Christmas Work Party

While we don’t do the large full company Christmas party, we do have a smaller party in my department and this year we have opted to have disco pajama party. I am kind of excited about it being super relaxed. We are having breakfast catered but we are individually bringing in appetizers for lunch. Now I can’t decide what to bring! Do any of you have some helpful suggestions? Here are the top 5 that I am trying to decide between.

  1. Caprese Salad Skewers from Stuck on Sweet 
  2. Rattlesnake Bites from Torn a Dough Alli 
  3. Hot Crab Dip from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch
  4. Cherry Pecan Brie from Southern Living 
  5. Pomegranate Guacamole from Two Peas and Their Pod 
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The Comfort of Soup and Bread

I grew up in a house where we ate soup but it wasn’t a crowd pleaser (my Dad didn’t like soup) so it wasn’t made with any kind of frequency. As an adult—I just love soup!! I usually get in trouble because I make too much of it but I am always open to sharing. Soup is so versatile, such a chameleon in the food world that you can never go wrong. It ranks right up there with my second love of sandwiches.

Now that the weather has turned cooler, I find myself looking at more and more soup recipes and (of course) the bread that needs to go with it. (Let’s be honest for a second—you can’t have soup without something to dip into it!) Here are 5 recipes that I am looking forward to making in the months ahead.

  1. Asian Chicken Noodle Soup from Delish with Classic French Baguette from Mrs. P’s Kitchen 
  2. Vegetable Barley Soup from Hello Little Home with Rosemary Thyme No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread from Pinch Me, I’m Eating 
  3. Nonna’s Italian Style Chicken Noodle Soup from 4 Sons R Us with Garlic Mozzarella Dippers from Cooking TV 
  4. Quick Chicken Pho from Simply Recipes with (I wouldn’t dip anything in my Pho but if you want something extra . . .) Bahn Mi Sandwich from Food People Want  
  5. Signature Spicy, Smoky, Sweet Chili from Iowa Girl Eats with Buttery Sweet Corn Bread from Norine’s Nest  

Smell That

Fall means there are new smells in the air and that includes in cooking. Here are five recipes I plan on cooking up that are that cozy fall smell to me.

  1. Vanilla Chai Tea Cookies from Mommy Hates Cooking 
  2. Pumpkin Spice Waffles from Lovely Little Kitchen 
  3. Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather from Real Mom Nutrition 
  4. Best Ever Hot Wassail from Yummy Healthy Easy 
  5. Roasted Turkey Breast with Infused Butter from I Food Blogger 

Summer Veggies—Eat Them All Up!

What is the most wonderful thing about summer? All of the vegetable options that taste a 1000% better because they were grown in the warmth of the summer sun in your own backyard.

Here are 5 recipes to try utilizing the 5 common vegetables grown in home gardens.

  1. Zucchini (Chocolate Zucchini Brownies by The Dinner Mom) 
  2. Bell Peppers (Salami & Bell Pepper Sandwiches by Someday I’ll Learn) 
  3. Corn (Cheese Corn Fritters from Taste & Tell Blog)  
  4. Tomatoes (Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette by Laughing Spatula)
  5. Eggplant (Crispy Eggplant “Bacon” by Minimalist Baker)