With family visiting for the holidays, we have lots of food planned for the next few weeks.
This weekend is no exception, we are finally decorating our tree. Finally!
So I am planning a menu. I'm thinking maybe hot roast beef sandwiches and some brie and crackers, and something with fruit... I know, this sounds like a lot of trouble for just decorating the tree, but I have found that making an EVENT (key the music) out of something that really doesn't take a lot of time, keeps my teen and young adult children IN THE MOMENT for just a little longer.
One of the dips I am thinking of making is Hot Spinach and Artichoke:
It is delicious, but it is a little overload on the Spinach is you aren't already a big fan.
For this you need:
1/2 pound of cooked bacon, crumbled
8 oz cream cheese
1 package frozen chopped Spinach (thawed/drained)
1 can marinated Artichoke hearts (drained)
1 cup Parmesan cheese
8 oz sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
Mix the cream cheese, beating until creamy. Add all other ingredients and mix until smooth.
Bake at 400 degrees (preheated) for about 20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
I am definitely going to have veggies, too.
I love to play with veggies. ALL of my kids love them like this (NOT the hubby)... I made this last week and they ate almost all of it before the family came over. I am going to put it out again this week long before I put out the roast beef. That way they will be sure to eat their vegetables!
Finally, I think the best thing I'm going to enjoy when we're decorating the tree will be
Double Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies!
These photos were taken by my daughter, Sarah, who will be making these cookies for me again this weekend, when she is home from college. YUM, can't wait!
To see Sarah, I mean.