Labor Day Fun and Food

Tomorrow is Labor Day typically filled with family, friends, food and drink.  We gather in the hot sun in the backyard with the grill fired up and pool floating.  I strive to make a variety of food or have it be potluck style.  There is always beer and cocktails flowing but this year I want to make some fun hydrating mocktails. 

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National Grilled Cheese Day

National Grilled Cheese Day April 12th – I’ve been celebrating now 4 years with different breads and cheeses.  I usually serve this with the classic tomato soup or a different flavored soup.  A very cozy comforting lunch or dinner.  

I’ve made sandwiches with whole wheat bread, sourdough, colby and pepper jack cheeses, and brie.  Along with different fillings and sauces such as caramelized onions, balsamic leek jam, garlic herb butter, and spinach.  Another option is to set up a grilled cheese sandwich bar with a variety of breads, cheeses, spreads, vegetables, toppings, butter, etc.  This is really fun for a small party where you can cook the sandwiches on a griddle, large skillet, or in the oven. 

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Valentine’s Day Goodies

Let’s celebrate being with loved ones which doesn’t just include your significant other – friends and family too!  If your friends (or couple friends) are willing, host a fun dinner evening with food, games, or a movie.  I’m honestly not that into Valentine’s Day except for a yummy menu and special goodies!  

Get your loved ones a twist on the traditional chocolates and flowers.  Arrange a variety of different chocolate treats to mix it up.  Add in healthy fruits like strawberries and raspberries.  Then instead of real flowers, get a beautiful bouquet of fake flowers…yes fake (my favorite)!  They last longer, never dies, you can display them whenever you want, and can create a great centerpiece.  Or a bouquet of beautiful greenery + flowers! 

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Is Super Bowl about football or food?

Well DUH….it’s probably football, which I love watching.  I also love creating a great menu with healthy options!

Super Bowl is today!  Lots of sitting on the couch, so get out for a walk, play with your animals, or dance around hooping and hollering during the football game.

Besides football and all things, my mind floats to what food to make, always potluck style.  When I think of traditional foods, naturally I think how can I add a healthy element or sneak in ingredients.  Such as using lean meats like in my homemade meatballs – use ground chicken, turkey, or beef.  Add lots of flavor using garlic, herbs, parsley, and seasonings to pack in flavor while reducing salt.  

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Helpful Holiday Eating Pt. 1

How do you want to feel going into the new year?  What habits do you want to form or remove from daily life?  When making changes, start small, set a few realistic goals.  These can be eating smaller portion sizes, experimenting with Meatless Mondays, or adding one (1) vegetable to each meal…..and yes breakfast also.  The goal is to stick with your changes long term and make adjustments as needed.

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How to Use Holiday Muffin Liners

Have you ever thought about using the paper muffin liners for more than muffins or cupcakes?  Now you can!  Use the festive holiday liners for serving and portioning snack foods.  Plus this keeps people’s hands out of the ENTIRE bowl of snacks, keeps everything cleanlier during Covid times.  All the snacks items can be pre-portioned, guests can walk around with the paper cups, and choose their own snacks.

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Winter Solstice

Celebrate Winter Solstice every December 21st.  This post is a day late, with the celebration being on Dec 21st but let’s celebrate all week long – Christmas Week! 

It’s about celebrating the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere!  The shortest day of the year.  This is a great excuse to have a small holiday party or family gathering right before Christmas – maybe with some other people you don’t normally get to celebrate with!  Take this day as an opportunity to have your annual holiday party.

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Healthy Holiday Substitutions

Substitute normal or unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones, you don’t even have to tell anybody.  Some people just don’t like change hahaha.  Everything in moderation – festive foods, sweets, and drinking.  Utilize lots of seasonings, garlic, and olive oil.  Plus you can swap either 100% of the ingredient or 50/50%.  It is the holidays after all, have some fun!  This topic is ever changing and can always be added to!

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