Sunday, December 6, 2009

The 25 Days of Christmas Day 6: Neutrals That Sparkle Complimented by Loaded Mashed Potato Recipe

Merry Christmas Friends,

It's our pleasure to continue the 25 Days of Christmas feature for you, our good friends. December 1st through December 25th you can visit our blog for helpful, money-saving ideas to decorate your space for the holidays. It's just a little something to show our appreciation for your continued support of Interior Design eBlog.

Use neutral accents to create a delicate holiday display. This chocolate-brown living room is ready for the holidays with subtle, elegant touches. Small lighted trees and cream-colored stockings highlight the mantel, while gold ornaments placed strategically around the room add extra sparkle. Although elegant, this room can be put together with little or no money. Utilize existing decorations, if you don't have cream-colored accents or furnishings go with a taupe to get a similar effect. The object is to lighten the decor which can be accomplished with any light tone. Be creative, step outside the box.

Enjoy and share this Loaded Mashed Potato recipe courtesy of Paula Deen.

2 heads garlic
6 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup butter
1 (12-ounce) carton sour cream
1 (8-ounce) block sharp white Cheddar, grated
1 1/2 pounds cooked bacon, julienned

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut tops off 2 garlic heads. Wrap in foil and roast for 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle remove the flesh from the garlic heads and set aside.

In a large stockpot, cook potatoes in enough salted water to cover for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.

Drain and return to stockpot. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth; adding salt, pepper, butter, garlic and sour cream. With a spatula stir in cheese and bacon. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve immediately.

Servings: 8 servings
Cook Time: 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

Check back for more holiday ideas and enjoy the season with family and friends.

Wishing you all the timeless treasures of the season; the warmth of home, the love of family and the company of good friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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