my december menu

Here’s a glimpse of some dishes I made during this past December. Lots of keeper recipes!!!

pumpkin cake

spiced pumpkin cake | Another successful recipe from the Real Simple cookbook. You know I’m not much of a baker but this cake was simple and delicious. Plus it looks pretty.

FOOD

almond bark with pretzels, M&Ms, & craisins | There is no recipe required for almond bark. It’s as easy as hitting start on your microwave. I melted vanilla almond bark until it was spreadable and smooth, then I dropped a fun collection of goodies on top. Make sure to put down wax paper and I topped with wax paper so I could push the goodies into the bark. Refrigerate to set the bark and break into pieces for serving. This combo was pretty delicious… salty and sweet, my favorite!

sesame noodles

sesame noodles | These noodles are a perfect compliment to any meal or as a meal themselves. I like to make it when I have leftover steak or chicken to put on top. I use whole wheat spaghetti to make it a little healthier. These noddles are good hot or cold too. I love them!

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slow-cooker lemon garlic chicken | This is hands down the EASIEST slow cooker meal I’ve ever made. I made this for a work potluck so I used all chicken legs rather than a whole chicken for easier serving. The results were so so good especially for how easy it was to put together. I highly recommend this recipe. On a side note, it will make your house smell DELICIOUS.

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roasted garlic-parmigiano broccoli | This recipe was a quick favorite at my house (and on pinterest). The butter alone is worth saving this recipe. I think it’d be good on anything: rolls, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, the possibilities are endless.

everything hummus | I’ve made this a few times now because it’s so ridiculously good and easy. If you’re in a time pinch, just buy store bought hummus and top it with this “everything” topping and it’s still ridiculously good. I love everything bagels and I love hummus, so putting the two together is simply delicious. One of those things that I’m mad I didn’t think of it myself!

pears with blue cheese & walnuts | Super easy appetizer that looks pretty fancy. I made this for a girls night and for Christmas dinner and it was a hit both times.  Just be sure to buy block blue cheese rather than crumbled (like me) so that it will stick to the pear!

slow-cooker chicken and biscuits | This is a recipe from my Real Simple cookbook (which is our cookbook club book this year). ¬†Everything I’ve tried from this cookbook has been , as promised, easy and delicious. This slow-cooker meal was very good and a hearty meal especially paired with the homemade biscuits.

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minestrone with chicken meatballs | In December two of my favorite friends came down with a nasty cold and I wanted to get them well before our New Years party! I offered to make some soup and simultaneously opened my Bon Appetit magazine and found this chicken meatball minestrone. It was a unique take on chicken and noodles and I thought it’d be a good “feel better” soup. It was really tasty and packed full of veggies. I will definitely be making this again!

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2 Responses to “my december menu”

  1. February 14, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Glad you enjoyed my pear & bleu cheese appetizer! It’s such a simple snack too!

    • daisi
      March 21, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      Yes! I love it, such a great idea!

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