GK family secrets for the holidays

Oh, the holidays: friends, family, food and festivities! While it sounds like all fun and games, most of us know that it takes a lot of work cooking, cleaning, baking, decorating, shopping, gift-wrapping, card-writing, travelling, entertaining and all the things that are synonymous with the winter holiday season.  ?‍?‍?‍??????

So, as we share our season’s greetings, we’re also sharing a list of holiday tips and secrets from the entire Gabriella’s Kitchen team. Please enjoy them below, and see if you can guess who said what! If you have any you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you in the comments, or tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

  • “Know the holiday music channels on your TV.”
  • “Kids do not like to find oranges in the toe of their stockings, unless they are made of chocolate.”
  • “Start the day right with Salted Caramel Baileys in your coffee.”
  • “Pecans and fresh cranberries in the stuffing are a must-have. The sour flavour cranberries offer plus the crunch of pecans will have your guests begging you for the family recipe.”
  • “Ski trips are fun for the whole family. Plus, a great way to stay active in the cold winter months.”
  • “It’s great to cook some of the stuffing outside of the turkey – for the vegetarians to enjoy!”
  • “I like to cook with wine. Sometimes I even use it as an ingredient.”
  • “Invest in a good tree stand; total marriage saver!”
  • “If you want to avoid or reduce the alcohol consumption that goes on during the holidays pack some nice teas so you can easily pull together a really awesome drink to imbibe on that is not alcoholic.”
  • “Go light on the appetizers to ensure people save their appetite for the main event.”
  • “My mom makes the best gravy. The special ingredient is Grand Marnier.”
  •  “Always keep an extra dessert in your freezer because you never know when unexpected visitors may stop in.”
  • “Use applesauce as a substitute for oil or butter when baking to keep your recipes lighter.”
  • “Go to Mexico.”
  • “Orange rind and a splash of fresh orange juice in the cranberry sauce is a game changer. My mum’s is the absolute best cranberry sauce in the world.”
  • “Costco sells some really beautiful hand-crafted ornaments. My favorite are Mark Roberts Fairies and Santas.”
  • “If you’re serving turkey, put the thermometer into the slowest-cooking part of the bird, the turkey’s thigh. At 170 degrees, dinner is done!”
  • “Keep a healthy stock of generic gifts like candles, festive socks and wine on hand for those last minute holiday parties or guests you didn’t anticipate. Bottles of Baileys and holiday baking works too.”
  • “Eggnog puts me heavily into the Christmas spirit… Preferably spiked.”
  • “Puzzles are a fun family activity inclusive for all ages. Turn the fireplace on and cozy up in each other’s company until you’ve found each piece their home.”