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The Catch My Party Holiday Recipe and Entertaining Guide, which is part of the Foodie Recipes app for iPad and iPhone, is live! We've been hard at work these last few months putting together our best holiday recipes, and we can't wait to show them off! If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you can download the Foodie Recipes App to get our Holiday Entertaining guide now! It's totally free.

Otherwise, you can get everything below. We have recipes and free printables for five types of holiday parties! Take a look...

Cookie Exchange Party Recipes + Free Printables

Cookie exchange party recipes free printables

Hot Cocoa Party Recipes + Free Printables

Hot cocoa party recipes free printables

 Christmas Brunch Recipes + Free Printables

Christmas brunch recipes free printables

  Ladies' Night Soiree Recipes + Free Printables

Ladies night holiday party recipes free printables

Kids' Holiday Bash Recipes + Free Printables

Kids holiday bash recipes free printables

If you host a party this holiday season, please add your photos to our site! I'd love to see what you did!

White Chocolate Maple Walnut Blondies Recipe

White chocolate maple walnut brownie recipe

What fun I had today baking these white chocolate maple walnut blondies. I wanted to bake something I could give to our neighbors as a little "thank you" gift and these were the perfect treat!

Since I was a kid, I've loved blondies. I will choose them over brownies any day. Usually I make them basic with chocolate chips and walnuts, but today I wanted to switch it up a little. I added some maple syrup and swapped in white chocolate chips.

I don't like cakey blondies, I like them chewy and nutty. That's exactly what these were. And because of the maple syrup and walnuts, they felt like a great dessert for fall. I recommend them for Thanksgiving.

Diamond Nuts of California asked me to share my baking fantasies... My first fantasy is that everything I try turns out to be fantastic!! I wish that were the case, but I have my share of baking fails, and sometimes I have to retry the recipe a bunch of times to get it right.

My second fantasy is that everything I bake has zero calories! I definitely have a sweet tooth. I sometimes think that if I eat enough baked goods, I will tire of them and not crave them anymore, kind of like when you hear about people who work at ice cream shops and ultimately get sick of ice cream. Unfortunately that is not the case with me, no matter how much I try to overindulge.:) Seriously, my solution...  to give them away. And I must admit I love this solution. There's nothing better than sharing my food with the people I love, they get the calories and I get the warm feeling in my heart.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE MAPLE WALNUT BLONDIES

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup Diamond of California Walnuts
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with tin foil or parchment paper, leaving enough hanging over the edge that you can lift the blondies out once it they're cooked. Grease with butter.

Mix the dry ingredient (flour, salt, and baking powder), and set aside.

Add the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and maple syrup to a mixing bowl. Beat on high for about 2-3 minutes until light and creamy.

Mix in the dry ingredients in three parts, until just combined. Roughly chop the walnuts, and fold them in along with the white chocolate chips.

Use a spatula to move the dough into the baking pan. Smooth the top and bake for about 30 minutes. The edges should be brown, and the top should just be starting to brown when it is done.

Here's the plain batter. Notice my finger marks. It's that good!

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Here's the batter with the added white chocolate chips and walnuts.

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Ready for the oven.

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I serve them with a little whipped cream to my family. My daughter licked her plate!!

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Diamond Nuts. Bake and you shall receive.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Diamond Foods via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Diamond Foods.

Pancake Party Ideas, Snowman Snack Mix and Holiday Wall Decor

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Deck your halls with these gorgeous holiday wall decorations!

Holiday Wall Decor

Pancake parties are so much fun for sleepover birthdays!

Pancake Party Ideas

Get the recipe for this creative and yummy Snowman snack mix!

Snowman Snack Mix

 

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

This is hands down my favorite holiday cocktail to serve. It's bright, bubbly, tangy, and crisp, plus the pomegranate seeds and spring of mint give it a festive Christmas feel. If you're looking for a signature holiday cocktail, I recommend you try this!

WINTER SEA BREEZE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz vodka (1/8 cup)
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice (1/8 cup)
  • 1/2 oz tonic syrup (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 oz soda water (1/4 cup)
  • 12 pomegranate seeds
  • 3 mint leaves (for garnish)
Directions:

Fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and stir. Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.

Tonic is one of my favorite cocktail mixers, and I love that there are now artisanal tonic syrups. I used Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup that I found at Whole Foods. I recommend using a syrup because it's not too sweet and has a little more complexity of flavor. If you don't have tonic syrup, you can substitute 1/4 cup regular tonic for the soda water and syrup. I might add a little extra grapefruit juice just to balance it out.

Yields 1 serving

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Cheers and Happy Holidays!!

How to Throw an Awesome Thanksgiving!

Best Thanksgiving ideas, crafts, recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It makes me reflect on all the blessings in my life. As a busy mom with a growing business, sometimes I feel like my life only runs at turbo speed. But Thanksgiving is a day where I get to step away, forget about my mile-long to-do list, put down my phone, and just spend it with my family, eating good food, sharing stories, laughter, and love. What could be better?

