The one thing that makes a party fun (for me, at least) is the food. It is always nice to enjoy treats made by someone else, and if they are festive, that’s a plus! Halloween snacks and appetizers are always exciting to both see and eat!
This is a sponsored post brought to you by Gerber and Mom Select. All opinions are mine.
Baby Brother is in that crazy phase of wanting to be independent, but not really being able to do much for himself. He's learning to talk and feed himself, but he still needs a lot of practice. Mealtimes are messy and while is usually willing to try anything, he has discovered there are some things he does not like to eat. We have all figured out that if he is hungry, nobody is happy. He isn't quite able to tell us what he wants, or even that he is hungry, but he is learning. It's a trying phase for all of us. I like to keep snacks on hand that I know he loves for those times when he is just hangry and we are between meals or dinner won't be ready for awhile.
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The last two months have been a whirlwind of traveling, celebrating, shopping, and EATING! Before the boys' birthday party, I was on a "healthy eating plan" and had lost some weight, but with the tempting foods of the season, it was very hard to practice healthy eating and moderation. While I think we did a good job, there was definitely some unhealthy eating going on. I kept that in mind when creating this collection of snacks for our annual New Year's Eve party. Let's be honest….we will eat whatever is available on nights like this, so why not have healthy options available? Sometimes I eat just to stay awake, so it's better to eat real food than some of the other NYE traditions. All of these recipes are easy to pack up and transport to your New Year's Eve party, too!
Healthy Popcorn – Musings of a Modern Hippie
Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans – This West Coast Mommy
Quick & Easy Mini Bruschetta – Three Different Directions
No Bake Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites – Grace and Good Eats (pictured)
Eggplant French Bread Pizza -Simmworks Family Blog
Veggie Pizza Appetizer – Simmworks Family Blog
Candied Nuts – Turning the Clock Back
Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars – This West Coast Mommy
Homemade Potato Chips – Thrifty Jinxy
Chicken & Tomato Meatballs – Thrifty Jinxy
Kale Chips – Ann's Entitled Life
Matbucha – Ann's Entitled Life
Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans – Ann's Entitled Life
Lemon-Herb Deviled Eggs – Brittany's Pantry (pictured)
Three-Ingredient Tomato, Broccoli, Cream Cheese Bites – Couponing for Freebies
Apple and Cheese Quesadillas – The Thrifty Couple (pictured)
Watermelon Lime Party Bites – Driftwood Gardens
Fruit Cups – See Mom Click (pictured)
Apple Bacon Arugula Bites – Thrifty Northwest Mom
Dips, Spreads, and Salsas:
Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip – Turning the Clock Back
Easy Creamy Onion Dip – Thrifty Jinxy
Black Eyed Pea Hummus – Mama Likes To Cook (pictured)
Sweet Pepper Cream Cheese Dip – Mama Likes To Cook
Dragon Fruit Salsa – Mama Likes To Cook (pictured)
Easy Veggie Spread – Brittany's Panty (pictured)
Black Bean Salsa – Brittany's Pantry (pictured)
Watermelon Pico de Gallo – The Thrifty Couple
Cowboy Caviar – Housewives of Frederick County
Fresh and Easy Homemade Guacamole – See Mom Click
Mexican Fiesta Black Bean Hummus – Two Healthy Kitchens
Peanut Butter Silk Pie Dip – Two Healthy Kitchens
Italian Cannelini Hummus – Two Healthy Kitchens
Mango Shrimp Ceviche – Confessions of an Overworked Mom (pictured)
If you happen to attend a party that is well supplied with New Year's Eve snacks, make sure to pack yours in Glad® food protection. Glad® MatchWare™ is great for stacking in a reusable shopping bag, easily setting up at a party, and then just popping the lid back on and bringing back home. Then, you can limit the number of dishes and nothing goes to waste. Wake up late on New Year's Day (if you're so lucky!) and snack on your party leftovers for a mid morning brunch. Nothing beats that!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glad Food Protection. The opinions and text are all mine.
It's hot (if you haven't noticed!) Cookies and oven baked treats are yummy, but I want nothing to do with the oven this time of year. Yet, somehow, the kids are still hungry, as am I. So, I rounded up a few no bake snacks that are delicious and won't heat up your kitchen! There are a lot of yummy treats to choose from, so enjoy!
“Mommy! I’m soooooooooooooo hungry!” is something I hear often from Captain Fussybuckets. Most of the time, he knows exactly what we want (and we have it) or he’ll choose something if I give him choices. I need to work on my choices and expand upon what I offer him. There are a couple of things that he’ll usually always eat – turkey hot dogs (nitrate and nitrite free!), oranges, peaches, strawberries, cherries, grapes, apples, plumcots, ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Annie’s mac & cheese, tuna salad and crackers, any baked goods we have, and cereal.
He really wants to like smoothies, but I’ve tried a few different recipe and he just doesn’t like them. Oddly enough, he doesn’t care for milkshakes, either. I don’t know if it’s the whole drinking something ice cold through a straw or the fact that you might have to chew something you suck out of a straw? ha! I don’t know. He does like ice cream, sometimes, but usually only to eat the cookies or candy that’s inside!
He’s not a fan of cheese, except American cheese on a ham and cheese sandwich or the occassional quesadilla or nachos. I know, right, what kid doesn’t like cheese?
I can see him trying new things and sometimes enjoying them, like carrots with Ranch or mild salsa. His mind is opening and usually if he takes one bite, he can decide if he likes it and is proud of himself. If we can continue this, we are sure to find more stuff he loves!