Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Peanuts - the perfect party snack!

Happy Monday, y’all!

How was the weekend? We did Christmas on Saturday because I gave my ex the holidays this year. Santa came and all that. So I ate cookies literally all weekend and now I think I need to go on a detox for the next month and a half.

Also, super excited to put all the Christmas decorations away the second I hand the kids over to their dad.

Anyway, our Christmas was fabulous. As you know, this was the first one since the divorce and I had a moment of  “Whoa, I actually pulled this off all by myself” as I watched the kiddos open their gifts.

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Hey guys, happy Friday!

You got any holiday parties on the calendar this weekend? I’m attending both a kindergarten and a first grade holiday party today.

Gonna be wild.

Anyway, I wanted to share a delicious appetizer idea in case you are hosting a party or going to a party or just want something yummy to snack on while you watch Elf for the 15th time this month.

And I also wanted to mention my favorite sparkling wine because everyone loves the person that shows up with an amazing bottle of bubbly wine!

I have talked about my intense love of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in another blog post (meyer lemon cake recipe! click it!). The Gloria Ferrer sparkling wines are my go to for sparkling wines. They were the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma Carneros and were also the first to bring back clones from France to plant.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards has been open since 1986 and now have 335 acres under vine. In the last 5 years, they’ve earned over 500 gold medals and 50 90+ scores. They’re also one of the few wineries that still use a hands on harvesting method. Their people start at 2 in the morning and work until 10 am!

So for this recipe, I wanted something to pair with the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs. It’s made exclusively with hand-harvested Chardonnay and is known for it’s rich textural qualities and complex aromas and flavors.

It is absolutely amazing and pairs wonderfully with a soft cheese like a goat cheese. But since we’re in peak squash season, I wanted to make something with butternut squash. So I took some toasted baguette slices and topped them with honey roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, prosciutto, and crispy fried sage.

You guys, it’s so good. And it’d be perfect for any holiday party you’re hosting!

Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, and Crispy Sage

10 servings

Ingredients

2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 baguette slices
10 small prosciutto slices, cooked until crispy
1/4 cup olive oil
10 fresh sage leaves
coarse salt
1/2 cup goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss together butternut squash, 1 tablespoon olive oil, honey, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, making sure all the squash is coated. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until softened, about 20 minutes, depending on the size of your cubes. Let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the baguette slices until golden brown and place on a platter.
  4. To make the crispy sage, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sage and fry on both sides until crisp, just a minute or 2. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with coarse salt while still hot.
  5. To assemble, spoon a generous amount of squash onto each toasted baguette slices. Sprinkle goat cheese on top. Top with a slice of prosciutto and a crispy sage leaf.
  6. Serve immediately.
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I partnered up with ALDI for this amazingly delicious Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie recipe.

Bacon Cranberry Baked Brie - the perfect holiday appetizer! The sweet and salty combo is so delicious!

Do you do appetizers at your holiday meals?

You know I’m a big fan of an appetizer and look for any excuse to have one. I’ve been known to be too full for a holiday dinner because I hovered over the cheese board all afternoon.

I feel like a baked brie is the most perfect holiday appetizer. It’s easy, takes just a few minutes in the oven, and who doesn’t love melty cheese with deliciousness on top?

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This post has been sponsored by MARS in partnership with Ahalogy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

M&Ms Brownie Batter Dip - rich and delicious dessert dip! Perfect for dipping fruit, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or anything else!

Heeeeyyyy guys!

Guess who’s having a birthday!

Everyone’s favorite colorful candies, M&M’S®.
It’s the 75th birthday! Isn’t that crazy?! They’ve been a long time favorite of mine but I had no idea had been around for 75 years!

Let’s celebrate the birthday by making a super quick and easy dip with M&Ms sprinkled throughout. More on that in a minute!

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Peanut Butter S'mores Dip - the most delicious dessert dip! Peanut butter with chocolate and marshmallows! Serve with graham crackers for the ultimate s'mores experience!

Day 2 of #SmoresWeek!

This is kind of torturous for me because I decided to go paleo on Saturday or Sunday or somewhere around there. I can’t remember, my brain is not functioning correctly due to lack of pizza and sushi.

I’m not doing it longterm. Also, not really paleo because I still put large amounts of splenda in my coffee and drink 15 Diet Pepsis a day.

But, foodwise… paleo.

It’s been…

Uggghhhh.

I just want a warm chocolate chip cookie.

That’s it. Just one cookie.

To distract myself, I’ve been binge-watching Wentworth. Have you seen it? It’s like Orange is the New Black but without the funny parts and I was bawling halfway through the first episode. It’s intense.
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