My fav bites for the Holidays!

I thank the women in my life for passing along the love of baking … it’s my therapy!

Here’s what I’m working on for the holidays this year!


No-Bake Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Squares

Thank you to Trisha Yearwood and Food Network for making this recipe available (linked below).  We will immensely enjoy this salty, sweet, savory treat today… and maybe tomorrow for Christmas, if any of it is still around.  Clink here for recipe!


Gramma Helen’s Sugar Cookies

Thank you Gramma Helen for making my world even more amazing for passing this recipe along.  It’s the BEST, most amazing, flaky, delightful cookie I’ve ever experienced.  Here’s the family recipe!


Cranberry Sriracha Compote

This is a staple at our festive events!

Cranberry Sriracha Compote
2 cups fresh cranberries
¼ cup orange juice
⅓ cup sugar
2 Tbspn Sriracha (or more if you’d like)
5 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
5 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil

Bring orange juice, cranberries, sugar, and sriracha sauce to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 7 mins, or until all the berries have cooked and are mushy.

Allow to cool and add Lemon and Orange Vitality oils. Stir well and refrigerate for at least two hours before pouring over a softened block of cream cheese. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

This got rave reviews, btw!!!

Simple Bruschetta

And THIS beautiful bruschetta!  My tip?  Buy the bottled pesto and bruschetta at Trader Joe’s.  Then spoon a bit of each on to grilled french bread, sprinkle with parmesan or some feta or fresh basil or balsamic vinegar or all of the above… and BAM!  You can’t go wrong with this savory bite!


Onion Dip on Steroids

Edited to add:  I can’t believe I posted this entry and left THIS recipe out of the mix.  You have to try this at some point in your life – you may as well do it soon.  It’s worth every calorie.  I promise!  Here you go – you can thank me later – here’s the recipe.


I’m also making my Nutty Toffee … in fact, that’s all Gramma asked for this year… a pound of my toffee.  It would be my pleasure!  (Sorry – that’s not a family recipe I share.  Because watch for it in stores one of these days… because #biggoals.)


White Chocolate-covered pretzels

And we’ll also have white chocolate-covered pretzels… it’s a staple around here.  I remember Mom and I making these every holiday… and we just love them!


And for BEFORE dessert?  Shoot – who am I kidding?!  We do dessert first around here.  But for nourishment we’re having a bit of a non-traditional feast tomorrow for Christmas.  We’re doing a baked potato bar, served alongside a honey-glazed ham and salad.  And we might throw in a pot of chili too.  And maybe some rolls (if I want to be brave and make those – ‘cuz I’m not running to the store on Christmas Eve).


What are YOU having for Christmas Eve / Christmas meals?


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