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10 Recipes I’m Making Before the Year’s End

Chocolate Soufflé Recipe- roomfortuesday.com This time of year you’ll find me playing around in the kitchen more days than not. I’m always pinning and bookmarking recipes to try for the holidays, as well as staples that will prove to be favorites all winter long. Since I’ve been saving so many delectable food & drink recipes lately, I thought it might be fun to share 10 of them with you? Before the year’s end… my goal is to make all of these once! Some are quick and easy, while others are a bit more time consuming, but they all look delicious. Click through to check it out. I’ll be sure to report back with my favorites- or share them on Instagram as I’m making them. 

In addition to Pinterest, I use physical cookbooks often. Check out my favorites in this post! Ready to see what I’m planning to make? Maybe a couple of these will look good to you, too!

#1 // Cinnamon Crunch Knots

These easy cinnamon knots seem like a delicious holiday breakfast option. They’re easy to make in advance and would be the perfect pastry alongside coffee. Emmett and I are very into sweet breakfast options, so these look delectable and beautiful.

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#2 // Hot Honey Squash
10 Recipes I'm Making Before the Year's End

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We’ve been on a hot honey kick over here! I’ve been cooking with it often lately. This hot honey squash features feta cheese and pepitas for the perfect savory kick. The hasselback texture is beautiful and would make a great holiday side dish (that’s my plan).

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#3 // Classic Butter Sugar Cookies

10 Recipes I'm Making Before the Year's End - roomfortuesday.com Every year, I bake a few batches of my grandmother’s classic stamped sugar cookies. I can’t believe I haven’t made them yet this year! I think it’s happening this weekend or early next week. Regardless, these are getting made before Christmas. This is an heirloom family tradition and I’ve been craving them since November. Haha!

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#4 // Holiday Apps & Veggie Tray
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We’re not hosting or getting together with our family this year for Christmas, but one thing I’ve always loved about family get togethers is always having something to snack on. In the days leading up to the holiday, the day of (while waiting on the main meal to cook), and leftovers after-the-fact… these types of apps are perfect! My family usually puts together a big veggie tray or charcuterie that we continuously snack on. This year, since it’s just Emmett & I, I’m thinking I’ll put together Eden’s beautiful veggie wreath. It’s also nice to have some green veggies amongst the more indulgent holiday foods.

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#5 // Tomato Tortellini Soup
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Tis the season for soup! Now that it’s finally snowing and accumulating here in Salt Lake, I’ve been dreaming of easy, hot, big batches of soup. This tomato tortellini looks so good! I feel like this would be a nice “week of Christmas” meal- either before or after. I’m envisioning a fun ski day, then coming home to devour this.

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#6 // Gingerbread Cookies
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I’m a gingerbread fan! I love the way it looks, tastes, and it’s easy to make. During the week of Christmas, I usually end up eating cookies for breakfast with my coffee… again- we’re the type of people who enjoy sweets for breakfast. I also make lots of cookies each holiday and put together little gift boxes for neighbors and friends. I’ll be doing that again this year, and these are crowd pleasers. They’re fun to decorate!

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#7 // Holiday Cranberry Mule Cocktail

10 Recipes I'm Making Before the Year's End - roomfortuesday.com I’m not going to lie… we’ve already made our beloved Holiday Mule this month (twice), but we’ll definitely be making more! This is such a delightful seasonal drink that Emmett & I enjoy making and drinking. It looks as pretty as it tastes, and isn’t too boozy.

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#8 // Chicken & Noodles
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My friend Whitney shared her dinner earlier this week, which happened to be this- chicken and noodles, served over mashed potatoes. I was thinking that looks so good and it has been awhile since I’ve had or made this. I clicked through to her next IG story, and apparently this is not ‘a thing’ everywhere?! I grew up eating my chicken & noodles on top of mashed potatoes (like Whitney). She took a poll, and it turns out this is a midwestern / southern food situation? If you’re not eating carbs on carbs on carbs like this, obviously you’re missing out. Haha! But really, it’s a delicious combination that tastes like home. Does anyone else do this?

