- Style Guide
A little Americana/Architectural blended together to fashion shimmering holiday sparkle with a splash of red.
This is very kid friendly. (Adult supervision on any project is always encouraged)
What you’ll need:
For Cranberry Ice
Ice trays….yes I still have some.
2 bags of cranberries (I always buy extra and keep in the freezer…one never knows)
Lets the kids fill the trays with water then place two cranberries for each cube.
Freeze and viola!
For added color you can add fresh mint leaves.
For Cranberry Ice Bucket
The hardest part of this is having enough room in your freezer to accommodate the ice bucket.
2 plastic containers, (1 large) i.e. larger than a beach pale but not as large as a mop bucket…unless you have the room or it’s very cold outside.
The other a smaller tubular cylinder that will fit inside the larger and accommodate the beverage bottle of your choice. Wine, champagne or liquor bottle of choice.
2 bags of cranberries, depending on size of container usually 1 bag per layer
Wash containers thoroughly.
1. Fill the larger container with about 2 inches of water and place in freezer to freeze. Making sure that the container is leveled.
When frozen, place smaller container inside larger, and fill 1/3 with water.
2. *Add cranberries to larger container around smaller with just enough water to cover cranberries. Freeze.
When cranberry layer in frozen, add about 1 ½ inch of water and freeze. You will now have a bottom layer of ice 1 layer of cranberries and another of ice. Repeat step 2. and finish with a layer of ice to top.
To remove. This is best done the night before or earlier in the day by an adult, over the kitchen sink.
Bring water to boil in a tea kettle, and pour into smaller container to melt ice. You may need to repeat this several times. Once the ice is melted the smaller container should slide out.
To loosen large container pour hot water on outside and bottom until ice bucket sides out. You can now place back in freezer until ready to use.
* you may need to secure smaller container to larger with tape. Until first cranberry level in frozen.
Adding sparkle to your holiday affair can be as simple as placing cranberries in your ice cubes or flower arrangement. Or letting the kids explore their imagination by decorating their own holiday table
Just like the song says “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…”. I’m sure we all agree that the thought behind this is great, but instead of a bird in a fruit tree why not opt for something sweet and homemade that will bring them back for more.
Here are just a few holiday cookies that are inspired from our kathy ireland Style Guides (flavors of the world). With such of an array of holiday cookies this will be the first 12 days of Christmas that will be hard to forget. Now if your favorite cookies recipe is not here and you have a favorite that you would like to share, we would love to here from you. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Cookies from around the world
White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti / Architectural
Premier Cheesecake Cranberry Bars
Eggnog Snickerdoodles / Americana
Cocoa Coffee Bourbon Balls
Coconut Peanut Butter Balls
Mantecaditos/ Puerto Rico
Coco Cranberry Cookies
White Chocolate Christmas Cookie
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…..
White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
1 ¾ cups flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup unsalted pistachios
8 oz. white chocolate
½ tsp. orange zest, grated
Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. On low speed add the pistachios and cranberries and mix in. Add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Refrigerate about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Divide the dough in half and using lightly floured hands shape each half into a log. Bake about 30 minutes until brown and firm to the touch. Let cool 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice in the diagonal ¾ inch thick. Place a cooling rack on the baking sheet and arrange slices cut side down and bake until golden brown, approx. 15-20 minutes. Cool.
Chop the chocolate and melt in a double broiler or in the microwave (carefully). Dip each cooled cookies in one side into the melted chocolate and place in a lined tray chocolate side up. Refrigerate briefly to set the chocolate.
Makes about 24
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup eggnog, store bought
mix together and set aside
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp. nutmeg
In a bowl stir together flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt to combine thoroughly; set aside.
Preheat oven to 375°F. In mixing bowl combine butter and sugar, and beat until well blended. Beat in egg, mix until fluffy. Add vanilla mix to blend thoroughly.
Add flour mixture alternately with eggnog, mixing until smooth after each addition.
