Monthly Archives: December 2009

Free Forum Friday- Merry Christmas!

I won’t be featuring any blogs today since it’s Christmas day and there won’t be much traffic to the ladies I’d link to.

On Sunday I had all of my family over for a Christmas party. It was a long day, but worth it! I loved having everyone in my house. We had 6 kids running around and 8 adults. We had a turkey with all the trimmings. I’ve already featured two recipes from that meal and plan to feature a few more. I tried out many new recipes and loved them all, especially the cornbread stuffing. YUM!

Here’s a few pictures to show off my food from the party.

I decided to get creative with the leftover mint leaves from the punch
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I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! See you next week!

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Thirsty Thursday – Festive Fruit Punch

I made this punch for our family Christmas party. It was a HUGE hit. There was nothing left by the end of the night. I woke up craving more the next morning.

Festive Fruit Punch

1 (6oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 (6 oz) can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed

1 (6 oz) can orange or tangerine juice concentrate, thawed

5 cups water

1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale, chilled (I used lemon-lime soda)

for the garnish

kiwi slices

orange curls

strawberry slices

fresh mint sprigs

Serves 12

1. To make the punch, in a punch bowl, mix lemonade, pineapple juice and orange juice concentrates and water. Blend well.

2. Add chilled ginger ale and ice cubes just before serving.

3. For the fruit garnishes, peel kiwi; Using a peeler, score strips, from top to bottom, all the way around the fruit at about 1/8-inch intervals. Cut kiwi into 1/4-inch slices.

4. To make orange curls, using a zester, (which I don’t have) remove peel, avoiding the white, bitter pith underneath.

5. Wash and dry strawberries and mint sprigs. Slice strawberries. Garnish punch with kiwi, orange curls, strawberries and mint sprigs. Serve in punch cups, fluted glasses or wine goblets.

Attention to detail

  • Fill a ring mold or other festive mold halfway with the punch mixture. Add fresh fruit and freeze. Use as a garnish as well as for chilling. For winter holidays, cranberries make a pretty addition; for spring and summer gatherings, fresh berries are the choice to make.
  • Orange juice containers or other cardboard juice containers make great ice molds. Fill with the punch mixture and toss in fresh mint leaves and sliced fruit. Freeze overnight. (This is what I did)
  • Instead of using a traditional punch bowl, carve a fun decorative pattern in a hollowed out watermelon and fill with punch.

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Wordless Wednesday- Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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Taste-Test Tuesday – Cream Cheese n Herb Cucumbers

My friend Robyn gave me this recipe. I decided to make it for my Christmas party on Sunday. It’s simple. Just don’t touch your mandolin blade!! (ask my poor pinkie finger!)

Cream Cheese n Herb Cucumbers

1/2 cup shredded carrots, divided
1/2 cup PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion Light Cream Cheese Spread  (I used a store brand)
2 medium cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, seeded

REMOVE 2 Tbsp. of the carrots; set aside. Mix remaining carrots with the cream cheese spread until well blended.
SPOON evenly into hollowed-out cucumbers.
SPRINKLE with the reserved carrots. Cut each cucumber half into five pieces to serve, if desired.

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Christmas cookies

I just wanted to share pictures of the cookies I made this year:

Buckeye balls
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Meringue Santa Hats
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Cake Bites
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Cornflake Wreaths
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Fudge (the kids helped decorate these)
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“spritz” wreaths
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Buckets
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I also made peppermint bark, peppermint truffles and almond truffles which I never took a picture of.

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Menu Monday: 12/21/09-12/27/09

You’ll see leftover show up early this week. That’s because we’re having a family dinner this Sunday with turkey and all the fixings.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Omelet Egg Salad Sandwiches Baked Macaroni & Cheese
12/21/2009
Tuesday Pancakes Potato Soup Leftovers
12/22/2009
Wednesday Oatmeal Ham & Cheese Sandwiches Crockpot Ribs
12/23/2009
Thursday Cereal Baked Macaroni & Cheese Dinner at in-laws
12/24/2009
Friday Caramel Apple Breakfast Casserole Tuna Salad Sandwiches Dinner at in-laws
12/25/2009
Merry Christmas!
Saturday Homemade Waffles English Muffin Pizzas Taco Salads
12/26/2009
Sunday Leftover Breakfast Casserole Taco Bell Roasted Chicken
12/27/2009

As my site grows and I feature more recipes. If I make a recipe off the site there will be a link to that recipe on the day I’m making it. If you ever want a recipe for something I’m making for the week just leave me a comment and I’ll post it for you 🙂

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