Top Ten Tuesdays: Holiday Food

Family, friends, decorations, peace on earth, blah , blah, BLAH!

We all know that from Thanksgiving through New Year’s it’s really all about FOOD!  I really don’t want to know how much sugar, butter, chocolate, and cream cheese I got through in that month’s time.  It’s pretty obscene.  And it makes it VERY clear why most people throw their diet out the window this time of the year.  I mean, who can say no to these yummies?

That is why this week Sluiter Nation is counting down our Top Ten favorite holiday foods.

#10 Homemade Caramel Corn

Oh my…YUM!  This is the most buttery, yummy caramel corn I have ever had in my life!  Each year my mom would make at LEAST two batches of this treat for us.  And now that I have my own little house and family, I make it too…and boy is it a hit!

And just because I love you all so much, here is the recipe:

2 cups (or a little less) of popcorn (not microwave)

pop the popcorn and set aside in large bowls for later.

In a saucepan on the stove bring the following ingredients to a boil:

2 cups of brown sugar

1 cup of butter (or margarine)

1/2 cup of light corn syrup

1 teaspoon of salt

boil for 5 minutes while continuously stirring.

After five minutes remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

mix until fluffy

pour mixture over popcorn and mix

spread mixed popcorn on REALLY greased pans and bake for one hour at 250 degrees.  Stir every 15 minutes

cool on waxed paper and then enjoy!

#9 Christmas Cookies

I already told you guys about our Christmas cookie making extravaganza here.  It’s a great tradition we have.

#8 Banket

First of all?  I don’t like almond-flavored things, but Cort LOVES it.  Banket is a Dutch treat that my Grandmas both used to make.  In fact, I have to use my Dutch cookbook.   Mine never turns out very pretty, but Cort always says it’s yum.

#7 Peanut Butter Balls

This one is another fan favorite at our house.  Every year I hand roll the peanut butter balls and then hand dip them in chocolate and then hand shove them into my mouth.  Nom nom nom.

#6 Puppy Chow

I make about three batches of this every holiday season.  People LOVE it.  My sister-in-law could live on it, and I have seen my friend Trisha eat it until she felt sick.  It’s that delicious.  For anyone who has never had this?  I feel VERY sorry for you.  It’s yum.

#5 Tortilla Roll-ups

This one isn’t a sweet treat and I don’t have a picture since I am making them Friday for a holiday party, but they make a yummy little appetizer plus?  they are the easiest thing EVER to make.  All you do is spread a mixture of veggie cream cheese and relish on a tortilla, add dry beef, roll it up, slice it so they look like little pinwheels and stick a tooth pick in for easy eat-ability.  Yum on a stick.

#4 Buffalo Chicken Dip

Again, I don’t have a picture of this, but it’s such a great dip to bring along to your holiday parties this year.  Not only is it addictive (which means you won’t have to take leftovers home), but it makes people want to drink…um…refreshments (which means the party will be super fun and entertaining).  And yes, it has cream cheese in it.  Duh.

#3 Cream Puffs

This one was my father-in-law’s favorite treat.  I used to make them for our holiday get together with him every year upon his request.  After he passed, I didn’t make them for a couple year because I just couldn’t bring myself too.  But last year, my sis-in-law and bro-in-law requested I bring back the tradition.  So again, I busted out the Dutch cookbook and made some yummy cream puffs.

#2 Crab Dip

This one is hot demand whenever we are invited to a holiday party too.  I got this recipe from my almost-sister-in-law’s mom about six years ago.  It melts faces it’s so good.  Seriously.  It’s a warm dip (and does NOT have cream cheese in it…ok, yes it does.)  It is served with crackers and usually I don’t get any of it because it goes so fast.  Yum.

#1 My dad’s fudge

my confession here is that I have never made this correctly (clearly, by the picture of fudge poo you can tell this fact).  I have tried EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR to make this, but I always rush it and it either turns out like a nasty syrup, or it is all crumbly and crystallized and disgusting.  But my dad?  mmmm.  he makes the BEST fudge.  It is the messiest process I have ever seen, but it’s so tasty.  It just melts in your mouth.  So yes, I will be trying again this year.  Stay tuned.  I might vlog it…if you’re lucky.

Want any of the recipes I talked about here?  Let me know in the comments and maybe I will put them up on the blog if there is enough interest.

What are your favorite foods during the holiday season?  Have a Top Ten?  Link up!

ps.  all pictures were taken last year…when we could put presents and decorations on a lower level.  This can’t happen anymore.  you know, because of the toddler.

pssst.  I have also linked MY link up with my girl, Lish over at A Beautiful Mess.  Since today IS Tasty Tuesday and these treats are all quite tasty.  Click over to see more food!!!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Peanut butter ball recipe please! My inner fatty just drooled all over my screen looking at all the yumminess.

  2. I bought my 6th pound of butter yesterday for baking. Since the 1st of December. Luckily I’ve been giving away the goods as well as eating them. 😛

  3. I NEED crab dip. Yummmmm. And the girl? She has tortilla wraps every day for lunch. Hehe.

    • YUP to tortilla wraps! I love almost anything in a tortilla wrap.

      and i will post the crab dip recipe! it’s to DIE for!

  4. I hear caramel corn holds up super well via fed ex!! bwahahahaha. But seriously, i’m making puppy chow. <3

  5. crab dip. buffalo dip and cream puffs. please and thank you!!!!!!

  6. Reading your blog just made me 5 pounds fatter. Thanks 😉
    Chunky and I are baking oatmeal raisin cookies today. His fav!

    • mmm! I never get to make oatmeal cookies because Cort hates them. But I like oatmeal choc chip cookies. YUM!

  7. Everything looks so good! Can you post the puppychow recipe? That looks like a perfect cold day, movie snack!

    Lulu 🙂

    • I sure will! sounds like most people want a all the recipes! So I will do a big recipe post this weekend!

  8. you are killing me! YUMMMMMM!
    my fave treat is my sister’s almond toffee. (like almond roca if you know what that is) holy crap. it’s amazing!

    • I will be posting recipes this weekend…that probably doesn’t help your diet. dude. why are you dieting NOW? 🙂

      • i would never be dieting now if we were going to Oregon, no way! but, alas, we are here alone this christmas & i won’t be baking needless to say. which is totally fine.


        • you SHOULD bake! then you’ll feel all fat and christmasy.

          seriously. i need to be fired as a friend. i am NOT helping your situation.

  9. I totally made puppy chow for the FIRST TIME EVER thanks to you! 🙂

    And buffalo dip? Is on my list of things to make asap.

  10. WOw! These all look delish! PB Balls are one of our faves! 🙂

  11. I hate that you have cut out cookies that are actually cookies vs. a shitty pile of gooey dough sticking to the counter tops leaving you in tears.

    Also? I want peanut butter in chocolate balls. NOM NOM NOM. BALLS.

    • my mom made the cookies. she has years of practice. if I had made them? shitty pile of gooey dough. trust me. it’s happened.

      and i will post the recipe for the pb balls on sunday. so you can nom nom away!

  12. I posted mine! Yay! It’s a day that starts with a “T” anyway! 🙂

  13. Holy crap you’ve been busy! my house, too – but my mom’s doing it all. :p

    • well, i haven’t made all these things yet. they are on the list for this year. Although…now that I look back at this list…I have made quite a few already!


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