Drop by tablespoon, placed well apart, onto well-greased baking sheets. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sugar/nutmeg mixture. Bake until cookies are golden brown 8 to 9 minutes.
Allow to rest on cookies sheet for about 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool.
Makes about 3 ½ dozen cookies.
Cocoa Coffee Bourbon Balls
3 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers, 1 (12oz.) box
1 cup powdered Sugar
1 ½ tbsp. cocoa
1 ½ cups finely chopped walnuts
3 Tbs. corn syrup
1 heaping tbsp. instant coffee
½ cup bourbon
Thoroughly combine crushed vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped walnuts, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and the cocoa.
In a separate bowl, blend the bourbon, coffee and corn syrup. Stir this bourbon mixture into the dry mixture; blend well. Cover and chill for at least a few hours. Sift about 1/2 to 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar on a cookie sheet.
Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners’.
Store in refrigerator in tightly covered containers. Make these a few days in advance for best flavor, and roll in confectioners’ sugar again before serving, if desired. These can also be frozen for longer storage.
Makes about 3 dozen
5 ounces vanilla vodka
3 ounce Peppermint Schnapps
peppermint candy stick
Pour all liquid ingredients into a shaker 1/2 full of cracked ice.
Give a few good shakes and let the shaker rest for half a minute.
Strain peppermint martini into 2 freezing martini glasses.
Add grenadine to each glass and watch it sink to bottom
Garnish with a candy cane
Yields 2 drinks
As with most of your entertaining needs we suggest you plan ahead.
This year as Kathy began her holiday planning, which would include her home and a fund raiser she would also host, we sat down to see what we had, what was needed, the menu and music for the event, and in these challenging economic times, how best to save money.
Kathy loves a traditional Christmas setting and with her family’s collection of ornaments and Nativity scenes we wanted the decor to embrace the true Christmas spirit.
With all the trimming like twinkling lights, poinsettias, garland, pinecones and making sure that all the stocking are hung by the chimney with care, holiday decorating can be family fun, especially if you follow some of these holiday decorating solutions.
Trimming the tree
It’s really up to you and your family when you decide to do this; some people put up their tree as early as the day after Thanksgiving while other may wait until Christmas Eve.
When it comes to lighting your tree, keep in mind that it is not recommended that you use more than 4 light strands per connection. After the 4 strands of lights have been connected you should start a new connection.
Unless it’s a pre-lit tree, hanging of the lights can take quite some time. Kathy suggests you hang your tree lights while the kids are at school or later in the evening when the kids are asleep. This way you can take your time and the kids won’t be bored waiting to hang the ornaments.
If this is not an option, keeping the kids busy with a few of these holiday kid projects might be helpful.
Have the kids make their “what I want for Christmas” list.
Decorate pre-made Gingerbread Men (and women) cookies.
Have them string popcorn and or cranberries.
They can make their own special ornaments; you’ll be amazed with what can be done with a little glue, Popsicle sticks, glitter, Styrofoam balls and ribbon.
Adding fresh or artificial garland to your homes entrance way, mantle, and or buffet table will add greenery to enhance the holiday mood. By adding ribbon, ornaments and or pinecones you can design a holiday theme that all your own.
Make your table sparkle with color, crystal and character.
Crystal: Crystal will make your table sparkle. Use glasses, candle sticks and a single crystal bowl filled with ornaments as a centerpiece.
COLOR: Bold colors, reds, greens, gold and silver are great foundation colors to start with, then add from there.
CHARACTER: For character, add your own personal touch with pinecones, garland, holly, mistletoe, vintage ornaments, or a bowl of cranberries, pomegranates, or red pears.
Remember the only rule that applies here is to have fun.
Don’t forget the chairs and glasses;
Chairs are part of your table, and should not only be comfortable but can be decorated as well. Adding ribbon, artificial flowers and or ornaments are an easy way to incorporate your seating as part of your holiday celebration.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Fill them with the napkin, tie a ribbon around the base, use them for the place card or as mini-vases for fresh herbs. Identification tags are what’s in at the moment, this way when and wherever a glass is left somewhere you will always know whose it is.