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#9 // Kale Pesto Pizza

We’re continuing our weekly pizza tradition throughout the holidays. I feel like the holidays and pizza actually kind of go hand-in-hand? I remember staying up late, playing board games with my family, and ordering carryout pizza during the holiday season. Maybe it’s a nostalgic thing? Do you have any holiday pizza traditions? This pesto one looks tasty, and it’s red and green… which feels festive.

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#10 // French Silk Pie

I actually just made a French silk pie for Thanksgiving, and Emmett was bummed because he only got one slice (and there was none leftover for breakfast). I promised him I’d make another one for Christmas since he didn’t get as much as he would’ve liked, ha! I figured this time, I’d try a difference recipe… just for fun, since I’m doing it again. This one is intriguing because there are no raw eggs. I like a classic French silk pie, so I’m wondering how this one will taste. I’m excited to try it!

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You know what I’ll be up to this coming weekend, in addition to work and mailing out Tuesday Made orders… cooking & baking! I actually have awesome news to share with you- my friend Kyla resurrected my cookie swap this year, so next week I’ll be posting my annual Blog Hop Cookie Swap after all, alongside my blogging buddies. I’ve been so busy, I definitely had given up on it this year, but she was excited to take the lead as organizer since my plate has been full. I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition! See you back here on Monday?

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    December 17, 2020 at 5:13 am

    These all look scrumptious! Who doesn’t love a good cinnamon roll? We are huge squash fans over here, and that hasselback texture is next level. Soup season is my fave. Am I basic if I still adore tomato soup and a grilled cheese? Give me anything ginger, although I confess that laziness usually keeps me from baking rolled cookies. Ginger AND cranberries? I’m in. But let’s discuss this chicken and noodles business. I have never eaten this dish. (Except for the traditional red can of chicken noodle soup as a child.) We made chicken and dumplings in our house. Aren’t regional food traditions interesting? I’m a tad militant about maintaining our Pizza Friday tradition, so I dig the idea of holiday-ing it up! Good luck with your new French Silk pie recipe! I enjoy trying new versions of favorite recipes.
    Sadly, my leisurely kitchen time has plummeted recently; a puppy and a new job have me hopping! I’m definitely going to prioritize some holiday baking though, and I am psyched that Kyla is taking the reins on the cookie swap this year! Have a super cozy and amazing weekend! See you Monday!

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      Sarah
      December 17, 2020 at 10:47 am

      I’m with you- nothing beats a tomato soup and grilled cheese! Have you heard of having a peanut butter sandwich (or PB crackers) with chicken noodle soup (which is different than chicken noodles, BTW)? That was something I enjoyed growing up, that I still like. I’m pretty sure that’s a normal thing, but who knows! Regional foods are SO interesting! You’ll have to try chicken & noodles… Amish noodles are the best and what we usually use if you don’t have the time to make homemade. The key is to put them on top of mashed potatoes. It’s creamy, buttery, and delicious. It sounds weird, but trust me on this one. I also love chicken & dumplings, but that was a separate dish. You’ve been holding out on me… a new job?! Congratulations, Peggi!! Your new chapter sounds like it’s off to an amazing start. I’m super excited for you. I hope you have a celebratory weekend planned. Kyla definitely saved the cookie swap this year, whew! xox

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    Melissa D
    December 17, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Oh my goodness, these all look amazing! Those cinnamon twists definitely caught my attention, as did the holiday wreath apps and that tomato tortellini (which is now on my dinner menu for next week!). I have to confess, I’m not a huge fan of gingerbread BUT your sugar cookies have been on my list for our annual family baking day (with my mom, sister, and nieces/nephews – it’s my most favorite tradition every year!) since you shared the recipe a few months ago. I’ve never heard of chicken and noodles – like Peggi, we always made chicken and dumplings! Serving it over mashed potatoes sounds intriguing though. Here’s another confession – I’ve never had homemade pizza either, but I really think we need to try it. The French silk pie looks droolworthy – I hope Emmett gets to enjoy this one to his heart’s content! hah.

