How I am Hosting & Toasting This Holiday Season
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‘Tis the season for hosting & toasting, am I right? My husband and I are in the midst of renovating our dining room to get ready for our hosting for Christmas. It was a last minute decision and includes a bright fresh coat of paint and I am stoked for a new dining room table! When we first moved in to our home, I did not know how to cook, never dreamed I would love to host holidays and get togethers and we had a tiny little table.
As we are getting ready to host 10 adults and 5 children for Christmas, I am a little stressed to say the least. There is so much to do before we can toast to our love and health! That’s why I am so glad to have on hand some pretty awesome products on hand to make life a little easier this holiday season.
When it comes to hosting, I am pretty obsessive with washing my hands. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing chefs on cooking shows not wash their hands after touching meat. Yuck! I am so glad that Simplehuman is just as obsessed as I am. Their basic thinking? Day to day life has room for improvement. Simplehuman makes daily tasks at home more efficient by solving simple and often overlooked problems. I am loving their sleek foam cartridge pump in my kitchen. It’s touch-free so no germs or smudges are left behind. Plus, the foam cartridge sensor pump delivers a smooth and luxurious foam soup. It’s so easy to refill with the click in cartridge system and the pump is rechargeable! One pump lasts up to 3 months!
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Dried fruit is such a great go-to snack for when guests stop by during the holidays! With all of the hosting, toasting, and running around being done throughout the holidays – keeping easily accessible snacks and sweet treats on hand is key! Succulent and sweet Sunsweet Growers is the world’s largest handler of dried fruits including prunes, apricots, mangos and more since 1917. Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals are sourced from unique microclimates with ideal growing conditions that deliver an amazing taste of the tropics. Succulent and sweet, these sweet treats are a guilt-free tropical getaway for your taste buds. Sunsweet has four distinct Pacific Tropicals products: Sunsweet Philippine Mango Sunsweet Philippine Green Mango Sunsweet Thai Coconut Sunsweet Philippine Pineapple.
Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals are available in re-sealable bags – these products are perfect as a mid-morning snack or before a workout for a quick energy boost. I’ll be serving Thai Coconut and Philippine Green Mango to my guests! You can download a coupon for $1 off (1) Sunsweet Pacific Tropicals product here.
My daughter started kindergarten this year and packing her lunch is so different than my son’s. While he’s suffice with just a bag of cold chicken nuggets (weird), she wants a hot meal. I’ve been a fan of Annie’s Homegrown for years now for both of my children, but only recently discovered their delicious soup! It’s been perfect for my daughter’s lunchbox!
Annie’s Homegrown has been nourishing families for over 30 years with pure, natural flavors to make delicious foods every family can feel good about!
Julia loves the Organic Chicken Noodle Soup! Annie’s classic chicken noodle soup recipe is packed with egg noodles, organic chicken and yummy veggies like carrots and celery. Plus, it’s Certified Organic and made with only wholesome ingredients, so you won’t find any artificial flavors, synthetic colors, preservatives, added MSG or yeast extract hiding inside – just spoonable organic goodness, perfect for the whole fam! Plus, there are 1/2 cup of vegetables per serving! You can save 75 cents on your purchase of Annie’s Organic Chicken Noodle Soup here.
I love serving delicious mocktails that all can enjoy around the holidays – something to give a toast with! I am loving the LaCroix Cúrate Melón Pomelo! The ripe cantaloupe essence infused with pink grapefruit creates a tangy duo with a touch of sweetness! I am pairing it this holiday season with a splash of orange juice for a fun mocktail! LaCroix sparkling water is a healthy beverage option since it is 100% natural, calorie-free, sugar free, sodium free and contains no artificial sweeteners!
While I am rushing around getting ready for entertaining, I really am always looking for quick dinner options. I just started using the GreenPan Lima 10″ Fry Pan. It came with a Bamboo turner too!
The GreenPan Lima collection has everything to satisfy even the most demanding cook. The classic pots and pans made of hard anodized aluminum are easy to use and the modern stainless steel handles give them an elegant accent. Did you know that GreenPan is the pioneer in Healthy Ceramic NonStick Cookware? It allows for crispy frying and evenly browning because of excellent heat conduction and uses less oils. There are no toxic chemicals like PFOA, PFAS, lead and cadmium.
I used my GreenPan to make a delicious and quick Mediterranean dish with Wild Garden’s marinade and heat and serve pilaf.
Impress your family and friends with the Quick Marinades and Heat and Serve Pilafs by turning your average meals into simmering exotic Mediterranean dishes with just a few simple steps. Wild Garden products are on shelves at an affordable price in major national grocers and online at WildGarden.com.
The chef-driven Taste of the Mediterranean line offers three authentic marinades ranging from spit roasted Shawarma to traditional Turkish fare and an exotic Persian blend with garlic, sumac, and fennel. There are also three tasty pilafs, blended with over 13 spices and oils.
We tried the Persian marinade with chicken and the Rice and Lentil made with basmati rice and caramelized onions and we loved the flavor! For recipes visit wildgarden.com/recipes.
Some of our other favorite snacks for the season are Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps, the world’s first – and original – pretzel-shaped cracker. Pretzel Crisps are perfect for entertaining – serve them with cheese, meats, hummus, dips or fresh guacamole at your holiday party. You can even use them as a substitute for breadcrumbs when cooking! Pretzel Crisps are available in the deli section of grocery stores nationwide and come in dozens of savory and sweet flavors, and also in several Gluten Free varieties. With 30% fewer calories than potato chips, they’re a great “better-for-you” snack alternative.
Even though my daughter is almost 6, she still loves these Ella’s Kitchen The Red One Pouches. I bought them for my niece and nephew who will be coming over for Christmas. Babies and toddlers will love to squeeze and slurp the yummy fruit smoothies that are easy to serve and clean up during a busy holiday meal. Ella’s Kitchen The Red One is made of only certified USDA organic squished strawberries, raspberries, apples and bananas. Just organic raspberry smoothie and strawberry smoothie fruits all mixed together with nothing else added, not even water!
Also, I love that Ella’s Kitchen is certified by Organic Farmers and Growers and they work with FareShare and other food banks to ensure that any products that aren’t sold go to help vulnerable families.
So whether you are serving dinner for your own family or hosting friends this holiday, I hope these products will help you entertain with ease these season!