Let’s face it with today’s economy its all about holiday cost saving solutions, so here are a few of ours that we like to share with you.
For less stress entertaining; consider hosting a holiday potluck. Encourage guests to bring one of their favorite holiday dishes. You supply the home, dishes, music and ambience and let your guest bring the rest.
By adding fresh winter greens to artificial garland, center pieces and swags you can liven-up old holiday family favorites.
Inexpensive scented candles are a great way to add aroma and ambiance to your holiday soiree.
For some low-cost solutions, sometimes you don’t need to look any further than your own backyard.
Painted leaves: spraying leaves white, gold, red or silver is an inexpensive way to add to your décor.
Outdoor fun? When you don’t have snow, from our outdoor expert Nicholas Walker of Jadin we suggest Painted Tumbleweeds*.Make your own snowballs and snowman from tumbleweeds painted white.
The snowy days of winter can be a child’s delight; sleighing, snowball fights and building a snowman, can make the cold frosty white blanket of snow a winter wonderland. But what if your winter wonderland is more like a day at the beach? For our warmer friends we offer Thomas the Tumbleweed Snowman
3 Tumbleweeds, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small
semi-gloss white spray paint
2 small pinecones
White lights (optional)
A pole or long stake to secure tumbleweeds together and anchor your snowman to the ground.
Make sure you spray the tumbleweeds in a well ventilated area (outside would be best). Cover area with newspaper or a drop cloth.
With hedge clippers, carefully shape the tumbleweeds, rounded on the outsides and flat on the ends that will stack on top of each other.
Spray tumbleweeds with white paint, allow to dry.
In the desired location (outside), assemble your snowman. Place tumbleweeds on top of each other, starting with the largest on the bottom, then medium and the smallest on top. Put the stake through the tumbleweeds to anchor them, from top to bottom.
If you chose to light your snowman, apply lights at this stage. Finish your snowman with spray snow. Add the pinecones as eyes, carrot for the nose and top him off with a festive hat.
Have fun with your snowman; by adding a scarf, corncob pipe, stick arms or even a Mrs. Tumbleweed snowwoman
Whether you’re hosting a tree-trimming party, a big holiday bash, an open house or just entertaining a small number of family and friends, remember the best affairs should awaken all of your senses…don’t forget you have 5 of them! Aromas (scented candles or simmering mulling spices*), Visuals (colorful decorations), Touch (soft napkins), Sound (holiday music*) and yes …TASTE (delicious holiday favorites)!
Have a fabulous Holiday Season!
Mixing traditional holiday music with a little modern jazz it sure to please everyone’s palette. We invite you to enjoy the sounds of the season with few of our favorites;
Frank Sinatra Christmas Collection
Let It Snow / Michael Buble
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
Diana Krall Christmas Songs
Fill your home with the aromas of holiday flavors, by combining cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, orange and lemon peel or zest, allspice, cloves and a little brown sugar.
You can steep the spices in either low boiling water, allowing the scents to fill the air; or you can use it for mulling wine or cider, and serve as a warm winter beverage. Place in double layers of cheesecloth and start your simmering!
What better way to start off the holiday season than in a magical mood with the royal & amazing actress, humanitarian Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
No one, but no one, can bring out the stars and get the Writers Guild of America to lay down their pickets signs at Paramount Pictures like Dame Elizabeth Taylor. After a 23 year hiatus from the stage, the Dame graced the footlights in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” with the extraordinary voice and legend, Mr. James Earl Jones.
This historical event held on World AIDS Day, was a one-night only special benefit performance to raise $1 million for the Elizabeth Taylor HIV / AIDS Foundation. And benefit The Elizabeth Taylor Endowment fund at The UCLA HIV/AIDS Center.
