CHRISTMAS MULLED WINE RECIPES

Serving cocktails, mocktails or beer for your Christmas party will be awesome but don’t forget to mull wine to make the night even more festive. It’s the perfect drink to serve during the holiday. It’s Christmas in a glass!

Drinking mulled wine has become a customary thing during winter. It has been around since the 2nd century and during the middle ages. It was believed to promote health and prevent illness. There are lots of versions of this winter warmer. Here are some recipes for you to try.

  1. GERMAN

German’s favorite holiday drink is the glühwein. It literally means glowing wine. Poured to their tankard from the crock pot, the glowing wine is their best warming device during frosty evenings. It is a mix of red wine, spices that are in season, citrus and sweeteners. Sometimes they incorporate a shot of rum for good measure.

Glühwein recipe here.

  1. FRENCH

Wine is sacred in the French regions. So when you serve them warm wine it just seems to be a slap in their faces. However, their classic mulled wine is a Christmas staple drink. Choose your favorite wine when you concoct your vin chaud. Some wines tend to be too bitter and unpalatable when warmed.

Vin Chaud recipe here.

  1. SWEDISH

Originally named glödgad vin which means glowing hot wine. However, it is more popularly called glogg. It is a mix of a potpourri of spices, red wine, port and brandy. They usually serve this drink après ski or après shoveling to help warm their bodies up.

Glogg recipe here.

  1. SPANISH

This winter drink is originally from northern Europe but the vino caliente or hot spiced wine has been a Spanish tradition too. Add brandy for a hint of Spain and for the citrus flavor, use clementine and lemon for a change.

Vino Caliente recipe here.

What is your favorite mulled wine recipe? Or do you have any special winter warmer drinks to share?

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CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PARTY DOS AND DON’TS

‘Tis the season for Office Holiday shindigs and everybody is usually looking forward to this fun night. You’re thinking now is the time to strip off your professional mask and get your party animal on. Think again. Here is a list of some Corporate Christmas Party etiquette everyone should abide to if you want people to keep respecting you.

  1. DO LOOK SMART

Unless there is a theme you have to follow then you need to come to the event according to the party theme. If not, then dress appropriately. This Christmas bash is not an excuse for you to step away completely from the office dress code. We’re not saying to come in your business attire. It is a party so dress nice. Semi formal is your best bet. Make sure that it isn’t too low cut or the fabric isn’t too sheer.

  1. DO KEEP IT CLASSY

Food will be overflowing but that doesn’t mean you have to pig out. You are not at home and your superiors are in the same social gathering as you are. You can relax and have fun at the party just keep it classy.

  1. DON’T BINGE DRINK

Unwinding with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer in your hand is great. However, always remember to limit your drinks. Too much gin has a lot of consequences. Either you might find yourself flirting with a co-worker, passed out the floor or maybe starting a fight. Nobody wins when you start a drink ‘til you drop challenge.

  1. DON’T BE AN OPPORTUNIST

Now is not the time to suck up to the boss in hopes of climbing the corporate ladder. This is not how you want to impress your superiors. Besides, getting a promotion after egging your boss into drinking more shots of vodka will probably be forgotten in the morning.

Bottom line is, have fun but not too much fun.

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4 EASY HOLIDAY APPETIZER RECIPES

The holiday season is usually marked by dozens of people hosting holiday parties. With so many parties to go to, running into the same appetizers time and time again is an easy task. So, for your holiday party why not wow everyone by serving uncommon, yet totally delicious appetizers? We have compiled 4 fresh holiday appetizer recipes that are sure to be the talk of your holiday party.

  1. Apple Pie Bites

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small Granny smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 ½ inch slices
  • 1 8 oz. can of Pillsbury Original crescent rolls
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice to sprinkle on top of crescent rolls

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and apple pie spice. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and toss apple slices in butter, set aside.
  • Arrange crescent roll triangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Evenly distribute brown sugar mixture onto each triangle.
  • Sprinkle each triangle evenly with the chopped pecans.
  • Place an apple slice on the wide end of each triangle. Wrap crescent roll dough around each apple.
  • Brush each crescent roll with remaining butter. Sprinkle lightly with additional apple pie spice.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  1. Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts

