Welcome to the weekend, my friends! There are just a few more days until Thanksgiving and we’re in full holiday mode over here. We put up the Christmas tree and hung some garland last night and I’m loving it.
Except for 2020, (because who didn’t need an early holiday pick-me-up that year?) we’ve never decorated for Christmas so early. We have family coming in this week and thought it would be fun to have the house sparkling with twinkle lights to surprise the little kids.
ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Creamy, nutty, and just a little bit salty, these four-ingredient cheese balls are incredibly simple to throw together, perfect for elevating your next charcuterie night.
Honey glazed carrots are a welcome side dish combining the natural sweetness of carrots with a light and buttery honey glaze.
Fresh green beans, a drizzle of oil, a dash of spices, and a generous sprinkling of cheese add up to these crispy parmesan roasted green beans. They’re wonderfully crunchy on the outside and tender inside with so many great flavors in the mix.
Rich with butter and cream, aromatic, and seasoned very simply with salt, pepper, and thyme, these herb mashed potatoes are simply delicious.
Without any added sugars at all, these whipped sweet potatoes are one of the best sweet potato dishes I have ever tasted. Fluffy, creamy, sweet, and fragrant with vanilla, these whipped sweet potatoes are so good, you just might find yourself choosing a second helping for dessert in lieu of pie.
Creamy toffee ice cream swirled with caramel sauce and then filled with bits of crunchy toffee is sure to satisfy any ice cream lover.
The sweet fluff of mini marshmallows and the crunch of slivered almonds make these decadent rocky road brownies a killer treat. You’ll find yourself coming back to the pan for just one more, more than once if you’re like me.
What I’m CRAVING: These cheesy spinach stuffed chicken breasts caught my eye yesterday and I’m still thinking about them. I think they need to happen soon.
My FAVORITE THING this week is my very basic to-do-list style, undated planner. I switched to this style of planner a couple of years ago and it’s been a great fit for me. Both the size and the price are perfect too.
It works well as my checklist for each day with the added benefit of having time slots on the side for the days when I’m more scheduled. I just ordered a new one and I’m looking forward to the fresh clean start.
What I’m LISTENING to: Fancy Like Christmas by Walker Hayes. I burst out laughing when this song popped up in my recommendations this week. Sean and I were in the car and we both wound up laughing along with it. If you’re a Walker Hayes fan, this song needs to be on your playlist too.
What I’m READING: I’m working through the recommendations (already enjoying three books – because why start one, when you can start three?) and I’ll update you next week. Thanks again for your help pulling me out of the reading slump!
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:10-12 ESV
Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!