The festive season can be stressful, but that doesn’t stop mom-of-three Jennie Garth from slowing down to enjoy it. Garth is making it a season to savor by partnering with Marie Callender’s to show others how to add special touches during this time of year. “Spending time with family and friends, and of course indulging in holiday treats, is what the holidays are all about for me,” says Garth. Read on to learn more about Garth’s holiday traditions and how you can slow down and savor the season.
In Garth’s home:
* The holidays are a family affair. Garth loves the holidays in part because they present so many opportunities for the family to spend time together. Instead of tackling all the holiday activities herself, Garth says her family makes it a team affair. Husband Dave and their three girls all play an integral role in decorating, baking and prepping. Even their four dogs get in on the holiday fun!
* Always make room for pie. Garth is a self-proclaimed “pie junkie,” and even served pie in lieu of cake at her wedding. “The holiday season is all about indulging in your favorite seasonal dishes,” says Garth. “Pie is my go-to dessert, and I always have a frozen Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie on-hand. It’s simple to prep and super tasty. And I love to add a personal touch by adding cutout cookies or a sprinkling of cinnamon.”
* Christmas comes early, but not too early. While Christmas decor seams to appear in department stores earlier and earlier each year, Garth’s family tradition is to deck the halls the day after Thanksgiving. “We nosh on Thanksgiving leftovers, crank up the holiday music and go to town. It’s the best,” she says.
* The movies start early. Garth admits she’s a fan of holiday movies, so much so she can’t pick a single favorite. But that’s OK because the family takes the time to watch them all. In fact, once the decorations are up, the movie marathon begins. “We start watching on Nov. 25 and don’t stop until New Year’s,” she says.
* Share the recipes you love. Cooking is one of Garth’s favorite holiday activities and while her table spread is always loaded with the traditional favorites, she has a few unique recipes she likes to showcase as well. Here she shares one of her favorite seasonal recipes that repurposes a holiday classic in a fun, new way. Check out the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Broiler S’mores!
Pumpkin Pie Broiler S’mores
Hands On: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 8 servings (1 s’more each)
8 whole cinnamon graham crackers, broken in half to make 16 squares
4 (.45oz each) snack size milk chocolate bars, cut in half
2 slices (1/8th each) cooked Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie
PAM Original No Stick Cooking Spray
8 large marshmallows
- Preheat broiler on HIGH. Place 8 graham cracker squares on a serving plate; top each with chocolate bar half and 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie filling; discard crust.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper; spray with cooking spray. Place marshmallows on baking sheet. Broil 30 seconds to 1 minute or until tops are browned. Carefully, place 1 marshmallow over each chocolate bar half; top with remaining graham cracker squares. Serve immediately.