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My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

19 Dec

It’s that time of year for holiday baking!  Every year I am asked by friends and family to make my white chocolate cranberry cookies. I originally got this recipe from Kraft, but I modified it a bit.  I thought I would share my recipe if you’re looking for something new to try.  The nice thing about these cookies is that they freeze well, so you can always make a batch and freeze them until you are ready to gift them or serve them.  Enjoy!

Jennifer’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

    • Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in chocolate and cranberries.
    • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    • Drop rounded tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets; flatten slightly.
    • Bake 10 to 14 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

xo,

Jennifer

Photo credit:  Kraft.com

Three Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes

16 Nov

Holiday parties always need a signature cocktail! I’ve put together three of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes I’ve used at parties throughout the years.  They’re always a big hit and somewhat easy to make ahead of time so you have time to enjoy your guests.

Cranberry Gimlet 

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in ingredients.  Shake until ice cold and strain into a cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup. Garnish with frozen whole cranberries.   Recipe (revised): FoodFanatic.com.

 

Candy Cane Cocktails

  • 1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Garnish: peppermint candy

Directions

Mix ingredients in a ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Shake and pour into cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup.  Garnish rim with crushed peppermint candies! Recipe:  Myrecipes.com.

Pomegranate Martinis

  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 c. water
  • 3½ c. gold tequila
  • 2 c. pomegranate juice
  • 1 c. Triple Sec
  • 5 limes
  • Ice cubes for serving
  • 1 c. fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions

  1. In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in tequila, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
  2. Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.
    Recipe:  Good Housekeeping.

Use our personalized plastic cups for a fun way to serve your signature cocktails!  They also make clean-up a breeze.  Our Tastemaker Will Kahn of Town & Country magazine uses these cups for his holiday entertaining.  How festive are these?

Do you have a signature holiday cocktail you serve every year?  Tell us in the comments.  We’d love to try it this holiday season!

xo,

Jennifer

Photo credits:  Candy Cane Martini (nuggetmarket.com), Cranberry Gimlet (Yummly.com), Pomegranate Martinis (GoodHousekeeping.com), plastic cup (Will Kahn).  

5 Share-Worthy Graduation Party Ideas

3 May

May and June mean it’s graduation season!  Junior high, high school and college kids will be graduating and moving into the next chapter of their lives.  With graduation comes celebrations – big and small.  To help celebrate the graduates big day, there are some fun ways you can make it special.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas to make your graduation party memorable.

  1. Coordinate everything in their school colors.  This goes for everything you have at the party!  If the school colors are blue and white, coordinate everything with those two colors:  balloons, plates, napkins, table runners, cups, etc.  It really brings the theme together.  If you have a high school graduate who will be going to college, you can celebrate by using their new college colors.  It’s also a great way to announce their college choice for those who aren’t already aware of where they will be headed in the fall.

    Decorating in school colors. Photo source: Catchmyparty

  2. Decorate with pictures of the graduate. To get people “oohing” and “ahhing” display pictures in frames of the graduate throughout the party. If it’s a small gathering at a restaurant, you can put a few on the table(s). If you are having a big backyard party, put various pictures at different tables so everyone can view the graduate through the years. You can also hang them from outdoor tents for a great backdrop as well. This is also a great ice breaker for guests who may not know each other.

    Surrounded by memories of the grad. Photo source: Pinterest

  3. Set up a photo booth.  Make a huge chalkboard backdrop with chalkboard contact paper.  You can have it say “Class of 2017” where friends (and family) can take pictures at the party.  You can also add a hashtag so everyone can view the pictures later on social media (i.e., #Samgradparty17).

    Say cheese! Photo source: Pinterest

  4. Give everyone a class ring.  For a fun and inexpensive centerpiece, put out a glass jar or bowl filled with Ring Pops and label it “Class Rings.”

    Class rings for everyone! Photo source: Mylifeatplaytime.com

  5. Design a box for cards. Most guests will bring a card to congratulate the graduate. You can gift wrap a medium sized box (and don’t forget to make a slot big enough for cards!) in their school colors. Guests will appreciate having a place to put their cards before enjoying the festivities!

    Congrats cards welcome here! Photo source: etsy.com

Do you have ideas you’d like to share? Maybe something you did at your party that really “wowed” your guests! Share in the comments!

Congrats to all the 2017 graduates and best of luck in your futures!  See our graduation ideas for even more inspiration!

xoxo,

Jennifer