Contributed by: Colleen Langenfeld
Every year someone in my family faces the same simple dilemma. They are invited to a holiday feast and asked to bring a dish to share. I used to fumble around looking for the perfect holiday recipe. After a few years of that I came to my senses and compiled my fast and favorite list of holiday recipe ideas.
Now, no more fumbling. Folks in my family can just grab an idea and be out the door PDQ, as my mom used to say. (That's 'pretty darn quick' for you novices.)
See if any of these ideas will work for you.
Potluck Holiday Recipe Ideas
Holiday Recipe Appetizers
Repeat after me... cream cheese is my friend. This stuff is so versatile you'll do yourself a favor keeping it on hand all the time.
Start with a block of cream cheese (we like the low fat kind) and drizzle one of the following over the top.
You can also slice the cream cheese brick first for a pretty presentation (do this with a sharp knife and while the cheese is still cold). Either way works.
Serve these tasty appetizers as a spread for crackers.
Holiday Recipe Ideas You Can Use As Handmade Gifts
If you're like me, you love to give little gifts that are personal. But spending all day in the kitchen (or worse, DAYS in the kitchen), is just not in my schedule. So I've collected a few super-fast-but-still-handmade gifts that always get plenty of oohs and aahs.
My kids like to help with these recipes, too, so they have gifts to give their friends that are greatly appreciated but don't cost very much.
Wrap Up In A Cute Bag Or Mug To Give Away
Ummmm. I'm getting hungry. How about you?
Use these holiday recipe ideas to spin off creative ideas of your own. and keep on give, give, giving.
Colleen Langenfeld shares her 25 years of parenting experience with busy moms at http://www.paintedgold.com . Get a grab-bag of holiday party theme ideas and throw parties together FAST without all the work. Sign up here: http://www.paintedgold.com/Seasonal/party-ideas-optin.html
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