Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Nougat Candy


Courtesy of DK Books - Greener
Photography by DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Happy Holidays Friends,

Make these wonderful, light candies as a sweet holiday treat. Package them as gifts by nestling them in baskets or decorative tins filled with colorful paper.

You'll need a candy thermometer to ensure the sugar solution reaches the correct temperature as it boils — be aware that it is extremely hot at this stage, so don't let children come too close to the pan.

Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar syrup
  • 1/4 cup clear honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 egg whites, beaten until stiff in a large bowl
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 10 oz. mixture of blanched almonds, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts
Directions
  1. Heat the sugar, syrup, honey and water in a saucepan until it reaches 310 degrees F. Stand the thermometer in the pan to check the temperature.
  2. When the heated sugar solution for the nougat candy is ready, add it to the bowl of beaten egg whites, beating the mixture constantly until it is stiff and waxy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and the nuts to the bowl and fold them all carefully into the mixture using a large metal spoon.
  4. Put the nougat mix into a tin lined with wax paper. Allow to cool completely before cutting it into small squares. Once cool, store candy in an airtight tin.
Perfect for the sweet tooth in every home...

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!


Hello Friends,

All of us at Interior Design would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the timeless treasures of the season; the warmth of home, the love of family and the company of good friends.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Caramel Apple Martini Recipe


Courtesy of Kim Stoegbauer

Happy Thanksgiving Friends,

Whip up this scrumptious cocktail for your next fall get-together or Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients
  • 1 oz. Baileys Irish cream
  • 1/2 oz. apple schnapps
  • 1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 oz. half-and-half or whole milk
  • coarse sugar
  • ground cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Rim glass with coarse sugar mixed with cinnamon.
  2. For each cocktail, pour all ingredients into a drink shaker.
  3. Fill shaker with ice then shake and strain cocktail into a chilled glass, with or without ice.
Cheers...

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Club


Courtesy of Sam Henderson

Happy Thanksgiving Friends,

The classic club sandwich is heightened by substituting deli cuts with leftover roasted turkey. Continue the holiday theme with a bit of cranberry mayo for one delicious sandwich.

Ingredients:
  • 2 slices wide bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole cranberry sauce
  • 2-3 thick slices roasted turkey
  • 2-3 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4-5 slices tomato
  • curly leaf lettuce
  • 4 strips cooked bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Combine the cranberry sauce and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Stir to fully blend.
  2. Toast both sides of the bread in a long toaster or under your oven's broiler. Stack the sandwich beginning with a slice of toast topped with a thin layer of cranberry mayonnaise.
  3. Add turkey, cheese, tomato and lettuce. Add another slice of toast topped with a thin layer of cranberry mayonnaise. Add bacon, more turkey (if desired), cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread a thin layer of cranberry mayonnaise on the last slice of toast and top the sandwich.
  4. Press the sandwich down gently and poke a short skewer or long toothpick through each half of the sandwich. Cut the sandwich in half with a serrated knife, using a sawing motion to prevent displacing the ingredients. Serve immediately.
Bon Appétit...

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Woven Dough Thanksgiving Cornucopia


Courtesy of HGTV

Happy Thanksgiving Friends,

This centerpiece for your holiday table looks good enough to eat.

Ingredients and Materials:
  • cone-shaped colander
  • rolling pin
  • aluminum foil
  • vegetable oil spray
  • 2 loaves of frozen bread dough
  • egg wash (used as paste)
  • cooking brush
Steps:
  1. Wrap the colander with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil.
  2. Let the frozen dough thaw overnight in the fridge. Roll one loaf of bread flat with rolling pin, and drape dough over colander. Join dough edges together with egg wash, and then cover the entire dough surface with egg wash.
  3. Roll out the second loaf of bread and cut it into strips approximately 1-inch wide. Position strips of dough lengthwise along the cone shape, tucking the dough ends inside the colander. Create the basketweave design by lacing in strips of dough widthwise.
  4. Twist dough ends together to make the cornucopia's curling end. Apply egg wash on the entire surface, which will give a glossy sheen to the cornucopia once it's baked. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until the surface is golden brown.
Yum...

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Taking Wine? Dress the Bottle With These Cute Ideas


Courtesy of Brian Patrick Flynn

Hi Friends,

Wine is the go-to hostess gift for almost any occasion but most popular during the Holiday Season. Rather than take just a simple bottle of wine, dress it up to make your hostess feel really special and put everyone in a festive mood. Kick it off with our featured Festive Socks. Slip your bottle of wine into a holiday-themed sock, then use its matching partner to create a cute bow. This clever gift wrap is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Handmade Leather Tassel

Add some sophistication to your wine bottle with a simple handmade leather tassel. Add a key ring to leather strips to use it for both decorative and practical purposes.

Custom Address Stamp

A personalized stamp is a great way to dress up wine for a holiday housewarming party or a newly-married couple spending their first Christmas in a new home.

Mulled Wine Sachet

An individual mulled wine sachet isn’t just useful, but when dressed up with cinnamon sticks and fresh rosemary, it also makes for a pretty presentation.

Personalized Luggage Tag

A tailored luggage tag makes for a great gift for the world travelers on your holiday list.

Furoshiki Wrap

A traditional Japanese fabric wrap is an eco-friendly alternative to paper or plastic wrapping. Use a tea towel or dishtowel to turn this pretty packaging into a practical gift.

Add a DIY Touch

Get crafty by creating a reusable ornament made out of collected corks. This thematic adornment is the perfect host or hostess gift for wine lovers.

Vintage Scarf

Pick up a one-of-a-kind vintage scarf and wrap your wine bottle up for a flea-market-chic look.

Faux Fur Cuff and Brooch

For the fashionista on your list, scour a vintage store for a faux fur collar and costume jewelry. Then, give your bottle of wine a high-fashion makeover.

Wooden Bottle and Glass Holder

For a serious wine lover, don’t worry about getting that perfect bottle of vino. Instead, gift them something wine themed that they may not already have in their arsenal, like this wine tote for two.

Add your crafty Holiday wine sleeves and share them with us. Look forward to hearing from you...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Help Yourselves


Courtesy of HGTV

Happy Thanksgiving Friends,

The best way to enjoy company is by keeping your own load light during the party. Simplify your hosting duties by setting up a buffet near the table and letting guests help themselves to their favorite Thanksgiving foods. Use fresh herbs and seasonal fruit to garnish each dish, and set out menu cards identifying the ingredients in each item.

Bon Appétit...

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