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Happy December my friends. I cannot believe another month has come and gone. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are staying warm while getting ready for Christmas. I have to admit that I did some Thanksgiving night shopping. I had never done that before but I thought it would be fun to take my 13 year old and head out and see what was available when we got to the store and I was surprised at how many things we managed to get off of our list.
And I don’t want to brag or anything (maybe I do a little…) But with the exception of my dad, my holiday shopping is DONE! Ya, it’s the first of December and my shopping is DONE! That has never before, in the history of my life, happened before! Now I am just going to sit back and relax and enjoy the festivities. Oh, and wrap presents….
For Thanksgiving this year we went to my husbands aunt’s house. I have to say that as much as I love hosting the holidays, it is always nice to let someone else host and I just get to bring a dish or two. It takes some of the pressure off and I get to enjoy it more.
This year was no different. I made the amazing Garlic Roasted Shrimp that my grandma made for years. It has been a family favorite for longer than I can even remember and though she has been gone for a long time, it is a tradition that I will carry on for years to come!
I headed to Fred Meyer to pick up this awesome Rubbermaid Party Platter that I have had my eye on. I’ve been meaning to grab it and kept putting it off and when I got to the store it was the last one on the shelf. No kidding, it was my lucky day!
The thing I love about this Rubbermaid Party Platter is that it is light weight and easy to use. I love that I can fill it with four different foods if I want and have a place for a dip in the middle and I don’t have to worry about it spilling. t made it especially nice to get my shrimp and cocktail sauce safely to its destination!
So easy to make, and delicious. They are always a hit for any event I take them to and they don’t last long!
I remember thinking that these must be complicated to make. But really, they couldn’t be any easier.
- 2 lbs. of Shrimp (I buy the ones with the shells, but remove them)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1/4 tsp of ground red pepper
- 1 teaspoon of dry basil
- salt and pepper
- 1 C. Ketchup
- 1/2 C. Horseradish
- 1/4 C. Chili Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350°. Thaw shrimp in cold water and remove shell. In a separate bowl, add garlic, oil, red pepper, salt and pepper and basil, mixing until combined. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Spread shrimp on cookie sheet sprayed with non stick cooking spray and cook for 10 minutes.
For Cocktail sauce, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Refrigerate to combine flavors.
I also wanted to share a fun and easy craft.
I bought a yard of burlap because I decided I wanted to make a banner. Buuut then, I found these awesome prepacked pieces and that just made it soo much easier because it already had the precut string and premade holes! So I grabbed two packages, came home and cut the letters with my Cricut and ironed them on.
One thing I’ve learned about using iron on vinyl is the time you leave the iron on isn’t as important is how hard you press down on the iron. Also, after you move the iron, let the plastic sit for a moment (at least 10 seconds) before pulling it back. Just my two cents!
Now I am all ready for the holidays!
How would you use the Rubbermaid Party Platters to take your traditions on the go? I’d love if you would share your ideas!