Happy December! Welcome to the land of endless weekend crowds at any shopping venue, 24 hour Christmas music, and “25 Days of Christmas” TV countdowns that cycle through the same 4 movies. Don’t you just love to hate the commercialized Christmas season? This really is my favorite time of the year though. Nothing beats snuggling up with loved ones and watching those repeated movies or singing along to the same old tunes in the car. I’m a little bit ashamed to admit this, but I even put up two Christmas trees this year. I have a child now, so ANYTHING GOES with Christmas, right?
Christmas is also the time for holiday parties, office gatherings, and being with those you love. It’s fun to host get-togethers but it can be stressful. (It can even get stressful to be a guest at all of these events – I’ll get to that in a second). I’m sharing a recipe today that will save the hostess/host some cleanup headache, and save the guests some serious social awkwardness. Let me just say that I am 100% – okay, maybe 90% – introvert. Therefore, at social events, I’m the one who is asking myself things like – do I take a plate for appetizers and a dinner plate? How do you carry all of that and successfully eat it while more than likely standing up to chat? If I am nibbling on appetizers throughout the evening do I carry around the same plate or do I toss it and get a new one every time? See – serious social anxiety questions here. With that being said, one of my favorite Christmas-y appetizers is cream cheese topped with pepper jelly (so festive with red or green jelly or both!) and normally served with crackers. Here is a completely condensed version you can just pop in your mouth and go on about your socializing! No plates, no worrying about jelly falling off the cracker and getting on your dress, and no need to even ask those crazy questions about party etiquette.