Prep & Planning for the Holidays – Foods That Can Be Made Ahead

There are two ways to combat the crazy-busy whirl that is the holidays.

  1. Let things go.  Don’t try to do it all, or anywhere near all of it.
  2. Plan ahead.

We’re going to focus on the second one this week.  I’ve got some ideas here for foods that can be made ahead and frozen.  And on Saturday, we’re getting together on Facebook for a Virtual Cooking Party for holiday prep.  If you’ve got time, I’d love for you to pop in over there to cook and visit with us.  We’ll gather on the main Facebook page.   I’m looking forward to getting a lot of prep work done myself!  On November 16, Liz from Hoosier Homemade is hosting a Virtual Baking Day so you’ll have another chance to get some prep work done for the holidays.

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The No-Bake, No-Cook, No-Time Gift Solution – 4 Snack Mix Recipes in a Jar

4 Snack Mixes in a Jar for Gift Giving

These snack mixes couldn’t be easier to make. They’re perfect for teacher gifts or for the people you work with or anyone else you’d like to give a small gift to this year.

Here’s the story on these snack mixes and why they make their the perfect solution  – The Prep and Planning series that I’m doing with Liz from Hoosier Homemade starts today and we’d decided to do homemade gift ideas from the kitchen for the first week.

Friday night came and I knew I had to come up with an idea for today’s post.  I had nothing.  Squat nada.  Zilch.

But, a tiny bit of holiday magic happened and I woke up Saturday morning with the idea for snack mix in jars.

Not totally original, maybe, but   I think it’s the perfect idea.  I had no time to bake or cook.  I’m a no-fuss gift giver.  I’m not good at beautiful, well planned gifts.

This is perfect for me!  Everything looks better in a Mason jar, right?

Ever since I put these together on Sunday afternoon, my family has been munching on them.  I had to beat them off with a stick until I could take the photos.

I’ve got 4 snack mix ideas here, but use these just as a jumping off point.  Feel free to do your own thing.  I really wanted to do a Circus Mix with iced animal cookies, colorful marshmallows, peanuts and…whatever else sounded good.  I also think a Coffee Break Mix with chocolate covered coffee beans and other stuff sounds great.  Use your imagination and invent your own.  Or use the ideas below.

Bonus:  There’s a free printable to go with the Hollywood Mix.  I bribed my daughter into making it for us and I think she did a great job!

Here are the 4 mixes, all jarred up and looking cute.

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75 Recipes That Taste Like Fall!

Fall is here!

My taste buds are set for anything with apples, cranberries, caramel, or pumpkin.  I’m ready to eat soups and stews and chicken pot pie.

In fact, I just couldn’t stop thinking about all of the recipes I love to make at this time of year.  So, I’ve gathered them all up into one big, gigantic list of deliciousness that is Autumn!

I hope you find some inspiration here.  Make something and celebrate these crisp fall days with your family.  [Read more…]

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Menu Ideas for Graduation Parties

Raise your hand if you have a new graduate this year!

A year ago, I was planning my oldest daughter’s high school graduation menu.  I’ve noticed quite a few people searching for ideas for recipes to serve at graduation parties, so I thought I’d put together a list to get you started.

There are so many ways to celebrate a graduation.  I’m not even going to try to cover them all.  Casual is what I’m most comfortable with, so this list will include foods that can be served buffet style, can be fixed ahead of time, and serve a crowd.

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Recipes for Christmas – Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Sweets and Gifts to Share

If you’re still looking for recipes to make this season, this post is for you.  I’ve gathered Holiday recipes from this past year so you can quickly find inspiration.

If you want more Christmas recipes, see the 2009 Big List of Holiday Food.

Breakfast and Brunch

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Memorial Day Eats

Barbeque Pepper Jack Chicken done

Summer starts this weekend.  Pools open.  Lucky kids and teachers are already out of school.  It’s time to head outside, get together with friends and fire up the grill.

If you need some ideas for recipes to cook this weekend, here’s a list to get you started:

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Frugal Holiday Cooking and Baking Tips

holiday cooking

Buying extra ingredients for holiday baking and cooking can really add up.  Here are a few ideas to keep Christmas and Thanksgiving adventures in the kitchen affordable.

Make a list of your “must make” recipes.

Make a list of all the foods that you know you want to make.  Start buying those ingredients now a few at a time, until you’ve gathered them all up.  That way you won’t have a huge amount hit your grocery bill at one time. [Read more…]

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Tiffany’s Big List of Holiday Food


Everyone has their favorite foods for the holidays.  That box of chocolate is one of my favorite Christmas treats.  My parents have ordered Anthony Thomas candy for so many years it’s almost unthinkable that we could have Christmas without that candy.

But there are lots of other foods I like to make too.  This is a list of recipes that are already posted here on Eat at Home.  I’ll be adding other recipes as we move into Thanksgiving and Christmas.  (Look for Cranberry Nut Bars very soon.)  I’m also going to be sharing ideas for budgeting for holiday foods.

I’ve broken this list into categories of Main Dish, Breakfast, Dessert and Cookies.  Admittedly, it’s heavy on the desserts and cookies. [Read more…]

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Independence Day Eats

Are you cooking this weekend or maybe going to a potluck?  If you’re still wondering what to take along, here are some ideas to get you started.


Get things rolling with The World’s Best Burger

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