‘Tis the Season

Is it just me or did the really late Thanksgiving just throw the normal holiday rush into super sonic speed?

Today is December 20th. Christmas is in 5 days. I was out for almost 4 hours last night running errands and am still not done with all of the things I need to do.

What does an ulcer feel like? Does chocolate help one? Cause that’s what I’m doing – eating chocolate as a coping mechanism. At least until I get home. Then I break out the hard stuff – wine ice cream.

If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a holiday tizzy and stretched a bit thin running from party to party feeling guilty for considering a bag of Doritos as your edible contribution – then let me give you a few easy, delicious and festive ideas. If you know me and are having a party, don’t be surprised if I show up with something from the list below!

Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies Рmakes 2 dozen

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Ingredients
5 candy canes, crushed
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)
Preheat oven to 350.
Place candy canes in paper bags and smash with a rolling-pin or flat side of mallet. This is a fun way to take out your aggression. ūüôā
In a small bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla until just combined. Then add flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
Pour in crushed candy cane and fold in with a rubber spatula. Grab about 1 Tbsp. worth of dough and roll into a ball (if you get these too big, they split on the ends!). Add powdered sugar to a plate and roll the dough balls in the sugar, shaking off any excess.
Add dough to baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove and let sit for 3 minutes to solidify before removing to cool.
(Hint: Line baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats for easy clean up!).
 
Add a few candy canes to the serving plate for a little added touch and enjoy!

A Christmas Tree Veggie Platter – take maybe 20 minutes to assemble. Use your favorite veggies on as borders or to put in hollowed out bell peppers:

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Cranberry Brie Tartlets Рrecipe makes 15, but super easy to double or triple! This has become a family favorite! Only 1 WW point per bite!

Cranberry Brie Tartlets

Wasabi Shrimp Bites – pretty fancy looking, but super easy and loads of flavor. Only 1 WW point per bite!

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So go home, make one (or two or ten) of these recipes, scoop up a bottle of wine and get your Merry on!

Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas my friends!

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Wasabi Shrimp Bites

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m starting to feel the pressure!

I absolutely love this time of year but it can really be stressful – I just feel like there isn’t enough time to get everything done. Figuring out schedules, bringing food to parties, organizing lists, planning parties, baking, getting gifts ordered, wrapping gifts…oh, and trying not to gain 10 pounds if you can help it!

Well, I can’t take care of your Aunt Mildred’s gift or tell you what to do with that door prize you won at the office, but I can at least arm you with a delicious dish to take to your parties that you can snack on without any guilt! (Okay, well, maybe a little guilt since you might show up the store-bought deli tray and the shady looking jello mold…)

I actually found these on the Weight Watchers website over a year ago and they are now a family favorite. I’ve modified them slightly to make them even easier to prepare, but they are seriously delicious and easy to make – and nobody can even tell they are “diet-friendly.”

Wasabi Shrimp Bites (Makes 24 pieces / 2 pieces = 1 WW point)

Ingredients

24 small-medium cooked shrimp (1/2 pound should work)

1 cucumber

1 avocado

1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise

1 tsp. Wasabi paste

1 tsp. soy sauce

Begin by mixing together your mayonnaise, soy sauce and wasabi paste. Adjust according to taste – I usually add a little more wasabi for more of a kick. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Rinse shrimp and remove tails.

Slice your cucumber into 24 slices and cut avocado into 24 small pieces.

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To assemble, spread about 1/2 tsp. wasabi-mayo mixture on each cucumber slice. Add a piece of avocado and top with 1 shrimp.

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Refrigerate until ready to serve, and then dig in…

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Hope you all have a great weekend!