10+ Recipes That Are Perfect For The Holidays

10+ Recipes That Are Perfect For The Holidays

The holidays are coming y’all and I am so excited for the food.

I LOVE all of the delicious food that shows up around Christmas and Thanksgiving. Since the holidays can get a little bit crazy, I’ve created a collection of holiday recipes that you can use for any of your holiday recipe needs. I’ve got holiday recipes perfect for kids, office parties, family events and more!

So let’s get going! Here are some of my favorite holiday recipes.

Amish Farmhouse Sugar Cookies

These farmhouse sugar cookies are made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Seriously these cookies are to die for! What I love about these cookies are that you can customize them depending on your taste. We used raisins in ours, but if you’re not a raisin fan you can use chocolate chips, nuts, butterscotch chips, or maybe even some toffee.

Recipe here: Amish Farmhouse Sugar Cookies

Left Over Ham Pasta Salad

Having a honey baked ham is a must have for any holiday gathering. But after the holiday party you have to figure out what the heck to do with all of the leftover ham. Leftover ham pasta salad is the perfect solution. Not only is this recipe a huge hit, but it’s simple and easy to make.

You can find the recipe here: Left Over Ham Pasta Salad

Southern Style Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes And Gravy

If you’re looking to keep things simple this holiday season, this instant pot mashed potatoes and gravy recipe is for you. The gravy and the potatoes are both made in the instant pot, so you’re looking at only dirtying one pan! Heck yes. This recipe is going to be my go to for mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving

Recipe: Southern Style Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes And Gravy

Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice

Everyone goes crazy for anything pumpkin spice in the fall, but did you know you can make your own? I love this recipe for pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice because they’re so versatile for the holiday season. Plus, homemade pumpkin puree is everything. It tastes sooo good. You can use it to make pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, even pumpkin soup!

Recipe: Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice

puree pumpkin and spice

Pie Recipes For the Holidays

There’s nothing better than homemade pie. Literally nothing. I have so many pie recipes that I love for the holidays that I definitely couldn’t fit all of them into this blog post. But, don’t worry, I have an entire article that has all of my favorite homemade pie recipes.

Find it here: Homemade Pie Recipes for the Holidays

Here are some of my favorite pie recipes:

Maple Pecan Pie

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Easy Key Lime Pie

Homemade Corn Syrup

If y’all didn’t know, store bought corn syrup is really processed and likely made with GMO corn. Enter my homemade corn syrup recipe. This recipe is great if you still want to make homemade Christmas candy. Because is it even Christmas if there’s not homemade candy? This recipe is a lighter corn syrup substitute that’s perfect for using with your holiday recipes.

Here’s the recipe: Homemade Corn Syrup

Christmas Morning Pancake Mix With Einkorn Flour

I love this Christmas morning pancake mix recipe made with Einkorn Flour. This is perfect if you want to provide a healthier breakfast on Christmas morning (since you’ll probably be having tons of unhealthy foods the rest of the day). Plus you can make this mix in bulk and store it so you have a quick breakfast option for busy mornings! Top these pancakes with homemade lavender syrup or strawberry jam, and you have the perfect Christmas morning breakfast!

Recipe here: Christmas Morning Pancake Mix

Want an easy but nutritious breakfast? Make this DIY pancake mix now & have quick breakfasts all week!

Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes

These small cakes are bursting with delicious citrus flavor. These cakes can be easily wrapped in a red party favor bag and gifted to friends and family. But make sure you keep some for yourself because these cakes are delicious!

Recipe: Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes

Sugar Free English Egg Custard

Looking for a yummy comfort food recipe for the holidays? I love making this sugar free English egg custard recipe for an afternoon treat. It’s also great to take to potlucks because the ingredients make it seem much more complicated and decadent than it actually is;)

Recipe here: Sugar Free English Egg Custard

Chocolate Cookie Mice

Aren’t these chocolate cookie mice the cutest? This recipe is perfect for a Christmas treat for the kids. You can make these mice cookies and eat them while you read a Nutcracker storybook. Your kids will love having this tasty treat while hearing about the Nutcracker and Clara fighting the Mouse King (here’s my favorite Nutcracker storybook).

Recipe: Chocolate Cookie Mice

 

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is a traditional Scottish recipe that is perfect for the holidays. These cookies literally melt in your mouth and they are perfect for topping desserts. Since these cookies are shaped like buttons, they are absolutely perfect for topping snowman themed cakes or cookies!