Ingredients

  • 12 frozen mini phyllo cups
  • 6 teaspoons triple cream brie
  • 6 teaspoons homemade or store-bought cranberry sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the phyllo cups in a mini muffin tin.
  • Fill each cup with about ½ teaspoon of brie.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, until cups are golden, and cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and top each cup with ½ teaspoon cranberry sauce. Finish with by lightly seasoning with fresh ground pepper.
  1. Maple Caramel Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 package Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment with cooking spray. Unroll the crescent rolls into one single plane of dough and pinch any perforations together to seal. Stretch the dough out to fit the size of the pan with your hands so it’s even. Prick the dough with a fork all over. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook your bacon until it’s technically safe enough to eat and just about done, but still lighter in color and not quite crispy. You don’t want it fully cooked and crispy as it will continue to cook in the oven. Drain the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Drizzle ¼th cup of the maple syrup over the crescent roll dough. Sprinkle with ¼th cup of the brown sugar. Top with torn pieces of the cooked bacon. Drizzle the remaining maple syrup on top of the bacon pieces, and top with the remaining brown sugar.
  • Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until bubbling and caramelized. Remove from the oven and allow the pan to come to room temperature or warm to the touch before cutting or breaking into pieces.
  1. Avocado Mozzarella Puffs

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 package puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • 12 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl mix the mashed avocado with the lime juice and freshly ground pepper.
  • Roll out the puff pastry sheets so that they are about 12″ x 16″. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter cut 12 circles in each sheet. You should get 24 circles from both sheets.
  • Use 12 circles for the bottom and 12 for the top. Brush a bit of the egg wash on the edge of each circle, for the first 12 only. Top 12 circles with a dollop of avocado, a piece of mozzarella cheese, and about a teaspoon of salsa.
  • Take the other 12 circles of puff pastry and place on top of the ones with the filling and stretch them if needed to completely cover the bottom circle. Using a fork, seal the edge of each circle. Brush with egg wash.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve with additional salsa if desired.

 

References:

Apple Pie Bites: https://theblondcook.com/apple-pie-bites/#_a5y_p=3046884

Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts: https://www.foxandbriar.com/cranberry-brie-mini-tarts/

Maple Caramel Bacon: https://thedomesticrebel.com/2014/09/23/maple-caramel-bacon-crack/

Avocado Mozzarella Puffs: https://www.jocooks.com/main-courses/vegeterian/avocado-mozza-puffs/

 

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12 COURSE MEAL OF CHRISTMAS DINNER PARTY MENU

To orchestrate a fancy multi course dinner party means hard work. The whole evening should be elegant and the dishes have to impress your guests. What should you serve to a chic dinner party that will wow everybody? Here are some ideas for a 12 Course Meal of Christmas dinner party.

  1. HORS D’ OEUVRES

There are tons of delectable bites that you can dish up. One great recipe to start off dinner is Baked Brie with Cranberry-Pecan Bacon Crumble. It is easy and a sure hit. Serving baked brie already comes with a wow factor. Kicking the wow factor up a notch is serving this baked cheese with homemade bread.

Get the recipe here.

  1. AMUSE BOUCHE

This delectable recipe is sophisticated and will definitely surprise and delight your diners. Whipping up this next course is simple yet could easily be on the menu of any fine dining restaurants. Marinated Salmon with Langoustines and Granny Smith Apples has a combination of flavors that would translate to the perfect bite.

Get the recipe here.

  1. SOUP

The next course is classy but so comforting that it will surely bring forth the holiday cheer. Tomato soup with goat cheese gnudi is refined and hearty.

Get the recipe here.

  1. APPETIZER

Next course should be appetizing to devour yet light enough to make diners want to start with their first main course. A tomato stuffed with goat cheese is the perfect appetizer.

Get the recipe here.

  1. SALAD

The salad in this course is meant to be simple so there should be no complicated toppings with this bed of greens. It is meant to encourage digestion and make room for the next courses to follow.

  1. FISH

The fish in this course may be served hot or cold and it is always paired with hard bread.

Get the recipe here.

  1. FIRST MAIN COURSE

White meat is usually served as the first course meal such as duck or chicken. Since turkey was the star last Thanksgiving, why not serve duck over chicken for a more elegant choice?

Get the recipe here.

  1. PALATE CLEANSER

It is meant to reset your taste buds and remove any after tastes from the previous course and to prepare yourself for the next main course. Water with lemon is a nice palate cleanser but to keep up with the fanciness of the whole sit down dinner, serve Prosecco instead.

  1. SECOND MAIN COURSE

Since the first one served was white meat, red meat is typically served in this course. Venison would up the ante in this sophisticated banquet.

Get the recipe here.

  1. CHEESE COURSE

A cheese platter is always a lovely treat especially when accompanied by a selection of breads and crackers and some chutneys, caramelized onions, etc.

