Fun Holiday Food Ideas


Today I share some fun and very creative holiday dishes I found on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. If there was a specific website I could find for a picture I have given it attribution. There are no formal written out recipes; just ideas you can copy or perhaps awaken your creative side and hatch something new and different.

Have fun!


From Quirky Momma on Facebook




NOTE: The dish below looks like it has creme cheese in it. I do not see that ingredient in the first picture with ingredients.


NOTE: I tried the recipe below and it really does work. However, once you really begin to smell the vanilla aroma turn the oven off or  the liquid hardens and ruins the aroma.









The picture below is From

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NOTE: I am not sure what each of the ingredients are in this cute cupcake.



From Stylish Eve’s Facebook PageStylish Eve's FB

I found the picture below on Pinterest. This tree is made with Reese’s large and small peanut butter cups and a Hershey’s Kiss on top. Then green  icing and sprinkles were added.




Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.



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Can Standing Make You Live Longer?

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There is some interesting new research that indicates it may.

Researchers have noted for years that people who are active tend to live longer.

Now researchers may have found out why.


From The Telegraph:


The best anti-ageing technique could be standing up, scientists believe, after discovering that spending more time on two feet protects DNA.

A study found that sitting down too much shortens telomeres, the protective caps which sit at the end of chromosomes.

Short telomeres have been linked to premature ageing, disease and early death.


1 abc men suitStretch it or lose it.

Even if you exercise, if you do not stand and stretch every hour or so, your life could be shortened. And walking is even better,  even if only a few minutes each hour or so says this research.

When the weather permits take a short walk outside during your lunch break.

Even just getting up from watching  your favorite hockey team on TV loose again and going to the kitchen to get a glass of tea or beer might be enough.

You just have to stretch those telomeres.

You can read more here: Standing.

Or Google ‘Standing Lengthens Life’ and you will find over two-hundred thousand hits.

Just make sure you read the articles standing up.


Featured Recipe        Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Gouda and Crispy Pancetta



Almost everyone serves mashed potatoes for their Thanksgiving dinner.

However, today’s recipe is something to really be thankful for!

It has bacon in it.



Decadent. Heavenly. Delectable.

Did I tell you it has bacon in it?

This is a Better Homes and Gardens recipe.

This is what you will need for 8 people:

1 pound red skin potatoes

1 pound russet potatoes

2 green onions

1 cup cubed pancetta

1 cup half-and-half light cream or whipping cream

1 cup shredded Gouda cheese; divided

Salt and pepper to taste


NOTE: I halved the recipe. As single gal I really do not need that many carbs lurking in my fridge!

Here is what you do:

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1½ inch pieces.



Cook the potatoes in a large covered pot of lightly salted water for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot.


While the potatoes are cooking thinly slice the green onions. Keep the white portions separate from the green. Cut the green parts on the diagonal.


If you could not find shredded Gouda (and I never have) shred the cheese now.


Very lightly spray oil in a skillet.

Cook the white part of the onions with the pancetta, stirring occasionally, over medium high heat about 8 minutes or until the pancetta is crisp. Drain off fat if any.



Drain the potatoes and add the cream to the cooked potatoes.  Mash with a potato masher or an electric mixer on slow speed until nearly smooth.




When the potatoes are well mashed stir in half of the shredded cheese and the pancetta mixture and season with salt and pepper. Reserve a little bit of the pancetta to top the finished dish with.



Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the green onion tops.


Bon appétit!!!

1 pound red skin potatoes                $0.98

1 pound russet potatoes                   $1.42

2 green onions                                $0.12

1 cup cubed pancetta                       $3.29

1 cup half-and-half light                   $3.29

1 cup shredded Gouda cheese          $3.59

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $12.69
Cost per person = $1.59

Quote of the Day

Fall seven times; get up eight.

Proverbs 24:16


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How Comfortable Are You?




Featured Recipe    Miso Glazed Cod with Noodles and Bok Choy

This dish is usually made with Black Cod. I seldom find black cod here in Columbus, Ohio. Actually, black cod is not really cod. It is sablefish.

However, you can use any boneless cod or other firm-fleshed white fish.

Miso Black Cod was made popular by celebrity chef, Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa.

Since I love miso I had to try it! There are many versions of this dish. Do an internet search and you will find at least five pages of Miso Cod recipes.

I played around and tried several of them. I finally came up with the recipe below.

But first of all, what is miso?

According to the Oxford Dictionary Miso is one, a “paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt, used in Japanese cooking. And two is “a soup seasoned with miso paste, often with added tofu or vegetables.”

The miso I used in the recipe below is white miso. Why they call it white I don’t know since it is a medium yellow. There is also a red miso.

Some people say miso is the most healthy food on earth. What ever it is and in any color I love the sweet, tangy taste of miso.

Many of the Miso Black Cod recipes I have read and/or tried use rice vinegar, sake, AND miran in the recipe. This makes for a very runny marinade. I like a slightly thicker marinade.

One day at my favorite neighborhood Asian store I found a Sake Miran. Hmmm I thought, “Why not try it in place of the three liquids used in most recipes.”

It worked perfectly.

This is what you will need for 3 people


1 -2 pounds cod fillets

¼ cup white miso paste

2 tablespons dark brown sugar

1 – 2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons sake mirin

Spray oil


1-2 teaspoons sesame seeds for garnish


My sides: noodles and bok choy.


Here is what you do:

Turn on your broiler.

Cut the cod into three pieces.


Combine the miso, brown sugar, sesame oil and the sake mirin.


Stir well until brown sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth. You want a mixture that is not too thick and yet not too runny. Think pancake batter like.


Using a small rubber spatula spread the miso mix on the top and sides of the fish.


Let the fish marinate for no less than 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.

Cover a broiler pan with foil and lightly spray with spray oil.


Place the cod on top of the foil lined pan.


Adjust broiler rack to 6 inches from heat source. Place the fish under the broiler for 6 to 10 minutes until the fish turns a golden brown and begins to caramelize.



Do not burn the fish.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Watch carefully. This dish can burn VERY quickly. Plus oven temps vary. If the fish is deeply caramelized, yet is not cooked through, then turn the oven down to 350 F and cook another 2-3 minutes, or as needed, until cooked through.

HOW TO TELL IF COD IS DONE: The cod should show no resistance when you insert a wooden skewer in the thickest part of the fish.

IMG_2402I served the cod over a bed of Japanese noodles and a side of Bok Choy sautéed in soy sauce. I sprinkle sesame seeds over all.


Bon appétit!!!

1 pound cod fillets                          $12.99

¼ cup white miso paste                 $0.97

2 tbspns dark brown sugar              $0.08

1 – 2 tspn toasted sesame oil          $0.41

2 tablespoons sake mirin                $0.20

Spray oil                                       $0.09


1-2 tspns sesame seeds                 $0.25

Total cost = $14.99
Cost per person = $5.00

Quote of the Day

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.



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