Move over, eggnog: there's a new holiday cocktail in town. At your next holiday fete, we urge you to get into the yuletide spirit with a candy cane cocktail that calls for only three ingredients. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, we'll show you how to create a candy garnish two ways: a superspeedy method and another that's sure to be the talk of the party. Watch the video to see how it's done, then print out the candy cane cocktail recipe for easy reference.
In the middle of all this holiday hustle and bustle, give your loved ones a good laugh by sending these hilarious Christmas-themed Someecards to your fun-loving family and friends. Everyone can use a silly, lighthearted note during these busy weeks. And it's nice to be a little naughty sometimes. So pick from these playful cards to share some festive, flippant holiday wishes!
Nothing says holiday happy hour like a classic eggnog cocktail. While this thick and frothy drink may be a holiday tradition, its heavy cream base offers nothing friendly to your waistline. For a lighter take on this creamy drink, we turned to Richard Blais, the winner of Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars. Blais lightened up this drink using protein-packed Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. Finish with nutmeg, vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon for a reduced-guilt drink that is just as decedent as it is delicious!See the recipe when you read more.
I'll be honest with you: I've never been responsible for making the holiday ham. Typically, one of the men in my family (usually my grandfather) is smoking or roasting a ham. I'm not even sure what the process is; because it's never cooked in the oven, I've never even seen the ham prior to its dazzling presentation on the table. However, this year, in an effort to improve my large meat roasting skills, I volunteered to try out a holiday ham recipe. Since I'm from the South, I had to turn to a trusty source, Southern Living, for the recipe.
The key ingredient in this recipe is bourbon. Your kitchen will smell like molasses and bourbon as the ham slow roasts in your oven for several hours. Be sure to roast it the full recommended length so the sauce reduces into a sticky glaze that caramelizes the edges of the ham.
After a few bites from my most honest taste testers, my parents said, "Hmm . . . maybe you need to be responsible for the ham this year . . ." The bourbon's the trick, y'all. It adds an oaky, smoky flavor that complements the salty pork. The honey, molasses, and brown sugar just about turn this into a caramel-covered ham! My parents especially adored the bourbon glaze and even ladled hefty spoonfuls of it onto their rice and collard greens.
Prepare to fall in love with this bourbon ham recipe this holiday season.
As if the time that we spend shopping for the perfect gifts for our kids isn't enough, we also love to come up with new and creative ways to package them every year. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we scoured the web to see how the craftiest and most resourceful bloggers out there are handling the presentation of their presents. While there are infinite options, we narrowed it down to our eight favorites, all of which will appeal to both kids and kids at heart.
Don't miss the Christmas morning magic! San Francisco shutterbug Lauri Levenfeld teaches moms how to capture interesting images of their tots and holidays are the perfect time to put her tips to use. "The images you capture are bound to create lasting and special memories, even if you have to find a little humor in some of the recordings," she said. "The best way to capture all the wonderful aspects of your family's celebration is to treat your recordings as an overall story of the day," Levenfeld added. Check out her five fabulous tips!
All photos courtesy of: Zoom Photography
Do your kiddos leave a milk and cookies snack for Santa? It's a tradition that's too cute to pass up. Tots light up with joy on Christmas Day as they catch a glimpse of all of the presents Santa has left them — and a cookie platter with nothing but crumbs! This holiday season, treat Santa to a delightful midnight snack with unique Christmas cookies to swoon over.
Feast your eyes on these 13 sweet Christmas cookies sold online; no baking required. They'll have you jiggling your belly and shouting "ho! ho! ho!" in no time, and they make great holiday gifts for anyone on your list!
The plot of Four Christmases is probably not on your wish list this year, but what may be is the set's holiday decor. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, this film has gone from comedy to Christmas classic. Although it's a few years old, we're still inspired by the the movie's Christmas spirit. Taking place around all types of holiday celebrations, this movie has decor from the traditional to the unexpected. Click through to find out how you can get a similar look in your home this Winter!
I'm always intrigued by all the wonderful candies and confections that make their way to grocery store shelves during the holiday season. Every time I buy a bag of peppermint candies, I can't help but wonder how they are made, which is why this season I became determined to make them as an edible gift.
These little peppermints do require fast speed to stretch and cut, but if you don't get it right the first time, your hardened brick of candy won't go to waste. Leftover candy cane can be crushed and used in ice cream, cookies, or candies.