Happy Friday! This weekend is my sister’s wedding and all week long it’s been last minute wedding details, family flying into town, and the general excitement leading up to the big day. It really feels like the holidays with family around and so many reasons to celebrate! I haven’t had much time to whip up cocktails this week but I do have a little something sweet up my sleeve. I made this Frosted Gingerbread Martini recipe last Christmas for Glitter Guide and to this day it’s just as delicious when served during the holidays.
Rimmed with vanilla frosting, sprinkles, and tiny gingerbread man for garnish, this cocktail is definitely dessert! But don’t be fooled by that sweet icing smile…this cocktail really packs a holiday punch. Cheers to a fun and festive weekend!
- 1 ½ parts Vodka
- 1 part Gingerbread Liqueur
- ½ part White Crème de Cocoa
- ½ part Cream
- white nonpareils
- vanilla frosting
- mini-gingerbread cookies, optional
- Dip martini glass in frosting to coat the rim and then dip in nonpareils. Set glass aside
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, gingerbread liqueur, white crème d cocoa and cream. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
- Pour into prepared glass and serve.
My favorite thing to do during the Holidays is decorate my tree. I am always on the look out for simple and beautiful ornaments. A fun way to fix this is actually making the ornaments! This simple DIY is a fun way to make your Christmas a little more festive! Follow below to make your own!
What you will need:
3 sheets of 12” x 12” paper
1 hole puncher
1 12” ruler
pack of gold brads
Fishing wire or ribbon
1. Cut your sheet of paper to 1” strips
2. Measure out 1 4” strip, 2 6” strips and 2 8” strips.
3. Line up the strips as 8”, 6”, 4”, 6”, 8”. Make a hole in the middle of the end of the paper. Do again to the other side. (Make sure the smallest paper is included)
4. Fasten your brad through the first hole you made. Squish the paper so all of the holes on the other end line up, then fasten the second brad. Note: An easier way of doing this if you do not have brads is to staple the paper instead.
5. Cut your fishing wire (or ribbon) to 6”. Tie a loop knot through the middle of the ornament. Done!
DIY by Melanie Abrantes / Photographs by Dan Nakamura
These modern paper ornaments are so beautiful and simple. It is a great DIY for every age! You can make several or a few to add to your tree! Have fun experimenting with different sizes as well. Enjoy!
If you are a Rice Krispies Treat purest, I suggest you avert your eyes. If you are like me and will take a chewy, buttery and gooey krispie just about any way you can get it, then by all means read on!
Some days I stand in the kitchen with my cabinets open, staring at my overflowing shelf of baking goods, nuts and candy, sprinkles and chocolate chips just waiting for inspiration (or a sweet craving) to strike! Tell me I’m not alone in this. Recently, a full jar of white chocolate chips and a box of mini candy canes seemed to jump right off the shelf yelling krispies! Peppermint White Chocolate Krispies to be exact.
White chocolate and peppermint are such a classic holiday flavor combination so why shouldn’t they be perfection paired together in chewy rice krispies treats? Plus, this time of year I am all for working candy canes into as many recipes as possible! And like any good krispies recipe, these are a piece of cake to make. The only trick, melt your white chocolate and marshmallows on low heat to keep the white chocolate smooth and mixable. Sure, it means you need a wee bit of patience but I promise, it will be worth the wait!
Are you a Rice Krispies purest or do you like to experiment with flavors and mix-ins? What’s your favorite?
photos by Leah Bergman
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1-10 oz bag Miniature Marshmallows
- 1/3 cup crushed mini candy canes, plus more for garnish
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Grease a 13x9 inch pan and set aside.
- Place mini candy canes in a large ziplock bag and seal tightly. Crush with a rolling pin and set aside. (Crushed candies should measure 1/3 cup)
- In a large pot melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until just starting to melt. Add in white chocolate chips and stir regularly until mixture is completely smooth and melted together.
- Remove from heat and immediately fold in krispies and crushed candy cane.
- Press into greased pan and sprinkle with more crushed candy cane pressing into the krispies. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
- *You could also use peppermint candies or full sized candy canes however minis are easier to crush!
- *Keep heat on low during cooking to avoid white chocolate seizing up.
Growing up our Christmas tree was a colorful mix of ornaments including family ornaments, our childhood favorites, and even a few very old (and very delicate) mercury glass ornaments from when my Mom was little. I always loved the look of those vintage mercury glass ornaments, even with their peeling paint and missing glitter they evoked another time and a feeling of nostalgia. Each year it felt special hanging them delicately on the perfect branch!
This year, I bought some great vintage mercury glass Christmas ornaments on Etsy (from here and here) to add to my own tree. They arrived in beautiful condition and I couldn’t be happier at the way they look mixed with my modern balls and ornaments. The mix of old and new gives such character to a Christmas tree, don’t you think?
While I was searching for ornaments, I bookmarked a whole bunch of great finds along the way. It’s amazing what treasures you can discover if you do a little digging. Here are a few ornaments I found and loved and that are still up for grabs. Happy decorating!
Oodles & Oodles: Box of 12 Vintage glass indent ornaments, made in Poland.
Relics and Rhinestones: Icicle Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments.
