Making Holiday Memories // Tips and Delicious Cheese Ball Recipe
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The holidays are in full swing. Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving and now the countdown is on to Christmas Eve and Christmas!
This time of year is when we make tons of memories. We often get to see family that we wouldn’t typically see, there is a ton of food, lots of laughter and just an overabundance of everything. It can easily turn one into a Grinch, but I’ve got ways to keep the stress out and the sprits high!
As a family of five, we have a lot of consumables. So first, I hit up my favorite spot for one stop shopping, Costco! Seriously, they have everything I need from food, to clothing, to gifts and electronics, cleaning products and wine! They have all of my household needs and my time is limited so I love that I can just get everything in one place.
Since we live out of state from most of our family and friends we tend to have a revolving door of visitors who often stay the night or nights. I don’t want to make myself crazy cleaning the house from top to bottom every day so I do quick wipe downs of the bathrooms, kitchen counters and mirrors with Bounty paper towel. This is the only paper towel I have found to be so versatile and strong plus I can buy it in bulk at Costco and know I won’t run out too soon.
When I’m cooking and baking in the kitchen I keep a roll of Bounty paper towels close by for quick clean up of my hands or the counter. And those three little kiddos, oh yes, they can make mess, but my oldest likes to help wipe down the dining room table after meals. Yes, a little mom win!
My favorite recipe to make during the holidays is my cheese ball. It’s a very easy recipe to put together, has a nice presentation, keeps for a while, makes a nice gift, and is delicious! If you have guests pop in unannounced you can just grab the cheese ball from the fridge and you are ready to entertain.
- 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ cup finely chopped pecans (or any nuts of your choice/you can even omit the nuts)
- Place all ingredients, except pecans, in mixer bowl.
- Mix for about 1 minute, by hand or with a mixer, until well combined.
- On waxed paper, shape mixture into a ball. Roll ball in chopped pecans. Wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate until serving time. (I typically take this out of the refrigerator about a half hour before serving so that it is easy to spread.)
- Serve with assorted crackers and veggies.
I mentioned how last week we celebrated Thanksgiving. Well, I cooked a turkey and everything else to go with it. The turkey and sides were great, but the lingering smell of a cooking turkey was not. Thankfully I had grabbed some Febreze Air Effects to combat the nasty turkey smell. I like my guests to walk in to my home smelling a nice scent. I don’t often have candles burning because I have three kids ages five and under and it’s just not safe. The Febreze comes in a variety of scents that are great for the holidays. My favorite scent right now is the Cranberry Cheer! I grabbed a three pack at Costco and it has three holiday scents, Cranberry Cheer, Jolly Pine, and Vanilla & Cream. A quick way to get those nasty odors out without worrying about anyone getting burned.
So, to quickly go over those tips to keep the holidays merry:
- Shop ahead of time and buy in bulk for those items that quickly get used up like paper towel, toilet paper, and cleaning products. Do you have a Costco nearby?
- Make quick work of cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen with a quick wipe down using Bounty paper towels.
- Make ahead appetizers like this cheese ball for drop by guests or a homemade gift.
- Do a quick spritz to refresh the air with your favorite scent from Febreze Air Effects.
I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions!