Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday Favorites - Party Food Edition

We are in full holiday mode around the Green household! Trying to get all of the shopping, wrapping, food preparations, etc., done in time for family coming into town next week. So exciting; it truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

I want to share two new dips and one new appetizer I have made recently. These recipes are all inspired from other people but I tweaked the original versions and have made them my own.  Feel free to try and customize to your liking.

The first dip is something I made to take to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. I found the recipe by way of Melanie Shankle who is my favorite author. She shared this Tex-Mex style holiday dip and man, is it tasty AND festive. It's got cilantro which some people don't care for; so, I made sure to place a sprig on top. I served it with tortilla chips. But, you could also use crackers.
Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip

My ugly sweater is a snowman, the hood has a carrot nose and button eyes. Haha! (Bonus, the mittens are pockets.)

All of our ladies group dressed up
My next dip was inspired by my recent trip to Texas. There is a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Houston are called Gringo's and they have a delicious green dip that is served with the chips and salsa. I can't really describe it. But, if you are ever in the area, you should give it a taste. If you are like me and don't live near a Gringo's restaurant, try my copycat version. 

I added a 14 oz tube of sour cream, the juice of 2 limes, one ripe avocado, one palm-full of cilantro and one tablespoon of jalapeno to my food processor. Puree all of the ingredients until smooth. Serve chilled with tortilla chips.

My last recipe is not a dip but it is a new favorite appetizer around our house. I found this on the Instagram page of Penny Struebig; she writes a blog called Penny's Passion.  As soon as I saw the picture, I knew I had to try it! I did not have the recommended Pear & Cinnamon preserves that she used. Instead, I substituted some Pear Preserves I had in my refrigerator, chopping it up a bit for the right consistency. I made 2 batches of these Pear Tartlets for my family before the LSU-UGA SEC Championship Game and they disappeared so fast!

My version of Pear Tartlets

Such a simple and tasty recipe!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends! Merry Christmas to all from the Greens!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Decorating for Christmas

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I wanted to share some of my holiday decor with you.  I started decorating inside the weekend after Thanksgiving and have finally gotten around to taking a few pics. It's been busy around here with some minor home renovation projects we're trying to complete before Christmas.  We will be sure to share more about that soon!
My grandmother ("Nanny") made this ceramic tree in the 70's and gave it to me before she passed.
 I love this tree and remember how she had it displayed on a small table in the front window of her home.
It's neat that these adorable trees are making a comeback all these years later.

Our slim Christmas tree is decorated with buffalo check,
 red and white ornaments and a snowman hat topper.
My lifelong collection of Nutcrackers displayed on our mantle.

A new Christmas Cactus from Trader Joe's. I can't wait to see it in bloom!

I have had this nativity for years and still love it so much!
 The plaque reads, "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Buffalo check runner with trees, pine cones and candles.

I found these Christopher Radko Holiday dishes at Target over 10 years ago and still love them!
 I also have the bowls and some serving pieces.

I added some small wreaths to my windows this year with some Christmas plaid ribbon.

My son gave me this adorable mini nutcracker
 last year and he is displayed in my kitchen.

Look at this cute nutcracker mug...

Rae Dunn holiday towel found at Kirkland's last year.

Spot says Merry Christmas!
He's so handsome in his scarf and made it on our Christmas card this year!