Archive for the ‘Holiday Entertainment’ Category

Tuesday Recipe: Peppermint Hot Cocoa (via MyRecipes)

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

This peppermint hot cocoa from MyRecipes is just what we need to stay cozy for the rest of the year and into the new one. Check out the video (and the recipe):

Homemade Marshmallows

Want to try homemade marshmallows? We can tell you that they are delicious, and we have a recipe for them right here on the blog: Homemade Marshmallows

Silver Metal Snowflake String Lights | Season Home Accents

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Three Delicious Dip Recipes

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

For your holiday table or to keep around for your next special occasion, these dip recipes are sure to please any snack lover! What makes these recipes even better is their versatility – eat with pretzels, crackers, bread – and the potential to alter ingredients to taste without ruining the dish. Enjoy!

Metal Recipe Card HolderSpinach and Artichoke Dip

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 6 1/2 ounces artichoke hearts, drained and mashed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a 1-quart baking dish, combine spinach, pepper, garlic, artichokes, sour cream and cheese. Thin mixture with cream (use all for a thinner dip, or less for a thicker consistency).
  3. Season with salt and pepper if desired, and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve hot.

Cranberry and Cream Cheese Dip

What You’ll Need:

Raspberry Apricot Jam | Made in Maine | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apricot jam or orange marmalade
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package
    cream cheese, softened

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. In a 2-quart baking dish with a cover, combine cranberries with sugar, stirring well to coat all the berries.
  3. Bake (covered) for about 30 minutes or until the cranberries pop and release their liquid.
  4. Remove from oven and stir in the apricot jam (or orange marmalade) and pecans. Refrigerate overnight (or for at least 4-6 hours) to blend the flavors.
  5. To serve, pour dip over the soft block of cream cheese on a serving dish.

Ceramic Measuring Spoons SetDill Dip

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 3 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, chopped onion, seasoning salt, dill weed and sugar until fully incorporated.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, then serve!

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Five Classic Holiday Drink Recipes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The following five beverage recipes are must-make concoctions for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for something to warm you, refresh you or give any party an extra kick, these will do the trick!

Homemade Hot Cocoa (1 serving)

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon

Directions: In a small pot on the stove, combine milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat on medium-low and stir until cocoa and sugar dissolve. Add vanilla and continue stirring until just before boiling. Pour into a a mug and top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and marshmallows, if desired.

Hot Buttered Rum (4 servings)

Blue Mug

Ingredients:

Directions: In a medium bowl, add brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat until fully blended and smooth. Transfer to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup or bowl. Add the rum and cups of boiling water; stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

CranberriesCranberry-Pomegranate Cooler (6 – 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • Cubed ice
  • 32 fluid oz. cranberry-pomegranate juice
  • 8 fluid oz. sparkling water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup cranberries

Directions: Fill a pitcher or punch bowl about 1/3 full of ice. Add cranberry-pomegranate juice and top with sparkling water. Cut up lime in thin slices, add to pitcher/punch bowl. Pour in cranberries, stir and serve!

Spiced Citrus Sangria (6 – 8 servings)

Ingredients:

Citrus Fruits

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 750-mL Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions: Chill fruit and liquid ingredients for at least 2 hours. Place the fruit in a large pitcher, then add rum and sugar. Stir gently and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours. Add the wine and orange juice, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

White Wine Sangria (6 – 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 750-mL bottle Pinot Gris, or other dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lime, sliced thick
  • 1 lemon, slicked thick
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda

Directions: Combine white wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar is mostly dissolved. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add lime, lemon, apple and grapes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Top everyone’s glass off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!

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