I have always loved the holidays because I have a big family. We normally have 40 or so people at each holiday event. Not much beats, family, food, and a lot of great fellowship. My grandfather was a chef in the army so he taught my dad how to cook, who taught me along with my mom. So a passion for food runs deep in our family and it’s our love language. There is a recipe for crescent rolls that only my grandmother knows how to make. So when we heard we were moving to Colorado, she taught me how to make them. 4 years later I have finally mastered the 2 day long process.
And while I relish these recipes that take hours and hours to whip up, I also like some that don’t take as long but have the same sentimental value. I can’t remember a Thanksgiving without a potato dish. So this year I made a Cajun potatoes au gratin from Betty Crocker. I am originally from Louisiana so we always add spice to our dishes. So whether your dishes take 2 days or 20 minutes to make, the most important thing about the holidays is that you are together with the people you love.
The Betty Crocker Au Gratin potato recipe is already stellar so I only added Cajun seasoning to ours. Most grocery stores will have Cajun seasoning. Just look for it in the spice aisle.
Just follow the directions on the box and once you put everything in your dish, then just sprinkle some Cajun seasoning on top and bake!
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Yesterday started out like a normal Sunday but it took a sudden turn when my oldest got sick. I was already on my way to Walmart and decided I needed to get in and out as quick as I could to relieve my husband from taking care of my sick son. When I was in Walmart, I headed straight to the deli to purchase a prepared meal. When my kids are sick, the last thing I have time to do is to cook an entire meal. Plus my family practically lives on Walmart deli rotisserie chickens so I knew they would enjoy this meal too!
I grabbed a Rotisserie chicken, Potato salad, Coleslaw, and Breadsticks all right from in the deli as well as a 2L of Coca Cola. For the Coca Cola, I found that on an endcap and also in the soda aisle.
This year Coca-Cola has teamed up with The Salvation Army and Walmart by providing a meal for families in need for every prepared deli meal with Coca-Cola purchased at Walmart during November and December. They will support Coca-Cola at Walmart in providing a meal to families through The Salvation Army. By using the hashtag #GiveHappiness and sharing a picture of your own family enjoying Coca-Cola and a prepared meal from Walmart Deli, you can help spread awareness about this program. So tell your family, friends and everyone on your social media.
I had a whole dinner planned out tonight for our family. Then when another child came down with the sickness, our family dinner at the table ended up with me feeding the kids in their beds. So I had an idea to share with you what my table setting was going to look like for dinner with the family and how I made a fun take home if you are having guests over.
First I made a DIY wooden candle holder with fallen wood right in our backyard! You will need to find one with branches that can hold a tea light. My husband sawed it down to look like this shape.
Next he got a drill bit like the one in this pictures and carved out little holes for the candles. Once you have all the holes drilled just drop in your tea light. Then set these on your table. When your guests are about to leave, surprise them and tell them they get to take one home! These are so easy to make it only takes about 5 minutes per candle holder. So it’s an easy and inexpensive take-home gift for your dinner guests.
Another touch you can add to your table is a no-sew burlap tablecloth. They sell burlap by the roll and I just bought some red burlap ribbon. I spread the burlap on the table like a table runner then cut the ribbon long enough for a big bow! Super easy and inexpensive.
And when you’re enjoying your Coca-Cola, take advice from me and drink it out of a copper mug. These mugs, when filled with a cold drink, will keep your drink colder than you thought possible! It’s so refreshing.
Who are you going to enjoy a Walmart Deli meal and cold Coca-Cola with?
*I was given a gift card to facilitate this post and all opinions are my own. I was selected to participate in the 12 Days of Gatherings Catering Campaign as a member of the Chick-Fil-A mom’s panel.
Let’s just say Chick-Fil-A is a family favorite of ours…if it was a person, we would be best friends. Well we pretty much are besties since I spend so much time there. So as a member of the Chick-Fil-A mom’s panel, I got the opportunity to participate in the 12 Days of Gatherings and was offered a gift card to grab some yummy food from their catering menu. In full disclosure I thought to myself we would invite as few friends over as possible so I could enjoy the maximum amount of Chick-Fil-A as possible.
But then I had an idea. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this is the season of giving, I decided to put my selfish wishes to the side and use this opportunity for a bigger purpose and Thanks-GIVE IT FORWARD.
At our church, Red Rocks Church, my husband and I are a part of a ministry called Celebrate Recovery (A faith-based 12 step recovery program for anyone with hurts, hangups or habits). I think that covers everyone on the planet. It’s every Friday night at Red Rocks. At most Celebrate Recoveries you will be greeted with a meal before the meeting. Our CR is brand new and we don’t have the budget to feed everyone who attends yet. So we decided we would use this Chick-Fil-A meal to feed the leaders. I wanted to feed everyone who attends but I wasn’t sure if we would have enough food so I focused on getting enough food for our 10 leaders and of course my 4 hungry kids.
The ordering process could not have been easier! I kept forgetting to order the food ahead of time and waited until the day of to order. I just knew they wouldn’t be able to fulfill my order but I went online anyway to check out their menu.
