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Monday, December 20, 2010

More from my holiday party!

I went home on Saturday to bake for the party, and it was perhaps the most chaotic, poorly-planned baking day ever.  My mom was already baking when I got home, and all of my projects just added to the craziness.  It was one of those days that I would start one project and move on to another half way through.  Multi-tasking is not exactly my forte.

After baking cookies, I moved on to rosemary-roasted cashews.  Super easy and always a favorite.  You can find the recipe on my 'recipes' page.

Next I prepared the artichoke dip.  As I was scatter-brained beyond belief on Saturday, of course I forgot to take pictures!  Boo!  I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks.  I will post it on my 'recipes' page.  It was very delicious, as most of PW's recipes are!

I found the recipe for Garlic-Brie Crostini from Real Simple - the GREATEST magazine - online.

The recipe was very nostalgic for me; french bread with tomato rub and olive oil is a very traditional Spanish tapa.  It brought back fond memories of my semester in Barcelona!

Now, the best part.  Sangria is always my go-to beverage for entertaining (also a very traditional Spanish drink).  I make both red and white sangria, but I made white for Saturday.  It was not only delicious but so pretty in the pitcher!

To make white Sangria:

Mix 3 bottles of white wine (I used 3-Buck Chuck from Trader Joe's) with 1/2 C orange-flavored rum with 1/2 C orange-flavored vodka.

Heat 1/2 C water in the microwave for a minute and a half.  Add 1/2 C sugar  to the hot water and stir until dissolved.

Add the water to pitcher.

Now add fruit!  I used an apple, grapes, and a lemon, but you can really use whatever.  I don't recommend using raspberries.  They look very amoeba-like in the pitcher.  Very unappetizing.

There is only half of the recipe in this pitcher, so I added between 8 and 10 ounces of club soda right before serving.  I you have a pitcher or punch bowl to hold the entire recipe, add 16-10 oz of club soda right before serving.  So pretty!

The party was a huge success! 

This is my beautiful sister Karly.  She is the best!

My best girl friends minus a few.

Need help planning your next party or just need ideas?  Let me know!  I live to entertain!

Cheers, and more holiday festivities soon! 


1 comment:

  1. Such a great party Katie! The Xmas cookies were fantastic. Look forward to reading more tasty blogs from all the baking you'll be doing over break. :)