Christmas Tree Quesadillas

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

I love trying to come up with fun and festive savory appetizers and snacks for holidays. So many holiday-themed foods center around desserts. I don’t know about you guys, but I like a good balance, even during the holidays.

I was inspired to make these little Christmas Tree Quesadillas from these. Quesadillas are just easy to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients.

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

My plan was to initially stuff these with cheese and toast them on the stove like an actual quesadilla, but then I figured if they got cold, they might not taste quite as good, so I opted for a cold filling.

The filling is just cream cheese, a little bit of salsa, and cheddar cheese. You’ll spread that mixture onto whole tortillas and then slice them into small triangles and then you get to decorate!

I like to use the small fajita-sized tortillas. I wouldn’t recommend anything bigger, otherwise, they may not be very sturdy on the toothpicks making them difficult to hold.

Christmas Tree Quesadillas

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

You guys, what happened to the month of December? How is Christmas already in one week?!

This month totally got away from me. I felt like I was ahead of the game on finishing my Christmas shopping and baking, but now I’m starting to feel the pressure to get everything done! It’s officially crunch time and I’ve also got three more Christmas recipes to squeeze in this week!

Just in case you are feeling behind on your holiday baking schedule like me, these slice and bake sugar cookies are the perfect recipe to get things going!

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

While I love letting my kids decorate the good ol’ cut-out sugar cookies, they can be quite time consuming. I love these slice and bake sugar cookies for cookie trays where you might want to include a sugar cookie, but don’t want to spend all the time decorating them!

Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

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Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Entertaining is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. I love bringing people together around a table of delicious food and of course, good drinks! The holidays are such a busy time and I’m always running around like a crazy person shopping for gifts and parties. If I can find everything I need to entertain in just one stop, I’m all about it.

I never knew that you can buy wine at Dollar General! They offer a great selection of wine and beers and at a great price! And I was really happy to see that they carry one of my favorite affordable wines – Barefoot!

It was so easy for me to grab everything I needed including the wine and other snacks for my party spread for a holiday gathering I recently hosted. You can also pick up serving dishes and other party supplies at Dollar General without blowing your budget!

I was also asked by my friends at Dollar General to create a holiday wine pairing recipe for you guys!

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

 
Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Nuts are always a great choice for pairing with wines. And for the holidays, you can serve these dark chocolate cinnamon almonds on a cheese board, a dessert tray with strawberries or cookies. You can also package them up in a cute jar with some ribbon in a lovely gift basket with a couple of bottles of Barefoot wine and you’ve got the perfect gift!

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Almonds generally pair well with Chardonnay so I went with that as my white wine and Pinot Noir as the red as it is perfect with the dark chocolate and cinnamon flavors. You can’t go wrong here!

The best part of these almonds is that they are so simple to make! You just need 4 ingredients: almonds, good quality dark chocolate, ground cinnamon, and some sea salt.

Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Almonds

Vegetarian Chorizo Breakfast Strata

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Vegetarian Chorizo Breakfast Strata

One of my most favorite things about the holidays is having house guests or visiting with family. Nothing makes my heart feel more full than having a home filled with loved ones and of course, feeding them delicious food!

I like to make a big breakfast on Christmas morning. It’s such a busy day and I’m usually more focused on prepping the big fancy dinner and skip lunch so having a good filling breakfast is the perfect way to kick off the day! But, of course, the morning is all about opening gifts, going to church, etc. so who has the time to make a big fancy breakfast?

Vegetarian Chorizo Breakfast Strata

I am ALL about prepping whatever I possibly can the night before so all I have to do in the morning is stick it in the oven! And a strata totally fits the bill here.

Vegetarian Chorizo Breakfast Strata

Thanks to my friends at Morning Star Farms and their Chorizo Crumbles, this breakfast strata is seriously my new favorite breakfast dish for some delicious veggie cuisine! The Chorizo Crumbles add a flavorful and a little spicy kick to the strata and lots of flavor (and they give you 9 grams of plant-based protein!).

Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria

It’s almost the weekend and what better way to end the week than with a good cocktail recipe?! I love sangria. I mean, if you guys know me but at all, you probably already know this.

I can’t believe I haven’t made a holiday/Christmas sangria yet! I’ve made caramel apple sangria and cranberry sangria, but this sangria is more holiday-ish. I know, I’m so eloquent.

Holiday Sangria

You just need three ingredients for the sangria: wine (duh), sparkling apple cider, and some brandy. You can use regular apple cider, but I personally prefer the fizz that the sparkling cider adds.

For the fruit, I like to add diced apples, pomegranate seeds, and thinly sliced oranges. A cinnamon stick for the final garnish just adds that last touch of warm coziness! To kick it up a notch, you can also do a cinnamon sugar rim on your glasses. If you want to add a touch of green, you can use some green apples along with the red (leave the skin on), or a sprig of rosemary. Cranberries would also work well.

This is the perfect party punch that you can easily double or triple in a big punch bowl or pitcher for your upcoming holiday parties!

Holiday Sangria

French Onion Chicken Skillet

French Onion Chicken Skillet

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a good dinner recipe. The last few weeks have been all about holiday side dishes and treats, but I am interrupting the holiday recipe fun to bring you guys a seriously delicious and easy weeknight meal!

French Onion Soup is most definitely one of my most favorite soups of all time. That flavorful and silky broth with tender onions! And of course, the best part – that cheesy topping! What’s not to love?!

I was going to make some french onion soup, but then thought about transforming it into a chicken dish instead and voila! This is one of those recipes that is not very pretty or easy to photograph, but I can promise you it is absolutely delicious.

French Onion Chicken Skillet

The other thing I love about this recipe is that it’s all made in one pan which means less clean up! To make the recipe, you will saute some thin chicken breasts until browned.

Then comes the caramelizing! Truth be told, caramelizing onions is actually a process that should take hours. But, who has that kind of time? Not me! I give these about 15 minutes in the pan and find that they are perfectly tender and golden. After you mix up a quick sauce, the chicken is topped with cheese and put under the broiler to get all perfectly melted!

I like to mix up extra sauce for this recipe. I like having extra because it’s great for pouring over side dishes. This chicken would be great with mashed potatoes or roasted veggies!

French Onion Chicken Skillet