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We’ve got tips and tricks for Holiday Entertaining Made Easy! Everything you need to get you through the hectic holidays!
Well, we’re in the home stretch now guys. Christmas presents bought (mostly), party invitations sent, menus planned. It’s that whirlwind time during the holidays where everything is just about to happen and you have to figure out how you are going to manage it all. It ain’t easy but someone’s got to do it. Right? The problem being the hostess during the holidays is sometimes you miss out on the important things, like spending time with friends and family. So today we’ve got a whole list of recipes and products that are going to make holiday entertaining a little easier!
First off let’s get real. The holidays can get messy, and by that I mean you’re going to have a lot of people including many small children using your bathrooms and washing their hands. This awesome Simplehuman Foam Cartridge Sensor Pump & Soaps is new in my house and we are loving it! It is touch-free foam soap so no germs and smudges from lots of little (and big) hands on it and it has a cool click-in cartridge system to make refills fast, easy, and totally messfree. Even my 6 year old can do it! They have a wide range of soaps and scents so it’s easy to find one that the whole family will like. It’s been awesome so far and I know it is going to get a work out during the holidays!
This is a total lifesaver during the holidays. We shared our love for Annie’s Organic products with you when we made our Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese (yum!!) and we always have Annie’s snack products in the house for the kids to munch on. With a house full of people for the holidays someone is always hungry and Annie’s Homegrown Chicken Noodle soup is a quick and easy way to feed the kids lunch or make dinner for a picky eater. Annie’s classic chicken noodle soup recipe is packed with egg noodles, organic chicken and yummy veggies like carrots and celery. Plus, it’s Certified Organic and made with only wholesome ingredients, so you won’t find any artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives, added MSG or yeast extract hiding inside. It is the perfect solution for keeping the kids (or adults) fed when you’re busy prepping holiday meals.
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Speaking of keeping everyone fed you’ve gotta have munchies for those long road trips on the way to grandma’s house! These Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals are one of my guys favorite things to snack on they are fun and healthy snacks that help satisfy your sweet tooth. They come in four flavors that totally deliver the taste of the tropics and they come in re-sealable bags so you can carry them with you anywhere. The Sunsweet Pacific Philippine Green Mango is my favorite!
You can also make these awesome breakfast bars with the Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals Thai Coconut. Healthy and delicious! Download a Coupon for $1 off (1) Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals products and give them a try!
The kids need something to drink with their soup and Ella’s Kitchen The Red One Pouches and Strawberry Lemonade Juice Boxes are made of only certified USDA organic squished strawberries, raspberries, apples and bananas with nothing else, not even water! It is a tasty smoothie that they will love. My kids love these and they make my life so easy because they can grab their own out of the fridge when they need them. Perfect for keeping a house full of kids happy :).
Another better-for-you snack alternative during the holidays is Snack Factory® Original Pretzel Crisps®. I love these things! They are good all on their own but they are even better on a simple cheese tray or alongside a creamy dip.
You can even use them as a substitute for breadcrumbs in a recipe. Pretzel Crisps are available in dozens of savory and sweet flavors, and also in several Gluten Free varieties so everyone can enjoy them. I think this Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip sounds like an awesome dessert for Christmas Eve.
LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo is one of those things we always keep in the house. We gave up drinking soda several years ago and LaCroix sparkling water has been a great substitute. It has no sodium, no caffeine, no calories, no fat, no sweeteners and it is non-GMO, kosher, Paleo and Whole 30 Friendly. That makes it a drink that just about everyone can enjoy!
It is great for making mocktails on New Year’s Eve too! There are so many flavors to choose from and lots of awesome mocktail recipes on the LaCroix site but since LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo is our current favorite I’ll be making this LaCroix Cúrate Grapefruit Pear Sparkler. Doesn’t it look good?
Christmas dinner is obviously on the menu but when you plan to have guests at your house for several days you need to have some easy dinners lined up. That doesn’t mean you can’t still impress your guests though! Wild Garden Quick Marinades + Heat and Serve Pilafs come in three authentic marinades and three tasty pilafs, blended with over 13 spices and oils. In only ten minutes, you can marinate your meats and bake, grill, fry or roast them. Marinades range from spit roasted Shawarma to traditional Turkish fare and an exotic Persian blend with garlic, sumac, and fennel. In just 90 seconds the Heat and Serve Pilafs create mouth-watering side dishes that are appetizing on their own, mixed into a salad, or paired with a marinated protein. Pilafs include Bulgur cooked in tomato sauce and herbs, Couscous with chickpeas in a zesty tomato sauce, and Rice and Lentil made with basmati rice and caramelized onions. You can find lots of easy recipes on wildgarden.com/recipes .
You’re going to need something to cook all of that food in. The Cookware & Co 10 inch Pan & Bamboo Turner is ceramic non-stick cookware that is perfect for crispy frying and evenly browning because of excellent heat conduction. It has no toxic chemicals: no PFOA, no PFAS, no lead, no cadmium and you can use less oil than you usually would for all of your cooking. The best part is that is a super easy to clean so after dinner you have less work!
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Hope you found some of these tips and tricks for making holiday entertaining a little easier. Enjoy being the host of hostess this holiday season but don’t forget to find time to enjoy your friends and family!