    I hope you have a fantastic weekend and find some time to relax amidst all your hard work!

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      Sarah
      December 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

      Those are at the top of my list, too! If you make the soup before I do, let me know what you think, please :) I’m excited about that one! You’re going to love the sugar cookies, and they’re so much fun to make (and eat). Enjoy your family baking day… that sounds like a wonderful tradition! I bet chicken & dumplings would be great over mashed potatoes. Haha! But really. Growing up, I used to make and eat both- dumplings and noodles. Noodles were probably more common where I lived. You’ve got to make a homemade pizza! They are so fun! We usually do one or two a month. This is my favorite non traditional recipe: https://roomfortuesday.com/southwest-bbq-chicken-pizza/ We started a “pizza friday” tradition that has been really fun. Sometimes we bake them from scratch and sometimes we order carryout. Hope you have a great weekend as well! xox

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    Lauren
    December 17, 2020 at 7:19 am

    This is timely! How’d you know I’ve been jonesing for new recipes this holiday season?? Typically Christmas morning is quiche and a delectable French toast casserole with a bagel or pastry bar, followed by grazing plates for the hours between breakfast and dinner. And dinner is, well, basic. This year I’m wanting to swap out my French toast casserole and those knots look like an amazing choice! I’m also looking to up the ante on my grazing plates and since this year will be a smaller gathering I’m digging the idea of a huge charcuterie. Also…I have NEVER tried any squash other than the kind that looks like zucchini…but damn that squash tray looks amazing! I might have to give it a go. That’s totally a Midwestern thing on the chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. I was born in the wrong region of the world. I’ve always been the one that wants fries and mashed potatoes or noodles and mashed potatoes…that’s a big no-no out here. I remember ordering two carbs at a restaurant once and the server looked at me like I was crazy and kept asking if I was sure. Hahaha! I definitely want to try that one. And that tomato tortellini. 🤤🤤 I’m all about tomato soup this time of year, so I’ll be trying this recipe. That pizza recipe will be great to keep on deck for Christmas Eve-we do a fun unexpected food choice each year based on the day Christmas Eve lands on. So if it’s a Friday, it’s pizza Friday! I can’t wait to try this. And French silk pie is on my list for Christmas dessert, so maybe I’ll use this recipe. So so excited that the cookie swap is happening!!! That is probably my favorite holiday post of yours every year. I can’t wait. Alright Sarah! We both need kitchen time this weekend so let’s hold each other to it, lol. I’ve been trying and everything else has been getting in the way. But TODAY is the last day of school 😍😍😍😍😍 (thank you baby Jesus!) so I’m hoping this weekend. I’ll see you back here on Monday-have an awesome weekend and give Cash and Crosby a hug and a snuggle for me!

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      Sarah
      December 17, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I love your Christmas bunch spread! That all sounds incredible. I’m going to try the knots this weekend… I’ll let you know how it goes. I need to make a grocery run first. You’ve got to try the squash! Butternut squash is my absolute favorite. It’s like the sweeter, winter version of zucchini. You were definitely born in the wrong region of the US. Haha! In the midwest and south, double carbs is common and encouraged, lol. For the french silk pie, my regular go-to recipes (with whipped eggs) is the Joanna Gaines recipe- from her cookbook, but you could probably find it online. It’s an easy, fail-proof pie. I can’t speak to the one I linked here since I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks delish! I’m equally as excited about the cookie swap, because I was convinced it wasn’t happening. Kyla saved the day! Yes- let’s hold each other to some fun kitchen time :) Cheers to the last day of school!! Time to celebrate! xo

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      Peggi
      December 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Oh my gosh, Lauren! If zucchini is your idea of squash, your world is about to get rocked! (Snort. I take my vegetables seriously.) The winter squashes are my favorite!! Butternut is your gateway squash; readily available and delish! Definitely try delicata (roasted, you can eat the skin!) and kabocha (so, so flavorful and vibrant!). I’ll keep my love letter to squash short, but do experiment! And many congrats on making it to winter break!!! I know you have done an amazing job with distance learning, so pour a celebration and relax!😉

