All posts tagged "Christmas"

  • Food & Drink
    Quick and easy appetizers

    By Lori Mork Whether you use these treats as appetizers at your next holiday gathering, or for a quick snack, using wonton wrappers makes quick work of theses treats. SPANAKOPITA BITES INGREDIENTS: 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped fine 3 green onions, chopped fine 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Take a walk on the dark side of wine

    ‘Midnight’ and ‘black’ blends offer bold, sensual characteristics By Al Edenloff Here’s a way to sip through those long, darkened days of fall and winter: Try a “black” or “midnight” wine. These bold, dark blends of red wine, touted as seasonal or limited releases, are popping up more in local wine stores...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Make your photos stand out this Christmas

    By Lori Mork Christmas is one of the best photo opportunities of the year, so make it one to remember with some of these tips: 1. Skip the flash Turning off your camera’s flash brings out the warmth in your photos. Use as much natural light as possible, and if you need...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Naught nog

    By Crystal Dey Ah, the holidays. When spices spice up kitchens and cups of cheer are cheered. Eggnog was once a favorite of European aristocracy. The sweet milky nectar migrated into common folks’ mugs in North America in the 1700s. Although the spicy notes of nutmeg make the drink smell delightful, to...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Coffee filter wreath

    By Melanie Danner Supplies: Coffee filters, 100 to 250, depending on how full you want the wreath. 8” to 10” locking band or embroidery hoop Glue gun Wire ribbon Adornments (such as holly) Directions: 1Separate coffee filters and lay them flat. Then fold each filter in half, then in half again (so...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Decorating? Think natural

    By Lori Mork I love the look of the outdoors, and bringing it inside to celebrate the holidays is my favorite way to decorate a table. I never get tired of that fresh, natural look, whether it’s for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, but there’s so much more. Beautiful primary colors, bright and...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Peppermint treats

    By Lori Mork Normally, most people consider me a chocoholic, but when the holidays roll around, you can find me knee deep in peppermint! These recipes are easy and produce some great treats for your gift giving or holiday trays. CANDY CANE HEARTS INGREDIENTS: 24 mini candy canes 1 cup white chocolate or semi-sweet...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    A sip of cherry wassail

    By Crystal Dey Take the nip out of Jack Frost’s chill, with a sip of cheery cherry wassail. A little sweet and a little tart, this cup of cheer will warm Yuletide hearts. Cheery Cherry Wassail 6 cups cranberry juice 6 cups apple cider 3 cups cherry juice 3 Tbsp brown sugar...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Deck the mantel

    by Karla Mikkelson Think fresh and different. This year, try some new concepts for an old mantel: • Set narrow trees, nutcrackers and other decor atop antique books or other interesting textures to create various heights. Layer one or more empty ornate frames beside or behind items. • Add reflective ornaments strung...

  • Hobbies & Interests
    Wine party ideas for the holidays

    By Al Edenloff The holidays are a great time to gather with friends over some wine and bubbly. But you don’t have to do the same ol, same ol year after year. Try something new! Here are four fun twists to throw into your next gathering: Rich man/poor man: Have each pair...

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