  1. DESSERT

This is decadent course that is usually paired with a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Sometimes fruits and berries will suffice or most of the time, pastries are served with a glass of dry white wine. Try a more upscale approach to a gelatin like this delicious pomegranate terrine.

Get the recipe here.

  1. MIGNARDISE

This signals the end of the multi course dinner and a mignardise is usually a bite sized dessert paired with a glass of tea, coffee or even brandy or scotch.

Get the recipe here.

So ready your Santa belly for this 12 days of Christmas dinner party theme. What would you serve?

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WINTER WEDDING IDEAS

Winter weddings are becoming quite popular these days. Why not choose this romantic season to tie the knot and celebrate love? Try these cool ideas for a magical winter wedding!

  1. FROZEN FLOWERS

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Winter weddings are something out of a fairy tale book. So why not create an enchanting floral idea, such as frozen flowers, to adorn the whole wedding scene? Having these beauties encased in ice is somehow immortalizing the perfection – much like putting this majestic day in a snow globe and admiring it for years to come.

  1. HOT CHOCOLATE BARS

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Having a hot chocolate station for your guests on your wedding day is as good as giving each of your company a nice warm hug. Toss in some cool add-ons such as shaped marshmallows or shaved chocolate bars to top a great cup of yum!

  1. VELVET

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This luxe fabric is now a must have on this special event. There are numerous ways on how you can incorporate velvet on your wedding. For one, using velvet for the groom’s jacket will exude panache. It’s the perfect outfit for this day.

  1. WINTER PRINCESS

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Living the dream of a fairy tale wedding means you get to go for the ideal look – Winter Princess Bride. It just goes with the territory. It is the bride’s right to have an immaculate look. After all, she is the queen of the night.

  1. WINTER WONDERLAND

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The ceremony décor should play the part of a magical night. While nobody can stand long hours outdoor on a snowy evening, bring the winter wonderland indoors. Create that serenity and calmness you get from looking at the beauty of wintry weather.

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CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE IDEAS

Being a happy hostess means that you need to enjoy and relax at your own dinner party. To be just that, you need to plan ahead. Setting a date, sending invitations, make-ahead dishes are some of the things on your checklist that you can tick off weeks before the big day. Once you have those out of the way, impressing them with a great menu and tablescape should also be well thought out. Below are some ideas for a beautiful Christmas tablescape.

  1. WHITE ELEGANCE

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When you have the whole white Christmas going on at home, make sure that your tablescape goes with the theme. Think Queen of Narnia when arranging the table. So a fur lining the center would be a nice touch. Somehow the fur says, cozy yet royalty at the same time.

  1. POINSETTIA

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Fresh poinsettias on top of a burlap table lining complement each other. It is simple yet gives off a warm Christmas energy inside your home.

  1. RUSTIC

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A bucolic setting for a Christmas tablescape can be extremely charming and inviting. Distressed wooden artifact and pine can really put a smile on ones face. As if after having a great hearty dinner, a nice warm cup of hot choco will make the whole evening perfect.

  1. WHIMSY

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Going whimsical brings so much character into the room. Ceiling installation gives you this quirky appeal and it is a great focal point. Plus, you need not over crowd the table with centerpieces. The use of twigs, baubles and snowflakes brings a magical touch to the whole dining area. It also livens your traditional Christmas décor up.

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TIPS TO LIGHT UP YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

Spiraling down a string of lights around a Christmas tree might be the easiest and most popular way to light it up. Except that when you truly want to master the art of illuminating a Christmas tree, there is more to just wrapping fairy lights around it.

How do you want your Christmas tree to sparkle? Do you want a subtle glow as if the pulsating lights are whispering something magical? Or would you want your tree to razzle dazzle like a glorious apparition such as the burning bush? Below are tips to light up your Christmas tree.

  1. SUBTLE GLOW

After carefully selecting which type of light would go best with your tree – whether it is incandescent, LED or globe lights, check if it is working before starting to dress your tree with it.

Remember that the more lights you use, the brighter it is. So for the subtle glow, a few strands of light to cover the trunk should give you the mood lighting you are going for.

More tips for subdued lighting here.

  1. MODERATE LIGHTING

Putting lights around the tree how you do a maypole would sometimes tend to push the lights back in. You can wrap them around the branches to avoid them getting from out of place.

See more tips here.

