Holiday recipe roundup via

Let’s face it, the holidays are pretty much about two things: family and food. Okay, the holidays are about a lot more than just those two things, but you have to admit the most consistent themes during the holiday season tend to be family and food. The blogosphere is no different. You didn’t have to go far online this week to find a holiday recipe that make your tummy rumble or recall memories from a long ago Christmas.Over the past couple of days, I’ve scoured the ‘net to gather my favorite holiday recipes from bloggers this week and I’ve got a little something for everyone, so just scroll on down and be ready to start baking (or frying).

Start with Stress-Relief

Before we even get started baking, frying, or anything else this holiday season it’s important to have a plan.  The holidays can be extremely stressful, but if you start your goody preparation without a plan you’ll only add more stress to your life rather than enjoyment.  Simple Mom wants to ease some of that stress for you this year by offering six steps for creating a stress-free holiday and this week’s tip was from Jessica from Life as Mom who shared her best holiday stress-reliever tips for keeping your own family fed this season and still providing the goody goodness you were dreaming of to your loved ones.  

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Holiday Cookies Recipe from Musings of a Housewife

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Holiday Cookies Recipe from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife

Among her great advice, however, she never recommends filling the children (or the husband) with all the sweet tasty things they can find, which I know seems off kilter for the holidays, but I’m betting her plan is better and will take a load off your shoulders.

Gluten Free Peanuty Goodness

Having a food allergy or otherwise special diet during the holidays can be difficult and can sometimes cause the joyous season to feel a little underwhelming.  If you or someone you love is gluten free this holiday season, I suggest whipping up a batch of JoLynne’s gluten-free peanut butter cookies from Musings of a Housewife.  Savor the deliciousness of this holiday with this blend of sweet peanut buttery goodness.

Gift Ideas for Busy Parents

This year our schedule is so packed that I barely have enough time to prepare a hot & healthy meal for my family, let alone create delicious masterpieces of holiday candy perfection.  BUT I still want to gift my girls’ teachers with a little something sweet to show we care, so when I found Amy from Mom Advice’s easy microwave peanut brittle I immediately Pinned it! Affordable, delicious and quick to whip up, this candy is perfect for busy parents.

Winter snowflake cookie recipe by Cat at Food, Family & Finds

Speaking of perfect gift ideas, these soft and chewy snowflake sugar cookies from Food Family & Finds would make an adorable teacher or hostess gift and looks great on any dessert party tray!

Have a Healthy Holiday

It’s certain that most people have to let out their belts around the holiday season with all the goodies that abound everywhere you look, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  With Marina’s Healthy Holiday Medley Bread, your family can munch on tasty treats like apples and raisins that they already love, without ever realizing they’re also enjoying the healthy boost of carrots, pecans, and walnuts.  I’m thinking this would make a great Christmas morning breakfast alternative and a fine new tradition for our family.

Lots of Love for Latkes

Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated during this time of the year and with Hanukkah in full swing, you may be looking for a fresh look at a traditional Jewish meal and I’ve got just the recipe for you.  Our friends West of the Loop have put together a tasty meal of latkes and eye of round and the way they suggest preparing the less expensive choice of meat (but still super tasty) will have you trying this recipe in no time, regardless of your heritage.

Desserts to Write Home About

When it comes to the holidays, desserts top everyone’s must have list.  Whether you’re headed to a party or just making treats with your small people, there is one candy everyone looks forward to all year: fudge.  Wyoming Girl turned Coastie Wife, Nichole, was kind enough to share her award winning fudge recipe with readers this week and it’s super easy to make too!  Be ready to make lots of this recipe because it’s easy and everyone will want more!

If you’re headed to a holiday party this weekend, bring a pan of these yuletide layer bars that La Dolce Vita’s Kristen shared this week.  Filled with the festive colors of the season and the sweet smooth flavor of milk chocolate mixing with the white chocolate, these bars are sure to make you a hit anywhere you hang your coat.  As I mentioned earlier, I’m a little pressed for time, but I’m not willing to miss any of the holiday fun either, so recipes that I can put in my slow cooker and forget (at least for a while) are awesome!  This decadent looking rocky road cake from Mom Prepares is the perfect addition to any holiday meal and doesn’t require me to be present for all of the baking.

Shew, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to eat!  Instead, I’d better read – so share YOUR favorite links from the past week!

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