Saturday, December 31, 2011

Moving Forward

Hello Readers,

I can't believe the holidays are almost over, we have had some joyous times over the past few weeks with family and friends. I haven't been up to much really other than stuffing my face with delicious food and libations! I did take a few moments to think about what I want to accomplish in 2012. This is always easier said than done but my best way to achieving goals is this, I only give myself 90 days. For me it's just the right amount of time to create a checklist and stick with it.

For Christmas Santa did bring a television so I want to share with you how our family room looks now.
before

after


I love having the TV mounted on the wall, now with that being said it's time for yet another PROJECT(s).
This baby is getting a makeover! I have signed up for upholstery classes beginning January 31st. I'm looking forward to the process. I haven't decided on a fabric yet but I still have time. My couch is crying out for new pillows so that's easy peasy, I should be able to make new ones rather quickly.


My dear and sweet friend gifted me this great cookbook, I am really looking forward to diving in and trying many of the recipes. I will keep up you posted :)

I just love this stained glass don't you? My hubs gifted me this beautiful piece of artwork a few years ago and I just love it. It's perfect for this space.


I will see you in 2012! CHEERS!!!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Arancini Anyone?

What's arancini you ask........it's a stuffed and fried rice ball. OMG it's total deliciousness!! Now here's a quick backstory on how I discovered this delectable goodness. We were out to dinner with our good friend Ron and we began talking about holiday traditions he told us about how they make rice balls during the holidays. To be perfectly honest I wasn't exactly sold, I guess I needed a visual. A few days later I was watching the Cooking Channel and they did an entire episode on arancini.......can you say DROOL!?
Last night I made my first batch


I found this recipe on the Internet - very simple. I made the risotto the night before, risotto is good all by itself. Risotto takes forever to make stir, stir, stir and stir some more it's worth it though. I use to make it all the time many years ago but I stopped, now I know why, too much stirring.


Here are all ingredients


Perline is very small fresh mozzarella, which is in the center of each rice ball.

Shape into balls and place in the fridge to set, then dredge in flour, dip in egg and roll in bread crumbs.

Fry in oil ( I probably could have added more oil, but a girl gotta watch her waistline).
 
VOILA

There is an restaurant in NYC that sells rice balls called Arancini Bros check out their blog you can get plenty of ideas if you want to make your own. Giada from the Food Network has a really good recipe too!

Are you starting in new holiday traditions?

Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Wreath and Flowers

  Earlier this week I discovered Lesley who is the lovely blogger of The Homeless Finch and she created this very lovely beauty.

I love the look with garland so here I go again :)


I wrapped the hanger in garland and then in jute. The jute was needed in order to glue the ornaments to something sturdy.

Using my glue gun I placed the ornaments all around.


I'm addicted to making these very colorful wreaths.
I layered different sizes and colors along with a few bells


I glued garland in areas that needed a little fill. I wrapped the hook in jute, since this is a gift I didn't bother with camouflaging the nail with a bow.

The holidays can be extra nice when someone sends you flowers, look at these beautiful floral arrangements that we have received.


This one has a music box and lights

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hello Readers,

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite go to dips! Whenever I make this it's always a hit. I have tweaked the recipe just a bit to give it a little more flavor so let's get started.


 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of chopped white onion
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1 T. of butter
2 T. of oil
 1/2 cup Ranch salad dressing
 1/2 cup Frank’s® RedHot® Buffalo Wing Sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of blue cheese
2-3 cups of cooked chicken

Heat oil and butter in skillet

Chop onion and celery

Shred 2 or 3 cups of rotisserie chicken, I think shredded chicken taste better than diced but it could just be my imagination


Combine cream cheese and ranch dressing

Add onion and celery to chicken

combine well

add hot sauce and cream cheese mixture
 
For an added crunch I also throw in more celery, put mixture in a baking dish and top with mozzarella and blue cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.


Serve while hot with Tostitos or your chip of choice. To really savor this most delectable dip it's best if you eat this in your "stretch pants."

Tomorrow I will share with you another ornament wreath, I can't stop making them :)
Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Holiday Cocktail

Over the weekend I made this very delicious drink it's smooth and bubbly.


1 1/2 oz. Citron Vodka
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
3 oz. White Cranberry juice
6 oz. Prosecco or Champagne
In a shaker combine ice cubes, vodka, cointreau and cranberry juice SHAKE! SHAKE!
Pour into two martini glasses
Top each drink with 3 ounces of Prosecco


Sip or Chug it's all up to you.


Oops that's Ice Cube the Rapper & Actor

Ice cubes :)



Tomorrow I will post my very savory Buffalo Chicken Dip!



Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Crafty Weekend

Hello Readers,

Over the weekend I was able to make two things LICKETY-SPLIT! Don't you just love it when crafts come together quickly and inexpensively? I hit the jackpot at the Dollar Tree store I picked up a placemat for $1 and ornaments were 30% off. Let the creativity begin :)

I made a cute holiday pillow - very festive.

 I  really like my first wreath so I decided to make another one for a friend.
 I would suggest gluing the same size ornaments completely around your wreath first, it makes for better placement. I wrapped the wreath in jute instead of using moss.

 I love how this one turned out :)
 Tomorrow I will post a very yummy holiday drink CHEERS!!
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