Posts Tagged With: holiday

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season


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Wishing you a Holiday Season filled with warmth, comfort and good cheer!

Should the new year bring you a change of address, please contact me so that I can assist you. Please remember that I’m only a phone call away (even during this hectic time of year) should you wish to discuss your current home value or your plans for a new home purchase. I’m here to help you realize your real estate dreams!

 

 

 

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Sweet Potatoes fit for Thanksgiving


Wishing you and yours a safe, blessed and Very Happy Thanksgiving.

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These sweet potatoes are sliced and roasted in the oven, then drizzles with balsamic and topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. They can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight, or as a meatless main for four people.  These would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table if you would like to serve this as a side.

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I know the holidays can be a stressful time. Between traveling, extra calories being consumed and stress of having to take care of so many people, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself during this time of year. In addition to making healthy and delicious food, hit the gym to work out any stress. It’s a guaranteed way to feel great, quickly.

 

 

Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

taken from: Skinnytaste.com

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 sweet potato • WW Points+: 8 pts (or 4 as a side)

Calories: 302 • Fat: 10 g • Sat Fat: 3 g • Protein: 6 g • Carb: 48 g • Fiber: 7.5 g

Sugar: 17 g • Sodium: 284 mg • Cholesterol: 10 mg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a large, sharp knife, make ¼-inch slices down the length of each potato, cutting only 3/4 of the way through.

In a small bowl, combine butter and olive oil. Place the potatoes in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle half of the olive oil/butter mixture over the top of each potato, then toss to evenly coat.

Place potatoes on a small baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 50- 60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender inside and caramelized and crisp on the outside. Drizzle with remaining butter/oil and sprinkle with parmesan, herbs and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Make Your Own Gift Bag


I just had to share this simple wrapping technique for those odd shaped gifts.  I found this on facebook at

The Meredith Vieira Show zulily Lifestyle Editor Amy Goodman reveals the secret to wrapping oddly shaped gifts.

 

 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=676093149179001&fref=nf

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Wishing you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving


 

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Simple table center piece with a festive flair

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy dinner with family and friends in style

 

 

 

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Easier than it looks fruit tray that will impress

 

 

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Easy To Make Nutella Croissants


These Nutella Croissants are a true delight, they are soft and low fat and you can eat them with Nutella or simply with a piece of chocolate.

For 12 pieces you will need: 20g flour, 1 package of instant yeast backing, 80ml of warm milk. For pulp: 300g of flour, 40g icing sugar, teaspoon salt, 2 large eggs, 80g soft butter. Other ingredients: 12 teaspoons of Nutella, 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon milk. It is very easy to make and it will only take you 30 minutes.Nutella-Croissant-1

Steps: prepare the yeast, mix the yeast, flour, milk, cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the dough. In a bowl, mix the flour with the salt and sugar. Add butter, egg and mix until you obtain a firm, smooth dough. Knead a dozen minutes. Then add the yeast and continue to knead for 5 minutes. Put the dough in a clean bowl, cover and let it rise until it doubles its volume. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 5 mm so to obtain a circle.

Using a cutting wheel, cut 12 triangles and put a teaspoon of nutella on the base of each triangle . Start to roll the dough base until the end. Then transfer them to a plate covered with baking paper. Allow them time to double their volume again.

During that, mix the egg yolk with the tablespoon of milk and brush the surface of your croissant with the egg-milk mixture. Cook them in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

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Carve the Perfect Pumpkin


  • ?????????????Do not eat a pumpkin that has been carved as a jack-o’-lantern.
  • Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve.
  •  When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through.
  • When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy as well as tasty snack. A 1-inchpumpkinseeds2x thickness of the pumpkin wall is optimum.
  • Print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Use small sharp scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving into the pumpkin. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines. Cutting slits in the paper will help it to conform to the round surface.
  • As an alternative, you can tape the outline to the pumpkin and use a nail or large pushpin to score the carving lines onto the pumpkin. Connect the dots as you carve.
  • A long serrated knife or a pumpkin-carving knife with teeth will be necessary to cut through the thick flesh. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue.
  • iStock-4639032_toothpick-teeth-pumpkin-carving_s3x4_lgConsider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin, as well as the top. The pumpkin will be more stable and also easier to carve. If you plan on using a candle to light your jack-o’-lantern, be sure the opening in the bottom is large enough to fit over the candle. Place the candle on a fire-proof base large enough to accommodate the pumpkin. You can then easily lift off the jack-o’-lantern to light the candle.
  • Pumpkin-Carving-Ideas-for-HalloweenA small battery-operated flameless candleis a safer choice than traditional candles for lighting your jack-o’-lantern.
  • Sprinkle the bottom side of the pumpkin lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves to let your jack-o’-lantern do double duty as an air freshener.

 

from … http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/pumpkincarving.htm
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Happy Easter!


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Best Wishes for 2014


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Warmest Wishes for Christmas


Wishing you all the best in 2014!

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Christmas Table Decoration Ideas


When decorating for the holiday season many people remember to decorate the yard, the Christmas tree and the mantle, but what about the dining room table? You want your dinner guests to be transformed into the holiday season mood immediately upon entering the dining room.  Christmas Day is near and I wanted to share a few table decoration ideas that won’t break the bank. Enjoy !

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