If you are entertaining anytime over the holidays here is a great punch to serve your guests. I like serving punches or sangria versus having a bar because you can serve a crowd without spending a fortune on several different kinds of alcohol, mixes, etc. With its frozen cranberries, oranges and champagne this one is sure to please everyone.
AJ's Christmas Punch
Ice (in block form if possible, if not, large chunks) 4 oz. Cointreau 4 oz. brandy 2 oranges, cut into wedges 1 cup frozen cranberries (optional) 2 bottles chilled champagne
1. Add ice to a large punch bowl. If using chunks (as opposed to a large block of ice), fill the bowl just under half way. 2. Add Cointreau and brandy. Using a ladle or long spoon, stir briefly. 3. Add orange slices and cranberries (if using) and then pour in the champagne. 4. Stir 12 times and let sit for a minute, so the ingredients can get acquainted.
This Friday is our group of friends' Thanksgiving potluck. The hosts are cooking the turkey and we are bringing side dishes. After searching for a tasty side dish, I've decided on this one. It's easy, I can make it the night before and it sounds delish!
Stir together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
Spoon potato mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with crushed cornflakes, and drizzle evenly with butter.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until bubbly.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ore-Ida Southern Style Hash Browns.
After reading the reviews, I'm going to add some garlic and swap the cornflakes for Ritz crackers. I'm also going to swap the cream of mushroom for cream of chicken because some friends don't care for mushrooms. What casseroles are you cooking up for Thanksgiving? Send me a link!
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.
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 yourappetizers? Here a couple of yummy ones I've found so far...and of course the cocktails to go with them!
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.
Just rinse your cranberries before putting them in water. Insert your flowers. They will also help hold your arrangement in place.
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
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
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.