The Gingerbread Houses are Coming!

It’s that time of year again…for me to make a bazillion gingerbread houses.  In past years I have made them both for the mommy’s group I used to belong to and also my son’s school.  This year I made them only for my  son’s class so the number was smaller, only 18.

One of the most popular attractions on my blog is the free mini gingerbread house template with recipes for the gingerbread and the icing.  It’s a one-stop-shop and it is very popular on the web.  During November and December I get about 200 hits a day just from that one link.  My pattern has been downloaded thousands of times in two years.  For the full instructions and free templates, see this link to the original post:

Free Gingerbread House Instructions and Template Download

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Mini Gingerbread House

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Aren’t they adorable?!  And this made my heart smile:

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Jack Frost Martini

Another adorable Christmas party food I found on Pinterest is called the Jack Frost Martini.

Jack Frost Martini with Snowman Cookies

It is supposed to be served in a martini glass (because it is very strong) but I had the adorable snowman glasses I really wanted to use.

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The post is linked a million times on Pinterest with redirects to several places, so it is hard to find the real originator.  Here is one link:

Jack Frost Martini

1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) light rum
1/2 cup (4 ounces) blue curacao
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
10 to 12 ice cubes
Shredded coconut, for garnish
Mix together the juice, liquors, cream of coconut and ice; strain into martini glasses. Rim glasses with the shredded coconut. Makes 4 drinks.

Jack Frost

And in case you are looking for the details on the snowmen cookies, look here:

Snowmen Cookies

Adorable Snowman Cookies

I found these adorable snowman cookies on Pinterest and made them for a winter ladies cocktail event.

Snowman Cookies

They are super cute and fairly easy to make.  I bought small tubes of pre-made icing just to make it easier, but that is not required.  They are made from white chocolate covered Oreos which you can find at the store during the winter months.  The hats are made from blue icing and then dipped in various colors of sprinkles.  The eyes, nose and mouth are created using a writing tip.  I found the original idea tagged on Pinterest from this link (which also happen to be a re-post from somewhere else):

Winter Snowmen

The idea matched very nicely with my snowman glasses!

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It also perfectly blended together with a special cocktail I found on Pinterest which I will explain in more detail in a separate post.

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Grilled Salad

This is a fun recipe to make when you are tired of the same ol’ salad every day.  This version is called a Grilled Salad and it is different and very flexible to your specific tastes.

Grilled Salad

Start with a Romain heart and cut it in half length-wise.

Romain Heart

Then lightly brush it with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Place it flat-side-down onto the grill and cook on low flame for about 5-10 minutes.  The outside will be flame-kissed but the inside will still be cool and crisp.

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Then top with your choice of toppings and dressing. I chose candied pecans, crumbled blue cheese and light blue cheese dressing.

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Round Colored Ice Cubes

For my daughter’s 2-year birthday party, I selected M&M’s as the theme.  Because my daughter LOVES M&Ms, who doesn’t?!  To make the party super fun, I made these round colored ice cubes to look like M&M’s.  Maybe they don’t look as similar to M&M’s as I wanted them to, but the kids and adults still loved them!

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For the entire post of the party, click here:

M&M Birthday Party

To make these super cool creations, you have to buy a special ice tray.  Then just add a bit of food coloring to some water and fill the tray.  You can use them in water or clear soda to make a cool punch.

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Round Ice Cubes