Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #126 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
…and this week we wish you all the best in 2017! Happy (almost) New Year!
My family has a long-standing tradition that began when our kids were little. We (the parents involved) were feeling a little sorry for ourselves as we reminisced about BC (before children) New Year’s Eves when we “got” to go out. With young kids who needed a semi-decent bed time, those days were long gone…
And then we decided to do a family sleepover! The plan was to alternate homes each year and host a family New Year’s Eve party. No travel on the roads, and plenty of uninterrupted talk time (for the moms), game time (for the dads and kiddos) and eating time (for all). What a blast! We hunker down with plenty of food – no sit-down dinners, just all night grazing. Sometimes we’ll invite other families over. (That was a wonderful tweak after our dear friends moved away, allowing us to meet their new friends, too.) We’ve been doing this for the past 20-or-so years now, despite our oldest kids “up and marrying” and moving away, or in college and getting lives of their own.
You may not have any New Year’s traditions, but may I encourage you to establish some sort of holiday tradition at some point? Believe me: it’s never too late to start! Kids thrive on habit and pattern and a certain amount of predictability. It helps them mark time and feel secure and comfortable in their surroundings.
A new tradition of sorts we’re in the process of establishing is a Word of the Year. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and my kids have seen how it has personally impacted me. As they’re all in middle- and high-school now (at least the ones still at home), I’ve encouraged them to discover a Word of their own. Even though you may have younger ones, I do believe that younger kids could do this. Even older elementary school-aged kids could benefit from the process of thinking about, praying over and discussing the idea. It would be a great topic for a family conversation!
If you give it a shot, I’d love to hear how it goes. Either way, wishing you a Happy New Year, friends 🙂
Now, on to our features!
In honor of all the snacking we like to do during New Year’s eve, our features seem to all be foodie related, starting with…
OK, even though Christmas is “over”, doesn’t this look so festive? And it’s easy-peasy – she even has a time-lapse video showing her making one! From Jennifer at JenniferPriest.com
Every Christmas we skip the traditional dinner and make cheese and cold cut platters, sandwiches, and veggie plates in the tradition of my husband’s family. Cheese and meat arranged into shapes is one of the best things ever! This Thanksgiving, we made a turkey shaped cheese plate and I thought, you know, that would be super cute for Christmas too. Well, not a turkey! Since I am working really hard to stay on a paleo diet, I had to make sure there were options for me on these holiday cheese plates. Here’s how I accomplished that with this Christmas Tree Cheese Plate.
Sure, Marilyn calls these bloopers, mostly I think because her photos have gotten SO much better over time. But don’t be led to think the same about the cookies! I’ve made a few of the recipes she’s shared with us, and even tho I haven’t tried all these cookie recipes, I have a hard time believing that ANY of them are bloopers. From Marilyn at Marilyn’sTreats.
With all the images of the perfect cookie going around the internet, I almost didn’t publish this collection. But I figured why not. This collection shows my cookie victories, tips, and my cookie bloopers. Unfortunately, the bloopers list is a bit longer than my victories. This Ultimate Cookie List was compiled from my archive of Holiday Cookies appearing on Marilyns Treats. Scroll through the list and laugh along with me at some of these photos.
Hmmm, I might leave out the “sticky”, too. And Jan explains just how to do it. But other than that I can’t wait to present these gems to my friends on New Year’s Eve! From Jan at Frugal in Florida.
The holidays are upon us and I don’t know about you but it’s also known as Appetizer Season in my house! That’s why you’ve been seeing quite a few posts with appetizers (oh, yeah, and soup, because I’m still waiting for cooler weather here!)
I made these the first time when I was having a girls night and freaked out when I
realized thought that I wouldn’t have enough food to go around … how silly of ME …
Alternate feature – Shredded Salsa Chicken – InstantPot Style (I don’t have an InstantPot, but the recipe looks like a keeper, anyway!
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