The Big Holiday Clean-up
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This would make such a great hostess gift!
Have a Very GLAM Thanksgiving
After Dinner Drinks
After the big meal it's customary to serve coffee. But the last thing I want to do is serve another course!iSo I've started setting up a coffee bar each year instead.
Clear off a bar cart of everything but an electric coffee maker, some cups and saucers, sugar, spoons, and napkins and let your guests help themselves.
For fun you might want to include a bottle of Irish Whiskey and a recipe for Irish Coffee to keep the festivities going!
A Pre-Thanksgiving Treat
If you're looking for something to tide over your guests before the turkey hits the table these delicious muffins are the prefect snack. Low-fat and holiday themed they also serve as a great breakfast for house guests or early morning kitchen helpers. And at less than 200 calories per muffin you won't have to worry about wasting any calories before the big meal.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup nonfat milk
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Combine pumpkin, beaten egg, oil and milk in a medium bowl. Make a well in dry ingredients; add pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in chopped cranberries. Fill muffin cups and bake for 22-25 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins, 193 calories per muffin