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Easy Does It Christmas Recipes
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. 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 

Here are 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 
to make the dip) and an assortment of crackers with my popular recipe `clam 

~ 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 
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 are included below. What's your family's favorite cookie and 
candy recipes? 

~ Beverages. The Irish Cream recipe below served over ice is wonderful and a 
special treat. 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. 


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 

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. 

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 

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