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    Easy Does It Christmas Food
    By Monica Resinger

    Since both my husband and I have family to see at Christmas time, we spend time with his family at our house on Christmas Eve and my family at their house on Christmas day. Since my mom always makes a big beautiful dinner and we have so much going on at the time, I usually make a snack buffet table for the Christmas Eve celebration at our house.

    It is very simple and helps keep my stress level down. I can make
    all of it ahead of time and just set the table up later. I don't get
    fancy with the table decorations, but do include a pretty poinsettia tablecloth and pretty holiday paper plates and napkins. I started this about seven years ago and it's now a tradition that everyone looks forward to because it's easy and provides delicious snacks all day long. The best part is that by using paper plates, there are no dishes or pots and pans to wash! The only clean up involved is putting away any leftovers, that is, if there is any!

    I will share a couple of my recipes with you later in this article,
    but now I'd like to give you a few tips to plan your own snack
    buffet. When you have time, take out a piece of paper and start
    writing down some possibilities. Write down any recipes that come to mind as you read the following:

    ~ Trays of things to dip is always popular. I like to put out a
    veggie platter with ranch dip (I use the packet of `Uncle Dans' found in the grocery store to make the dip) and an assortment of crackers with my popular recipe `clam dip'.

    ~ A tray of sandwich makings. I load a tray with deli meats and
    cheeses, and other sandwich makings such as onion, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, and mustard. You might try a tray of club sandwich makings or Reuben sandwich makings. You can also experiment with different breads such as party rye or sourdough.

    ~ Cookies and Candies. Each year I make two or three of our family's favorite recipes which I'll include below. What's your family's favorite cookie and candy recipes?

    ~ Beverages. Each year grandma Laura makes her special Irish Cream that we serve over ice. We also buy pop and beer and this seems to make everyone happy. You might have a favorite punch, eggnog or hot buttered rum recipe you'd like to serve.

    ~ Crunchy things. I always have the Chex mix out.

    Don't forget that you can have family members or other guests
    contribute! This will give you more variety and less work! Just
    tell them to bring a snack type item.

    I'll now share my recipes with you in case you'd like to try them.

    Clam Dip

    1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1 (6-ounce) can minced clams, save juice
    1 small garlic clove, minced
    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    salt to taste

    Combine cream cheese and clams. Stir in just enough clam juice to make a nice consistency for dipping. Add remaining ingredients and thoroughly combine. Serve or cover and chill. Serve with crackers or chips.

    Toffee Treats

    1/4 Box Saltine Crackers
    1 Cup Sugar
    1 Cup Butter or Margarine
    1 large bag Chocolate Chips
    Chopped Walnuts-Opt.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a large cookie sheet with
    aluminum foil. Grease with butter. Cover with saltine crackers.
    Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup butter to a boil & continue to boil for 2 1/2 minutes. Pour over crackers & spread fast. Bake 5-7 minutes. Spread a large bag of chocolate chips over, like icing. Top with chopped walnuts if desired.

    Irish Cream

    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
    1 2/3 c. Whiskey
    1 tsp. instant coffee
    2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
    1 tsp Vanilla

    Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds. Refrigerate. Shake well before serving over ice. Should keep for at least 2 months.

    Peanut Butter Bon Bons

    1 - 1 Lb Box Powdered Sugar
    2 Cubes Margarine (1 cup)
    1 Cup Peanut Butter
    Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Almond Bark

    Mix all ingredients except chocolate. Shape into round balls.
    Chill. Insert toothpick & dip into melted chocolate. Chill until
    set.

    Well, that's it. I know the recipes aren't for the health conscious,
    but it's only once a year. Here's to hoping you have an `easy does it' Christmas celebration this year.

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    I just might have to do this one on New Years Eve......

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    We started doing this a few years ago. My kids were complaining that they never got the good stuff that I took to snack day at work. So I decided to start giving them a treat on Christmas Eve. I fix all the snack things they like and then we have a nice peaceful Christmas Eve at home with the family. We really enjoy it.
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    I do this every year on Christmas Eve, but this year, I'm having it here on Christmas Day.

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    Wonderful ideas!

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