Everyone needs a few festive tricks up their sleeves for the holiday season so I’m going to bear it all and let you know two of my favourites this year. If you have invited me to a holiday party this year I will be bringing a festive cheese ball and a hostess gift of my home made cranberry sauce.
Festive Cheeseball Pine Cones
I first made the cheese ball 2 years ago and people who attended that party still remember it. I saw it done on pinterest and was able to recreate it effortlessly.
What you need is 1 package of cream cheese, 1 cup grated cheese to your taste, a melody of dried herbs to your taste (dill, parsley, garlic, onion) roasted almonds, cranberries, and rosemary.
Step 1: Make or follow the cheese ball to your liking. There are a million different recipes choose one.
Step 2: Mix everything together and divide it in two. Roll with your hands into an oblong form.
Step 3: start applying the almonds from the smallest part to the larger part. Make sure all spaces are covered.
Step 4: Arrange on a platter with rosemary, cranberries, and crackers and let all your friends swoon with envy and Instagram how cool it is!
Hostess Cranberry Sauce Gift
I’ve been making my own cranberry sauce for a few years now and am always impressed with how easy it is and how much everyone always enjoys it.
What you will need is cranberries, water, white sugar, brown sugar, lime, jars, and fancy festive ribbon.
Step 1: In a medium pot put 1/2 a cup white sugar, half a cup brown sugar, and squeeze all the lime you can out with 1 cup of water. Bring to boil. You can play around with different recipes this is just a starting point.
Step 2: Add one bag of cranberries and reduce heat.
Step 3: Let it simmer till the cranberries are cooked.
Step 4: Have 1 to 2 mason jars sterilized on hand. Once cranberries are done put in jar with cover on so it makes a seal. Once brought to room temperature store in fridge and should last 2 to 3 months unopened but once opened should be used within 2 weeks.
Step 5: Gift to the lovely host that invited you to spend time at their home. Note that 1 bag of cranberries yield about 1 jar and a bit of cranberry sauce.
Hope you Enjoy and Merry Christmas!