Happy holidays! We’re busy baking, caroling, playing games, and so much more at our house, and I’m sure you are too. I wanted to share a few of my favorite holiday recipes in case you’re still scrambling for a few new additions to your holiday meal (and mountains of leftovers).
Twenty years ago my mother-in-law brought the most amazingly delicious treat to our cabin over winter break and it’s been a holiday tradition in our house ever since! Our family calls this white chocolate Chex mix “Snowy Mix.” (I’ve also heard it referred to as “White Trash” and “White Crack” as it is very addicting, but I prefer our more innocent name!) Every holiday season the kids and I gather in the kitchen and make TONS of it to give to all of our neighbors, teachers, babysitters, etc. It is super easy to make and simply packaged in clear cellophane bags and tied off with fun ribbon and a little tag, they make delightful gifts. This year I’m using our Chatbooks prints of a recent family photo for the tag and am writing a little personal note on the back of each.
4 cups Cheerios
4 cups rice or corn Chex
3 cups small pretzel twists (or pretzel sticks or the kind that look like windowpanes)
2 cups roasted salted shelled peanuts (or leave the peanuts out and it’s still delish!)
2 cups plain M&M’s
2 bags of white chocolate chips (Nestlé is my favorite brand. It melts so smoothly!)
Combine the cereals, pretzels, peanuts, and M&M’s in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Put the white chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until they are all melted and smooth. Pour the melted chocolate into the cereal mixture and stir until it is all evenly coated. Then dump it all out onto 2 pieces of parchment paper or tin foil laid out on the counter and wait for it to dry.
Garden Party Punch
My husband’s “Granny Goose,” was famous for her saying, “Hot things hot, cold things cold.” During summers in Fillmore,UT before she had air conditioning, she always had something cold to drink in her refrigerator. The following recipe was served with all of her special Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners.
1 packet of orange Kool-Aid
1 28 oz. can of peaches
1 46 oz. can of pineapple juice
1 or 2 mashed bananas
2-3 tbsp. lemon juice to taste
1 small bottle of Fresca or Sprite
Blend peaches and bananas until smooth. In a separate pitcher or punch bowl, mix Kool-Aid powder and sugar with 2 cups of warm water until the sugar dissolves. Add all other ingredients, stir, and chill. Add Fresca or Sprite just before serving.
We always like to toast Granny Goose with the first cup. 😉
Grandmother Munns’s Blueberry Salad
My Grandmother was a “good cooker” as my dad used to say as a child and this recipe of hers has been on my family’s holiday dinner table since 1946.
2 6 oz. boxes of blackberry or blueberry Jell-O
1 can of crushed pineapple
2 cups warm water
1 can of blueberries in syrup
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
⅓ cup of sugar
¾ cup of chopped walnuts
Drain fruit, reserving the juice for later, and set the juice aside. Heat the water until warm. Add Jell-O to the warm water and stir until dissolved. Chill Jell-O until almost set. Mix fruit in and chill until firm. Blend remaining ingredients until smooth and presentable. Spread the topping over the Jell-O mold and chill until solid.
Grab a spoon and enjoy!
Christmas Morning Creamed Shrimp on Toast
This recipe originated during The Great Depression when my mother’s family lived near the docks in Biloxi, Mississippi, and where they had free shrimp galore! It’s now our family tradition to feast on this every Christmas morning.
2 quarts of your favorite cream sauce
Or create the cream sauce with…
2 32 oz. boxes chicken broth
3 10 oz. cans cream of chicken soup
Milk or evaporated milk (add as necessary)
Flour to thicken
Salt and pepper to taste
Then add to cream mixture:
1 dozen hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 lb. bacon, fried crispy and crumbled
2 c (or more!) fresh shrimp cut up
4 small cans of tiny/small shrimp
White bread toast
Mix ingredients together and ladle over toast for a heavenly breakfast, anytime!
Aunt Linda’s Orange Rolls
1 container of frozen white bread dough (I usually use Rhodes Frozen Bread which makes 3 loaves)
1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
3 tbsps grated orange peel
Butter a small pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter, sugar, and grated orange peel together in a bowl. Roll dough onto a floured board. Spread the orange butter mixture evenly across the rolled dough. Roll the dough into a log and slice it into 1” rounds. Place the rounds on the buttered pan so their sides are touching. Drizzle any remaining butter mixture on top of rounds. Bake according to directions on dough package.
Besides creating a delicious feast for your loved ones, I hope your big day is full of wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Happy Holidays from our home to yours!