Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Thanksgiving in December

Since I’m making up for the months of no posting…here’s some pictures from Thanksgiving 2.0

My Dad recently got transferred for work out of the country and wasn’t able to spend Thanksgiving in the states in November. So…when he came back for Christmas, we had a second Thanksgiving dinner. I’m so glad we did it again because I tried a new method of roasting the turkey and it turned out to be the most delicious turkey I’ve ever tasted. After 5 years of hosting Thanksgiving dinner and preparing the Turkey, I think I’ve finally mastered the art of the turkey roast.

Cami’s reaching for the plate…haha…
I miss the holidays…can’t wait for Thanksgiving 2010!


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Holiday Giving

Being the poor grad student that I am, most of my funds that aren’t being recklessly depleted at jcrew are spent paying for lame things like electricity or water. So when the holiday season rolls around, I always need to get a little creative when it comes to gift giving. Here’s a sample from this year’s collection:

Snowmen on a Stick:

These were an absolute pain to make and the first couple turned out looking totally deformed. After some practice, they started coming out looking a little less mutated. But if you want to try and make these, here’s how:

Pretzel Sticks
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
fruit roll-ups
life saver gummies
Dots candy
sprinkles or icing

1. Melt the white chocolate chips in a double broiler or in the microwave. If you choose the microwave method, heat in 30 second increments and stir in between being careful not to burn the chocolate.
2. One at a time, dip the pretzels into the chocolate. You can use a spoon to spread the chocolate around. Place the dipped pretzel onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to cool.
3. While the chocolate is still melted and hasn’t hardened, lay down the sprinkles for the eyes and buttons. You could also wait for the chocolate to harden and use icing.
4. To attach the hat, stretch a lifesaver gummy over the top of the pretzel. Apply a dab of melted chocolate to the top of the pretzel and stick the Dot candy on top.
5. To make the scarf, cut small thin strips of fruit roll up and wrap it around the stick.

Remember, don’t be discouraged if the first one you make looks like a 2 year old attacked a candy jar. This project takes some practice to get right!

Happy Holidays and happy eating!

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