I hope your holiday season is off to a fantastic start — things are busy over here in my nook and cranny of the world and I am sure y’all can say the same. That’s why I’m here to help you out in the homestretch!
Before we get into that, I wanted to tell you about the recent holiday party that I attended with my friends at Kroger. Held at Huber Winery (the perfect venue), we started the evening with bites and sips from the team at the winery, Kern’s Kitchen, KY Beef, KY Cattlemen’s Beef, and Murray’s Cheese!
Not only was everything delicious, it was inspiring — and got my holiday brain going at lightning speed!
The best part? We also enjoyed a multi-course meal!
The meal started with Butternut Squash Soup, which was served with creme fraiche. Paired was Huber’s Estate-Grown Pinot Gris.
Next was the salad course, which featured cranberry vinaigrette, Kroger Organic Baby Spinach, Chard, Kale, and Mizuna Mixed Greens — paired with Huber’s Estate-Grown Vignoles.
The main course? Merkley semi-boneless ham with Carl T. Bourbon Glaze, Merkley bacon-wrapped, stuffed pork loin, succotash, butter + parsley mashed potatoes, sweet potato rolls — and, of course, Huber’s Estate-Grown Blaufrankisch & Heritage.
Last, but not least, my favorite course: Apple Cranberry Pavlova, which was a pavlova served with Huber’s apple & cranberry compote + fresh whipped cream. It paired perfectly with Huber’s Spiced Apple.
I attended the event with my best friend Shelby — afterwards, we immediately went to my local Kroger to get holiday ready.
My top-three tips for maximizing your holiday shopping experience:
1. Visit Your Local Kroger, A One-Stop Shop
Everything is under one roof, the staff is friendly and helpful, and you’ll find unbeatable prices. The best part? You can download the Kroger app and save even more with digital coupons.
When we think of holiday decor, we often think of items that clutter our homes. While I do enjoy the sentimentality of some items, I contend that the most important part to well-rounded decor is something that is alive — and there’s no better choice than a classic poinsettia. It looks fantastic by the tree, on your dinner table, or essentially anywhere in your home.
3. Gift Cards
Hear me out.
Yes, they aren’t the most personal of gifts. But, how often have you received a gift that is totally out of the realm of usability for your lifestyle? I know we all have. That’s why I like to give a gift card as an add-on present (or, to some, as their entire present) — it gives you the option to gift them a free experience at a restaurant or business that they love or, in the case of a Kroger or a VISA gift card, gives them 100% flexibility.
Trust me — your loved ones will love it. And you can find a plethora of options at your local Kroger!
From my home to your home: Happy Holidays!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Kroger; however, as always, all opinions are my own.