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Holiday Tips And Recipes: Chili Con Queso & Caramel Coconut Cheesecake

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How many holiday parties have you planned or been invited to? It’s not even December, and I have four parties to attend. I love the holidays. I love hanging out with friends and eating lots of great foods.

Food is always the centerpiece of every party and can be a lot of work. But I have done the party scene many times, so I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes and tips to make this holiday season less stressful!

Holiday Tips and Recipes:

First – make a plan! If you are hosting, create your menu. If you are attending a party, make a list of the foods you will bring.

Next – Visit Walmart.com and order all your groceries if available in your area.  Really…this is going to be how you order all your groceries, even after the holidays. It’s so nice to order your groceries and then head to Walmart to have the groceries loaded into your car after you pick up the kids from school or after soccer practice. Now walking down every aisle, no waiting to check out and most of all you will remember everything on your list! This will save you so much time!

Write out all your events on a calendar. Do you like to prepare some of your foods a few days before the holidays? Pick a day that you will bake your cookies, cakes, candy, etc. Put an alert on your phone to take the turkey out of the freezer a few days before you will eat it, so it’s defrosted.

I like to have a paper calendar with all the information I need for December. I tape it to the inside of my cabinet. If you have a party to go to Friday night, mark your calendar to prepare your desserts or appetizers on Thursday night. Sitting down for 10 minutes and planning out everything will save you a lot of time and stress.

Another trick I use, is to make simple but delicious recipes for the holidays. Here are 2 of my favorite recipes that will be a hit at any party. And no one has to know how easy they were to prepare.

Chili Con Queso

(Printable Recipe)

  • One 1-pound package refrigerated regular Jimmy Dean® Regular Pork Sausage
  • One 2-pound block processed white cheese (Queso Blanco)
  • One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 7 oz can chopped green chiles
  • Chips, for serving


Brown the Jimmy Dean® Pork Sausage in a large nonstick skillet, breaking the sausage up as you go. Once browned, drain off some of the fat.

Chop the cheese block into cubes and add to the pan with the diced tomatoes and green chiles -including the juices.

Cook over a low heat until it all starts coming together. Mixing it often. 

Serve with chips.

You could even prepare this in your slow cooker. Set it on low for about 2 hours. Then lower it to the warm setting.

Next up is a cheesecake that everyone will think you took hours to make. This cheesecake is delicious, and no one will know it started in the freezer section at Walmart! You start with a Sara Lee® Cheesecake. Place it on a pretty plate and add some delicious toppings.

Caramel, Coconut, Chocolate Cheesecake

(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 Sara Lee® Cheesecake
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 3/4 cups caramel dip or sauce  (16-ounce store-bought works!)
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate


Thaw your Sara Lee® Cheesecake and place it on a pretty plate or cake stand.

Pour a thin layer of caramel on top of the cheesecake.

Mix together about 1 1/4 cup of caramel and the coconut and put that on top of the cheesecake.

Melt the dark chocolate in your microwave. Place it in a small bowl and heat for 30 seconds on 50% power. Mix and continue until it’s melted. Add it to a plastic sandwich bag and cut a very tiny hole in one of the bottom corners.

Go in an up and down patter until you cover the cake. 

Top the cheesecake in a zig-zag pattern with the leftover caramel sauce.

Tip – for even more added flavor you could toast the coconut flakes.

To recap:

To recap:

  • Plan your menu
  • Order your groceries from Walmart.com and purchase @SaraLeeDesserts products and eliminate stress and save time.
  • Create a holiday baking schedule
  • Enjoy the holidays!
  • Spend more time with friends and family this holiday season!

What’s your go-to recipe to make during the holidays? 

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Leanne Jacobs

Monday 27th of November 2017

Great party planning tips. I can't wait to try that queso! I think my whole family will love it.


Saturday 25th of November 2017

The Caramel Coconut Cheesecake looks amazing! I love how easy it is to make. I order products online at Walmart but I've never done groceries. I can see how this would be a time saver, especially during the busy holidays.

rochelle haynes

Monday 20th of November 2017

This is looking good and tasty love to try this

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