At Catch My Party, we're here to make your Thanksgiving extra memorable so you can enjoy special time with family and friends. We have so many inspiring Thanksgiving celebrations to give you ideas, lots of free printables to help you decorate, and even a fun Thanksgiving craft or two to try.

Also, I can't forget the food. Of course... the food. I put together this collection on Foodie of dishes that I hope will give you ideas and make your tummies rumble even if you're just looking (personally, my tummy is doing backflips for the crumbly pumpkin bread). Enjoy!

Take a look at these inspiring Thanksgiving recipes in this slideshow.

This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com. They paid me to write it, but all the ideas and opinions are mine!

Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

Holiday Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

I'm so happy to introduce our new baking contributors from across the pond, Rebecca and Rosie, from Honeywell Bakes! I just love having a little British flair on our site. For their first recipe, Rebecca and Rosie are sharing these beautiful jammy dodgers (shortbread cookies filled with jam). Wouldn't they be yummy to serve at Christmas? 

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Christmas Jammy Dodgers

Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 250g (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 500g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Jam ingredients:
  • 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ground cloves (optional)

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Directions:

Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .

Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.

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Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.

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Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.

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Sprinkle flour on your work surface and split the dough into two balls.

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Roll one ball out thinly, to about 3mm thick. Cut out circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Pick up the scraps and knead to form a ball, and repeat until you’ve used all of your dough.

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Now, using smaller Christmas themed cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the middle of half of the biscuits (cookies), whilst on your baking tray. This will stop the shapes from distorting which can happen if you move your biscuits (cookies) after you cut the middle shape.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Don’t overcook, they should be a very light brown colour.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

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Place the jam in a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick, allspice and cloves. Gently bring to a boil over a low heat, stirring all the time. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick. (Tip: if you’re feeling lazy, you can skip this step and just use your favourite jam as it is. They will still be yummy, but not quite so Christmassy!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Put a teaspoon of jam on each biscuit (cookie) circle, and place a biscuit (cookie) with a shape cut of it on top. Arrange so the jam fills the shape. Dust with powdered sugar. Allow the jam to set, then keep in an airtight tin. They will last about a week (if you can resist them!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, your cookies look scrumptious! To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their site, shop, and Facebook page.

Tomato Water Bloody Mary Recipe

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

Have you heard of tomato water yet?

Well, here's a refreshing take on a traditional Bloody Mary. By using  tomato water (strained tomato juice until it runs almost clear), you get the most intense, deep tomato flavor, while keeping the cocktail crisp and light. This is the only way I'd ever serve a Bloody Mary again and it's perfect for holiday entertaining!!

TOMATO WATER BLOODY MARY

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds tomatoes (4-5 large tomatoes)
  • 1 jalapeno (or habanero if you like it extra spicy)
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 basket of cherry tomatoes for garnish
  • 2-3 persian cucumbers for garnish
Directions:

Start by making the tomato water. I like to let it strain overnight, so I start the evening before I plan to serve the drinks.

Quarter the tomatoes, chop a 1/4 cup of onion and 1/2 cup of cucumber. Add to a blender of food processor along with a chili pepper, a teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of lime juice. Blend until you've got a thick pulpy texture.

Transfer to cheesecloth and suspend it over a bowl in your refrigerator. I like to set the cheesecloth in a strainer, and set that over a large mixing bowl. Then I cover with saran wrap and leave in the refrigerator overnight. By morning you should have 2 1/2 to 3 cups of tomato water. If it isn't clear, you can quickly strain one more time through a dish towel.

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

Fill your glass with ice, and then about 3/4 cup of the tomato water, and 1/8 cup of vodka. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and sliced persian cucumber on a tooth pick. Or just drop half a persian cucumber in the cup and you can also use it as a stirrer.

Makes 4-5 servings

Cook time: 20 min

Total Time: 12 hours 

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

If you make one, let me know what you think...