Blue Moon Collectibles: Set of 12 Vintage Mercury Glass Ornaments
Northern Scout Vintage: Magenta and Red Large Glass Balls, Indent Drops, and Bells.
Retro Kombinat: 1950’s Colorful Flocked Pinecone Ornaments
Oodles & Oodles: Collection of 19 vintage glass Christmas ornaments, shades of pink, including indents and hand painted designs.
Retro Kombinat: Large Silver Flocked Pinecone Ornaments
Meet Melanie Abrantes, my friend and the very talented owner of Melanie Abrantes Designs. You absolutely must check out her shop for beautiful handmade gift ideas from hand-turned cherry wood cake stands, to cork bud vases and more! Melanie will be guest posting all December long, sharing holiday DIY projects perfect for gifting or decorating your home. Lucky us! Take it away Melanie…
I am always trying to find a new and simple way to dress up my table for the Holidays. I know that everyone is looking for that extra special something to have your party and dinner stand out. A simple way of doing that is having a candle centerpiece. Having an intimate and loving dinner with friends and family during the holidays, will make your dinner party one to remember. I wanted mine to feel very holiday oriented and thought that the birch trees would make the perfect candle pedestals and the silver leaf foil would bring it up a notch! Follow along and see how I made them…
What you will need:
3 Birch Logs
Packet of Silver Foil
Silver Foil Adhesive
Silver Foil Sealant
3 3” Pillar Candles
1 Sponge Brush
1 Bristle Brush
1. Dust off any dust or residue on your birch logs
2. Tape the top of the birch log if you want clean edges. Shake the adhesive can and spray an even amount on to the top of the birch log.
3. Wait around 40-60 mins to dry.
4. With dry hands, gently remove the foil from the package. Lay on top of the bark where you added the adhesive and smooth over with your fingers. Gently finish with a bristle brush, and remove any lingering pieces with brush.
5. Spray on the sealant and wait about 2 hours to dry. Wash brush immediately with warm water.
6. Top birch logs with pillar candles and light them!
photos by Adrian Clutario
I was so happy with how this festive centerpiece turned out. I used marble circle cuts outs to ground the logs and added fir branches for an extra touch of holiday charm! Let me know where you guys used your candle centerpieces in the comments below!
Cheese is a beautiful thing, wouldn’t you agree? Nothing, and I mean nothing, in the world is more delicious than freshly baked bread to accompany it, especially when said cheese is melted, bubbly and topped with fresh herbs. (Gasp!) Ok, so it’s fair to say that I am head over heals in love with this Baked Camembert Bread Wreath.
When Président Cheese asked me to share one of my favorite holiday entertaining recipes using their cheese, I knew I had to share this show-stopping bread wreath. It’s a great recipe to have in your holiday repertoire and no-one with know how easy it is to make thanks to pre-made frozen Parker Rolls. Just let them rise, brush with butter and bake along with a round of Camembert cheese right in the center. You will have a delicious crowd-pleasing appetizer that works double duty as an eye-catching centerpiece for your holiday table in no time.
Here’s how you make the wreath, and of course the directions and recipe will follow:
Guests can pull off steaming hot pieces of bread to dip into the gooey-herbed Camembert center. And while a wheel of melted Président Brie would also do the trick, I prefer the stronger earthier flavor of Président Camembert, which pairs nicely with the rosemary. Dressed up with sprigs of more fresh rosemary and dotted with pomegranate seeds or cranberries, this is one festive appetizer! I dare you to find a more fabulous holiday appetizer recipe. I promise, this is the only one you will need.
photos by Leah Bergman
Also, if you’d like to enter to win $50 worth of Président cheese (who wouldn’t?), visit ArtOfCheese.com, where you can download a coupon and enter the Pinterest sweepstakes, plus find more holiday recipes including my recipe for Brie & Berry Strata perfect for serving guests on Christmas morning. It ain’t easy being cheesy…but it sure is delicious!
- 1-Président 8-oz. Camembert
- 1-25oz bag Parkerhouse Style Frozen Rolls Dough
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Flaked Maldon sea salt
- Prepare a large baking sheet by covered it in parchment paper.
- Using the Président 8-oz. Camembert as a guide in the center, arrange frozen dough rolls in two circles around the cheese leaving a 1/2” space between rolls and between circles. Note: As the dough begins to rise it will expand and form one solid wreath.
- Remove cheese and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Brush frozen rolls with melted butter and allow to thaw 1 hour in a warm draft free area of your kitchen and then an additional 2 hours to rise or until doubled in size. Note: this will depend on the temperature of your kitchen.
- Once dough has doubled in size and formed a “wreath” bake at 325 degrees for 7 minutes to par-bake.
- Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the top layer of rind from the Camembert wheel. This will allow for easy dipping!
- Remove par-baked rolls from the oven and fit Camembert wheel in the center. Continue to bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and cheese is melted.
- Using the parchment paper slide wreath off of baking sheet and onto a serving platter or board. At this time you can cut away excess parchment for a cleaner presentation.
- Brush rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with flaked Maldon sea salt. Sprinkle Camembert with minced rosemary.
- Garnish wreath by inserting small 1” long pieces of fresh rosemary and clusters of pomegranate seeds between rolls. Serve immediately.