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Healthy Holiday Entertaining: Candlelit Winter Scene and Gobbling-Good Eats

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

We are so grateful for the Flatout community and all the amazing people we’ve interacted with this year – including Jen of Hip As I Wanna Be! Today, she shares with us a beautiful winter scene to brighten any holiday party, along with some gobbling-good recipe ideas. Enjoy!

The recipe calls for: Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit

In our house, decorating for the holidays is a family affair! Each year we pull out our boxes of decorations and have a ball creating a magical holiday home. Key to our fun is creating memories as a family, which is why we select projects that are appropriate for our kids to take part in, too. This year we’re repurposing our overstock (!) of  Christmas village accessories…specifically, the trees.

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Candlelit Winter Scene

  • Candle plate
  • Miniature model pine trees (such as those found here)
  • White votive candles
  • Small mason jars
  • Epsom salt
  • Glitter

Directions:

Cover candle plate with epsom salt. Arrange tree on the plate and cover bottom of the tree with the salt. Meanwhile, place a votive candle into the mason jar. Pour epsom salt into the jar by the spoonful until it surrounds the candle in faux snow. Sprinkle glitter over the top and add mason jar to the candle plate scene. Continue filling and adding jars until the plate is full. Light the candles when ready to use.

Note: You can also use flameless LED candles. Add additional components to the mason jars such as cranberries, jimmies or any other seasonal idea you can imagine!

And what fun is decorating if you are not drinking hot chocolate or sampling munchies? In keeping with our tree theme, I suggest the following:

Festive Cheese Platter

Ingredients:

  • 5 (8-ounce) bars cheddar, plain and flavored cheese
  • Fresh thyme sprigs
  • Grape cherry tomatoes or olives

Directions:

Cut each bar of cheddar into 1-inch cubes. On a large platter or cutting board, arrange cubes in rows to form tree shape, using different flavors for each row and separating flavors with thyme sprigs and rows of tomatoes or olives. Serve and enjoy!

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip*

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
  • 11/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit

Directions:

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients. Serve hot with Foldit (sliced in half and served straight from the package or crisped up in the oven).

*My personal favorite recipe from Food Network!

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • How do you involve your kids in the holiday decorating process?
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