Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying it with family and friends. Here's our Christmas card for this year. We had a lot of fun dressing Darcy up as Santa for this photo shoot.  Everyone has really enjoyed the card who's received it.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cherry Limeade Jello Shots

As you may know, I get a lot of traffic on my blog for the Lemon Drop Jello Shots that I made a couple of years ago. Well they're now like my signature item and I love making them.

For the Christmas party, I decided to mix things up and create a jello shot that was more Christmas-y and fun.  I decided on a cherry limeade flavor! Instead of using lemons and lemon jello, I used limes and cherry jello. It worked out really nicely and I think they had a wonderful flavor. Everyone gobbled these up at the party.

Cherry Limeade Jello Shots
- 8 large limes
- 2 packages cherry Jello (3 oz each)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup citrus vodka
- 1/3 to1/2 cup lime juice (depending on desired taste)
- 1/2 cup ice cold water

Cut the limes in half lengthwise. Squeeze the juice out into a separate container and set aside. Use a spoon to scoop out all of the insides and pulp. You can use a paring knife to help separate the inside, but be sure not to cut through the peel. Once you have them all completely juiced and cleaned out, place each of the halves into a muffin tin, with the open sides up.

Prepare the Jello mixture by mixing 1 cup of boiling water with two packages of cherry Jello. Stir until the Jello has completely disolved. Then, add the 1 cup citrus vodka, 1/2 cup of strained lime juice that you got from the limes, and 1/2 cup ice water. Stir until cooled.

Pour the Jello mixture into each lime half so that they are completely full. Carefully move the muffin tin to the fridge and chill for at least 4 hours, until hardened.

Once the Jello is firm, and you're ready to serve, cut each half into three slices. Turn the lime halves over on a cutting board and then make each slice in one fluid motion using a very sharp, warm, non-serrated knife. Share with friends and enjoy!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Party!

This past Saturday, we had our 3rd annual Christmas party at our house and it was so much fun! I just wanted to share some of the details and pictures with you today. I'll post all of the new recipes soon :) I had a lot of fun preparing for this party. I have enjoyed decorating our house for the holidays and this was just another excuse to put up even more decorations.

I added a wreath to the inside of our bay window in the kitchen last week. I made this wreath out of the extra branches from our Christmas tree. It was a thrifty addition but I like how it brings more decorations into the kitchen.

I also updated our kitchen chalkboard to say Merry Christmas!

Then, I made Darcy a Christmas bow tie to wear to the party. I made this with a little bit of fabric that I got from JoAnn's and it was so easy to make. It slipped around one of his old collars and he actually liked wearing it!

I made a lot of food for the party and we were pretty surprised that everyone managed to eat almost everything! A lot of these things went over really well, here's what we had:

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites
Mushroom and Asparagus Tarts
Veggie Tray

Petit Fours
Pecan Sandies
Christmas Cookies

Specialty Drinks
Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Cherry Limeade Jello Shots

I made drink stirrers for the cocktails with straws I ordered online from Garnish and little flags that I printed.  These were really easy to make and so fun at the party.

I made Christmas colored jello shots for this party too! My lemon drop jello shots are always a hit, but I decided to make cherry limeade jello shots for this, since they're red and green. These were sweet and sour, but not too strong!
Cherry Limeade Jello Shots
One of the drink stations
Some of the food
Modeling the champagne cocktails
Me and Darcy in front of the Christmas tree
Santa Hat Brownies
It was a really great party with lots of food, drinks and fun with friends! We played Dirty Santa as usual and it was fun as always!

Hope you're enjoying the holiday season and have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Decorations

We've gotten almost all of our Christmas decorations put up at home! It's really starting to feel like the holidays. Decorating our own house is so much more fun than an apartment.  

We started last weekend when we picked out our Christmas tree and put it up. We had a lot of fun picking out our tree, but the one we picked out ended up being a little taller than our ceiling... so we had to trim the very top of it for our angel to fit. 

This year, we chose to add a little bit of silver to our red and gold collection of ornaments. We hung our stockings on the mantle and added some garland.

This weekend, we hung wreaths on all of our windows. I found a great deal on 24" wreaths and red bows at AC Moore with coupons.  I found on Pinterest that using clear suction cup hangers is one of the best ways to hang wreaths.  This works well with our windows because the bottom sash tilts in and you can remove the screen from the inside.  We were able to put the wreaths up from inside fairly easily and so far, they're working really well!

We have some other decorations throughout the house, including a small lit tree in the foyer.  We also have greenery on the banisters on the stairs and a wreath on the front door. 

And, we got our Christmas cards in the mail this week from TinyPrints.  I'll be mailing them out to our family and friends this week!  Darcy even helped us make them ;)

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