Find the recipe here: Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Easy White Bread Recipe

Think you’re no good at making bread? Trust me you can make this easy white bread. Homemade bread is perfect for the holidays. I love serving fresh homemade bread with any holiday meal.

Recipe: Easy White Bread Recipe

In this no-fail bread recipe, I walk you step-by-step so you can make your own loaves. Easy recipe that anyone can master. From FrugalChicken.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are perfect for a cold winter’s night. They’re the ultimate comfort food for the holidays, and your family and friends will love them! Plus this recipe makes about 60 cookies which makes it a easy recipe to gift to neighbors or take to the office potluck.

Recipe: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Stacks of oatmeal peanut butter cookies

Chocolate Chili Brownies

Looking to add a little spice to your holiday dessert? This recipe has some kick. I love the combination of sweet and spicy in this chocolate chili recipe. It’s perfect for mixing things up at the office potluck or family Christmas party.

Recipe: Chocolate Chili Brownies

chocolate chili brownies

Sugar Substitutes

Looking to have a healthier holiday season? I hear ya. I could probably do with less processed sugar in my life. Here are some of my favorite options for substituting sugar:

Which of these recipes are you going to try this year?



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Make Your Own Delicious Homemade Root Beer!

Make Your Own Delicious Homemade Root Beer!

Today I’m going to share a quick homemade root beer recipe with you!

Making homemade root beer was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. Every Halloween my mom would make homemade root beer and I loved the cool fog that it created!

I love making my own homemade root beer! This recipe is fun for kids because the dry ice used in the root beer creates “fog” that is perfect for Halloween. Your kids will love the root beer and the fog that this recipe creates!

This recipe is fun for Halloween parties, barbecues, or just making it for your kids!

Disclaimer here: Obviously, you don’t want to let your kids handle or be anywhere near dry ice. Dry ice can be dangerous, so this recipe definitely requires adult supervision! Make sure you wear gloves and handle the dry ice safely. Also keep in mind that you should buy the dry ice right before you plan to use it because it can evaporate pretty quickly if you don’t store it correctly!

Here’s the ingredients you need:

  • Large container (I always use a large pitcher, or you could use a cauldron for a Halloween party!)
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 2 cups of sugar*
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of root beer extract**
  • 1-2 pounds of broken up dry ice***

First off, you want to make this root beer in a well-ventilated area. Also make sure you don’t put a lid on the container you’re making the root beer in! The pressure can build up and cause it to explode!

Mix the water, sugar, and root beer extract together in the container. Carefully add in your pieces of dry ice and stir. At this point the dry ice will start to dissolve and create “fog.” Stir the mixture frequently so that the dry ice doesn’t stick to the sides or bottoms of the container. Serve once all of the dry ice has dissolved!

Trust me, your kids will love the fog and the yummy root beer! It’s perfect for Halloween (or any time of the year!) I also love using this recipe for making root beer floats!

Recipe Notes:

*You can add extra sugar to the recipe if you want it to be sweeter. This recipe is easy to customize so add more sugar if your prefer your root beer to be sweet

**Same as with the sugar, you can add more root beer extract or less depending on your taste preference. Personally, I would start with two tablespoons and then slowly add more if you feel it needs it.

***The more dry ice you put in to this recipe, the longer it will bubble and create fog! But that also means that you will have to wait longer before you can drink it.

Homemade Root Beer

  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp root beer extract
  • 1-2 pounds broken up dry ice
  1. Mix the water, sugar, and root beer extract together a container (I always use a large pitcher).

  2. Carefully add in your pieces of dry ice and stir. The dry ice will start creating “fog” as it dissolves!

  3. Stir the mixture frequently so that the dry ice doesn’t stick to the sides of the container.

  4. Serve once all of the dry ice has dissolved!

Remember to make this recipe in a well ventilated area and never put a cover on the container you’re making it in! Covering it can cause the pressure to build up inside of the container which can cause it to explode. Always handle dry ice safely by using thick gloves or tongs. Dry ice can burn your skin if you aren’t careful.

10 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat

10 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat

It’s summer time! One of the biggest struggles I have throughout the summer and even during the school year is finding healthy snacks for my kids.

It’s so easy to just give them a cookie or chips (because that’s what they want!) when they get home from school, but I’m trying really hard to help them develop healthy habits early on. So while some of these recipes aren’t perfectly healthy, I think they are a step in the right direction.

 

Here is my collection of my favorite healthy snacks for kids!

