Posts made in December, 2013

Kathy G’s Helpful Holiday Design Tips: Hypnotic Hypericums

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 in BLOG, EASY ENTERTAINING BLOG, Floral, FLORAL / DESIGNS BLOG, HOLIDAY CHEER BLOG, MUST CLICK FOR BLOG LANDING PAGE

Kathy G’s Helpful Holiday Design Tips: Hypnotic Hypericums

During this season of holiday cheer, touches of red and green are a classic and timeless way to decorate. Red berry hypericums are small in size, yet rich in color. Adding these berries to your holiday florals will make your decor merry and bright! Red roses make a fabulous flower choice for holiday centerpieces. By surrounding red roses with hypericums, you can transform a classic centerpiece into an interesting masterpiece! For a more edgy spin on a classic look, use levels and different shapes of vases for your arrangements. Another beautiful holiday flower choice is the combination of white roses and calla lillies. By adding red hypericum berries or other festive berries to pure, white florals, you will really get a splash of holiday color in your arrangements.   Red berry hypericum, roses and other berries and florals can be purchased at your local wholesale...

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Kathy G’s Helpful Holiday Design Tips: Branch Out and Let It Snow

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 in Assorted Floral & Design, BLOG, EASY ENTERTAINING BLOG, Floral, FLORAL / DESIGNS BLOG, HOLIDAY CHEER BLOG, MUST CLICK FOR BLOG LANDING PAGE

Kathy G’s Helpful Holiday Design Tips: Branch Out and Let It Snow

This holiday season, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! By using long bare branches cascading with white florals or crystals you can give your home a snowy, wintry feel and your guests a warm welcome. Start with a vase. We used a clear cylindrical vase but any number of colors or shapes will do. You can fill the bottom of the vase with river rocks, marbles, crystals or leave it bare. Fill the vase with water. Stick the branches out of the top of a vase. We love to use branches both long and short. Using a variety adds depth and dimension. Use fishing line to hang the stemless white flowers or crystals. Tie the fishing line to the branch, move down about 2-3 inches, and thread your flower or crystal with the fishing line, then tie a knot where you threaded it to hold it in place. Repeat until you have your desired look. Make this project fun – don’t stress about making it look perfect up-close. From afar, your stemless flowers and/or crystals will look like they are falling out of the sky! Another idea is to do the same look with ornaments for a more themed holiday feel. **All supplies can be found at your local craft store or floral...

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Lamb Chops with Savory Mint Pesto

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in BLOG, EASY ENTERTAINING BLOG, HOLIDAY CHEER BLOG, KATHY G'S RECIPE INDEX, MUST CLICK FOR BLOG LANDING PAGE, RECIPES BLOG

Lamb Chops with Savory Mint Pesto

Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto Ingredients: ½ lb of fresh mint ¼ lb fresh basil ¼ lb parsley 2 cloves finely Chopped Garlic ½ C. Blended Olive Oil 3 Tbs. Grated Parmesan Cheese Vegetable Oil 2 “Frenched” Racks of Lamb (8 ribs about 1 1/4 lbs. each) trimmed of all but a thin layer of fat. Cut the cleaned lamb rack into individual lamb chops or have your butcher clean and cut them for you. Taziki Sauce Ingredients: 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Minced ½ Tsp. Salt ¼ Tsp. White Pepper 1 C. Greek Yogurt, Strained 1 Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded, and Grated or Chopped Finely 1 Tbs. Fresh Mint, Chopped   Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto Directions: In a food processor, pulse all of the mint pesto ingredients together to form a green puree. Marinate the lamb with 1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and all of the mint pesto. Using a medium high flame, grill the lamb chops for 3-6 minutes per side for medium rare. Warm in the oven for 5 minutes and serve with Taziki sauce.   Tiziki Sauce Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and served chilled with lamb racks. Chill for a couple of hours in the refrigerator before serving.   Vanilla Bean Gellato with Fresh Chocolate Mint Chop fresh chocolate mint in strips and sprinkle over ice cream or...

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Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in BLOG, CATERING BLOG, COCKTAILS, EASY ENTERTAINING BLOG, HOLIDAY CHEER BLOG, JUST FOR FUNBLOG, KATHY G'S RECIPE INDEX, MUST CLICK FOR BLOG LANDING PAGE, RECIPES BLOG

Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

Yield = 10-12 servings Ingredients: 3 Tbs. Sugar 1 C. Pomegranate Juice 2 Liters of Ginger Ale (or use 2 bottles of Sparkling Wine ) 2 Thinly Sliced Oranges 2 Thinly Sliced Lemons Pomegranate or Orange Peel (for garnish) Directions: Mix all ingredients. Serve chilled in a festive glass. Top with pomegranate or garnish with orange...

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Cranberry-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in BLOG, CATERING BLOG, EASY ENTERTAINING BLOG, HOLIDAY CHEER BLOG, KATHY G'S RECIPE INDEX, MUST CLICK FOR BLOG LANDING PAGE, RECIPES BLOG

Cranberry-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Yield = 8 servings Ingredients: 4 lbs. Sweet Potatoes 4 Tbs. Butter 2 Tbs. Bourbon Salt Pepper 3/4 C. Cranberries 1/3 C. Light Brown Sugar 1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1/8 Tsp. Cinnamon Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and slice the Sweet Potatoes. Grease a shallow baking dish and arrange the Sweet Potatoes along the bottom of the dish. It is okay for them to overlap. Pour 1/2 C. Water over the Sweet Potatoes. Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 40 minutes. After removing the dish from the oven, increase the ovens temperature to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the Melted Butter and Bourbon. Spoon the mixture over the Sweet Potatoes. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste. Again, bake the dish for about 25 minutes or until the juices are almost all absorbed. About halfway through, use the Bourbon and Butter mixture to baste the Sweet Potatoes. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, 1/3 C. Water and the Brown Sugar. Boil over moderately high heat for about 10 miutes or until the Cranberries start to burst. Drain the Cranberries but reserve the liquid separately. Stir the Cayenne and Cinnamon into Cranberry liquid and spoon it over the Sweet Potatoes. Again, bake for 20 minutes until the juices are almost all absorbed. About halfway through, use the Cayenne and Cinnamon mixture to baste the Sweet Potatoes. Sprinkle the Cranberries on top and bake for another 5 minutes.   **This dish can be made up to 8 hours ahead of serving time. Rewarm before...

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