Homemade Chocolate and Cinnamon Marshmallow Recipe

Homemade marshmallow recipe
I love the taste of homemade marshmallows. That's why I'm delighted to share this recipe for homemade chocolate and cinnamon marshmallows that Mindy Cone from Creative Juice developed just for us! These are perfect light and airy pillows of deliciousness that would be perfect in your hot cocoa or  just in your mouth.
First the chocolate marshmallows...
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW RECIPE
Ingredients:
  • 3 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water (divided)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 oz chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar (or cocoa powder)
Place the gelatin and a half cup of water into your stand mixer bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the gealatin to bloom.
In a small saucepan bring a half cup of water, corn syrup, and sugar to a boil until the mixutre reaches the soft ball stage (240 degrees using a candy thermometer).
Remove immediately from the heat.
Use your whisk attachment and begin whisking the water and gelatin on low speed while slowly pouring in the hot candy mixture.
Once you have poured it all in, turn your mixture up to medium high.
While that is whisking, melt 4 oz of chocolate and combine it with the cocoa powder.
Add the chocolate and continue to whisk until until the mixture thickens and is warm to the touch.
Combine the cornstarch and powderd sugar (or cocoa powder) in a small bowl.
Grease a 9x13 pan and dust with this powder mixture to coat. Reserve any remaining mixture for later.
Pour the chocolate marshmallow filling into the 9x13 and spread it evenly in the pan. Dust the top with the powder mixture. Leave uncovered at room temperature for 4-6 hours.
To cut your marshmallows, dust your working surface with the powder mixture and turn the marshmallows out of the pan. Use a pizza wheel or a sharp knife to cut squares. Once the square is cut, toss in the powder mixture.
Makes: about 24 1-inch marshmallows.
Store: in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
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And now for some delicious cinnamon marshmallows...
homemade cinnamon marshmallow recipe
HOMEMADE CINNAMON MARSHMALLOW RECIPE
Ingredients:
  • 3 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water (divided)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
Directions: 
Place the gelatin and a half cup of water into your stand mixer bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the gealatin to bloom.
In a small saucepan bring a half cup of water, corn syrup, and sugar to a boil until the mixutre reaches the soft ball stage (240 degrees using a candy thermometer).
Remove immediately from the heat.
Use your whisk attachment and begin whisking the water and gelatin on low speed while slowly pouring in the hot candy mixture.
Once you have poured it all in, turn your mixture up to medium high. Continue to whisk until until the mixture thickens and is warm to the touch. Add the cinnamon during the last minute of whisking.
Combine the cornstarch and powderd sugar in a small bowl.
Grease a 9x13 pan and dust with this powder mixture to coat. Reserve any remaining mixture for later.
Pour the cinnamon marshmallow filling into the 9x13 and spread it evenly in the pan. Dust the top with the powder mixture. Leave uncovered at room temperature for 4-6 hours.
To cut your marshmallows, dust your working surface with the powder mixture and turn the marshmallows out of the pan. Use a pizza wheel or a sharp knife to cut squares. Once the square is cut, toss in the powder mixture.
Makes: about 24 1-inch marshmallows.
Store: in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks

homemade cinnamon marshmallow recipe

homemade cinnamon marshmallow recipe

homemade cinnamon marshmallow recipe

Thank you, Mindy, they look scrumptious, I can't wait to try them!

To learn more about Mindy's entertaining & dessert adventures check her out at Creative Juice and on Facebook.

Thanksgiving Wall Decor, Hanukkah Party Ideas and Pumpkin Spice Cake in Jars

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Here's some ideas for Thanksgiving wall decor, including free printables! ThanksgivingWallDecor

Hanukkah is coming up soon, here's some lovely ideas for hosting a Hanukkah party! hanukkahparties

If you like desserts in jars, check out this recipe for pumpkin spice cake layered with cream cheese frosting!

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For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Potato Pancake Latke Recipe

Potato Pancake Latke Recipe

 

Given that Hanukkah is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share this delicious potato pancake recipe.

As my six-year-old daughter describes them, they're like super thick potato chips, only better! They got a touch of onion, a little egg, and they crisp up so nicely.

I like to serve them with applesauce, sour cream, and a sprinkle of chives.

Potato Pancake Latke Recipe

POTATO PANCAKE RECIPE (LATKES) Makes about 16 potato pancakes Total Time: 50 min

Ingredients:

For the Potato Panncakes

  • 1 pound yukon gold potatoes (about 3 medium sized potatoes)
  • 1/2 white onion - medium sized
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons of vegetable oil
For the garnish
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
Directions:

Russet potatoes make great potato pancakes, but I hate peeling potatoes, so I use always use Yukon Golds. The skin is light and thin, and you can skip right to the grating. Grate the potato with long strokes so you can get long strands. As you finish each potato, move the gratings to large bowl of ice water.

When you are done let the grated potatoes sit in the water for a couple minutes, then scoop them out and spread them out on a hand towel. Set aside the bowl of water, and let it settle. Lay a second hand towel over the top of the grated potatoes, then roll the whole thing up and twist it to squeeze out as much water as you can.

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Now go back to the bowl, and carefully pour off the water. There should be a nice layer of white potato starch on the bottom of the bowl. When you've gotten as much water as you can out of the bowl, pour in the potato, the diced onion, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the egg (beaten). Mix until the potatoes are nicely coated.

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Heat a 12" skillet on medium heat. You should be able to cook about 4 pancakes per batch without any crowding. Add 2 tablespoons of oil (I like to use high heat safflower oil) to the pan before each batch.

Form the pancakes in the pan by dropping in a large spoonful (about 2 tablespoons) of the potato mix into the pan, and then press down firmly with a spatula to flatten it out. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, until it is golden brown.

I like to serve them hot, as soon as each batch comes off the stove, but if you'd like to serve them all at once, store them on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 250F,

Total cook time: 40 minutes

Serve with sour cream, applesauce, and chives as garnish.

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Potato Pancake Latke Recipe

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