What’s Cooking: Holiday Edition

Even though Mitchell and I spend our holidays bouncing around from family to family and house to house and never formally host a party  (unless it’s for our friends — I’ll get to that later) we still manage to cook and bake as if we were hosting!

Today I’m sharing with you what we have made thus far this holiday season and what we are planning to make for this week’s festivities!

Sunday we went to our annual family bunch (which I totally look forward to all year because, um, it’s BRUNCH) and we contributed Pumpkin Coffee Cake. It’s become a favorite in our household — I’ve made it no less than 6 times since October. I doubled the recipe to feed the crowd and let’s just say, it could have stayed in the oven a little longer. However, it was still scrumptious!

That night I longed for something not quite as sweet. Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas fell off our menu last week and onto Sunday (which I’m not complaining) due to some unripe avocados *whomp whomp*. Prepped and cooked within 30 minutes, my favorite kind of meal.

Last night we kept things light and dined on one of our favorite big salads (Seinfeld, anyone?): Chinese Chicken Salad. Totally hit the spot and wasn’t too heavy at all.

Chinese Chicken Salad - Restaurant quality that you can easily make right at home, except it's healthier and a million times tastier!

Today I’m headed to my Christmas work party where I’m bringing Peppermint Mocha Cookies.  I sampled one last night after I made them and they have just the perfect amount of peppermint. Since they were so delightful I will also be bringing these to our Christmas dinner celebration with my side of the family. I’m also making Creme Brulee for our fancy Christmas dinner dessert, too! I can’t wait to bust out the torch!

Instagram media molly.packard - peppermint mocha cookies for coworker cookie exchange! 🤗🍪🎄 #tistheseason #sallysbakingaddiction

And what’s Christmas without a small appetizer?  Roasted Garlic and Bacon Dip will also be made! My mom is hosting Christmas dinner so I offered to bring a small dish. I’ve already made it once before and it was a huge hit! You roast a whole head of garlic and mix it with cheese and bacon, how could you go wrong?!

Creamy warm spinach dip made with roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and parmesan cheese. This dip was gone in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Even though we don’t host a family Christmas, we host a Friendsmas party with our nearest and dearest friends from high school. This year, our Friendsmas celebration falls right when the Hoosiers are playing in the Pinstripe Bowl, so we are keeping things simple and football food friendly. Here’s what we have planned so far:

And after all that eating I think I will be ready for a diet overhaul come next week.

Merry Christmas to you and yours! ♥

Instagram media molly.packard - christmas kisses for my sweet girl. 💚😚 #dogmom #rescuedog

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