For this evening, Dame Elizabeth and Mr. Jones were supported by some famous friends in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Including; First Lady of California Maria Shriver, Swoosie Kurtz, Holland Taylor, Cher, Sir Elton John, Ken Davitian, Mimi Rogers, Anita Pointer, Joan Van Ark & John Marshall, Mary McDonnell, Marilu Henner, Sam & Mary Haskell, Ross Rayburn, Alfonso Riberio, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and my dear friend, mentor and event sponsor, Kathy Ireland, who is so close to Dame Elizabeth, Kathy calls Dame Elizabeth, “The Joan of Arc of AIDS”.
We mourn the loss of legendary actress, businesswoman, and fearless activist Elizabeth Taylor. If you want to honor the memory of Elizabeth, you may do so by making a contribution in her name to the foundation, please click below.
The Theme of the night was RED, LOVE and COMFORT
It was a fantastic evening; let’s take a look of how it all came together.
THE SET UP
World AIDS Day Dec. 1st
Love Letters Event
Assorted Sushi and California Rolls
Mini Beef Empanadas with Golden Raisins and Pine nuts
Corn and Shrimp Cakes with Salsa Creole
Prociutto and Goat Cheese Lollipop
Vegetable Springs Roll with Herb Hoisin Sauce
Mini Burgers with aged Cheddar Cheese on a Sesame Brioche
Mini All- Beef Franks in Pastry with Tangy Dijon Sauce
Southern Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey BBQ Sauce
Cornbread Chili Bites with Sour Cream and Tomato Confit
Mac & Cheese Ramekins
Heirloom Tomatoes Basil and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Chocolate covered Strawberries
Assorted Mini Cupcakes
passed wines & waters
coffee and tes
Special thanks to the team at Paramount Pictures Special Events, Jose Manuel Morales-JMM Decor / John Pohle – Hollywood Picture Framing /Becky Stellpflue- Imagic / Betsy Landis-V2 Vodka / Marks Garden / Mark –American Sign Inc.
National Fruit Cake Month
December 1 World AIDS Day
December 1: National Pie Day
December 1: Eat a Red Apple Day
December 2: National Fritters Day
December 3: National Apple Pie Day
December 4: National Cookie Day
December 5: Repeal (of Prohibition) Day
December 5: National Sacher Torte Day
December 6: National Gazpacho Day
December 6: Microwave Oven Day
December 7: National Cotton Candy Day
December 8: National Chocolate Brownie Day
December 9: National Pastry Day
December 10: National Lager Day
December 11: National Noodle Ring Day
December 12: National Cocoa Day
December 13: Ice Cream and Violins Day
December 14: National Bouillabaisse Day
December 15: National Cupcake Day
December 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
December 17: National Maple Syrup Day
December 18: National Roast Suckling Pig Day
December 19: National Hard Candy Day
December 20: National Fried Shrimp Day
December 20: National Sangria Day
December 21: National Hamburger Day
December 21: Kiwi Fruit Day (California)
December 22: National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23: National Pfeffernuesse Day
December 24: National Egg Nog Day
December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 26: National Candy Cane Day
December 27: National Fruit Cake Day
December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day
December 29: Pepper Pot Day
December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
December 31: National Champagne Day
no thanksgiving is complete without the guest of honor
recipe by chef andre
1 (12 -14lb) turkey
remove neck and giblets and reserve for making stock
20 (2- inch) Lady apples (2 lb.)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425° F. Rinse turkey inside and out and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper inside and out. Place an apple in neck and fold neck skin under body. Add dressing to body cavity and tie drumsticks together with kitchen string and secure wings to body with small skewers. Put turkey on a rack set in a large flameproof roasting pan. Roast turkey for 30 minutes.
While turkey is roasting, toss apples with 2 tbsp. of melted butter. Reduce temperature to 350°F. Brush remaining melted butter over turkey and roast 30 minutes more. Baste turkey after 30 minutes and return to oven for an additional 30 minutes.
