A Few Side Dishes and Appetizer Recipe Idea’s for the Holidays!

I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! I thought it would be a good time to share some Side dishes and Appetizers you might want to whip up for family gatherings! I found some great recipes on some blogs and wanted to share them with you!

This year we are switching up the classic dinner and doing brisket, ham, and other fun sides! This is something I have never done before, so it should be interesting instead of the classic turkey and ham.

herbed Breakfast Stuffing Casserole

Side Dishes: 

Herbed Breakfast Stuffing Casserole

Broccoli Casserole

Overnight Mashed Potatoes

Honey Glazed Sweet Potatoes 

Extra Cheesy Crockpot Mac and Cheese 

Side Dishes


Cheddar Creamed Spinach

Parsnip Potato Leek Gratin

Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Sage

Apple Bacon Arugula Bites

Apple Bacon Arugula Bites

Christmas Deviled Eggs 

Olive Cheese Bites

Vegetable Cream Cheese Dip

What are some of your favorite side dishes and appetizers you like to make or eat at Christmas time? I know for me I love green bean casserole, as my husband doesn’t like green beans, so it is a good excuse to eat extra when someone brings it!

Growing up we always had tons and tons of food at the holidays! My dad always brought his famous baked beans and I wish I would have gotten that recipe! They were the best ever! He would cook them for 24 hours, chop up ham and toss in, and the flavor was heavenly! I loved how they were nice and thick, that is one thing I wish I could eat again!

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Apple Bacon Arugula Bites – Great Appetizer for Parties

Apple Bacon Arugula Bites


Looking for a tasty snack that is packed full of flavor!! These are really easy to whip up, and don’t take too many ingredients! These make great appetizers for parties and with the holidays here, it is great to take for parties! The crowd will go crazy over these tasty bites! So, let’s get to what you will need to make these Apple Bacon Arugula Bites!


Arugula BitesIngredients

1 large Apple, sliced
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
2 Cups water
8 oz. Cream Cheese
½ teas. Garlic Powder
½ teas. Salt
½ teas. Pepper
1 teas. Italian Seasoning.
2-3 Bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Baby Arugula

Arugula Bites Instructions

Core and Slice apple into 16-20 slices and add to a bowl with the Lemon juice and water, set aside.
In food processor combine Cream Cheese, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper and Italian seasoning running
about 30 seconds and scraping down with a spatula and repeat two more times.
Remove Apple slices from Lemon water and pat dry.
Spread enough Cream cheese mixture on slice to almost cover the whole slice.
Place a small leaf of Arugula on the lower half of the Apple slice and Bacon crumbles on the other half.
Repeat with remaining slices.
Serve or refrigerate in airtight container until serving.
Apple Bacon Arugula Bites

If you make these I hope you enjoy them! They are so quick to whip up, and they look so fancy! The lemon water will help keep the apples from turning brown, if you didn’t know. If you don’t want to do that, you can also try like Sprite or 7Up, it does the same thing. Enjoy!

What kind of appetizers do you like to take to parties and events? 

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Red White and Blue Bites – Perfect for BBQ’s And Gatherings!

Red White Blue Bites

Here is a really fun recipe that will be a crowd pleaser! You can use any color of Jello you want to fit the occasion. With it being Memorial Day Weekend and 4th of July on the horizon I thought red white and blue seemed very fitting! These little bites are great for parties, they are bite size and easy to grab and eat without a mess!

Red White Blue Bites

These Red White and Blue Bites, are really pretty quick and easy to whip up. The only part that takes time is the Jello setting up! So, lets get on to the recipe, shall we?!

red white blue bites

Red White and Blue Bites – Perfect for BBQ’s And Gatherings!


  • 1 Pkg. Mini Phyllo Shells
  • 1 Can Whipped Cream
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Red Gelatin
  • 1 3 oz. Pkg. Blue Gelatin
  • 1 1/3 Cups Boiling Water


  1. In separate bowls combine 2/3 cup boiling water with each gelatin. Stir 2 minutes until completely
  2. dissolved.
  3. Pour Gelatins into 2 separate containers approximately 8 inches by 4 inches. You can use rectangle resealable container or a loaf pan. Be sure to lightly oil or spray to ease the unmolding process.
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  5. Cut gelatins into ¼ inch cubes.
  6. Put a small amount of Whipped Cream into the bottom of the Phyllo shell.
  7. Arrange gelatin cubes around the edges of the shell. Top with another dab of Whipped Cream.
  8. Serve immediately or refrigerate so the cream doesn’t break down.


Red White Blue BitesIf you make this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts on it! And remember you can use any color or flavor of Jello you want! So if you want an affordable and cute dessert, I recommend giving this a go! Thanks for stopping by!!

Make using the colors to support your favorite sports team! 

These would be fun to make for parties too! If you have a favorite sports team, you can make these and use the jello colors to support the team colors! I think that is a really fun idea, and of course they are addictive! It is a recipe that can be tweaked and changed to fit whatever your hearts desire!

I think we will make these for the 4th of July for sure this year, they are always a hit! Pretty affordable, little prep work, and mighty tasty! Three of my favorite things!




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