Starbucks Barista: What would you like today?
Me: A tall, hot, apple cider with no whipped cream and no caramel drizzle please.
Starbucks Barista: …so you want hot apple juice?
Me: Um… Yes… Please.
…hmm…I’ve spending my precious gift card money on hot juice??
As I reevaluate the way I spend my Starbucks giftcards, I’d like to share a few easy party food ideas. No fuss last minute things that would be great for Christmas but also New Years Eve or any other time you and your loved ones are gathering for some relaxing fun.
This super simple spread was what I laid out for a little Christmas PJ Party we hosted last weekend.
I loved how the house looked with a giant pile of pillows and warm glow from the fire and Christmas lights. What I didn’t love was the idea of spending a ton of time on party food. Here are my easy ideas:
Caprese skewers. I’ve never met a more well liked salad than the simple caprese. Nothing weird, kid approved. All I did was thread some large basil leaves onto a skewer with alternating tomatoes and mozzarella pearls. I sprinkled them all with salt and pepper and made sure to slice the bottom tomato in half so these would stand up straight.
Cranberry-Orange Goat Cheese Salad with Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks.
The salad is baby spinach, cranberries (mine were the ones that are pomegranate flavor), orange slices, and crumbled goat cheese with regular, store bought balsamic vinaigrette. It’s my new favorite. The chef at my preschool made a similar salad for our Christmas Party in early December and it was amazing.
The breadsticks were made from a pillsbury pizza dough. I laid the dough out flat, sliced it with a pizza wheel into sticks, twisted the sticks, and brushed them with melted butter. Before I put them in the oven, I sprinkled them with italian seasoning, garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Bake for 8 minutes at the temperature on the package.
To spice up our regular old wine glasses, I added an apple garnish made by slicing a green apple through the middle and cutting out the core with a heart shaped cookie cutter. I rubbed both sides with lemon to keep the apple from turning completely brown. These looked lovely with the lemonade-raspberry ice cubes that cooled our wine!
To make these fun ice cubes, just fill each well of an ice cube tray with any kind of fruit. Then pour over your favorite juice (I was thinking white wine sangria here so I used lemonade but apple juice would be great too).
For “dessert”, if you can call it that, I dipped marshmallows in melted dark chocolate and sprinkled them with graham cracker crumbs. They are totally addicting. Sort of obsessed now.
And Lilly helped me make “Elf Cookies” which came from a (Mom don’t read this) PACKAGE of Nestle Tollhouse refrigerated cookie dough. You know, that kind that comes in a flat brick that you are supposed to “break” apart and bake? I know, I know. How could I do such a thing?! Anyway, I cut each cookie into 4 pieces to make tiny elf cookies. If you do this, be really careful how long you bake the cookies- some of mine were a little too crispy!
Sent out another blanket last weekend that I fell completely and madly in love with. If I ever have a boy, I’m so going with this beautiful color palette.
Chain 80-100 depending on how big you want your finished blanket.
Chain one extra.
Single crochet into second chain from the hook all the way until the end. Repeat for entire skein of yarn.
Switch colors and repeat process for all 5 colors.
This blanket was done in the following colors of Vanna’s Choice yarn:
dark grey heather
mustard (two skeins)
To make a larger blanket, chain 150 to start, and use seven different colors instead of five.
(Original pattern can be found here.)