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It’s That Time Of Year Again

18 Dec

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog. It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joy of Christmas. People are nicer and more civil to each other this time of year. Have you noticed that? Sometimes I wish December could go on all year long (or at least the spirit of December).

 

Anyway, this time of year there is a great deal of entertaining. All that hosting can be a bit stressful and could potentially damper your holiday fun. We can’t have that! So in order to make life easier for all  you terrific hosts out there I’m sharing some awesome posts I found on the net that I believe will truly help you this holiday season.

 

 

I LOVE Nigella Lawson! She’s a domestic goddess. So who better to give us entertaining tips?

Lawson’s Top Five Entertaining And Party Hosting Tips

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson

 

 

If you’re struggling to figure out your Christmas menu here’s a great post by Epicurious

Nigella Lawson Christmas Menu

The Brit hostess extraordinaire shares her favorite recipes for a scrumptious holiday feast; plus, timeline and tips for effortless prep, setup, and serving.

Nigella-Lawson

 

 

Table settings  for the holidays have become an art form. You too can create a beautiful holiday tablescape. Get inspiration from these sites.

HGTV Rate My Space

Christmas tablescape

 

 

Cyndi Mathews (no, I didn’t write her name backward that’s how she spells it) shows us how to decorate our holiday table using ornaments in Festive Holiday Table Settings at She Knows Holidays And Seasons

christmas-ornaments-dining-room-table

 

 

You can use candles, fruit, flowers, pinecones, colorful dishes and tablecloths to create your own unique holiday tablescape.

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Great-Outdoor-Christmas-Table-Decoration-with-Flowers-and-Beautiful-Folded-Napkin-Ideas

Astonishing-Rustic-Christmas-Table-Settings

beautiful-hanging-red-floral-glass-chandelier-lighting-for-outdoor-christmas-table-ideas

 

 

I grew up in New York City and I think everyone who’s grown up there has tasted or at least heard of “Coquito”. It is a traditional Puerto Rican holiday cocktail. It’s delicious and I have a friend who makes a bottle for me every Christmas and I share it with my family on Christmas eve. I serve it in shot glasses. I decorate the rims of the glasses with melted white chocolate and shredded coconut. They look really cute!  (I’ll show you how I do this at a later time)

 

 

Here’s a simple Coquito recipe I found at 12 Bottle Bar. You really should try it.

Coquito

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Last, but not least some adorable recipe ideas from Holly Ehlenfeldt Stockman’s Pinterest board: Christmas Delectables

Homemade Candy Canes recipe from Whirly Bird

Homemade candy cane

 

 

Roxana shows us a great holiday cake log recipe on Roxana’s Home Baking

Vanilla Roll Cake

Christmas-Vanilla-Roll-Cake-Recipe

 

 

I love these hot cocoa stirring sticks. So adorable! I wish it would finally get cold here in Florida so that I can serve them with some creamy hot cocoa. I got the recipe from this incredible blog: Bridgey Widgey : Life’s A Party

Hot Cocoa Stir Sticks

Hot Cocoa Stirs

That’s all folks! I hope I’ve been of some help. 😉

33 Responses to “It’s That Time Of Year Again”

  1. The Vanilla Housewife December 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Love these Christmas ideas!

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  2. Pride in Photos Photography December 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Great presentation for this time of year…happy holidays.

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  3. Lauren December 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    That’s a great lineup! I’m a sucker for rustic centerpieces with pinecones. I can’t get enough of them!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Lauren! I love using pinecones too! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for stopping by. 😀

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  4. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin December 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Woo Hoo …I love Christmas. So many goodies

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Ha,ha! Yes, I can certainly tell you love Christmas Yolanda! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. What kind of weather are you having in Australia this time of year. Here in Florida it’s still sunny and warm. Well, at night it’s getting a little chillier. 😉

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  5. Teagan Kearney December 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    You set the standard with this beautifully presented post and gorgeous photos, Vashti. Have a great Christmas!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      Thank you very much Teagan! I wish you you and your loved ones a great Christmas too! 😀 xx

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  6. Doreen Sargente December 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Vashti, do you mind if I ask..is your family from Puerto Rico? If so, where?

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      Hi Doreen! No we’re not from Puerto Rico. In NYC we met many Puerto Rican families. 🙂

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  7. Ajaytao2010 December 19, 2013 at 12:02 am #

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  8. dragonscaleclippings December 19, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    oh no! snow already! thankfully, not here! still got all my baking to do tho – have to say I’m more of a jamie oliver / mary berry kind of gal…!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Hello! Ha,ha! That’s what the north looks like. Here in south Florida it’s still sunny and warm-ish. 😉 I’m familiar with Jamie Oliver, but don’t know too much about her. I do like Mary Berry’s books though. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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  9. Kim @ 2justByou December 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    So many great ideas here, Vashti! I especially like those hot cocoa stir stix and the pinecone trees.
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, my friend. =0)

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 20, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Kim! Thank you. Those hot cocoa stirs have been very popular. I’m dying to do them myself. Thank you very much and a happy and safe holiday season for you and your loved ones too! 😀

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  10. Betty Taylor January 6, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Thanks for the Christmas Ideas!! I am stopping by from the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I pinned all your links!!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Yay! Thank you so much Betty! I’m happy you enjoyed the post and found it useful! 😀 Happy New Year!

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  11. chroncont December 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    These are beautiful photos and great Christmas entertaining ideas. Thanks so much for sharing them at Together on Tuesdays #20 🙂

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  12. April G December 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    I’ve only seen Nigella on the Taste. She’s a great chef though. I really see her passion and talent shine through on the show. I’ll have to check out your links.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 21, 2014 at 10:48 am #

      Hi April! Sorry for the delayed response. I’m behind on everything because I was down with the flu. It got me good this year. The 1st and only time I’ve ever had the flu was 12 years ago. I’m recovering from it now and feeling much better. I used to watch Nigella all the time. She taught me that it is okay for a woman to enjoy food. Some people make you feel as if it is a mortal sin for a woman to savor and enjoy her food even if she’s fit but it’s perfectly okay for a man to pig out even if he weighs 300lb. :/ I enjoy my food now, whether it’s a salad or a veggie burger and I don’t care who knows it. 😛 Ha, ha!

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  13. raphaela99 December 24, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    Gorgeous darling one! Merry Christmas. It is incredibly humid in Sydney, and looks set to storm Christmas Day. We will all be dancing in the rain! xxx

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega December 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Oh sweetheart, I live in Florida (USA) the ‘Sunshine State’ and it’s been raining since Christmas Eve here too. :/ Ha, ha! Oh well, don’t let that ruin your fun––dance away! Have a wonderful New Years Eve and New Year! All the best to you and your loved ones. ❤ xx

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