Holiday Hosting: More Warmth, Less Stress

November 2, 2009 by Amy Clark

If you’re anything like me, as the season changes, you make more soups and slow-cooker creations. Comfort foods like chili and pumpkin bread are at the top of my list, too.

Warm sipping , yummy mixing

When fall arrives, it signals a change to making warmer foods and getting ready for holiday entertaining. Our family stays warm by making powdered-milk hot cocoa and vanilla chai tea to sip on chilly days. I also have fun making meals and toasty snacks with yummy ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and rosemary (see recipes below).

Low-stress holiday hosting

What I look forward to the most is spending time with family and friends. I know hosting holiday or weekend tailgate parties can be a little stressful, especially if they’re impromptu or unexpected.

One way you can stay on top of it is to make sure you have a well-stocked supply of party necessities.

Keep stock of your stock

  • Tortilla chips
  • Nacho cheese and salsa
  • Ranch dressing and sour cream
  • Frozen chicken wings and breasts
  • Sandwich buns
  • Apple cider

Holiday & tailgating recipes

Soft Pretzels (video) with Sweet Mustard Dipping Sauce

Chicken Wings with Honey Barbecue Sauce

Cranberry Spread

White Chili

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

What do seasonal changes and cold-weather cooking stir up for you and your family?

Amy Clark

Amy Allen Clark has been the driving force behind MomAdvice since 2004. In addition to running a successful community for women and running after her two kids, she has appeared on The Early Show, and in Parents magazine, Redbook, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, MSN Money and The New York Times.