The weather outside is getting cold and frosty. And Christmas is in the air. Time for a few fabulous Yuletide Libations.
These delicious drinks will not only quench your thirst but are a real treat!
A wonderful libation when you are feeling a little under the weather, your throat is scratchy, you are stressed or you just need to warm up. Don't let the cute name fool you, this is a potent alcoholic beverage... One to sip on for the evening. Remember, moderation!
1 1/2 oz. brandy or whiskey
1 tsp honey
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 large slice of lemon
Put brandy or whiskey in a mug. Add boiling water. Stir in 1 tsp of honey. Add cloves and a cinnamon sticks. Drop in the lemon slice and let the whole things steep for 5 minutes. Sip and enjoy.
This is a very yummy treat! Cold and filling. I am a huge eggnog fan, so this is Christmas in a cup to me.
1 cup lo fat eggnog
1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
6 ice cubes
lo fat whipped topping
dash of nutmeg
1 shot of brandy or rum (optional)
Add everything, except whipped topping, in in a blender and give it a good whizz. Pour it into a glass and add whipped topping. If desired, dust with a little extra nutmeg.
This is a must try! And sooooo pretty! I love prosecco, a lovely dry sparkling white wine. Most people think it is Champagne. If you don't want to splurge on a good Champagne, then try Prosecco.
Fill a sugar rimmed glass 1/4 full of Pomegranate juice and top off with Prosecco. For extra pizazz, drop a sugar cube in the bottom of the drink. Ooooh, bubbly!
Get a bonus Christmas libation... The Candy Cane on Facebook!
Oh, Holy Night... this was the song playing in my head as I set this Bethlehem Christmas Table.
This one-of-a-kind dinnerware with watercolor scenes of the true Christmas story rimmed with God's Word was the inspiration for tonight's table. And what a most beautiful inspiration!
This will be my Christmas Eve table. Christmas Eve night is my most favorite time of the whole year. Dinner then Church! Silent Night manifested!
A gift from Pat at LIFE AT LYDIA'S HOUSE, Bethlehem Christmas dinnerware will be a constant reminder why we celebrate Christmas. Thank you so much Pat!
I wanted to keep the mood soft, the table uncluttered. I wanted to handle this table with a sense of reverence and awe. Bringing out my best silver flatware and crystal gives the traditional appeal I am looking for. Traditional yet not stuffy. Simple yet elegant.
The weather even cooperated in setting the mood for this Bethlehem Christmas table. It has been cloudy and rainy all day. Allowing me to use only candle light and lit branches to bring a warm glow to the table.
A very loved vintage white damask tablecloth is the snowy background for this table. Each place is set with a large leaf and berry charger, a silverleaf charger and a matching dinner and salad plate.
Each dinner plate in the set of 8 has a different Christmas scenes telling the story of the very first Christmas. Scripture explaining each picture encircles the watercolor works of art. The dessert plate matches the scene in each dinner plate.
Vintage damask napkins are folded to resemble bows. They are gathered up in a napkin ring made out of a floral pick. The pick is bent into a circle. Florist tape secures them where they meet. They make very festive napkin rings at a very reasonable price, especially because these were purchased on sale.
Soup bowls are doing double duty tonight. They will be filled with scrumptious Cranberry Bread Pudding with warm Creme Anglaise.
Serving hot tea in the matching tea pot and creamer and sugar bowl is a special treat! They show off the lovey band of soft blue with holly and berries that accent all the dinnerware.
The Holy Family sits in a bed of crystalline snow on a footed silver platter. Of course, it is placed with loving care in the center of the table.
These lovely figurines have been a part of Christmas at StoneGable for many, many years. They are one of my most cherished Christmas treasures!
They are flanked by urns holding sparkling lit branches with snowflakes. Glittery silver and pearl colored balls
fill the base of the urn. Look for a tutorial next week for making these urns. Pretty easy!
Snowflakes in different sizes and shapes give interest to the table.