  1. RAZZLE DAZZLE

Try to invest in copper wire lights for cleaner and brighter lights. When you have a 6 foot tree, use around 40 boxes of 50 light strands and wrap the lights on each branch until you cover the whole tree with lights.

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CHRISTMAS TREE IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES

Not all houses have enough space to set up a grand Christmas tree but that’s also not a reason for you to not deck the halls. There are lots of creative ways to spruce the place up no matter how cramped the area is. We will share a few suggestions on how to get that Christmas feel without over-crowding your home. Below are some Christmas tree ideas for small spaces.

  1. MINIMAL CHRISTMAS TREE

Most homes still have empty walls. There’s always a part where the wall isn’t donned in paintings, picture frames or shelves. Make use of this spot where you can set up your Christmas wall tree. Numerous wall trees have been done but if you want to get a whiff of the spirit of Christmas, do as Kendra does from Kit and Forage.

Learn how to here.

  1. POTTED TREES

Christmas trees need not be gigantic. Small Christmas trees can very much provide a merry vibe. Potted trees situated on top of tables will still give you that sensation and won’t make the room look too cluttered.

Get more ideas of small Christmas trees here.

  1. DIY CHRISTMAS WALL

To chalk up a great Christmas tree for tight spaces requires imagination and creativity. This unique idea literally uses chalk to create your DIY Christmas tree. Try this awesome tip and expect for a result that is super stylin!

Find out how it’s done here.

  1. RUSTIC TREE

When you adorn your home with rustic pieces, it gives off a charming and cozy vibe. Creating a rustic Christmas tree sends off that same energy. Plus, getting crafty and asking the rest of the family to help out creates a more meaningful experience for everybody.

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  1. FAMILY TREE

Having a traditional tree sure looks good. However, DIY ones can beat the classic especially when you use materials that are most important or special for you like family pictures. A Christmas family tree is both unusual and extraordinary. One look at the décor and you are sure to feel peace and love.

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LEFTOVER TURKEY RECIPE IDEAS

Thanksgiving feast is dinner that has been wildly supersized. Take for example the turkey which is a chicken on steroids. So dealing with a ton of leftover bird is bound to happen. No need to argue with the husband on what to do with the unconsumed. As the kitchen chief, take charge. The possibilities of what to do with the remains are endless. Here are some ideas for you to undertake. Aside from the fact that you need not worry about what to think of serving your family for lunch and dinner post Thanksgiving, you’d know that these leftover turkey recipes will be a hit.

  1. Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers

The banquet you attended was quite a spread. You might even have forgotten your manners as you continued to bibble on all kinds of yum. The day after is your chance to check back on your diet and this healthy dish is perfect for that.

Get the recipe here.

  1. Sautéed Greens, Smoked Turkey, and Provolone Panini

Sandwiches are the perfect comfort food that you can indulge in any time, any place. It’s piled with fresh veggies, flavorful proteins, coated in sexy dressing and topped with velvety cheese. If the foreplay of building it sends you to pre-hysteria, I’m sure the final bite of that hoagie would give you fits of ecstasy.

Get the recipe here.

  1. BBQ Turkey Pizza

This is something new to do for your leftover turkey. Not only does turkey on barbecue sauce tastes absolute divine, but the kids will want you to start making this on a regular basis.

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AWESOME TURKEY RUB RECIPES

Everybody’s got their special way of cooking turkey. Sometimes experimenting can be good but in occasions such as Thanksgiving, going classic is always your best bet. However, cooking has already gone beyond its spectrum. These days, everybody’s a gourmand and has started dipping their hands in the epicurean world. So when one feels the need to experiment to impress guests during dinner, it’s without a doubt that these twists will be a welcome treat. Here are some awesome ideas for a turkey rub recipe you can try.

  1. SMOKED TURKEY RUB

What’s great about this is that there’s not much prepping needed. There’s no need to brine the bird and when you’re a virgin to smoking meat, this technique can be done by first timers and still would come out as if cooked by a pro.

Get the recipe here.

  1. HERB TURKEY RUB

This mix of spices can be used on all types of meat. Whatever protein you use, it won’t get lost in the seasoning and still taste fantastic.

Get the recipe here.

  1. CAJUN TURKEY SEASONING

The heat can be adjusted according to taste. This Thanksgiving feast will be more interesting with Cajun flavors infused in the bird.

Get the recipe here.

Some people say that the best thing to cook the quintessential Thanksgiving dish is simply not do anything at all. Thanksgiving may also be called Turkey Day but it’s not just about the turkey. However, not messing up the star of the banquet is important too.

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