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Last night, we finally had to turn on the heater. It’s cold! Officially! I know a lot of you are already under a blanket of snow, but not us here in Southern California. So when my tootsies were freezing and my husband got up to turn on the thermostat, I got really excited. It’s the start of winter in San Diego! Yay! Which means, lots of hot cocoa, snuggling and Marie Callender’s pot pies. You know, winter staples! Which got me thinking about New Years Eve, and how with little kids we tend to stay home and watch the ball drop on TV and I wanted to show you how to have a special little staycation of your own if you’re planning on staying in too.It’s always fun to dress up your house for a holiday – and New Years Eve is no exception. Around here I try to make it fun and special for the kids, since they try their hardest to stay up as late as they can. This idea also works great for a Girl’s Night NYE party, or even for those of you out there without kids. It’s just fun, and easy, and when those two things are together, I am all in. Give me fun and easy over stressful and complicated any day and you’ll see a very happy mama.
I started out by finding a really cute table cloth, and sort of worked my color scheme and decor around that. I loved the colors, and wanted them to pop. I filled a vintage swap meet find bowl with matching Christmas ornaments, because its super simple and really pretty as a centerpiece.
I even made some pompom balls to scatter around the table. I shared a simple tutorial for them here.
Because it’s New Year’s Eve, and no NYE would be complete without a special surprise – I made some DIY Crackers and filled them with some simple treats. Here’s my super simple little tutorial and I bet you have everything for them on hand.
- You will need; toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, curling ribbon, tape, treats for inside.
- Roll the toilet paper roll up in the tissue, securing with tape.
- Tie one end with curling ribbon, fill each roll with treats and tie the other end. Add a name tag or label if you wish.
To “POP!” grab each end and pull hard! POP!
For dinner, I like to keep it simple with a delicious, homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken, in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. Doesn’t sound simple, but it is. I absolutely LOVE Marie Callender’s Pot Pies for the simple perfection they bring to a cold night. Easy peasy, in about an hour dinner is done! The secret to perfectly browned edges, is to apply a layer of foil around the pie, protecting it from burns. Golden flaky crust every time.
I dressed up my tablescape a bit, by layering different dinnerware so the plates contrast and compliment. It makes it look extra fancy, and it’s super simple!
For dessert, I like to spruce it up a bit with something semi-homemade; Nutella Handpies! If you use store bought crust, this dessert will take less than 30 minutes and that includes baking time! Following
a family tradition we have, I place a whole hazelnut inside one of the pies, and whoever finds the nut will have Good Luck in the New Year!
- You Will Need; Store bought pie crust, jar of Nutella, whole hazelnuts, whipped cream, an egg, chocolate shavings.
- Roll out your pie crust and cut it into 4 quarters.
- Place a dollop of Nutella in the center of each, placing a whole hazelnut in one of them, fold over and crimp the edges with a fork.
- Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. Let cool and serve with whipped cream, chopped hazelnuts and chocolate shavings!
These comfort foods will definitely warm you up on a cold evening! I grabbed everything a few nights before when I was at the local Super Walmart grabbing household supplies. I love that my Walmart also carries food because it makes everything easy! The pot pies are in the freezer section, and come in a ton of flavors. I love the classic chicken, but the beef pot pie is my husbands favorite.
What are your favorite flavors of Pot Pies?
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