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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!

Candy Globes

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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

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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!

Mulled Wine

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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)


Poinsettias As Cut Flowers?

I never knew that you could use Poinsettias as cut flowers.  Thanks to SouthernLiving.com, now I do!  They recommend searing the ends of your stems with a flame to prevent drooping.  Poinsettias contain a sap and the searing prevents this sap from dripping out.  Here are their detailed instructions. 

Here are some great ideas for displaying your cut Poinsettias:

This first one is my favorite!  I love how they used the bright green colors for a twist on the traditional red and green.  These could also be used for your New Year's party decorations.

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The traditional red is also beautiful.  I love the frosted and clear decorations.

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This idea is great because you can use containers you probably already have like a trifle dish and candle holder.

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(all photos from southernliving.com)


Before...

Thought I would share with you some photos of our Christmas decorations this year.  We have a natural/rustic theme with pinecones, acorns, berries and greenery.  The butterflies are new this year.  I will keep the same theme for next year just change up the colors. 



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