It’s still prime holiday season with people bustling around to shop for that perfect gift. I luckily have most of my shopping done and about half of my wrapping done. There are still a few things left on the list; a present to buy, cards to send out and the last few ornaments to hang on the tree. I try hard not to let it stress me out too much, and really instead try to enjoy the spirit of the holiday. I’m excited for another excuse to get together with friends and family and eat and drink and just have a good time. Try to enjoy the holiday this year! Take a deep breath (and maybe a sip of wine) and think about all the things in your life you are lucky to have. I’m lucky to have my amazing husband, my cuddly lab, and a beautiful home to call our own.
While you are taking time to enjoy the holidays this year, take time to enjoy a nice family dinner. Some of the meals this week are quick and easy (Apricot Chicken and Beef and Broccoli) and perfect for those late nights shopping at the mall. While other meals this week are comfort foods to the max (Eggplant Parmesan and Jambalaya), they can be made with the help of your family to take time again to appreciate the important things in your life. All meals this week come from this very blog and are yours to create, share and make your own. Recipes are only guidelines, so don’t be afraid to tweak them to your own tastes and likes. So write down those ingredients that you don’t have on hand, head to the grocery store that one time this week and enjoy dinners for a week. A little planning goes a long way. Make the first bite count!
Monday – Eggplant Parmesan | Italian Bread (Make the First Bite Count)
Wednesday – Beef and Broccoli (Make the First Bite Count)
Thursday – Jambalaya (Make the First Bite Count)
Friday – Grilled Chicken | Twice Baked Potatoes with Broccoli (Make the First Bite Count)