Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Delicious New Year’s Eve Party

Ringing in the New Year is traditionally associated with friends, fun, and laughter. This year, why not add a delicious twist by incorporating Gourmet Gift Baskets as colorful, and tasty party favors

Big or Small…

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, making plans for the momentous occasion can range from small and cozy, to grand and exciting! Whichever the case may be, if you are hosting an event at your place – or even if you’ve rented a hall – don’t forget that your guests will be bringing their appetites, too. Some food-oriented ideas are to include a nice spread, covering basic hors d’oeuvres, or going all-out and offering a full buffet. However, in both of these cases, decoration is always an extra expense. If only there were a way to do it all at once…

Gift Baskets

New Year’s Eve is famous for cracking open some delicious wine, and enjoying the music and dancing. But with all the dancing, an appetite is sure to get worked up! Offering beautifully decorated preassembled Gift Baskets are a wonderful addition to any fun-filled event. Baskets such as the Traditional Wine and Gourmet or the Wine and Gourmet Gift Basket sets are the perfect choice to complement your engagement. These offer select red and/or white wines, along with delicious foods, such as venison summer sausage, cinnamon raisin crostini, aged beef salami, fine herbs that are perfect for dipping, gourmet cheeses, and so much more!

Prearranged Delicacies

Each Gift Basket is prearranged, preassembled, & already decorated! The elegance and beauty is hard to miss, as gorgeously embellished and intricately interwoven baskets abound with high-end and delicious gourmet delicacies! The more the merrier, as each can be kept within hand’s reach of your guests. Each will complement most any décor, as the fine craftsmanship of the baskets is unique and boastful. Make this New Year one that your guests won’t soon forget!

P.S.  If you are attending a function, don’t come empty-handed! Be sure to bring one of these exquisite beauties, and garner instant attention. You will also make some grumbling bellies VERY happy in the process!

Simple Christmas Gift Ideas

Sometimes it can be difficult trying to find the perfect gift for that special person in your life. Some of the best gifts can actually be the most simple. Here are a few simple Christmas gift ideas that are sure to surprise and delight. 

Gift Baskets

Christmas Gift Basket

 

Gift baskets are a great gift option because they are so customizable. They include gourmet favorites such as chocolates, cookies, and more. These types of gift are great for family, friends, and even coworkers. Besides, who doesn’t like to snack on yummy treats on Christmas? So the Christmas Snacks Basket is one to definitely look into.

 

 

 

Hand Made Gifts

Candle

From homemade body scrubs and scented candles, to hand sewn mittens and cell phone cases – there are so many options when it comes to do it yourself Christmas gifts. It can even be as simple as taking a plain white mug and writing a sweet message on it with a black sharpie to make it a “customized mug”. You can even create a homemade picture frame that would mean the world to someone. Just be creative and remember to put a lot of thought into it. After all, it is the thought that counts.

 

 

 

Gift Cards

gift card

Probably one of the simplest gifts there is. You are able to show someone you care with a gift while ensuring they receive exactly what they wanted, because they chose it themselves! You can pretty much buy a gift card for any store. Whether your loved one likes to go clothes shopping, prefers electronics, or simply loves to eat at their favorite restaurant, a gift card is a sure fire way to ensure a successful gift exchange. This is also a great choice for a friend or coworker. This is because sometimes it is hard to get a clear idea of what they want.

Over the Top Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Christmas is a time for sharing, love, and gift giving, and Christmas morning can be just as sweet.

Everyone knows that when it comes to Christmas, the morning is spent ripping open presents and enjoying family. The rest of the day is spent getting excited for that delicious Christmas dinner that is almost like a second Thanksgiving. But what about Christmas breakfast? If you ask me, it is greatly over looked. This could really be a great opportunity to enjoy the morning together after presents, while digging into an over the top delightful meal in your pajamas!

Yogurt and Oatmeal Pancakes with Blackberry Crush

Pancakes

 

 

 

To Make 8 Servings You Will Need:

4 cups of blackberries

1/3 cup of sugar

1/3 teaspoon of baking soda

2 cups of half and half

2 cups of plain yogurt

4 eggs

8 tablespoons of butter

2 cups of flour

½ teaspoon of salt

1 ¼ cups of oats

½ cup of maple syrup

Mix all of the ingredients except for the butter, blackberries, and maple syrup in a mixing bowl. Mix on high until there are no lumps. Add butter to the pan, and cook the pancakes as desired. Next, crush the blueberries with a fork, and pour some over top of the pancakes along with maple syrup. Now enjoy those over the top yogurt and oatmeal pancakes!

Pumpkin and Gingerbread Waffles

Waffles

 

 

 

 

To Make 12 Servings You Will Need:

4 tablespoons of ginger

½ teaspoon of ground cloves

4 cups of flour

8 eggs

1 cup of half and half

1 cup of milk

4 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of baking soda

2 teaspoon of baking powder

6 tablespoons of molasses

1 cup of pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

½ teaspoon of salt

1 cup of sour cream

12 tablespoons of melted butter

Preheat your waffle iron and spread the butter all over the grates with a basting brush. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Then, cook your waffles and top them with maple syrup and drizzle with caramel if desired.

Cream Cheese and Strawberry French toast

French Toast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Make 6 Servings You Will Need:

6 slices of bread

Spreadable cream cheese

½ cup of sugar

5 eggs

½ cup of crushed strawberries

½ cup of sliced strawberries

½ cup of maple syrup

1 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of butter

Combine the milk, eggs, sugar, and crushed strawberries in a bowl and stir together well. Place butter in a pan on medium heat, then take each piece of bread and soak in the mixture one by one. Immediately place the bread in the frying pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Next, spread the cream cheese on top of the bread and top with the sliced strawberries and maple syrup. Enjoy your Christmas morning with this delicious breakfast treat!

Best Adult Drinks for the Holiday’s

The kids are asleep and the adults are getting things together for the Holidays. Enjoy these delicious and easy recipes that are sure to be a hit.

 

During the holiday season some drinks are most loved and welcomed by the adults. Besides, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years right around the corner, what better time then now to break out the recipe book and start enjoying some of your favorite adult beverages?

Colonial Hot Buttered Rum

1 cup of rum

1/2 cup light cream

3 whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1 cinnamon stick

1 quart of hot water

1/4 cup butter

A pinch of salt

1 cup of brown sugar

Combine all ingredients, except rum, into a sauce pan & simmer until hot. Turn of heat and slowly stir in the rum. Pour into four mugs, and enjoy!

Peppermint Martini

1 fluid ounce peppermint schnapps

10 fluid ounces vanilla-flavored vodka

4 fluid ounces white crème de menthe

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into 4 glasses and garnish with a candy cane. Enjoy the holidays the right way, with this delicious holiday-inspired martini!

Gingerbread Martini

4 tablespoons ginger liqueur

2 cups of ice cubes

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons of coffee-flavored rum

4 teaspoons of whipping cream

4 tablespoons of vanilla-citrus liqueur

Crushed ginger snaps

Rim the glasses with ginger liqueur and the ginger snaps. Then, add the ingredients to the shaker and shake, shake, shake. Finally, strain into 2 martini glasses, and enjoy a holiday favorite with a delicious twist!