Baste turkey and add apples to roasting pan. Roast another 1-1½ hours, or until a thermometer inserted into the fleshy part of a thigh registers 180 degrees. Transfer turkey and apples to a heated platter, leaving juices in pan. Remove skewers and discard string. Let turkey stand at least 30 minutes.
Pan juices from roast turkey about 4 cups turkey giblet stock
1 cup apple cider
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
¼ tsp. ground sage
¼ cup flour
For Giblet/Neck Stock:
2 tbsp. butter
Neck and giblets from turkey
1 celery rib, chopped
1 onion, quartered
3 cans chicken broth
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
Heat butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until hot; then brown neck and giblets. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until reduces to about 4 cups, 45 minutes to an hour. Pour stock through a fine sieve into a bowl. Skim off and discard and fat.
To make gravy:
Skim fat from pan juices and reserve ¼ cup fat. Pour pan juices into a 2-quart glass measure and add enough turkey giblet stock to make 4½ cups. Set pan over moderately high heat and add 1 cup of stock mixture and deglaze by boiling and stirring, scraping up brown bits. Add remaining 3½ cups stock mixture, cider, and vinegar and bring to a simmer. Transfer to glass measure.
Whisk together reserved fat and flour in a large heavy saucepan and cook roux over medium-low heat, whisking, 3 minutes. Add hot stock mixture in a fast steam, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and pour gravy through a fine sieve into a gravy boat.
There are so many holidays that are geared toward women that sometimes dads feel left out. This year make dad or that special father figure in your life feel like a king.
Do men like candy, flowers and cards sure they do but I haven’t met a man yet that doesn’t have a passion of his own.
Play towards dad’s favorites; food, wine, sports, electronics… If it’s baseball? Try season tickets, an autographed baseball or just you and he attending a game. Music? Download his favorite songs for his own personal playlist or make a CD of his favorite tunes. For a more hands-on gift try tidying up the garage, chores around the house and you can never go wrong with a good o’ fashion car wash- fun for all. If he’s a foodie (now we’re talking), check into local cooking classes, wine tastings, or tickets to a food event. But if you want to cook-up something special, give our Father’s Day Menu a try.
Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Peach Merlot BBQ Sauce
Roasted Sweet Potato and Corn Salad
Sour- Apple Crumb Pie
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp Salt and pepper
Combine and rub on both sides of ribs, cover and set aside.
Spicy Peach Merlot BBQ Sauce:
2 tbsp. butter
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups Merlot
4 tbsp peach preserves
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ cup A-1 steak sauce
2 tbsp liquor smoke
1 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add the onions and garlic. Sauté until tender. Add Merlot, peach preserves, red pepper flakes and brown sugar; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook down until mixture is about 1 cup.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
The B.B.Q. sauce will keep refrigerated for about 3 months.
Grilled veggies are great for any occasion You can add red, green, and yellow bell peppers, eggplant or asparagus for some extra color and added flavor to the mix.
3 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Prepare grill. Clean veggies and pat dry; Slice into 1/3-inch strips, toss in bowl or zip-lock bag olive oil and kosher salt and pepper. Place in hot grill, cook for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm until ready to serve, also good room temperature.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Corn Salad:
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cobs corn, roasted, kernels removed
1 small red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, large, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
salt & pepper
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Shuck corn, wrap in foil and place in oven or on grill. Roasted until tender, cool and remove kernels. On a large baking sheet, place cubed sweet potato, onion and garlic, drizzle with about 2 tbsp olive oil. Bake 20 minutes or until tender. In a medium bowl, combined ingredients, toss with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper.
Sour-Apple Crumb Pie:
a twist on an old favorite
6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples *(I like to use 2 Granny Smith, 2 Fuji, and 2 Gala apples)
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1-cup raisins, soaked in hot water with 1-2 tbsp of brandy added to it. (let raisins soak while you’re peeling the apples)
½ cup fat free sour cream
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground mace
¼ cup butter
1 store bought graham cracker pie shell
Combine apples, brown sugar, flour, raisins and sour cream. Toss to coat. Set aside.
