Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday - Christmas Traditions and Recipes

First up I'm going to share one of my FAVORITE Christmas recipes. I think we've had them three years in a row which makes them a tradition, right? 

I'm fairly certain I've shared this recipe every year, but Y'ALL!!! SO GOOD!  I am a total pesto girl so these are right up my alley.  I don't have the typical "step by step" pics that I usually do because 1) I forgot and 2) I forgot  But it's super easy, so no worries.

Here's what you'll need....
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons jarred pesto
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 packages spinach tortellini, cooked and cooled
2 pints cherry tomatoes
12 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Step 1:) Mix together the olive oil, pesto and vinegar in a bowl.

2) On small skewers, thread 1 tortellini, 1 cherry tomato and 1 mozzarella cube per skewer. (I did 2 of each).
3) Lay the skewers on a platter and lightly drizzle the dressing over them with a spoon.

4) Serve immediately or refrigerate. Sprinkle on the minced parsley just before serving.

SIDENOTE: I prepped all of mine EXCEPT FOR THE DRESSING, put them on the platter and covered with saran wrap in the morning . When I was ready to serve them, I drizzled them with the prepared dressing and parsley.  Mine tasted DELISH the next day as well (the tomatoes just weren't quite as crisp). 

And for my Christmas tradition I thought I'd share one of my FAVORITE days of the year!  Several years ago we started going to the Gaylord Texan to look at the decorations and somewhere along the way we added in eating giant chocolate chip cookies to the to-do-list.  The kids talk about this day and we all look forward to it all year long.

They have an amazing train display and it kind of breaks my heart that all three kids can see over the fence now.

Don't even get me started.  Same boy.  Same bridge. 

And last year :)  

Look how much fun look has having his picture taken in the sleigh every year! 

He was being her reindeer :)

And then it was cookie time!

My sentiments exactly!

Love the way she looks at her daddy.

After the Gaylord we headed to Bass Pro Shop (it's right down the road) to ride the carousel, but unfortunately it was gone! We made the most of it and played, looked and picked up a couple of last minute gifts.

This little set of elf legs moved and she was SO concerned!  She kept telling us to "pull that elf out!  Pull him out!!!"

That's a scary thought!

Dramatic, much? :)

It was such a fun morning and we have plans to go back and look at the lights at night (probably between Christmas and New Years)... new tradition in the works!

It's the last show and tell Tuesday of the year and you can link up below.  I'm working on the 2017 link up list and will have that up soon!  Thanks so much for following along and linking up this year! It's been so much fun!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!



  1. A trip to the Gaylord is always a good time. :) of

  2. I need to make that recipe this year! Thanks for reminding me. Lol. And, one of Hess days I'm gonna go to Dallas and get me a giant cookie. Yum! Merry Christmas!

  3. There were so many good pics from your day yesterday!! Thanks for the link up this year!! xo

  4. I have loved this link-up and following your blog for the last 2 years. Have a great holiday! -Lisa

  5. When I saw your Snaps yesterday, I knew you were at the Gaylord:). Such a fun tradition. Merry Tuesday, Andrea!

  6. Where is Griffin's darling deer top from?

    Ashley Breland

  7. Those tortellini skewers look so yummy!! And GG being concerned about that elf is just precious!!

  8. I've never had one of the giant cookies. I need to make that happen asap!

  9. What a fun linkup this year!!! Love the Gaylord and those giant cookies!!! You will love it at night as well!

  10. Any graduation that involves a giant chocolate chip cookie would be a win in my family! We always hit up Bass Pro around the holidays as well. My kids love it!


  11. We were bummed the carousel was gone too! They said it was old and rickety last year so they didn't bring it back :(

    1. That is silly! The kids rode it last year and it seemed fine. So sad!

  12. OH my heavens...you weren't kidding when you said GIANT cookie😀. No wonder they look forward to it. We love going to the Opryland Hotel when visiting Nashville. So beautiful decorated for Christmas!!! What a sweet tradition, Andrea. And I have those same skewers pinned to make. YUM!

  13. Appetizers look amazing!
    Cookie?! YES PLEASE!
    4-runner pic....I LOVE IT!

  14. Gasp! Griffin's boots! OMG - BEYOND adorable!

    Merry Christmas to one of my very favorite bloggers to stalk! ;)

  15. So much Christmas fun! We visited Santa at our local Bass Pro today and we saw that same elf. My almost 3 year old daughter was very concerned too. She said we needed to help him! Too cute!

  16. So much fun! I've always wanted to head to the Gaylord at Christmas. Totally saving those skewers...yum.


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