We are right in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, which means both hosting and being a guest to all the holiday parties. I love to cook as much as the next person, but I don’t always like to spend hours in the kitchen..especially if I am personally hosting an event or dinner. I’m too much of a social butterfly to be stuck in the kitchen. So when a group of 15 Kentucky bloggers came together to host a holiday event at Jeptha Creed Distillery , I knew this appetizer would be absolutely perfect. You can easily put this dish together in about 10 minutes. Plus the combination of sweet fig, tangy brie and deliciously light and fluffy dough is to die for! This is one of my new favorite appetizer recipes to make for any occasion, and I hope it becomes yours as well! Enjoy!



  • 1 can crescent rolls

  • 1 round Brie cheese

  • 1 jar fig jam

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Cranberries + rosemary or pine for garnish

  • Assorted crackers or mini-toasts for serving


  1. Heat oven to 350

  2. Unroll crescent dough, separate crosswise into 2 sections.  Press each section into 6-inch square, firmly pressing perforations to seal 

  3. Place cheese in center of first dough square

  4. Top with fig jam

  5. Place the other square of dough on top of cheese round. Press dough evenly around cheese, making sure all cheese is covered

  6. Brush dough with beaten egg

  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown

  8. Serve warm with crackers


There were so many great dishes at our event! My friend Maya from Pugs and Paprika made these delicious Parmesan Sausage Cups, Whitney of Fabulous in Fayette made a savory Sriracha Caesar Salad with homemade croutons, and my foodie friend Leela from Lex Eats made these perfectly soft and chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies….of which I ate about 5 haha. Not only was the food amazing, but the holiday decor and other festive elements really brought this entire event together beautifully! Stay tuned for my full blog post on the entire event coming this week!


Photography by Jen Folio

Thank you to Jeptha Creed in Louisville, KY for hosting our holiday event.

Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our event and goodie bags: Barrel Down South , Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop , Mirabelle Creations , Work the Metal , Drake’s , Lexington Lettering , and Whole Foods-Lexington .

Visit these other Kentucky bloggers for more holiday inspiration!

Tif Fanin | Bright on a Budget

Abbie Chambers | @absofab

Nicole Green | What Nicole Wore

Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette

Ryann Brown | Styled in Blue

Anna Kate Goshko | Project Stepmom

Emily Gahafer | Emily Inspired KY

Maya Griffin | Pugs and Paprika

Lindsay Latimer | Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilletos

Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings

Jenny Hansen Lane | Jen Folio Photography

Leela Foley | Lex Eats

Porscha Coney | Mommy and Ministry

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It’s officially holiday season which means all the cocktails parties and family get togethers are in full swing! Let’s be honest, when you are hosting a holiday party, who really wants to be spending the entire time in the kitchen?! Not this girl!  So I’ve teamed up with a few of my fellow Kentucky bloggers to share our favorite quick and easy holiday appetizers! When I say quick, I mean like 10-15 minutes!

One of my favorite holiday appetizers to make for entertaining are these Balsamic Honey + Goat Cheese Pears. It’s so simple to put together, plus they look super fancy and are sure to be the talk of the party.  And did I mention it’s just 5 simple ingredients!  Sweet pears, creamy goat cheese, topped with roasted pistachios and drowned with sweet balsamic honey. Everyone is sure to be asking for the recipe! Don’t forget to check out a few of my other favorite holiday appetizers at the bottom of the page!  


Balsamic Honey +Goat Cheese Pears


  • 4 Anjou Pears, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices

  • 1 Tbs unsalted butter

  • 1 Tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped plus 2-3 sprigs for garnish

  • 1 log of goat cheese, sliced 

  • 1/4 cup roasted pistachios, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 tsp balsamic glaze



  1. Preheat oven to 425.  Line a baking sheet or oven stone with parchment paper

  2. Spread pear slices evenly on baking sheet.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with rosemary.  Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. While pears are baking, place whole pistachios in a ziploc bag.  Using a rolling pin, break up nuts into smaller pieces

  4. Remove the pears from oven, allow to cool slightly

  5. While pears are cooling, whisk together honey and balsamic glaze

  6. Transfer pear slices to a serving platter, top with slices of goat cheese, drizzle with honey balsamic mixture and top with crushed pistachios. 

  7. Garnish with rosemary