This time of year, who has time to slave away in the kitchen?
I used to think that cooking from boxes and using store-bought foods was cheating.
Well, I still feel a little guilty about it if I'm honest with myself.
But then I tell myself that it's more about the people than the food...right? And it saves so much time. And then there's the fact that when it's coming from my kitchen, at least I know that it will turn out (I like to experiment a little too much, so you never know).
In my opinion, the word Semi-Homemade sounds much better than store-bought, doesn't it? Thanks to Sandra Lee.
So in honor of saving time, here's a few semi-homemade ideas from a party we hosted last weekend.
Cupcakes...gotta love funfetti frosting! Semi-homemade idea tip: put the (store-bought) frosting in a ziplock bag, cut off the corner, and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Top with fun sprinkles!
My new favorite dessert to make - brownies frosted with nutella, and topped with hazelnuts. I think I got the idea from Giada (oh, how I miss you). Sounds fancy, but it's super easy. I baked these in a muffin tin, but a brownie pan works just as well!
Meatballs with marinara. I love my crockpot!
Hawaiian bread with spinach dip, too easy. Thanks to Traci from the great idea.
And a party favorite around here, Amanda's cowboy salsa! I can't get enough of this stuff! Speaking of Amanda, she's just about ready to have baby number four, a boy after three girls (but we love little girls around here). You can pray for her if you think of it; she's been having a hard time sleeping at night. I can't imagine how you could ever sleep with three kids and one on the way, not to mention a husband on tour. And I thought it was hard to sleep with one kid.
Any other easy and fun ideas? I would love to hear them!
And on a random note, I am really loving this stuff. In fact, I am drinking it right now. Amanda, you might be able to use some coffee to stay awake. They say one cup is okay. :)
Now for those Christmas parties, if deciding what to wear was as easy as deciding what to cook...