The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror

it’s time for more holiday planning, parties, and food!

You can see photos of all the recipes

I’m thinking about making in December in the December section

of my monthly Pinterest board here or click on the links below

There are also photos of the recipes

I’ve made from previous Decembers on the

December monthly Pinterest board for even more ideas

The recipes on this month’s list are all festive enough for company

The flavor/theme of the month is Holiday Treats!


Christmas Cheese Tree from the Girl Who Ate Everything

Spinach & Artichoke Swirl Christmas Tree from Watch What U Eat

Caprese Pizza Pinwheels from Mantitlement

Hot Gouda Bacon Dip from Olivia’s Cuisine

Side Dishes

Bundt Pan Stuffing from Plain Chicken

Easy Spinach Gratin from How Sweet Eats

Pear Salad with Creamy Pomegrante Dressing from Carlsbad Cravings

Butternut Squash Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries & Pomegranate from Julia’s Album

Main Dishes

Slow Cooker Honey & Parmesan Pork Tenderloin from Closet Cooking

Crispy Prosciutto Cheesy White Lasagna from Half Baked Harvest

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Pasta from Damn Delicious


White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse from An Edible Mosaic

Christmas Tree Nutella Pie from Tastemade

Candy Cane Brownie Trifle from the Food Charlatan

Sugar Cookie Dough Christmas Dip from Lemon Peony

Breakfast and Miscellaneous

Raspberry Cream Cheese Candy Cane Danish from Pillsbury

Here’s what I made from the November Paint Bucket

The flavor/theme of the month was Thanksgiving Twists

Sweet & Savory Cranberry Bites adapted from Yellow Bliss Road

was the inspiration for these amazing

Asparagus, Cranberry, Bacon & Pistachio Tarts

Bacon, Brussels Sprouts and Green Bean Casserole

from Southern Living was the inspiration for this versatile

French Onion Asparagus Gratin

This can be served as a main dish, side dish

or as the appetizer tarts pictured above

Pulled Pork Cornbread Muffins from Plain Chicken

inspired Pulled Pork Cornbread Buns that I served with

Slow Cooker Broccoli Asiago Soup adapted from

Asiago Broccoli Cheese Soup from Will Cook for Smiles

Gnoochi Alfredo with Spinach, Ham & Butternut Squash

is an original recipe full of color and flavors

I also created two other original dishes that are so good

they will be going on a regular rotation!

Both recipes are a nice change up from holiday flavors

and are creative ways to use up leftovers

A Crazy Good Quesadilla

Easy Cheesy Corn & Pulled Pork Enchiladas

I also reshared another great recipe using holiday leftovers

Holiday Cranberry Flatbread

It was a very delicious month!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

 What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

  Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest

  Karin’s Cottage Linky Party / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

 Full Plate Thursday/ Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade

23 Responses to “The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket”
  1. So many yummy treats! That gratin looks particularly good to me. Have a great first Advent Sunday, Jenna.

  2. Choices! Choices! But what is it about me and broccoli? I like it raw, tossed in salads, but once its cooked – like in this soup, I’m a little kid holding her nose. Something about heating it up . . . weird, I know. Anyway, the other recipe ideas sound delightful and healthy to me, so HEY . . . I can’t be the perfect guest every time. Sorry. I’ll behave next time.

  3. What a lovely assortment of holiday recipes! I don’t know where to start drooling.

  4. Jenna, the December paint bucket sounds amazing. I hope you decide to make the Christmas tree Nutella pie. I love Nutella and sometimes buy the small size just for me so I can enjoy by the spoonfuls! Happy Sunday!

  5. It’s so much fun this time of the year thinking about all the beautiful food we can make for the holidays and parties! I love your idea of keeping a Pinterest board that you can go back and look at from year to year. These recipes sound wonderful.

    • Thanks so much Judee. Yes, it is so much fun to think about holiday food! I refer to my recipe Pinterest board often for quick ideas when I’m making my grocery list and menu, plus it motivates me to try new things and recipes.

  6. Nancy says:

    I look forward to December and all these delicious recipes! The Gratin looks amazing. It’s going to be fun to come see all these that you make.
    Happy Sunday Jenna!

  7. The cheese tree is really cute! And I’ve been craving spinach… So everything with spinach is sounding good to me these days. Happy Holiday Season Jenna:@)

  8. kitty says:

    So many yummy recipes to try, Jenna! I’m going to check many of them out. Thank you!

  9. Kim says:

    So many yummy recipes to choose from I hardly know what to pick. But I love the flatbread with leftovers – what a great idea because you could put almost anything on it. As long as it has cheese, of course. Thanks for sharing all these recipes Jenna and happy almost December!

  10. Mary says:

    So many yummy dishes and treats to try Jenna! Happy Wednesday ♥

  11. Wow – an excellent array of tasty holiday recipes, thank you!

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