Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Kabobs -- A Pinch of Joy

Grinch Kabobs -- A Pinch of Joy

These are so cute and colorful, they will make any party fun! They are perfect for kid events and they love to help assemble them.   Adults laugh when they see them on a buffet table and love them, too. And – big bonus! – they are good for you.

You can assemble them using short 6″ kabob sticks. But if kids are involved, look for the blunt coffee stirrers. The little straws work great and are sturdy enough to pierce the fruit without bending. I found flat bamboo stirrers with rounded ends that also worked well.

This is another quick and easy holiday treat that requires no baking and can be made in quantity as large or as small as you want.

Grinch Kabobs
Cute, colorful and healthy holiday treat perfect for kid's parties or to add color to an adult buffet. Another quick and easy holiday treat that requires no baking and can be made in quantity as large or as small as you want.
Recipe type: Dessert
  • For each Grinch you will need:
  • 1 large green grape
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 banana slice dipped in lemon juice
  • 1 mini marshmallow
  • 1 coffee stirrer
  1. Slice banana and dip each slice in lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Wash and cut or pull stem off strawberries
  3. Push coffee stirrer into fruit as shown, beginning with grape for face (make features with food safe marker, if desired), banana slice for fur, strawberry for hat and mini marshmallow for pompom.


Watch for more no bake and no stress treats in small batches between now and Christmas.  For when you want to have a variety of treats without a lot of leftovers. 

  1. Chocolate Peppermint Grahams
  2. No-bake cheesecake chocolate covered bitty bites
  3. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Gems
  4. Butterscotch Pecan Softies
  5. Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Bars

 If you want cookies check these out —

1.  Fruitcake cookies   2.  Almond Coconut Crunch Cookies 3.  Pineapple Walnut Cookies
4.  Maple Caramel Swirl Cookies    5.  Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprints 6.  Cherry Almond Chews
7.  Polka Dot Macaroons   8.  Red Velvet Cookies with white chocolate and walnuts    9.  Butterscotch Pecan Softies     10. Toffee Crisps    11. Crescent Mini Chip Cookies      12. Minty Christmas Cookies



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How to make a large, lighted outdoor wreath

How to make a large lighted outdoor wreath -- A Pinch of Joy

How to make a large lighted outdoor wreath -- A Pinch of Joy

Christmas time in a new house totally different from the last abode. How to decorate for Christmas? We were spoiled with our 10 minute exterior decorating. Ease of installation in potentially frigid air was at the top of our list. Weather is a huge factor and everything has to be able to withstand wind and snow. Our something new needed to be simple enough that it could be done in an afternoon without breaking the budget. Yet large enough that it would make an impact on its own. That large triangle at the front of the house – yes, the one over the garage door – was calling out for something. That space needed: A wreath, of course.

The previous owners, who built the house, planned ahead with outlets under the eaves. The wreath could be lighted very easily. There was even a hook at just the right height for a decoration of some kind.  Most of the Christmas things we own, including material for such projects, are in storage two hours away.   So off to the local craft store, which happens to be a very large Hobby Lobby.   I am a practitioner of the “buy things AFTER the season is over for the best price” lifestyle, and this was a reminder why.  But it is our first Christmas here – worth it, right?

Here’s the tutorial showing how I made a 48” lighted wreath. If you’d like to see the condensed version, scroll on down to find the video instructions.

 Fluff the wreath

  1. Fluff the wreath. It is flattened for shipping and needs the branches lifted, separated and arranged to bring it into three dimensions!
  2. 2Roughly plan placement of ornaments and ribbon
    1. Do a rough lay out of the decorations. We chose a contemporary theme with two main colors, bright red and lime green, lots of glitter, and ornaments of varying size and texture. I decided to keep to a tight structure, with the 4 inch wide mesh ribbon down the middle of the wreath and lights on the side and center. The ornaments would be randomly placed to balance one another, providing visual interest and movement.