Go here to check out their menu yourself! You can choose which location you want to order from and side note some even deliver!
Choose what time you want to pick up your order and pay for it! Since I was using a gift card I had to call in to order. They could not have been nicer even for the crazy lady ordering the day of the event! They even thanked me and said, “Yes ma’am!” You don’t here that a lot here in Colorado.
Then they called me back a few hours later to see if I wanted free plates and cutlery?! So a little shout out to the Chick-Fil-A in Littleton, CO who went above and beyond for me and my event!
When going to pick up my order, I asked if I could pick it up through the drive-thru since I didn’t want to drag 4 kids inside. They said absolutely as long as I call 10 minutes ahead of time to give them a little notice. When I arrived my food was not only ready but piping hot even though I was 10 minutes late.
Now for a fun little twist. I am pretty sure you can’t get anything better than chicken mini’s at Chick-Fil-A. But if you have ever had chicken and waffles you know they are delicious! So I made some chicken and waffles with the Chick-Fil-A Nugget tray!
They were super easy! Just grab a box of frozen mini waffles and cook according to the package. Get some toothpicks and add a waffle, then chicken nugget, then another waffle and serve with honey or syrup!
And after all the leaders finished eating we had MORE than enough food. So we were able to offer the rest of the food to anyone who came that night. I was really surprised how much food we were able to get and that we were able to feed more than what I planned for.
So for this holiday season I challenge you to be apart of Thanks-GIVING IT FORWARD. Paying it forward is amazing. But not everyone has the money or resources to dig out of their own pocket. So when a opportunity comes forward to include someone or to bless others, take it and run with it! If you GIVE IT FORWARD use the hashtag #ThanksGIVINGItForward so I can see it! And if you’re having a get together for the holidays remember Chick-Fil-A has the best catering menu you could ask for and customer service that is top of the line.
Thank you so much Chick-Fil-A for letting me be apart of Thanks-GIVING IT FORWARD. I hope you and your family have an amazing holiday season and remember to Give it Forward.
Don’t these cookies look to delicious to eat? When I first saw them I thought I bet they are pretty but how good do they really taste?? Hmmm so good I can’t make them very often or I will gobble all of them up! The cookies almost taste like a shortbread cookie and you have the option of spreading jelly or nutella in the middle and boy does that take these to another level.
I made these for my kids first day of school for their teachers and I think they would be great for baby or wedding showers or any special occasion.
I am not going to do a step by step recipe since if you have made cookies before, these should be easy. Below are the directions then head down a little bit farther for a few tips on making these.
This was my cookie decorating station. I made the cookies, then let them cool. Divide the milk up like explained in the recipe above then tint your milk yellow and pink. Don’t add to much red or it will be red and not pink. Paint some yellow and pink on each cookie then dip in sugar. Try to use as less of the tinted milk as you can or you will have soggy cookies.
Now for the fun part! Half of the cookies we filled with strawberry jelly (or you can use peach but I didn’t have any on hand) and half we filled with nutella. Both were yummy and we couldn’t decide which was better. Once you have painted and sugared the cookies, spread either jelly or nutella on one inside of a cookie and smash together with another. Put a mint leaf in for show and you are done!
I didn’t eat the mint leaves in mine, I just used them for decorating.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.
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We love peanut butter in our house so we were pretty excited to try out the new Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter. I have really been trying to make my kids food more fun because they will eat more when I do. So today for an after-school snack I decided on spider-wiches. Fall is in full swing here so what better way to eat a PB&J than when it looks like a spider?
These are so easy to make and your kids will gobble them up. I even had to have one myself because it looked so good. The Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter is creamy with a BIT OF CRUNCH and has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. And don’t worry when you open this peanut butter, there is no need to stir it! It seriously looks like someone came to my house, ground up some peanuts and put it in a jar in my pantry. But don’t worry just because it’s chunky does not mean it’s hard to spread on your bread! In fact, it’s so easy to spread without tearing your bread.
Go to Walmart and scope out the peanut butter aisle. Look for the Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter near the other Peter Pan® Peanut Butter’s.
First you cut your bread into circles. It’s best using a circle cookie cutter but when I am in a pinch, I use a large rimmed glass. It works pretty good! But I finally found my biscuit cutters so I used those for today! I had a small and large one so I used both so I could get 2 circles out of 1 piece of bread.
Next put Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter on one side and your choice of jelly on the other. I always go with strawberry jelly instead of grape but any kind will do.
Next stick some pretzels on both sides for the legs.
For the smaller sandwiches, I broke the pretzels in half for the legs.
Lastly put some raisins on the tip for the eyes! However when I went to go find my raisins, I found out they were all gone, so I used chocolate chips! Either will work. Then you are done!
After making your Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter Spider-wiches, then you can grab the kids to make this fun spider web hand-painted printable! Just click the link below to print out the spider web printable.
Next grab your paint of choice and some sweet little hands.
Dip the kids hands in the paint and put on the paper, back to back. Let dry then hang on the fridge.
What is your favorite Peanut Butter flavor? Take the fun quiz here: http://cbi.as/vyn6 plus you can also get a coupon and access to more peanut butter recipes! Yummy!