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        Sarah
        December 21, 2020 at 9:22 am

        I totally agree! You have to let us know what you end up making :)

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    Danna F
    December 17, 2020 at 8:08 am

    So many delish dishes! I am so hungry now looking over these! You have me wanting to include the hot honey squash at our christmas dinner. Several recipes my family would be all over..tomato tortellini soup, cinnamon crunch knots, chicken noodles over potatoes (say what? But they love carbs), and your chocolate silk pie. YUM!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Sarah
      December 17, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Me too, Danna! Chicken and noodles OVER potatoes. It’s a real thing, I promise. Haha! The ultimate comfort food. Let me know if you try anything :) Have a fantastic weekend! xo

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    Colleen
    December 17, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Ok I’m officially starving after reading this post 😅 and have mixed your Grandmas sugar cookie recipe. The dough is refrigerating as I type, the batter tastes delicious 😋 so I’m sure they are going to be amazing! I think I will make just 12 cookies at a time so I don’t eat them all before Christmas. Lol. I’ll let you know how they turn out later this aft ☺️
    All the recipes look delicious, my husband would love those cinnamon knots but I’m not much of a baker so slightly intimidated to make those 😬 but that tomato tortellini soup looks amazing! Yum 🤤 and the pizza looks delicious too! All fabulous recipes Sarah! I’m sure with your Extraordinary kitchen and awesome baking skills you will tackle all these recipes with ease and perfection. Happy baking! Yummy!

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      Sarah
      December 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Haha!! I’m also starving, Colleen! I am SO super excited to hear you’ve got the dough chilling. I can’t wait to hear what you think :) You made my day. Thanks for giving them a try. I’m not going to lie- I’m pretty jealous you’ll be eating cookies this afternoon. I need to get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of my own. The cinnamon knots say “easy” about four times in the recipe (lol!), so that’s what I’m hoping for. I’ll keep you updated on their difficulty level. So many delicious things to make and so little time. I need to get busy. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend ahead, my friend! xo

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        Colleen
        December 17, 2020 at 12:28 pm

        Just had two of your Grandmas cookies Sarah and they were so yummy! They came out wonderfully and so delicious 😋 My husband had some too and he loved them 👍 They are the perfect blend of buttery sweet with great texture. For the first time I purchased culinary lavender from a farm in British Columbia, I might try to use a little in the next batch, maybe? They are truly perfect the way they are though! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe 😍
        Have a fantastic Christmas and Cheers to your Grandmas amazing cookies ❤️

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          Sarah
          December 21, 2020 at 9:23 am

          YAY!! I love hearing this, Colleen. I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed them. They’re an easy cookie to infuse other flavors and I think lavender would be incredible. If you try it, you’ll have to let me know how they turn out. I’d love to try that myself. In the past, I’ve also used lemon and almond extract to mix up the flavoring. Have the happiest holiday week :) xox

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    Brittany
    December 17, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Oh man! I’m going to have to give that chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes a try. I’m from the Midwest but have never heard of it! It makes me think of Jim Gaffigan’s bit on southern people and biscuits and gravy. 😁 but seriously, you can’t knock it until you try it! Also, I saw on Instagram you’re hiring. That would be a dream job for me. If I were local I’d work for free and ask you to teach me All The Things!! If you’re ever looking for a nurse or fledgling gardener on the other side of the U.S. I’m your girl! 😆

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      Sarah
      December 21, 2020 at 9:21 am

      Hahaha!! I know exactly what bit you’re talking about. Lol! Us midwesterners and southerners love our carbs. Hah! You’ve gotta try the chicken and noodles on top of the mashed potatoes. It’s really so good and creamy. Yes- we’re very excited to start expanding and building a little Tuesday Made creative family in the year. I’m looking forward to it!! I have really missed working with people and being creative with others. For the past six years, it’s just me… and the dogs. I miss interaction! I wish you were local :) I’ll be sure to call if I need a nurse or gardener. Happy holidays, Brittany! xox

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