Appetizers for Entertaining

Today I thought we’d take a look at some tasty treats and dips to get your next holiday gathering started.


New Orleans barbecue shrimp dip

Creamy shrimp scampi dip

Swiss and bacon dip

Christmas queso

Creamy peppadew dip

Warm fennel and Parmesan dip

Herbed goat cheese spread

Edamame lemongrass hummus

Small bites:

Steak au poivre potatoes

Spinach and goat cheese tartlets

Swedish meatballs

BLT salad bites

Gougeres with Gruyère mornay and beer mustard

Chorizo bites with smoked paprika and piquillo pepper aioli

Shrimp and avocado salad on endive leaves

Bacon wrapped ginger shrimp

Ham and Gruyère thumbprints

Twice baked potatoes

Dirty deviled eggs

Smoked salmon zucchini bites

Gorgonzola thyme stuffed olives

Dilled onion cheese balls

Blue cheese and pine nut puffs

Mini party quiches

Cranberry sauced meatballs

Made for a crowd:

Butternut squash spinach tart

Sausage Parmesan palmiers

Asparagus and jack cheese frittata

Pizza wreath

Savory Christmas cheese bread

Gorgonzola flatbread with prosciutto and dates

Mini bagel pizzas

What are you planning for appetizers this Christmas season?


Celebrating with Christmas Cookies

Today we’re taking a look at a variety of Christmas cookies, including some alternatives if you’ve got allergies or diets and some regional favorites.


Buccellati cookies

Danish sugar pretzels

Basler Brunsli

Stollen bites

Rugelach pinwheels

Glazed bizcochito stars

Speculaas cookies

Lebkuchen cookies

Chrusciki leaves

Kourambiedex Greek cookies

Sweet Treats:

Cherry vanilla cream cheese spritz cookies

Chocolate crinkles

Eggnog cookies

Fruitcake drops

Hot cocoa cookies

Peppermint sticks

Shortbread cookies

Gingersnap cookies

Cranberry almond shortbreads

Browned butter pecan sandies

Chocolate hazelnut and caramel thumbprints

Mint chocolate trees

Star mint meringues

Classic Christmas sandies

Candy stripe cookie sticks

Cinnamon swirl cookies

Chewy coconut chocolate pinwheels

Pignoli cookies

Alternative/Healthy cookies:

Keto almond shortbreads

Gluten free hazenut vanilla shortbread

Gluten free jam macaroons

Flourless double chocolate pecan cookies

Gluten free cranberry white chocolate pecan cookies

Vegan Russian tea cakes

Vegan Pfeffernusse cookies

Paleo hot chocolate cookies with vanilla bean frosting

Paleo, vegan chocolate coconut truffles

Paleo reindeer bombs

Sugar free paleo pecan snowball cookies

What cookies are you baking this Christmas?

Celebrating Chanukah

Today we’re going to take a look at Chanukah (or Hanukkah) inspired crafts and recipes.


Menorah greeting card

Dreidel card and game

Embossed stars greeting card

Laced Star of David card

Stars and stripes card

Layered star card

Place cards

Hanukkah place mat

Charm napkin rings

Gelt napkins

Paper dreidel garland

Dreidel gift box

Scrapbook pages

Copper and concrete menorah

Star ornament wreath



Dried fruit compote

Classic challah

Harvest apple challah

Honey challah with flax

Roast vegetable tsimmes with apricots

Potato-kasha knishes

Cauliflower curry latkes

Beet latkes

Oven fried latkes


Salmon with matzo crust

Salmon wellington

Beef brisket with dried fruit

Braised brisket with root vegetables

Sweet and sour short ribs

Short ribs with root vegetables

Roast chicken with wild rice dressing

Roast chicken with apricot stuffing



Puff pastry tart stars


Lemon coconut macaroons

Jelly donut holes

Fresh pear-pistachio cake

Chocolate marshmallow dreidels

Apple fritter rings

What are your favorite Hanukkah recipes?

Pinecone Picks

As we finish up the autumn season and holidays and head into the December and winter ones I thought we’d finish the season up with some pinecone crafts.

Wreaths and Garlands:

Christmas chandelier wreath with pinecones

Painted pinecone flower wreath

Rustic Christmas wreath with pinecones

Pinecone wreath

Pinecone tabletop wreath

Snowy pinecone wreath

Star wreath with pinecones and baubles

Pinecone and cranberry garland

Pinecone and pom-pom garland


Pinecone cakes

Pinecone Friends:

Pinecone penguin

Pinecone elves

Pinecone mouse

Pinecone cardinal

Pinecone turkey

Pinecone people

Pinecone gnomes

Pinecone fox

Upgraded Pinecones:

Gilded pinecones

Scented pinecones

Felt pinecones

Ombre pinecones

Pinecone firestarters

Bleached pinecones

Cinnamon scented pinecones

Other Fun Crafts and Decorations:

Pinecone bird feeder

Pinecone village

Pinecone stocking

Lighted pinecone arrangement

Pinecone ornament

Pinecone place card

Pinecone hurricane vase

Pinecone napkin holder

Glittered pinecone gift topper

Pinecone tie backs

Pinecone table runner

Pinecone topiary

Pinecone holiday bag

What are your favorite ways to decorate with pinecones?

Celebrating with Cornbread

As we get ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow I thought we’d take a look at some cornbread recipes.


Toaster corncakes

Cranberry cornbread

Zesty cornbread

Simple cornbread

Cornbread hot dog buns

Cheddar cornbread

Rosemary cornbread

Pumpkin cornbread

Honey cornbread

Zucchini cornbread muffins

Jalapeno cornbread

Cornmeal rolls

Pecan cornmeal muffins

Gluten free corn muffins

Stuffing and dressing:

Cranberry orange cornbread stuffing

Cornbread dressing muffins with cherries and pecans

POM cornbread stuffing

Cornbread stuffing with pancetta and scallions

Spicy cornbread stuffing

Cornbread and sausage stuffing

Cornbread sourdough stuffing

Pecan cornbread dressing

Dried fruit and nut cornbread dressing

Southern cornbread stuffing

Chorizo and cornbread stuffing

Cornbread stuffing with apples and sausages

Chorizo and kale cornbread stuffing

Entrees and sides:

Corn stars

Chili and cornbread bake

Cornbread and shrimp stuffed flounder

Cornbread souffle

What are your favorite cornbread recipes?

Give a Little Thanks

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, today I’m sharing ways you can share thanks with others.


Watercolor thank you cards

Hawaiian thank you cards

Apple thank you cards

Panda thank you cards

Chevron thank you card

Fresh bloom thank you card

Colorful flags thank you card

Cheery flowers and ribbons thank you card

Glitter chevron thank you card

Thank you butterfly card

Autumn colors thank you card

Dots thank you card

Decorations and more:

Thanksgiving place mats

Thankful heart wreath

Thanks fabric-in-frame banner

Give thanks palette sign

Give thanks wood hanging tags

Give thanks turkey canvas

Thankful fall pick wreath

Thankful plaque with pumpkin

Framed Thanksgiving frame with autumn leaves

Harvest wood Thankful sign

Boxes and bags:

Give thanks fall crate

Thanks box

Colorful thank you box

Thank you bag

How do you celebrate your thanks?