I truly love this time of year. The leaves are displaying their fall beauty, a plethra of football to watch on Saturday and Sundays and the heat of the summer is being replaced with the warmth of the fire. But then I remember old Ben Franklin and his a time changing invention and it smacks me square in the face that first day it gets dark at 4:45pm.
No thanks Benny boy, no thanks.
I quickly console myself from the early sunset with one thought: the holidays are here and that means lots of parties with delicious food. My tastebuds are instantly happy as Ashley and I begin planning all the delicacies that we shall cook.
Of course the one thing you don’t want to be, is a repeat offender. Or who wants to show up to two parties with a green bean casserole to match everyone else’s?
So when Nabisco and Publix asked us to partner with them to share their ultimate party planner site, the whole traumatizing time change thing became a distant memory as I oogled over the fun recipes that we wanted to try before sharing.
I know it seems like a lot to ask, but I’m willing to take one for the team as I try some recipes out in our own kitchen. And there wasn’t any arm twisting to get Ashley to sample the goodies that we cooked up.
The site is full of fun easy recipes to entertain with during the holiday season. We cooked up two great recipes the other night for a party and made sure to spread the love: one for the kiddos and one for the adults.
For the kids we made some fun Oreo turkeys. I mean, what’s not to love?
What you’ll need to make 6 turkeys:
• 6 OREO Cookies • 1 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted • 30 pieces candy corn • 6 chocolate malted milk balls • 6 small hot cinnamon candies
Begin by seperating each cookie, leaving all the cream filling on one half of each. Set filling-topped halves aside.
Use a small amount of melted chocolate to attach 5 candy corn pieces, pointed-sides down, to each plain cookie half for the turkey’s tail. Refrigerate 5 min. or until chocolate is firm.
Attach a malted milk ball to center of each filling-topped cookie half with melted chocolate for the turkey’s body. Use dot of melted chocolate to attach cinnamon candy to each body for the head. (I stuck them in the freeze
Attach the turkey tails to bodies with remaining melted chocolate. Refrigerate until firm.
Instant fun with the littles.
Another great super simple mouth watering recipe is the apple pie dip.
What you will need:
• 1 tub (8 oz.) reduced-fat cream cheese spread • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice • 1 apple, chopped, divided • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans • WHEAT THINS Original Snacks
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
While the oven is heating, mix the cream cheese, sugar and spice in medium bowl until well blended, then stir in half the apples.
Next spread into pie plate or small casserole dish; top with remaining apples, cheddar and nuts.
Bake for 10 to 12 min. or until heated through. Serve with WHEAT THINS.
The truth is, we thought this one was for the adults, but when our littlest tried it with a full mouth he immediately exclaimed, “I like it!”
We hope you have a great start to to the holiday season, and would love to hear what you try so we can add it to our collection!