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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Turkey Cranberry Wreath by Pampered Chef




 

Turkey Cranberry Wreath

2 pkg. refrigerated crescent rolls


1/2 C. mayonnaise


2 T. honey Dijon mustard


1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper


2 C. cooked turkey,

chopped small
1/2 C. celery,

3 T. fresh parsley,

1/2 C. dried cranberries


4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded (I use mozzarella instead)

Optional (1cup)
1/4 C. walnuts, (I don’t use nuts)

1 egg(for egg wash)



 

Mix mayonnaise, mustard pepper turkey celery, parsley cranberries mozzarella together.  Then take dough and open and form a star shape around a round or large flat pan on top of parchment paper.  (oven should be set and preheated to 375)  Points of the dough should face down and end of the triangle part of dough of each should overlap over each piece.  Then using an ice cream scooper form balls of the mixture and place around the wreath.  Then overlap points of the dough over the balls.  Use egg wash and brush the dough and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  Enjoy. 

* I like to cook my turkey breast before using poultry seasoning, butter and some garlic so that it is very tasty.  I don’t use turkey from the deli, I make an entire small turkey breast
The ladies from BES wanted me to post this recipe, but so many people have wanted this after tasting it at my home.  I'm happy to share it.  It is a pampered chef recipe that I have tweaked.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

These are a few of my Favorite Things!

I have been so worried about my tree.  I love to put trees up in my home for the holidays.  I have a white tree which I call the Holy Ghost tree because it has doves as a tree topper, I have a pencil tree in my dinning room and a faux evergreen that needs no decorations in my sunroom.  But our Real Tree, our favorite family tree where all our family ornaments adorn the branches is in our family room.  We go over year to our favorite and most convenient tree farm (across the road) and pick our favorite tree.  Well this year our tree was looking a bit fraille.  After much watering, love and a few "Please don't die on us" encouraging talk, I am proud to say that our tree has been a real trooper and has done it's best to shine for us brightly and fill our room with the scent of fresh evergreen.  


I love these glass kugels.  I think they are my absolute fav.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

They'll Be Parties For Hosting! . . .


My Christmas Extravaganza 2009 was a success.  A lovely evening with my sisters and family.  There was plenty of punch and food and as you can see, a table filled with delicious confections.  Above are two ideas I learned from Susan using mirrors.  I loved them.  I think I did a good job recreating them too.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Where for art thou Christmas Tree?


It's very convenient to live across the street from a tree farm.  Rob got home today from LA and guess what we did?  Matt picked a really nice one.  Snow yesterday and a tree today, it really feels like Christmas now.  Now for the decorating. . . tune in tomorrow.  

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's beginning to look alot like . . . Christmas


Who said you have to be a kid to have fun in the snow?  It snowed today for the first time this year and it made me feel hopeful and excited.  It had been a long 2 weeks and the past few days had been very hard for me.  Today was just what I needed.  Ever notice how in all the movies they always use snow as a symbol for when something magical is about to occur or when there is a reversal of fate or outcome in the movie.  Dan Fogelberg often used references of snow in alot of his songs as a indication of something magical or to highlight a joyous moment.  This was my joyous moment.  I always want to cry when I see the snow.  It's official, It's Christmastime.  May you find your joyous moment in the snow.


View from my driveway, my neighbors little red horse from when he had Boozer and Peanut Butter.  I love how his barns look when there is snow.