The Winter 2022 issue of Elegant Lifestyles Magazine came out last week and in it are two of my articles. Researching the latest landscaping trends put me in the mood for warmer weather and an update of our backyard. I don’t know what we’re doing with the space that used to house a swing set. No rush, thank goodness, because there are so many ideas to choose from!
Are you a fan of peppermint? How about when it’s combined with chocolate?
One of my daughters shared Peppermint Bark that a friend made and it was soooo sweet! These Peppermintinis from Delish.com are like holiday bark in a drink! I included this recipe for Peppermintinis in my article for Elegant Lifestyles Magazine, “Ready, Set, Glow! Creative Hosting Ideas: Gatherings with Family and Friends” along with lots of other fun ideas.
Happy holidays, hon!
Elegant Lifestyles Magazine, which shut down during the pandemic, debuted its return with a Winter 2021 Holiday Issue. Two of my articles appear in the magazine: “Ready, Set, Glow! Creative Hosting Ideas: Gatherings with Family and Friends” and “Seven Healthy Habits–(Self Care During Stressful Times).”
For the feature article, I thought about how winter holidays appeal to our senses and researched fun ways to add warmth and welcome from the moment guests step in the door. Can you tell I enjoyed coming up with section titles? “Let’s Take an Elfie” = sight. “Happy New Ear” = sound. “Spice it Up” = Scent. “Warm and Toast-y = taste. “Fleece Navidad = Touch. So many ideas to make get-togethers even more inviting and special.
Happy holiday hosting!
As soon as it gets dark at 5pm and morning frost hardens blades of grass, I crave a hot drink every night. Hot chocolate is my favorite winter aperitif, so when researching ideas for an upcoming magazine article on creative hosting ideas, my favorite idea was–you guessed it–a Hot Cocoa Bar!
Easy Kids Activity: Why not ask older kids and tweens to participate? Set up a separate table with a wintery tablecloth or a cleared countertop. Supply mugs and spoons, mix-ins and containers, and labels and markers, and let the kids set up the display with a place saved for the hot cocoa. After you add the hot drink, they can be in charge of introducing the Hot Cocoa Bar to the rest of the guests.
Perk of the “job?” They get first dibs!
Supplies and Ingredients:
- mugs, saucers, spoons
- carafe of cocoa or hot water and powdered cocoa
- containers with or without labels
- mix-ins such as cinnamon sticks, chocolate shavings, peppermint sticks, toasted coconut, crushed toffee or whatever are the fan favorites
- whipped cream and marshmallows
Note: Depending on diet preferences, ingredients may be parve (dairy free), gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.
Happy hosting, hon!
I recently hosted a Fall Fete, or festive celebration.
Hon, you know how much I love a theme. And baking. Combining my favorite season with decor and dessert energized me more than usual. The morning after the Get Together, we drove through the stunning Lehigh Valley to visit one of our college daughters. I guess I was still buzzing from the night before because, when I ordered coffee with lunch, the Barista said, “Decaf for you?”
Look what I found at Trader Joe’s. I’d never heard of pumpkin trees before, but apparently that’s what those branches with real, mini pumpkins growing on them are called.
I couldn’t resist this Haunted House Kit from Williams-Sonoma. Orange icing inspired the Decorate-Your-Own-Cupcake Station. The flavor of the icing is…
…candy corn! And the Hershey Kisses aren’t chocolate, they’re pumpkin spice! So much yumminess!
You can bet I tried a little of everything!
Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream
Rice Krispie Treats (made with M & M’s and candy corn)
Hot Apple Cider
Coffee and Tea
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe: click here
Apple Crumble Recipe: post under construction (source, Mama’s Gotta Bake)