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December is my favorite month – and not only because I get to shovel these delicious mushrooms into my mouth on Christmas, but because it’s also my birth month! This is officially the last year of my 20s (cue the weeping). I must admit, this decade of life has been good to me. College meant a rough start, but all my bad decisions somehow molded me into the person I am today, against all odds!

My 29th birthday was exactly how I wanted it to be. I asked my hubby for something quiet, with just the two of us. Funny, if you told 20 year old me that that’s what I would want for the big 2-9, I would have thought you were crazy! We went out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants and then ended the night with a good movie. It was just what I needed since my birthday is a week before Christmas, meaning it’s generally an extremely psychotic time of preparations.

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At our family Christmas, there are always fantastic side dishes to choose from (or you can just try them all!). My aunt Melinda shares my passion for food, so her dishes never disappoint. This year, she walked in with several appetizers and sides, including my favorite, shrimp and crab stuffed mushrooms. They are bite-sized for easy consumption and are stuffed with yummy goodness.

The recipe is super simple and you can make it the night before to ease the stress of the big day. Good luck limiting yourself to only one – I would have eaten the whole tray if I wasn’t busy playing the charming hostess!

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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 box whole mushrooms
  • 1 block of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 can of baby shrimp
  • 1 can crabmeat
  • bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Drain juice from shrimp and crab, mix together with room temperature cream cheese. Add dash of seasoning salt.
  2. Pull stem out of mushrooms and Wipe mushrooms, don't wash!
  3. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with Italian bread crumbs.
  4. Bake 375 for about 15/20 minute.
  5. Mushrooms should be a little spongy when you squeeze.

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I captured a special moment between my husband and grandma in the kitchen. Looking forward to Christmas, 2015 <3

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