1) Bit By A Fox by Prairie Rose
Almond Milk Bourbon Eggnog
I normally don't like brandy, whiskey, or most dark alcohols really. But last night at a friend's Christmas dinner, we had egg nog and bourbon drinks and they were SO delicious. This recipe from Bit By A Fox is really easy. To make it even easier, you can use store bought egg nog.
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups raw sugar
- 4 cups Almond Milk
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg (make sure there’s also some to grate over the finished drink)
- 1 cup Makers 46
- 1 teaspoon salt
Place the eggs in a blender by themselves and beat for just under a minute. Add the sugar for another 40 seconds, until blended and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until it looks like everything is well combined. After the mixture has a chance to chill for at least an hour, you are ready to get your nog on! You can serve this drink up in a coupe or a teacup or you can add a few cubes of ice to lighten it up. But remember the freshly grated nutmeg for the topper.
2) The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond
These are a beautiful alternative to mashed potatoes and will look perfect on the Christmas dinner table. Ree makes cooking them seem fun and simple. Who doesn't love squeezing things out of tubes like frosting when it's even better than frosting, a potato?
- 5 pounds Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Boiled Until Fork Tender
- 8 whole Egg Yolks
- 1 stick Butter, Softened
- 2 teaspoons Salt, More Or Less To Taste
- Plenty Of Black Pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg (more To Taste)
- 1-1/4 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 whole Egg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay boiled potatoes on a baking sheet and place into the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until slightly dried on the surface.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and process potatoes through a ricer or food mill. Allow to cool in a bowl for about 5 minutes. Add egg yolks, butter, a couple of generous pinches of salt, a generous pinch of pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and 3/4 cup cream. Stir with a rubber spatula to combine. Taste and make sure the potatoes have been adequately salted.
Transfer to a large pastry bag and pipe through a large star tip in a circular/upward spiral motion.
Make an egg wash by mixing 1 egg with 1/2 cup heavy cream. Lightly brush the piped potatoes with egg wash. (This is a little easier if you chill the piped potatoes for half an hour or so.)
Bake at 375 until golden brown around the edges. Serve on a pretty platter!
Make the potatoes ahead of time and store in the fridge, then bake them at the last minute!
3) I Am A Food Blog by Steph
We've never thought to put popcorn and rice krispies together, but we love both so much! Steph's recipe looks like something we'd love to snack on and is also pretty enough to have out at your Christmas party.
Caramel Corn and Rice Krispie Christmas Mix
- 8 cups popped corn
- 2/3 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Scant 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Rice Krispie Balls
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/3 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 cups rice crispies
- dried cranberries
- fresh thyme
Make the caramel corn: Preheat oven to 200°F. Put popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture comes to a gentle simmer, about 4 minutes. Stop stirring and continue cooking until mixture lightens in color, 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. The mixture will foam up, so be careful!Pour the caramel mixture over popcorn and working quickly, toss to coat. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring every 20 minutes, until almost dry, about 1 hour. Let cool on sheets completely. While the caramel corn is baking, make the rice krispie balls. Melt the butter over low heat in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add in the rice krispies and mix well. When slightly cool, lightly butter your hands and shape into small balls.
Toss the caramel corn and rice krispie balls together with dried cranberries and fresh thyme, if desired. Enjoy! If not eating right away, hold off on the cranberries and thyme, and add them when needed.
4) Almost Makes Perfect by Molly
All you need is white paint, brown paper, and a paint brush for the cutest custom wrappings your family will love.
Click here to read more about Molly's paint splatter gift wrap!