Gingerbread Sheet Cake with Orange Cream Icing

Flavorful, festive, easy to make, kid-approved, sheet pan sized gingerbread cake with orange cream icing! This is the PERFECT cake for a holiday get-together. It’s large enough to serve several people and definitely tasty enough to get people wanting more. The lightly sweetened gingerbread cake goes perfectly with the 3 ingredient orange cream icing, which is so light and airy. 

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOSTING A PARTY DURING THE HOLIDAYS: 5 Festive Recipes + 7 Simple Solutions That Minimize Stress and Maximize Success - Part 2

A party is deemed successful if the host remains calm and accommodating, guests feel happy and full, and the foods and cocktails are eye-catching and delicious. 

Which is what brings us to....

Part 2: 5 festive recipes that are all manageable for hosts to prepare, impressively 
delicious for guests to enjoy, and made with seasonal flavors perfect for all holiday gatherings.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOSTING A PARTY DURING THE HOLIDAYS: 5 Festive Recipes + 7 Simple Solutions That Minimize Stress and Maximize Success - Part 1

Indulging in delicious food, sipping on cocktails, making memories, and being surrounded with love, laughter, family, and friends are a few reasons people of all ages look forward to holiday gatherings year after year. If you are hosting the party, however, things can feel quite overwhelming, and transform even the most gracious host into the grumpy Grinch.

I set up two posts, part 1 and part 2, that together outline recommendations on how to host a party during the holiday season with as little stress as possible. 

Part 1: simple ways to reduce worry, increase success, and 
encourage effortless planning when hosting a holiday party.

Baked Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

 If you’re into meal prep (& even if you’re not) this hearty dish is the perfect meal for breakfast, full of flavor and healthy foods! Lightly sweetened with maple syrup, bananas, and blueberries, this baked oatmeal has no artificial sweeteners and is also gluten-free, vegan-friendly, & free of refined sugars.

Spider Web Pecan Cookies

 What’s better than a soft, chewy, and delicious pecan cookie? A soft, chewy, and delicious pecan cookie with a spider web design made from chocolate! The combination of pecans and spelt flour creates a mildly sweet and nutty cookie that pairs nicely with the dark and white chocolate. You can easily make this cookie vegan with just a few simple changes, too.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars (Vegan, Paleo, + Gluten-Free)

I was at my computer trying to think of a creative way to make brownies. Or fudge. I really couldn't decide because they're both delicious choices.  Thinking, thinking, thinking....when I overthink recipes, I tend to over-complicate them as well. So I decided to create something rich and fudgy, and wrote down simple ingredients like cocoa powder, dates, and coconut oil. I mean you can't go wrong with that combo, right? It's at that point I randomly thought of pecan pie. To which I whipped up these delicious, decadent, fudgy, chocolate pecan pie bars. A tasty treat that falls somewhere between a brownie and fudge. Te absolute best of both worlds!