Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Easy Last Minute Holiday Ideas

OK, so the Christmas countdown begins and we're all racing to the finish line. The last minute Holiday rush can have us all feeling frazzled, but there's still time to whip up something with a "Wow" factor. Here are some ideas that are low on effort but high on impact!

Savory Shrimp Spread
This recipe was given to me by a neighbor years ago and it's been my go to dish ever since. With just a few ingredients, it's quick to fix and is sure to be a hit with the holiday crowd and a party pleaser any time of year. Get ready for recipe requests!

(1) 8oz brick of cream cheese softened
(1) stick of butter softened
(2) 4oz cans of tiny shrimp (rinsed & drained)
(1) medium to large onion finely chopped

Blend cream cheese and butter.
With a fork throughly mix in onion & shrimp.
Serve with assorted crackers, bagel crisps etc.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

*This makes a lot and will easy serve a crowd of 20,
for smaller gatherings cut the recipe in half.

Pretty Palmiers
My french Mother-in-law used to buy these at a local french bakery. Named "Palmiers" as they resemble the top of a palm tree, I love the crispy texture, not too sweet taste and delicate look. I'm getting pretty brave with baking lately and actually decided to tackle these this year. I could not believe how easy they were to make! No mixing, no measuring... just roll, sprinkle, cut and bake!

I found the recipe HERE

Be sure to click on the easy to follow how to video at the top of the page.

Icy Votives
Aren't these gorgeous? Used in multiples as a centerpiece or set about the house, these little frosty numbers will definitely add some cool to the party! If you've got 24 hours, plastic cups, some petals, greens, and votive candles you can do this. Go natural with a few poinsettia blossoms, a sprig of greenery and fresh berries. Or dig into your stash of Christmas decor and fake it. Either way this sure makes and elegant impression!

You can find the simple instructions here at Better Homes and Gardens

Wishing you all a Christmas that's Merry and Bright and filled with...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Hip Holiday Giveaway!

Just in time for the holidays
Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer and I are hosting a holiday giveaway!

Enter to WIN a copy of her new book "Reluctant Entertainer" and our "Christmas Cookie" Apron. Makes for a fabulous gift for a lady on your list, or just treat yourself. Either way it's a festive way to bake up a batch of joy this Holiday Season!

Giveaway closes Friday December 10th at midnight.

Click HERE to enter
Good Luck!

This Giveaway has closed.