    Evenly distribute lights and fasten securely to wreath

    1. Plan the lighting layout. Decide where the bottom of the wreath will be so the strands of light can begin and end at the proper points. Distribute the lights evenly around the wreath, with some tucked inside the wreath. We used two strands of bright white – one for the middle and one for the center opening. One end was left free to plug into the extension cord so that it was hidden beneath the bow. The two strands plugged into each other, also under the bow. Fasten the lights securely to the wreath frame using small plastic zip ties. (Don’t use wire to fasten electrical lights.)

    4Securely Fasten Bow -- A Pinch of Joy

    1. Securely fasten the bow to the wreath frame. Begin by firmly twisting the wire at the bottom of the premade bow around the metal wreath frame, then reinforce that with zip ties or wire.   I also fastened the ribbon with wire on the underside of the bow to the frame in several places.

    5 Tie knot in end of mesh ribbon

    1. Tie a knot in the end of the mesh so it will not fray. Tuck it under the bow and fasten securely with zip tire or wire. You will repeat this step at the other end of the ribbon.

    Make loops every 4-6 inches

    1. Make loops (or little poufs of ribbon) every four to six inches. You can vary the amount of   ribbon used in each pouf, with more ribbon creating a looser pouf. I kept mine fairly tight so the wind couldn’t catch them easily.

    7To make loops

    1. To make pouf, simply pinch the ribbon tightly between thumb and fingers,then fasten them securely to the wreath frame with zip ties (what I used) or wire. The wire frame of the wreath is made with concentric circles. I varied the circle to which I fastened the ribbon creating some visual movement.

    Lay out all ornaments

    1. Lay out all ornaments, rearranging as necessary to create a visually balanced whole.

    9Securely fasten all ornaments

    1. Securely fasten all ornaments using zip ties or wire. When all ornaments are in place, use a low temperature glue gun to firmly secure all ornaments in place. Even the low temperature can cause some ornaments to melt a bit, so proceed with caution, keeping the glue application at the fastening point so it can be easily hidden.

    Finished Wreath -- A Pinch of Joy

    1. Stand back and admire! This size wreath, and making sure everything was as windproof as possible, took around four hours of work time. I had planned and unplanned disruptions so actually had it spread out, first on the kitchen counter and then the dining table for most of one day.

    Lighted Wreath

    1. Night view.

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Elegant Eggnog

Elegant Eggnog -- A Pinch of Joy

Elegant Eggnog -- A Pinch of Joy

Eggnog is a perfect drink with it’s richness and creamy spiced flavor. It was a special treat at our house for a couple of weeks around Christmas each year. Wheels especially likes it. And then – carb counting entered the picture. At 35 carbs and 340 calories per serving, eggnog fell off the radar.   Normally we use don’t use artificial sweeteners – mostly from personal preference. But when I saw this recipe came in at 9 carbs and 100 calories for a four ounce serving, it immediately popped to the top of my “gotta try this file”.   You know — that messy, horizontal stack of papers by the computer that grows higher and higher.

It is truly an elegant drink. Everything you want in an eggnog – smooth, creamy, great flavor. If carb counts are not part of your life, you can substitute granulated sugar for the sweetener in the same amount. Use a candy thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 175 degrees.  Making eggnog is not as easy as opening a container from the dairy case – but almost! And the taste is waaaay better. And so are the nutrition numbers. The celebration is back in Christmas!

Want cookies to go with the eggnog? Twelve days of Christmas Cookies may have just the one you need!

(Recipe from Splenda. By the way, no compensation – Splenda has never heard of me!)

Elegant Eggnog
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 15 servings ½ cup each
  • 1 cup granulated Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dark rum/serving optional
  1. Mix together Splenda, cornstarch and nutmeg in heavy saucepan.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and add to ingredients in saucepan and whisk until blended.
  3. Add milk slowly whole stirring constantly.
  4. Cook over low heat, whisking continually until temperature reaches 175 F, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and blend in half and half; cool mixture.
  6. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Add vanilla extract just before serving.
  7. Eggnog will keep 3 days in refrigerator.

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