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The fourth entry of The Belles Blog, featured on the Bluebell Website.

Crickett's Holiday Tips

Hi everyone, Crickett here. The holiday season is approaching. This is the time of year when we gather together with family and friends to share our love and our recipes. There’s nothing I love more about the holidays than to eat delicious food, but I’m not always the best chef (I mean, I’m no Annabeth or Lemon, that’s for sure!). This year, the Belles compiled a list of easy recipes for Planksgiving. Something to help those of us without the cooking gene still impress our guests.

My favorite recipe is for spiced cider. This is the perfect fall drink with the right amount of kick to it. All you do is take plain apple cider, add cloves, cinnamon sticks, lemon zest and heat over the stove. The whole house will smell like the holidays, and there’s nothing better than a hot drink on a cold fall day. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and if you’re feeling indulgent, add a splash of dark rum to the mix! – you’ll be feeling festive in no time!

For the slightly more advanced cook, try a greenbean casserole. No holiday dinner is complete without a casserole dish. This just requires condensed mushroom soup (straight out of the can is fine!), fried onion, a splash of milk, and a whole lot of green beans. My advanced tip is to steer clear of canned greanbeans and go with the fresh kind. It may take a bit more effort (I mean, it takes work to boil and chop those things, I know!), but it will make all the difference in the taste. Just mix it all together in your casserole dish and let it bake for 30 minutes. I promise, your guests will LOVE it.

Also, don’t forget that no meal is complete without appetizers. And there’s nothing easier than a cheese or fruit plate. It requires absolutely no cooking, only arranging and slicing. And let’s be honest – I am a GREAT arranger (as long as Lemon tells me where things go).

So get cooking and start celebrating! Happy Holidays!

AnnaBeth Nass, Bluebell Website; The Belles Blog

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