Simple and Sane: Holiday Entertaining

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” is playing through my head over and over again.  Perhaps its because my Christmas wrapping isn’t finished, Christmas cards aren’t out, and as I write this I still have yet to figure out what I’m serving my family on Christmas Eve. Yikes!!

I say it every year.  Next year won’t be like this.  Next year I’ll do better.  I’ll start earlier and be done so far ahead of schedule, I’ll have plenty of time to bake Christmas cookies for my entire block.  By the way, I have lived on my street for four years and have yet to do this. Oh, the best laid plans!!!!

With a new baby due to arrive at any moment (literally having contractions as I write this), I decided a while back that I would have no choice but to scale those expectations waaaay back.

So instead of providing you with Martha Stewart-esque tips on holiday entertaining that are lovely and at times over complicated, and annoyingly time consuming, I’m sharing with you how to:

SCALE BACK, STRESS LESS, and STILL BE the

OH-SO-FAB HOSTESS 

WHEN FRIENDS & FAMILY STOP IN FOR A VISIT

Invest in some gourmet coffee and hot chocolate.  Sorry Folgers.  You just won’t do.  Try something like a great Christmas blend or Cinnamon Spice.  Also remember to keep a bag of decaf on hand as well.  It’s always a good idea to be able to offer both.

Keep EASY, nibbly snacks on hand.

Try these Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds.  Homemade.  Delicious.  Festive.  AND will last weeks in an air tight container.

Or try this Sour Cream Pound Cake.  Make it, wrap it well, and stick it in the freezer.  Slice and toast when you are ready to serve, adding some fresh preserves or nutella on the side.  Guests LOVE this one!!

GOOD Cheese and Crackers are a must.  They also have a long shelf life when stored properly.  Arrange it on a butcher block cutting board or a cheese board with some fresh apple slices, and you’re good to go!

Image Courtesy of Gilttaste.com

And next month…we’ll be talking about dieting.  LOL.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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