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Gingerbread Boys and Girls

Posted December 23, 2011 10:00 AM |

Nothing says Christmas more than gingerbread boy and girl cookies. It's a great way to end a meal and put people into the holiday spirit! Let your imagination run wild when decorating them. Merry Christmas!
 

Ingredients:Gingerbread Boys and Girls

5 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2-3 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup solid shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup light molasses
2 tablespoons white vinegar ...continue reading

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Posted November 25, 2011 10:00 AM |

December 25. Stay warm while sitting around with your family, opening presents from under the Christmas tree. What better way to start Christmas day than with a nice warm cup of peppermint hot chocolate. ‘Tis the season!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup dessert topping, chilled
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup crushed peppermint sticks
 

Directions:

Whip up ½ cup topping, gradually adding 1 teaspoon sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and chill. ...continue reading

Christmas Centerpiece Creations

Posted December 4, 2009 1:00 PM |

Whether you hosted or attended a party or prepared a festive meal, then you know nice and well what a difference centerpieces can make to a table. The same holds true with centerpieces for the Christmas dinner. I think I’m pretty safe to say that the Christmas dinner is the most significant one of the whole year and what wouldn’t you do to make it that much more special? Much thought goes into every iota of this special day- from the actual meal, to the presents, to the decorations, the tree and yes, even the centerpieces.

Before you start working on the centerpieces, you have put some thought into it. What is the atmosphere that you are trying to create? How tall/short would you like it be? How much money do you want to spend on them? How much time do you have on your hands to get them done on time? Etc.

Naturally, nothing says chic more than something traditional. Winter plants, candles, berries and fruits, all add to the decor in a very classy way and create a striking ambiance. They can be arranged in an endless amount of ways to create the desired effect. ...continue reading