Little votive candles in mercury glass inspired holders give off a warm glow! Sparkly snow fills half of the votive and the candles are nestled down in the snow.
This table was a true joy to set. It reminded me of the TRUE meaning of Christmas!
Baby Spinach with Tangerines, Spiced Walnuts, Brie and Citrus Vinaigrette
Individual Beef Wellingtons with Duxelles
Glazed Baby Carrots
Cranberry Bread Pudding
Vanilla Tea with Vanilla Sugar
(Vanilla Sugar how-to's on an upcoming post)
If you are interested in this stunning dinnerware please visit LYDIA'S HOUSE. Many of these lovely pieces are on sale.
I trust everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend. I certainly did! Full of family and eating and fun and eating and shopping (NOT on black Friday) and ... well you get the picture.
I had a productive day putting away all of my fall decorations and trying not to be stressed out by other blogger who have their Christmas decorations up already! Over achievers (but I'm sure they are lovely people)!
It just seems to take me a week or so to get the inside decorated. The outside takes a whole weekend. I love to think and create. Because I decorate most every room in my house with at least a wreath, decorating is not done in a day or even three. So if I'm still hanging mistletoe the week before Christmas that's okay. I'll try to enjoy other blogs and get inspiration from them... and try not to feel guilty about being poky.
We have eaten so much over the Thanksgiving holiday that I am going lite on food consumption this week, but not on the food itself. I'd rather have a few scrumptious bites than a lot of something just okay.
Have a happy week of delicious food and fun decorating!
Monday StoneGable Mile High Quiche Lorianne Cream of Mushroom Soup With Madeira Wine Mixed Greens, Sugar and Spice Pecans, Tangerines and Bleu in an Orange Vinaigrette
Recipe: StoneGable Mile High Quiche Lorianne aka Herbed Quiche Lorianne
This is a must try recipe. I don't make any other quiche now that I found and tweaked this recipe. To see this recipe, click HERE.
Tuesday Seared Salmon in a Herbed Garlic Butter Roasted Broccoli Leak and Potato Tart with Gruyere'
Recipe: Seared Salmon in a Herb Garlic Butter My friend at Savoring Time In The Kitchen has a BRILLIANT way of cooking Salmon. You must go see!!! I'm sure this will now be my prefered way to cook this delicious fish. ClickHEREfor a whole new way to keep your kitchen from smelling fishy while cooking a delight of a dinner!
Recipe: Leek and Potato Tart with Gruyere'
This recipe sounds almost heavenly!!! It is from Cooking Light. Click HERE for all the yummy details.
Wednesday ~ Soup Day Turkey Noodle Soup (from the turkey carcass) Arugula, Shaved Parmesan, Pine Nut with a Lemon Vinaigrette
Recipe: Turkey Noodle Soup
I am using my turkey carcass to make a delicious turkey noodle soup. This soup goes FAST! Great for dinner and lunch too. When turkey/chicken noodle soup is on StoneGable's menu my family is very very happy! Click HERE and look for it on Sunday's menu.
Recipe: Holiday Beef Brisket
Make this the day ahead and it will be an easy and company worthy meal.
1- 3 lb beef brisket
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
1 can cranberry jelly/ or cranberry relish
1 bottle beer
Combine all ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours. Take brisket out of slow cooker and shred. Cool and refrigerate. Refrigerate sauce in a separate container. When totally chilled skim fat from the top of the sauce.
To reheat: Put beef and sauce in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.
Friday Steaks On The Grill StoneGable Rice-A-Roni Roasted Cauliflower
Saturday~ Book Club Christmas Dinner Out To Dinner
Sunday StoneGable Artisan Pizza Apple, Beet and Carrot Salad
Recipe: Artisan Pizza on the Grill Delicious and easy to make, this pizza is a crowd pleaser. I let everyone make it their way by putting out all the topping and letting each person choose what goes on top of their very own pizza. Click HERE for recipe and how-to!