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.
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.