Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last year it was Hot glühwein

Last year it was Hot glühwein at the Christmas Markets in Germany.

This year it will have to be mulled wine in Minnesota

Mulling Spice Mix

The recipe makes 14 spice bags.

If you are giving as a gift, be sure to include the recipe instructions.

Prep Time: 20 minutes


14 double-layer cheesecloth 5-inch squares

14 (10-inch) lengths of white string

3 ounces whole cinnamon sticks

6 whole nutmegs (1 ounce)

1/3 cup chopped dried orange peel

1/3 cup chopped dried lemon peel

1/4 cup allspice berries

1/4 cup whole cloves

2 Tablespoons finely chopped, crystallized ginger (1 ounce)

Place cinnamon sticks and nutmegs into a heavy freezer bag. Smash into small pieces with a mallet or heavy pan.

In a bowl place orange peel, lemon peels, allspice, cloves, and ginger. Stir in small pieces from freezer bag.

Place equal amounts of the mix on the center of each cheesecloth square. Secure with string. For gifts remember to include the directions.

Yield: 14 bags each will spice a 750 ml bottle of red wine - 3-1/4 cups wine.

Mulled Wine Recipe Instructions

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup white granulated sugar

3-1/4 cups (750 ml bottle) red wine

1 mulling spice bag

Combine water and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat.

Stir until sugar dissolves.

Add wine and spice bag.

Heat wine slowly over low heat and only until small bubbles
form around the edge of the pan.

Do not boil.

Discard spice bag and serve hot.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Remember When.... Tis The Season

Remember when happiness was:

An Easy Bake Oven, Electric Football Game, Barbie, G.I.Joe, Legos, Twister and my favorite Tiny Tears doll.

Rock Em Sock em Robots, (I’ll knock your block off) Hot Wheels, Spirograph, Kerplunk and Pong video game, mood ring and a pet rock.

Now at 50 Happiness is:

Family, Health and Love, Safe Travel, Big Smiles and Warm Hugs, Tis The Season….

Monday, December 07, 2009

4.5 wings

Classic Romance Revival gives Christmas Mischief 4.5 Wings

Amber’s on her way to spend the Christmas holidays with her grandmother, accompanied by her faithful mischief-making dog, Charlie. On a snow covered road in a rural part of the country, Amber gets a flat tire and Charlie locks her out of the car. Enter Tony, a charming resident who helps Amber call a tow.
Amber is smitten by Tony, but once he drops her off at her grandmother’s house, she wonders if she’ll ever see the handsome Good Samaritan again.
The pacing is just right, leaving the reader, and Amber, worried for her as she tries to get help for her flat tire in the snow-covered road bank. Amber and Tony are characters that embody the Christmas spirit of giving and receiving. The story is told in the first person by Amber and Columbus does a great job capturing Amber’s own unique voice. The romance is “sweet” for CRR. Overall, Christmas Mischief is a heartwarming holiday read.

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