 Chocolate Popsicles

 

Ok, ok, so this recipe isn’t healthy perse…but it tastes great AND you can make it using ingredients that you trust! I love making my own popsicles because I know exactly what ingredients are going to be in my food.

 

One great tip I have for healthy snacks is to disguise vegetables in other food. Growing up my sister would only eat macaroni and cheese and bread, so my mom had to get really creative to encourage her to eat vegetables. Kids often tend to avoid eating vegetables, so sneaking them into a yummy snack is a great way to get the the nutrients they need without them even knowing!

 

 

I love this recipe for chocolate popsicles because it uses avocado, so you’re sneaking in some healthy food;) And if you’re dealing with a kid who won’t eat their veggies, you can blend up some spinach or kale and add it to this mixture. Trust me with the yummy chocolatey taste they won’t even know there are vegetables in there! I love that you can make this recipe with simple ingredients and a popsicle mold!

Apple Chips

Apple chips are a great healthy snack for kids! They get a crunchy snack that’s healthy and not full of added sugars! I love this recipe because it only takes 10 minutes of prep time. After you prep the apples you just stick them in the oven which makes this a super simple snack you can make for your kids!

If you aren’t into making apple chips, here’s my favorite store bought apple chips brand. I love that they’re organic and have simple ingredients.

Homemade Popsicles

Homemade popsicles are a huge hit around here, especially in the summer because it is unbearably hot right now! Two of my favorite recipes for homemade popsicles are berry popsicles and pineapple popsicles. You can check out the recipes for the berry popsicles here and the pineapple popsicles here. They’re so easy to make and they’re a yummy and healthy snack for your kiddos!

 

 

Watermelon Cut Outs

I’m a huge watermelon fan and I LOVE that watermelon are starting to show up at my local farmer’s markets this month!  Watermelon is a great treat for kids and you can make it even more fun by cutting out shapes in the watermelon. All you have to do is cut the watermelon into slightly thinner slices than normal (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch) and then use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes in the watermelon. And you can use this amazing chicken shaped cookie cutter! I love this and I’ll definitely be using this to cut out some watermelon for my kids!

 

Strawberry Lady Bugs

Ok so this is really cute! I love how this snack is a fun twist on chocolate covered strawberries! They’re so cute and your kids will love them! I know this isn’t the healthiest snack, but honestly sometimes I’ll do anything to convince the kiddos to eat some fruits and vegetables. I love that it’s a fun, sweet treat that you kids will adore!

Bell pepper pizzas

I LOVE pizza. I always have and I always will. But even though I’m convinced that pizza is good for the soul, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest meal option. Which is why I love these bell pepper pizzas! All you have to do is put a layer of cheese (check out my recipe for homemade mozzarella) inside of a halved bell pepper and then put your toppings on it! You could even sneak in some more veggies, like kale, mushrooms, or tomatoes into these to try and get more vegetables in your kids diet! Check out the full recipe and instructions for these bell pepper pizzas here.

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Watermelon Pizza

Like I said earlier, I love watermelon and I love pizza. So why not mix the two together? All you have to do for this yummy treat is top a round watermelon slice with sliced fruits such as kiwi, blueberries, and cantaloupe. If you want to make this treat extra yummy (but a little bit less healthy) you could spread a layer of homemade whipped cream on the watermelon (like it was pizza sauce) and then add the fruit on top.

And making your own whipped cream is so easy and it’s a fun activity you can do with your kids! All you need is a mason jar and some heavy whipping cream. Fill the mason jar about halfway full of heavy whipping cream and then start shaking it! After about 10 minutes of shaking you should have your own yummy, homemade whipped cream!

Grape Caterpillar

I love how cute these grape caterpillars are! One of my favorite things to do to make fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids is to make them fun! And making caterpillars out of grapes is a great way to do that!

Homemade Fruit Snacks

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If there’s one universal truth I’ve seen about parenthood it’s that most (if not all) kids love fruit snacks. So while they might not be the healthiest snack choice, I prefer to make my own fruit snacks at home. That way I know exactly what ingredients and products are going into the food that I’m feeding my kids. I love this recipe because it’s SO EASY to make! Check out the full recipe and tutorial here. You’ll need silicone molds to put the fruit snacks in and you can find those right here!

Peanut Butter Snail

This might be one of my all time favorite snacks for kids. It’s like a glorified version of the classic ants on a log snack. I love how cute this snail is and I think it is such a fun way to get your kids to eat some healthy fruits and vegetables.

What healthy snacks do you give your kids! Help this momma out and share them with me in the comments below!