Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Dinner Recipe for the Novice Host


Courtesy of Kristin Guy

Happy Holidays Friends,

Is it your first time hosting Christmas dinner? Impress your in-laws and other guests with this Hard Cider Roast. This roast will be the star of the table. Easy to prep and filled with unique aromatic flavors of cider and sage, you'll be wishing for leftovers before the dishes are even washed. Here's the recipe>>

Ingredients

Serves 6-8 guests
  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • grape seed oil
  • 2 bunches of fresh sage
  • 2 cups hard cider
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 bunches of heirloom carrots
  • 2-3 pounds small- or medium-sized heirloom potatoes
  • salt, pepper and olive oil to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. On the stovetop, heat a cocotte or dutch oven on medium high heat with 2 tablespoons grape seed oil. Brown all four sides of your chuck roast, approximately 2-3 minutes a side, and set aside on a plate.
  2. Saute onion, shallots and 6 cloves of garlic in the same pot until golden.
  3. Place chuck roast back into the pot on top of the sauteed vegetables with 1 bunch fresh sage scattered around.
  4. Cover with 2 cups hard cider and 1 cup beef stock (reserve second cup of stock as needed). Roast at 325 degrees F for 4 hours or until center temperature reaches 145 degrees F, checking on the hour to see if more liquid is needed.
  5. Before roast finishes, place whole potatoes, carrots, a few sprigs of chopped fresh sage and 4 bulbs of roughly-chopped garlic on a separate baking sheet or roasting dish. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 30-45 minutes until soft.
  6. Before serving, drain any extra liquid and a small portion of cooked onions into a bowl for the gray, and lay roasted potatoes and carrots around the roast. Top with roughly chopped fresh sage, and serve directly from dish.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Peacock Feather Wreath


Courtesy of Iridescent Peacock Feathers
Photography by Lori Ann

Happy Holidays Friends,

Welcome holiday guests with a wreath that shimmers. Iridescent peacock feathers add a sophisticated shimmer to this fanciful wreath.

Materials and Tools:
  • 5 peacock sword feathers
  • 5 peacock eye feathers
  • 1-2 green chandelle or turkey feather boas
  • loose green feathers
  • foam wreath form
  • green spray paint
  • spray adhesive
  • wide purple ribbon
  • Peacock Feather Sword Detail


NOTE: Peacock "sword" feathers form the sides of a male peacock's tail.

Steps:
  1. Paint wreath form green and allow to dry thoroughly.
  2. Coat wreath form with spray adhesive and attach feather boa (or boas) while glue is still tacky. Fill in with loose feathers until all parts of wreath form are covered with feathers. Note: Depending on fullness of feather boa, more than one may be needed to cover wreath completely. Peacock Feather Eye Detail
  3. Tuck peacock sword feathers and eye feathers into feather boa, pushing the quill ends into the foam wreath form to secure them.
  4. Wrap top of wreath with ribbon to create a hanger.


NOTE: Peacocks molt their feathers once mating season has ended. The peacock eye feather, shown above, makes up the majority of a male's characteristic fan.

Be inspired with these easy-to-follow instructions so you can create your very own iridescent peacock feather wreath; it will impress your family and friends...

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Sea Glass Christmas Ornaments


Courtesy of Michelle Aleff

Happy Holidays Friends,

Shatterproof Christmas balls get a beachy update with the addition of sea glass in an array of watery colors. They're easier to craft than you may think and are a fun project to tackle with help from the kids.

Materials and Tools:
  • clear shatterproof Christmas balls
  • sea glass (found on beach or available at craft stores)
  • clear silicone adhesive
  • glitter spray
  • tile nips
Steps:
  1. Attach sea glass to ornaments with clear silicone adhesive. It's best to attach the glass in sections, allowing time for the glue to set up in one area before moving on to the next. Tip: If ornaments will be hung, secure the caps with a drop of heavy-duty glue before adding sea glass.
  2. Continue adding sea glass to ornament, using tile nips to create small pieces, when necessary, to fit tight spaces.
  3. Add the finishing touch by lightly dusting finished ornaments with glitter spray.
To create these ornaments, Michelle followed the same steps but substituted glass gems for sea glass.



These glass chips and gems in watery colors bring a seaside touch to your holiday decorations; don't you agree?

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Tutorial Collection by Jones Design Company


Compliments of Jones Design Company

Merry Christmas Friends!

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, Jones Design Company created a collection of projects they call the Christmas {tutorial} collection.



Emily and Nonna have had such fun creating these projects, decorating the trees and getting into holiday mode, even if their tree is up a month earlier than normal!.

The entire collection is in download form with instructions for wreaths, garlands and ornaments perfect for decorating your home, your tree or giving as gifts. Also included in your download are images and inspiration for three uniquely decorated trees that will encourage you to think creatively when decorating your home this holiday season. The projects use inexpensive materials (things found at the thrift or craft store) are simple to create and are great ideas for crafting with a group of friends or alone while watching your favorite Christmas movie.

Download Christmas {tutorial} collection instructions HERE.

Enjoy, and thanks again to the Jones Design Company for sharing this awesome Holiday tutorial with us, the perfect gift...

Happy Holiday decorating...

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

JDC Christmas Printables


Compliments of Jones Design Company

Merry Christmas Friends!

Emily of Jones Design Company has been generous in sharing these Holiday templates to make our lives easier, during the busiest time of the year, without compromising style and thoughtfulness.

Thank you Jones Design Company!

Click HERE to download BHG Christmas Tags template


Click HERE to download Woodland Christmas Tags template


Click HERE to download Classic Christmas Tags template


Click HERE to download Christmas Shopping List template


Click HERE to download Holiday Invite template


Click HERE to download Holiday Note Cards template


Click HERE to download Holiday Gift Tags template


Click HERE to download Christmas Wish List template




Happy Holiday shopping, wrapping and decorating...

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

More FREE Printable Christmas Templates


Courtesy of The TomKat Studio

Merry Christmas Friends,

We've got your party covered in Holiday red and green. These FREE printable templates are stylist for any Holiday gathering. Your family and friends will enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Red and Green Banners


Gingerbread Favor Boxes


Gingerbread Food Labels


Merry Christmas" Circles


Have fun...

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Monday, December 4, 2017

FREE Printable Christmas Templates


Courtesy of Snapfish

Merry Christmas Friends,

Create a beautiful Christmas brunch or holiday tea with these vintage-inspired party decorations. The slightly muted red and gold colors combined with the craft paper "texture" of the design gives this party set a sophisticated flair that's ideal for an elegant holiday affair.

Click the items below to be redirected to the FREE printable versions:

Banner
Cake Bunting
Centerpiece Kit
Cupcake Kit
Home Decor
Napkin Rings
Paper Chain Banner
Party Tags
Tent Signs
Wine Glass Tags

Enjoy the Holiday parties...

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