Weekend Links: Eat Well, Spend Less Wrap-Up

The countdown to Christmas is really on now and we’ve got plenty of tips for the festivities ahead.

This month in the Eat Well, Spend Less series we took a look at simple holiday entertaining and how to keep the budget under control. Seven contributors weighed in on topics such as easy appetizers, do-ahead breakfasts, and stocking up on essentials.

I’m sure you’ll find this recap helpful as you head into holiday mode!

Alyssa from Kingdom First Mom inspired us with 10 Easy Homemade Food Gifts. Skip that excursion to the busy local mall this week and head to the kitchen instead. I’m sure anyone would be thrilled to receive a tin of shortbread or a gingerbread mix as a thoughtful handmade gift.

Jessica from LifeasMOM sure knows her way around an appetizer tray! Her post on budget-friendly appetizers offers plenty of practical and simple suggestions for finger food this holiday season.

Katie from Kitchen Stewardship shares her “go to” list for cheap and easy party foods, those items she can make quickly and without much thought hosting or attending a holiday event.

Shaina from Food for My Family dishes out tips on Stocking Up for the Holidays. I know I’ll have to make one final grocery run and Shaina’s list of essentials is sure to come in handy.

Mandi from Life Your Way brings us a pretty and practical round-up of Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Christmas Morning. Make-ahead sounds great to me, as do all of her menu ideas.

In case you missed it, I wrote about Homemade Substitutes for Holiday Favorites. With a little planning, you can make many, if not all of your favorite holiday foods. This can help you save money, as well as avoid the sugar and preservatives that tend to be in the grocery store versions. The post contains a thorough round-up of sweets, appetizers, beverages and savory foods.

Have a wonderful weekend!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Stephanie Robison says

    Where is the recipe for the biscotti in the top picture – its driving me crazy! I’ve GOT to make some! Thanks

  2. Yes! I’d like to make those right now!

  3. Adie Andrews says

    The recipe for that biscotti is unbelievable and the combination of pistachios and white chocolate sounds more than yummy. For sure I will try the recipe of your sister moreover especially now for Christmas.
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  4. Sarah Pery says

    Yummy those pistachio biscotti definitely looks unbelievable. The first time when I try a sweets with pistachios was in Turkey couple of years ago and they taste so great. I will give that recipe a try thanks for sharing it.
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