Our Christmas Meals + Favorite Recipe!

Christmas Meals + Favorite Recipe
Mmm… Christmas!! The time of year where the lights, decorations, and all of the smells creeping from the kitchen are definitely something to look forward to! I love Christmas, especially the decorating part! I always find an excuse to get something new every single year to put up – whether it be an ornament, or something for the wall. I think I probably have enough for a lifetime, but I can’t help it, because I love Christmas time!

I’ve also always loved baking around the holidays, from pies to cookies to candy to cheesecake… whatever new or old recipe I’ve found that I either know tastes good, or I think might. What is it about this time of year that makes us want to make some of the yummiest, yet probably not so healthy, food we can?! Why don’t we make these things throughout the year to help spread it out a bit? I guess that’s why it’s called “The Holidays”! It’s a time to celebrate with good food and family, and when we do that, we go big!

Through the years, from what I remember, our family has been known to meet for Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, or an early Christmas Day Lunch/Dinner. At these get-togethers, there’s always a few things that get repeatedly asked for, such as my Mother’s rolls or biscuits, and my Grandmother’s Jell-O Salad. Besides a few repeat-worthy dishes, there is always a different smorgasbord of food!

Of course, you would expect the choices to be a bit different from brunch to lunch or dinner, but even then, I don’t remember having the same thing every year. When asked what we have for Christmas Dinner, I shrug and say, “We don’t really have ‘Christmas food’, it’s just whatever.” And it’s true! Usually one person plans the “main meal” and then everyone else brings side dishes, dessert or drinks. One thing is for sure, though: there are always sooo many choices and not enough stomach!! (Anyone still getting over that Thanksgiving Feast??)

So, since we are always sporadic with our Christmas menu, I did want to share something that everyone always asks for! Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, this dish constantly gets rave reviews. In memory of my Grandmother this Christmas Season, here is her Jell-O Salad recipe:

Gma’s Jell-O Salad

2 Cups Boiling Water
1 Pkg Cherry Jell-O
1 Pkg Strawberry Jell-O 
1 13oz Can Crushed Pineapple, drained well
1 Pkg Frozen Strawberries
1 Can Whole Cranberry Sauce

Mix Jell-O with boiling water, add remaining ingredients. Pour into bowl or mold of choice and let set in refrigerator.

Merry Beginning of the Christmas Season! (That’s a thing, right?)

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Our Christmas Meals + Favorite Recipe!

November Glow: 6 Things We’re Radiating About This Month!

Radiant Glow Nov 2014 by Radiant Rumble
Oh, November!

This month, we’ve been glowing about a variety of things… but one thing remains a theme to them all: Thanksgiving! Another Thanksgiving celebration is upon us, and there is a ton to be thankful for! Every year, the holiday season is a bit different, as life goes, but one thing always remains the same: God is good, and time spent with family is precious. The following list has become some of our favorite things this Thanksgiving, so we hope you like them, too! Don’t forget, there’s only one post this week, because it’s Thanksgiving break! Enjoy!

Thanksgiving 2014 FreebiesOur Thanksgiving Freebies
We love Thanksgiving, plus we like to share stuff with you, so it was a no-brainer to create these freebies to share! Pair our place card settings with this DIY pinecone place card holder from Project Wedding (they’re versatile, so you don’t have to attend a wedding to use them) … so cute!

Half-Homemade Chocolate Pumpkin Cinnamon RollsHalf-Homemade Chocolate Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from SheKnows
These things are so easy to make! They bring out the spirit of Thanksgiving and Fall with the taste of pumpkin, and they can be made in a snap for all of your overnight guests. Let us know what you think of them by tagging us in your photo!

7 Powerful Speaking TipsThis Article on 7 Powerful Speaking Tips
These tips come from one of the most-watched TED Talks Speakers. Our favorite is tip #6. What’s yours? Although this may not be directly related to Thanksgiving, it can be useful for toasts around the table – or holiday business luncheons!

Table-Setting Crash CoursePure Wow’s Table-Setting Crash Course from PureWow
Watch it! Although this may just be an opinion on how to set the table (I’ve heard many different views), it is entertaining, educational, and don’t you just love that music??

Bristlecone DinnerwareAnthropology’s Bristlecone Dinnerware
LOVE the color and wood-like texture of this dinnerware! It’s on sale now (and no, this is not a paid advertisement)!!

14 Tricks to Make Pie Healthier14 Tricks to Make Pie Healthier
When swapping out ingredients for your beloved pie, it might seem like a bit too much. However, we’ve tried some of these in the past (adding wheat flour or Greek yogurt) and you almost can’t tell the difference anyway. This list contains great ideas for getting that pie a bit more health-ified, which could possibly let you feel less stuffed when you’ve finished off that last crumb!

See you all next week! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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November Glow: 6 Things We’re Radiating About This Month!