1. Low Fat Noodle Kugel

    Low Fat Noodle Kugel Recipe for Channukah by Fashionable Hostess_1

    Happy Channukah! Today I am whipping up one of my favorite Jewish side dishes, a healthy Noodle Kugel to celebrate the Holiday. I swapped out the usual heavier ingredients for low-fat cream cheese and skim milk, and seriously it still has all the same delicious flavors! So whether you are hosting Channukah at home for friends or you are planning to head to a dinner party to celebrate, this is the perfect dish to make! Happy Noshing {on something with a tad less guilt than usual!}.

    Noodle Kugel Ingredients:

    • 2 8-ounce packages of egg noodles
    • 1 cup unsalted butter
    • 16 ounces low-fat cream cheese
    • 1.5 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 8 eggs
    • 4 cups skim milk
    • 3 cups Corn Flakes cereal mixed with sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 4 teaspoons sugar
    • 4 teaspoons cinnamon

    Low Fat Noodle Kugel Recipe for Channukah by Fashionable Hostess

    Preparation:

    1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
    2. In a large bowl, mix butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, eggs and milk. Stir until smooth.
    3. Drain noodles, and add to mixture.
    4. Pour into pan, cover and refrigerate overnight (or for a few hours)
    5. Two hours before the meal preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    6. In a small bowl, crush the cereal and mix with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
    7. Sprinkle the cereal mix on top of the cold kugel, and then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 1/4 hours.
    8. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.
     Noodle Kugel Recipe for the Jewish HolidaysHome made Noodle Kugel with low fat cream cheese by Fashionable Hostess

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  2. Christmas Dessert Bar & DIY Popcorn Station

    Hot Chocolate station for Christmas by Fashionable Hostess

    This Christmas I wanted to create a new spin on dessert that guests would remember well into the new year. It was time to think outside of the box… I was bored of the obvious options of cakes and cupcakes and I wanted something that left guests saying, “Wow, now that was cool!” So today is the big reveal… A dessert bar complete with minty Hot Chocolates and a DIY Popcorn Station. These fun desserts combo’d with the festive display should do just the trick!

    Shopping Essentials:

    So first we need to review your list of shopping essentials to put this look together {most of which I picked up at Target}. For decor: A green garland {here}, candy canes, and a few other other fun Christmas trinkets {like this}. Then, two large bowls {here}, coffee mugs, small bowls {for toppings as well as one per guest}, red and white napkins {here}, and candy scoops.

    DIY Candy Bar for the HolidaysTarget Holiday Decorations on Fashionable Hostess

    Candy Bar Decor & Hot Chocolate Station:

    How to assemble: First I laid my garland along the back end of my dessert table… any long bar or console will work for this display, and I then hung candy canes throughout the garland. Next I arranged my buffet, starting with my first large bowl packed with Chocolate Santas. For my Hot Chocolate Bar I filled my mugs and garnished with candy canes. Alongside the glasses I placed a few small bowls filled with marshmallows and other chocolatey toppings for the drinks.

    Hot Chocolate station for Christmas by Fashionable Hostess 700x800

    DIY Popcorn Toppings Bar:

    Now on to my favorite dessert… my DIY Popcorn bar. I filled my second large bowl with lightly salted popcorn. Beside it I set out two sets of bowls, some for guests to use when assembling their creations, and the others for my topping options. For toppings I chose multi-colored sprinkles and M&Ms but I also recommend chocolate sauce, gummy candies, and cookie crumbs. Get guests involved and tell them to bring their favorite topping! The mixture of salty and sweet is heavenly.

    DIY Popcorn Toppings Dessert Bar by Fashionable HostessPopcorn Topping by Fashionable HostessDIY Popcorn Toppings Bar for Holiday Desserts by Fashionable Hostess

    Make sure to have your festive napkins scattered throughout. I always hold down the napkins with candy canes so they don’t go blowing off the table!

    Red and White Chevron Napkins

    And there you have it. Something that will leave the neighborhood talking {not to mention with a sufficient sugar high}! Happy Holidays!!

    This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

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  3. Knee High Boots

    Fashionable Hostess winter Outfit Winter Knits - Alice & Olivia knit sweater, J Brand grey jeans, Stuart Weitzmann The Reserve Knee high Boots, Black Balenciaga bagStuart Weitzmann knee high black suede boots and black Balneciaga tote bag

    Not too long ago one of my favorite fashion bloggers gave me the advice: ‘In the winter, always make your splurges on great boots and fab jackets because that’s what you wear the most, and that’s what people see.’ Not sure whether to believe her {I am more of a seasonal handbag updater or special occasion dress splurger} along came the freezing cold weather and I quickly realized how right she was.

    In thinking about which I wanted most, I decided on a fabulous pair of boots. Ideally I wanted something that would work day-to-night and be versatile with leggings, tights, or jeans. Yahoo! Style actually has a great Boot Guide here that features 21 different styles ranging from $27 – $2,000 dollars {talk about options!} so it was the perfect place to search. Ultimately I decided on a gorgeous pair of knee high boots – I am obsessed with the purchase!!

    Winter Knits - Alice & Olivia knit sweater, J Brand grey jeans, Stuart Weitzmann The Reserve Knee high Boots, Black Balenciaga bagWeekendwear Winter Knits - Alice & Olivia knit sweater, J Brand grey jeans, Stuart Weitzmann The Reserve Knee high Boots, Black Balenciaga bag

    Once you have your dream boots, you can let all your friends know what cheap and easy stocking stuffer you need – fun socks! Yahoo! Style has a cute Gift Guide with tons of bright, bold, and cheap options here. {I actually hadn’t heard of their Gift Guides until recently, but they literally they have one for everyone on your list, from the Hair Obsessed to the Book Worm, the list is hysterical! Check out their Hashtag #YahooStyle and you will see what I’m talking about!}

    Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess in Flatiron NYC wearing Alice & Olivia, Stuart Weitzmann and Balenciaga

    So what’s this look consist of? An Alice & Olivia knit sweater {similar here by BB Dakota}, Rag & Bone grey denim {here}, and a knit infinity scarf {similar here by Kate Spade}. I had always been intrigued by knee highs, so after some research I found the Stuart Weitzman Reserve boot in suede and instantly fell in love. They have a small heel which makes them a bit more elegant than my other everyday boots, oh and did I mention knee high boots are just about the most slimming boot you can buy?! Um, sold! Looking forward to hearing what boots end up being your big splurge!!

    This post is sponsored by Yahoo! While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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