Combine sugar, flour, and the spices. Cut in the butter till crumbly. Best done with a folk. Fill your 9-inch pie shell with apple mixture. Sprinkle crumb mixture atop. Cover pie with foil. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake for 30 minutes more or till topping is golden. Serve warm
There are many ways you can celebrate mom on her special day…breakfast in bed, flowers, dinner out, spa day, etc…
We say whatever way you do, do it Mama Style! Pamper her with the things that you know she likes. Serve breakfast on her favorite china, as she sips champagne from fine crystal, make an appointment for a spa day- facial, nails, pedi, if she can’t get around; fix a nice lunch and order her favorite movie and just spend time with her.
Many of these things can be done with little or no money, it’s the thought that really counts with mom.
If you are planning a Mother’s Day Brunch, here are some entertaining solutions.
Select some of mom’s favorite breakfast/ lunch foods.
Red carnations are the official Mother’s Day flower, so you might want to add some to your list to buy.
There’s nothing like a gift that you made yourself. Mom loved them when you were 7 and she loves them now; but china and crystal never hurts. Check out kathy ireland Home by Gorham – fine china at Belk’s
Arrange it all so that Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. Clean up after you cook, straighten or clean the house before and after the event. Leave the place sparkling.
Open the curtains and let the sun shine in. Place flowers everywhere. Play mom’s favorite music.
Decide whether Mom would prefer an intimate and relaxing event or a large and grand gathering. In any case, consider what Mom would prefer. This is her day.
Celebrate the contributions of mothers everywhere by including grandmothers, aunts, great aunts, young mothers and their kids. Everyone will enjoy the sense of community and celebration.
Choose a menu that will be easy to prepare (especially for large groups of people): scrambled eggs with sausage, California Citrus Salad*, French Toast Casserole (*see below) and mimosas are great for large or small gatherings.
Set the mood for the meal. For a brunch; set the table with the good china, nicely folded napkins and flowers in a nice vase. If you don’t have flowers add a few scented candles…like vanilla or lavender.
Now if cooking is not your thing, that’s OK because there are some incredible brunches out there to be enjoyed. From a “filled with the Holy Spirit” Gospel Brunch, to an easy laid back Jazz Brunch and everything in between. A quick look in your local newspaper or call to a local hotel, should put you on the right track.
Remember for the rest of the year, it’s the little things that count that will show mom how much you care.
We invite you to give this salad a try the next time you’re serving up a Sunday Brunch, breakfast in bed, or even an afternoon refresher.
California Citrus Salad
featured in Janet Jackson’s NY Times #1 best seller list, True You. get this book
3 medium Oranges
2 medium Pink Grapefruit
1 medium white Grapefruit
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 tbsp. Honey
2 tbsp. Raspberry Vinegar
6 sprigs Fresh mint for garnish
Zest the rind of the two oranges. Set aside. Peel, section, and seed the oranges and grapefruits, removing white membrane. Set section aside.
In a large bowl mix honey and raspberry vinegar. Toss with orange, grapefruit sections and sliced strawberry.
Top with sprigs of fresh mint for garnish.
Serves: 6 – 8
French Toast Casserole
A fun twist on an old favorite
¼ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups almond milk
½ cup cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl
1 loaf (1 lb) French bread, cut into slices and halfed
butter, for spreading
Melt butter & add brown sugar – stir till mixed, spread butter/ brown sugar mix into bottom of 9x13the pan.
Beat eggs, almond milk, cream and vanilla.
Lay down a layer of french toast bread (cut off crusts if desired )
Ladle on half of egg mixture; Sprinkle with sugar and spice mixture. Spread thin layer of butter on one side of french toast bread for next layer (cut crusts if desired)
Lay down second layer of bread, butter side up
Ladle rest of egg mixture over the top
Sprinkle with cinnamon / spice mixture
Cover and refrigerate overnight
In the morning remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350˚
Bake at 350˚ for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with maple syrup if desired.
Serves 8 -10
Gifts for mom:
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