With the holidays just around the corner there is a whole lot of happiness that happens in the kitchen. From cooking together as a family to serving up special snacks and treats to friends, family and furbabies it’s the little touches that count. Here’s how we used some little things to take some family favorites to the next level.
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Gourmet Cheese Board
Do you ever look at the cheese aisle at the market or grocery store and wonder which ones you should purchase? Even at home my daughter asked me “Mom can I use provolone on a ham sandwich or just cheddar?” Let the Castello Cheese Board Builder help you decide which cheese belong on your cheese board. Our board included the Castello Cheeses of Aged Havarti, Castello Gouda, Castello Traditional Danish Blue, a Port Wine Cheddar with Nuts, Genoa Salami, Pepperoni, Pork and Venison Sausage Mustard Seed, an assortment of fruits and olives. It was a beautiful way of being able to snack while cooking dinner and enjoying each others company.
Cracker Barrel: Reindeer Glass Milk Bottle, Santa Glass Milk Bottle, Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks
Cracker Barrel is a family favorite. I remember as a young girl traveling with my parents and always stopping at Cracker Barrel for a our meal break. The store seemed like a wonderland with candy, crafts, and toys. I still have the same feeling when I walk into a Cracker Barrel now and with the store (online and in person) I can bring home some of the “flavors” of Cracker Barrel. Aren’t the Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks beautiful? I plan on using these all winter long. Full of details, they are way too pretty to put away after the holidays. I can think of so many uses for them from the gourmet cheese board to my sweet and spicy meatballs which are always a big hit with friends and family. I had so much fun with the seasonal Cracker Barrel Glass Milk Bottle featuring Rudolph and Santa. Perfect for filling with chocolate milk and leaving for Santa’s visit to your home, we decided to take it to the next level and make “Not Your Momma’s Chocolate Milk” for the over 21 crowd. Money Saving Tip: 30% off discount site-wide with code SHOP30
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Life is pretty busy with the holidays. But I still like to have our Saturday morning breakfast with the family. But cooking pancakes for six people can sometimes take too much time, especially when you have holiday shopping to do afterwards. Not only can I appreciate a little help getting breakfast on the table but also cleaning up afterwards. No one likes having to scrub a pan. So this weekend I used the new PAM Cooking Spray Pump. Talk about non-stick! I barely had to wash the electric skillet at all. I love that I with the new PAM Cooking Spray that it’s a pump and I use less of it. It’s easy to apply to any surface for less fat and calories too. Then for a quick breakfast I used the Birch Benders Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix. It’s so easy to use, just add water. It’s also has no GMOs, and is all natural, cholesterol free, and BPA Free. It made the pan so non stick the kids were even able to make pancakes with me.
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We can’t forget our pets this holiday season. You don’t even want to know what Toby was like while I was making our chartreuse for our friends. Poor guy just so many good smells coming from the kitchen! So before he greets our friends we decide to give him a little treat. Not only does it keep him busy while I’m cooking in the kitchen but it helps give him a little more fresh breath before he greets our guests with great big hugs. Whimzees are made with only six primary, all natural ingredients and are vegetarian, gluten free , GMO free and grain free, well unless you get the Rice Bone treat. They also contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives so I can feel good about the treats I give him.
Another goodie from the kitchen, not my own mind you but from the kitchen of Wellness Core Natural Pet Food is the delicious, high protein kibble. Instead of adding a little soft dog food to his regular meals I add this to his meals and he goes straight for the goodies. I advise you to mix well or your smart dog will do what mine does and pick up all the freeze dried raw bites. It’s a – 100% Grain Free recipe with freeze dried raw bites, 100% meat, no fillers. The easily reclosable pouch makes this core dog food easy to keep fresh and convenient for your holiday travel.
Christmas Central: Holiday Decorations
Of course we have to set the right tone for our holiday happenings and Christmas Central: Holiday Decorations is your one stop shop for all holiday décor needs! This year we decorated in White Silver and Gold so I was so excited to find some new beautiful Christmas ornaments and home decorations to use. But I couldn’t stop myself from looking at the fun New Year’s Eve party items too. There’s a broad selection of Christmas trees, lights, decorations and more. But it’s not just Christmas Central, it is more like a holiday central with so many interesting, unique and beautiful items for any holiday including Easter, Valentine’s, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
It’s been said, “It’s the little things” and it is the little things which can make all the difference. Just little touches both in the kitchen and throughout the house can make all the difference when creating holiday happiness in and out of the kitchen for beloved friends and family.