There’s a chill in the air, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like the holiday season! One of my favorite things about this time of year is getting together with friends and family. Good food, delicious beverages, and the best company — what could be better, right? Well, maybe. Hosting a big dinner party can be stressful and expensive, especially if you only do it sometimes or never have, for that matter. Everything from selecting the right recipes to timing the completion of each dish can be a challenge! Enter the grazing table ideas to keep things simple and guests snacking all party long.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.
While I have a few hosted meals under my belt, I wanted to share a hit that’s been a part of nearly any event I’ve ever hosted – a grazing table! It is perfect whether you’re serving the full meal deal or want to host a “board” party allowing guests to snack throughout! I love making grazing tables and boards because even the pickiest eater is sure to find something they like.
Plus, if you are hard at work in the kitchen, grazing boards keep guests occupied and out of your way. The first time I hosted Christmas Brunch for our families at our new-to-us home, nearly every time I turned around, someone was popping their head into the kitchen. While it was nice they wanted to help; I find it incredibly stressful and distracting! When I started putting out a grazing board when guests began to arrive, this phenomenon suddenly vanished. Guess they were hoping for a snack!
With your sanity in mind, read on for my tips and tricks for easy holiday grazing board ideas!
It’s just beginning to feel like fall, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to embrace the delicious flavors of autumn. No, I don’t mean pumpkin spice! I’m talking about apple crisp fresh out of the oven, and creamy, delicious comfort foods to fill you up and make you feel all warm and cozy inside as temps slowly but surely drop. I’m thrilled to partner with ANGOSTURA® bitters again this season to share how you can make two twists on classic and delicious fall dishes, incorporating the brand’s signature aromatic bitters to enhance flavors, of course!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ANGOSTURA bitters. All opinions are my own!
As the leaves begin to change, it’s only fitting to dust off the recipe books and cook up some old fall favorites. This season, why not try a new culinary ingredient as well? ANGOSTURA bitters, known for their use in cocktails, are also a simple way to add complexity and flavor to dishes, from sweet to savory! Even better, ANGOSTURA® aromatic and orange bitters are sodium free, gluten free, vegan and kosher, making them easy to incorporate within a number of culinary genres and dietary preferences.
Sponsored Post: I am being compensated by Linqia in partnership with Pure Earth Juice for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed an onslaught of smoothie photos recently. I had a few on vacation and basically got addicted (again). Smoothies used to be my snack of choice after class in high school. I would come home and experiment with all sorts of recipes. My favorite was chocolate peanut butter and frozen yogurt smoothies, but I also liked trying my hand at mixing and matching fruit flavors.
These days, I try to pick smoothies that incorporate veggies too. With the recent kale fad, I’ve definitely had my fair share of super dark, green smoothies… but I’ve never made these at home. When Del Monte reached out and asked if I’d fit their new juice products into my morning routine I couldn’t say no. It just made perfect sense – it gave me an excuse to craft up all sorts of new smoothie recipes AND would help me get back on track to eating healthy. Vacations are good at derailing that. I also decided it was as good of a time as any to ditch our old blender and get a new one. What can I say, any excuse to shop.
I’m starting small; for these, I grabbed a bag of spinach, some new Del Monte Pure Earth Juice, and some other goodies and made a couple of batches that shouldn’t scare those who have yet to jump into the green smoothie fad. These are just greenish. ;)
I’m so excited to bring you a delicious recipe today from Johanna of Our Joyful Home. She always inspires me with her delicious food and drink recipes, she’s got a great sense of style, and she’s a fellow PNW-er! Give her some love and definitely give this recipe a try. I mean, how could you not?