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Festive Fruit Centerpiece

I love the look of this citrus fruit centerpiece with the addition of the shiny ornaments.  It's perfect for the holiday season!  BONUS-it's easy and inexpensive too.

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What you need:


• Metal tiered tray
• Florist foam, soaked
• Lemons
• Limes
• Clementines
• Blood oranges
• Sphagnum moss
• Florist pins 

Use one third of the florist foam on the top tier and the remaining on the bottom one.  Cover the florist foam with moss, secure with florist pins.  Pierce the fruit with the picks and then secure them to the foam.  The day of your gathering, slice a couple of pieces of fruit for the display.

This would also be pretty in a glass bowl or on a cake stand if you don't want to work with the florist foam.

(photo from myhomeideas.com)


Cranberry Craze

Well my previous post got me searching for cranberry recipes.  There are a ton of cranberry sauce and cranberry muffin recipes out there... but how many of you have ever used cranberries in your appetizers?  Here a couple of yummy ones I've found so far...and of course the cocktails to go with them!

(click titles for recipes)

Cranberry Salsa

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Cranberry Apple Spritzer

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Cranberry Turkey Crostinis

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Sparkling Cranberry Blush

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Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

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Crantini

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Festive Filler

I noticed our grocery store just started carrying fresh cranberries-that means its officially holiday season!  I love anything made with cranberries.  Their bright red color is even great in decorating for the holidays. 

How about using them in your Thanksgiving and holiday flower arrangements?  What a festive touch they add to a simple bouquet.

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Just rinse your cranberries before putting them in water.  Insert your flowers.  They will also help hold your arrangement in place.


(photo from marthastewart.com)
 


'Tis the Season

of FOOD!  I don't know about you but this time of year always gets me excited about trying new recipes and sharing them with friends and family.  You will probably be seeing a few more recipes than normal around here for the next two months.  I promise, as always, they will be EASY. 

I have been wanting to make something with pumpkin.  I am not a baker so that narrows it down a lot!  I found this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread I'm going to try first.  It's simple and has my favorite holiday ingredient: cream cheese.  Perfect for a holiday brunch or overnight guests.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

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Ingredients

  • 1  8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2  cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4  cup sugar
  • 3/4  teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Beat all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Makes 1-1/2 cups (24, 1-tablespoon servings). Serve with warm bagels.

(photo from bhg.com)

 


Hostess Jo Giveaway

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Head on over to oh, how posh! and enter our Hostess Jo Giveaway!  We are giving away our Winter Cardinal set which includes the cheese server, glass stickems and cocktail napkins!  Its not too early to stock up on hostess gifts for all your holiday parties and this set is perfect!  Or of course you can keep it for yourself and entertain in style this season!

Also, if you haven't visited Danielle over at oh, how posh! -now is the time!  She has fun ideas, great recipes, and unique inspiration for all of your entertaining. 


Candy Globes

Here is a modern variation on the Candy Trees I posted previously.  They are just as creative and simple to make.  For a centerpiece you could try a grouping in different sizes and heights.  These aren't just for Halloween either.  A gum drop or peppermint one would be great for Christmas!

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YOU'LL NEED:

  • Styrofoam balls
  • Black spray paint
  • Low-temperature glue gun
  • Assorted candy such as Reese's Pieces, candy corn, black gumdrops, jelly rings and Skittles

ASSEMBLE GLOBES

1. Spray balls with black paint. Let dry.

2. Glue candy to balls in a uniform pattern, working in concentric circles around the entire ball. Let dry completely before displaying on cake stands, vases or glasses.

(photo and how to from allyou.com)


One to Try

I have been under the weather this week and craving anything warm and comforting.  What could be better than wine and warm spices?  I've always wanted to make mulled wine.  It is still too hot for it right now, but I can't wait to try this recipe next month!

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Makes 8 drinks

  • 1  navel orange
  • 4  cups  apple juice
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1  2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 6  whole allspice berries
  • 10  cinnamon sticks
  • 1  bottle dry red wine

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from the orange in long strips. (Reserve the fruit for another use.)

In a large saucepan, gently simmer the zest, apple juice, honey, ginger, allspice, and 2 cinnamon sticks for 20 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook just until heated through. Serve hot with the remaining cinnamon sticks.

Tip: For an extra touch, spike it with a splash of Cointreau. Add 1/4 cup Cointreau or some other orange-flavored liqueur to the pot.


(photo and recipe from realsimple.com)


Last Minute Simple Centerpiece

Here is a last minute easy centerpiece idea.  Use candle sticks you already have and jazz up some Christmas balls with glitter glue letters.  For a longer table just use a longer word!  Grab some festive fabric as a table runner and you are all set!

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I wish all of you very happy holidays!  I hope you enjoy all of your family, friends and food during this special time of year!  See you soon!

(photo from bhg.com)


Easy Holiday Appetizer

I saw this recipe on my Wheat Thins box and I'm going to add it to our menu for Christmas Eve.  I love broccoli!  This sounded delicious and most importantly-easy!

Zesty Hot Holiday Broccoli Dip

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Prep Time:
10 min
Total Time:
40 min
Makes:
about 3 cups dip or 25 servings, about 2 Tbsp. dip and 16 crackers each
 
 
1 cup MIRACLE WHIP Light Dressing
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, well drained
1 jar (2 oz.) diced pimientos, drained
1/2 cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  WHEAT THINS Reduced Fat Baked Snack Crackers

HEAT oven to 350°F. Combine first 4 ingredients and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

SPREAD into 1-qt. baking dish or 9-inch pie plate.

BAKE 20 to 25 min. or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese; bake 5 min. or until cheese is melted. Serve with crackers.

(photo from kraftfoods.com)