Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes.

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One of my most favorite parts of the holiday season is the food.  Shocking, I know!  In particular, it’s the finger food.  The grazing, the meals made of little bites, and the ability to chat with friends and family while nibbling on favorite appetizers.  Forget a big, over the top meal – that’s what Thanksgiving is for! – instead, I love meals made of appetizers.

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One of my absolute favorite appetizers from my childhood are these Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries.  Using the word pastries in a recipe title makes it sound a lot more sophisticated, don’t you think?  We’ll keep it a secret between you and me that these bite sized morsels  take only four ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare.  Sharp cheddar cheese and sliced green onion is gathered in the center of a dill dusted flaky pastry bundle.  If you’re able to only eat one or two, you definitely have stronger will power than I do!

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Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 8 ounce cans crescent rolls
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together cheese and onions.
  3. Separate crescent roll dough into 16 triangles and cut each triangle in half again diagonally.
  4. Place rounded teaspoonful of cheese and onion mixture into center of each triangle and bring corners of dough to center over filling, overlapping ends.
  5. Place pastries on silicone mat or parchment lined baking sheet and spray or brush each pasty lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle dill over the top of each pastry.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.


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Start a new tradition in your home by adding these Mini Cheese and Onion Pastries to your holiday table.

Looking for more great snack and appetizer recipes?

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You can find Melanie online at Melanie Makes where she documents cooking, creating and caring for her family.  Repeat.  Melanie lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband, three children, two cats and Lizzie, the 15 year old turtle.

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Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily at So Damn Domestic.

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The holiday season is upon us, and we’ve made our list a long time ago.

Now we’re in the “checking it twice” stage. Making sure we have gifts for those key gift exchanges, and getting things ready to ship to far-away friends and relatives.

If your gift recipients have wish lists to buy from, it’s easy to be sure your gift will be enjoyed, used, and appreciated. If not, it’s easy to accidentally give something (with the purest intentions) that becomes clutter in your loved ones’ homes.

So if I’m not totally positive about what sort of gift to give, I lean toward clutter-free options whenever possible. I even wrote The Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gifts to serve as a reference for future gift-giving occasions.

But Christmas is just around the corner, and some of those things take a bit of time to put together or arrange. So here’s a short list of clutter-free gift ideas that work perfectly well even at the eleventh hour!

Last-Minute Clutter-Free Gift Ideas:

Give a charitable gift in someone’s name.

If there’s a cause or specific charity you know they support. Most non-profits can accept donations online, and many have cards you can print out to let the gift recipient know.

Give an invitation.

Invite a friend to a post-holiday brunch at your house, or lunch date “out.” Set a date that works for both of you, and look forward to it through the holiday hubbub.

For kids, invite them to a special outing to the zoo, a museum, or ice skating. It doesn’t have to be an annual membership – a one-time outing is still an awesome gift.

Give a magazine subscription.

There are tons of great magazines out there for kids, like National Geographic Kids or Little Kids, Highlights, Muse (a science magazine for big kids), Zoobooks, Ranger Rick, Dig into History, or Sports Illustrated for Kids. You can subscribe online, which makes it great for last-minute shopping.

To make it more fun to open on Christmas Day, buy the latest issues from a newsstand (check your local book store) and wrap it up, along with a note that says they’ll get issues all year.

Give audio books to a family who spends a lot of time in the car.

SparkleStories is an audio-story subscription for kids up to age 10 (with different options for different ages and interests).

Audible book credits will let your favorite tween, teen, or adult bibliophile choose their own books to listen to.

Gift Certificates are quick to pick up, and everyone loves them.

Give certificates to your kids for an ice cream date, or to your best friend for a dinner at her favorite restaurant (offer to babysit her kids if you want to gift a date night).

Teens will love gift certificates or cards for their favorite clothing stores or to iTunes or the Google Play store.

Your kids’ teachers will probably cry with gratitude if you give them a card to your local office supply store, craft store, or teacher supply store – they put a LOT of their own money into your child’s classroom each year.

Give snacks and edible treats to anyone who has a mouth.

These are easy to throw in your grocery cart the next time you’re at the store, and as long as you keep the recipients’ preferences and dietary needs in mind, they’ll definitely be enjoyed! No clutter here!

My kids LOVE to receive Larabars in their stockings (the ones with chocolate chips in them are reserved for special occasions like this), and my husband is a huge fan of crunchy peanut butter. I’d like salted dark chocolate truffles, please!

Now, go have a happy holiday!

Knowing I’m not adding to others’ home struggles, while giving them gifts they’ll enjoy and love, is the best part of clutter-free gift-giving for me. (Be sure to pin this page and the Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gifts for birthdays and the next holiday season!)

What last minute clutter-free gifts did I miss? What will you be giving your loved ones this year? Comment to share your ideas!

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Emily Chapelle is an expert homemaker, about to set up her 8th home in just as many years. She offers motivating guidance to busy women who are ready to make the kinds of changes that last. Why? So they can spend more time on the things and people that really matter. She shares home organizing tips, decluttering your life, time-management for homemakers, and other homemaking topics at So Damn Domestic. Her ebook, Finding the Awesome – 3 Steps to Doing More & Stressing Less, has been downloaded over 2,484 times, and you can get it for free.

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5 Tips For A More Peaceful Holiday Season

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