking people off my list early. This year is a little different. Because we are far away from home, we are opting for something a little less traditional. This year, we are gifting our friends Grey Goose! Grey Goose is a superior spirit made with high-quality ingredients and it comes in a festive package, making it the perfect gift to share and enjoy! This is also the perfect gift to give to those people on your list who have absolutely everything they need and want.
Grey Goose is a gift that can be shared instantly with friends and family and today I’m sharing with you the recipe for a classic martini! I love making traditional martinis. They are classic, festive and fun and can be made in a short amount of time, making it a perfect drink for a holiday get together. I also handwrite this recipe and attach it to the bottle when I gift it to make it just a bit more special.
Nothing screams, “let’s be friends” like a good casserole and today I am sharing my secret weapon recipe that does not disappoint. I originally shared this recipe when I was contributing to Deeply Rooted magazine and since then, I have been making it every Thanksgiving (and whenever Alex asks for it). This year, I had about five different people ask me for the recipe. So in lieu of all the Christmas dinners ahead of us, and all of the friendships that will be cultivated over a delicious casserole, here’s my Show stopping Casserole!
My show-stopping casserole
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed, broken into small pieces
1 tbs fennel seeds (not needed if the sausage has fennel in it)
3 large leeks, white and light-green parts only, sliced
1/2 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 bunch kale, leaves trimmed and chopped
1 pound stale bread, cubed. I like focaccia or a baguette
1 large egg
2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus 1/4 cup for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter a 3-quart, deep casserole dish. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Add the sausage and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
Add the leeks and squash and season with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook until the leeks are soft, about 3 minutes.
Add the kale, toss and cover until the kale wilts, about 4 minutes.
Add the bread cubes and the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and toss until the butter melts.
Whisk the egg and chicken broth in a bowl until smooth; stir in 1 cup of parmesan and 1 teaspoon salt.
Pour the broth mixture over the bread mixture; cook until the liquid is absorbed by the bread, about 1 minute.
Transfer the bread mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
Scatter the shredded cheese evenly on top, cover and bake for 40 minutes.
Uncover and broil the cheese on top for about 3 minutes.
Watch it carefully or it will burn. Set aside for about 10 minutes before serving.
That’s it. This recipe is so easy and can stand alone as a lunch or dinner. So, make it for your next get together. I promise everyone will want to be your friend. Also, if you make it in a disposable container, you can leave any leftovers and your friends can have it the next day! They’ll thank you for it.