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This week is all about rockin’ out the holidays – but keeping it simple.

And I am starting with an easy holiday appetizer and drink recipe.

And, I am in great company – these lovely ladies!


In the spirit of keeping things simple, lets get right to it…


This is one of my favorite recipes – but I dressed it up for the holidays – and now I love it even more.


- Crostini bread, favorite cracker or toasted bread slices

- Goat cheese

- Pesto, from a jar works just fine

- Fresh Raspberries (I am telling you – the mix of flavors with the raspberries is AMAZING!)



- Layer your ingredients – crostini, cheese, pesto, raspberry

- If you really get pressed for time, place log of goat cheese on plate, top with pesto and raspberries and serve with a tray of crostini – everyone can then DIY their appetizer!

And of course, every yummy appetizer needs a fabulous drink, again – I am totally in love with this one and will be making it often through the holidays.



- Cran-raspberry juice. I used the low calorie version

- White wine – I prefer pinot grigio

- Seltzer

- Fresh lime

- Ice



- Mix the juice, wine and seltzer in 1/3 proportions

- Add ice to glass and pour mixture in.

- Squeeze in fresh lime and garnish your drink with a slice of lime and fresh raspberries.

The lime juice brings it all together. And the flavors of the drink with the appetizer together – pure yum and the perfect thing to serve before a meal or a casual evening with friends.


I be back on Wednesday to share a simple gift idea and Friday for gift wrapping.

And for more easy recipe ideas for the holidays, visit these lovely ladies…

Thanks so much for reading!