Dec 19, 2012

A Peppermint Glow Centerpiece

By: Amberly Asay

The holidays are crazy enough with shopping, cooking, decorating, and wrapping presents.  The last thing you want to do is stress over your centerpieces.  Try this simple yet sophisticated centerpiece.

Take a white pillar candle and set it on a glass plate.  Next surround the candles with peppermint puffs and you not only have a centerpiece but a fresh mint for after your holiday dinner. You can even use the peppermint puffs from the centerpiece to place inside of your hot chocolate. 

If you want to make a bigger centerpiece, use a rectangle platter and three pillar candles instead of just one. 

Dec 17, 2012

Holding your Recipe

By: Amberly Asay

Are you mashing the potatoes, raising the rolls and trying to make your holiday gravy at the same time? Are the potatoes now all over your recipe, and are things just becoming a mess?

This simple solution will preserve all of your recipes and make your day a little bit less stressful. Take a plastic pants or skirt hanger (the ones you get from the store), clamp the recipe to either side, hang on your cupboard and get to cooking!

Dec 14, 2012

Festival of Lights

By: Amberly Asay

Festival of Lights

At Christmas time it feels like the whole world lights up.  The fun fact is that it does light up!  The greatest collection of lights in Utah County is at the Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork.  From November 22 to January 1 step into a light filled wonderland.  Located at Canyon View Park every night from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm, the event is $5 per car or $15 per van. Drive through the animated Festival of Light’s displays.  You will see Santa’s workshop, reindeer, a sea serpent, geese, Jack Frost, polar bears, skiers and much more!  Every year a new light display is added; see what is new this year.  Listen to holiday music broadcast on 99.9 FM as you take in the colorful, glowing holiday lights and displays.

Thanksgiving Point

From November 23-December 29, be sure to stop by Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park.  Every night from 6-10 pm, the park comes alive with sparkling lights.  Admission is $8 a car, $4 for Thanksgiving Point members, and $25 per bus.

Temple Square
Every Christmas, Temple Square becomes the center for lights and nativities.  Visitors can stroll around and appreciate the lights, listen to musical performers in the tabernacle, or watch a Christmas story re-enactment.  The lights shine from November 26 to December 31.

Dec 10, 2012

Cookie Cutter Pancakes

By: Amberly Asay

Christmas morning brings joy and excitement to everyone, but this year make your Christmas breakfast more memorable.  Make Christmas shaped pancakes!

Simply take an open faced, Christmas themed cookie cutter, and set it in the pan.  Only use metal cookie cutters because plastic will melt!  Fill the cutter with batter, and once the pancake is cooked on one side, remove the cutter and flip the pancake.  When the pancake is done cooking, cover it in maple syrup and enjoy!

To add some spice to your pancakes try grating some fresh nutmeg or a cinnamon stick into the batter using a fine microplane grater, or use the recipe for Ginger Spice Pancakes from the Stadium Farmer's Market.  Here's the link:  

Dec 5, 2012

Snowman Fridge

By: Amberly Asay

Decorate your kitchen with this simple snowman.

Cut out paper buttons, coal, a carrot, a scarf and a hat.  Arrange and tape your paper pieces on the fridge.  Your hands will stay warm and your snowman will never melt away, no matter how hot it gets in your kitchen!

Dec 3, 2012

Christmas Dating

By: Amberly Asay

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
with every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be white

Christmastime is the best time of year and can definitely be the most romantic time.  Christmas themed dates don’t need to be expensive and you can do a lot to celebrate the season.

Of course, a typical date would be to go to Temple Square and look at the lights.  It is beautiful, especially if you get a chance to ride in a horse drawn carriage.  You can also try ice skating outdoors at the Gallivan Center.

If you are on a tight budget, like most of us, spend a nice evening in your apartment.  Cut out snowflakes to decorate the apartment while watching the classic Christmas movie, “White Christmas”, with Bing Crosby.

Sip some hot cocoa while you are at it.  To make it a little bit more romantic, freeze a pan of whip cream and then use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped whip cream.  Put it in your date's hot cocoa and drink up.