Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Punch up your holidays beyond just “the holidays”

December 16, 2011

More uses for that punch bowl you found at the resale store:

Punch Bowl Cake during strawberry season

This recipe’s a favorite year ’round. So easy and so good!

Of course, you don’t have to put just punch, or dessert, in a punch bowl.

A festive punch bowl decoration is a natural.

Ducks? Why not?

A punch bowl as liner for a ice basket of summer beverages

And finally… you could always donate, sell, or reconsign your punch bowl to your favorite shop after the holidays.



Punch up your parties… and your decor

December 15, 2011

The absolute, bar-none (I’ll get to the pun in a moment) recycled holiday purchase you can make is a punch bowl. A punch bowl with cups is even better.Punch bowls hold eggnog... and much more!One of the best reasons to shop first in local consignment, resale, and thrift shops is to save money, and resources, on possessions that are used so seldom, it simply doesn’t make sense to pay full price. And most folks drag out their punch bowl sets only a few times a year.

And punch, or eggnog, or grog, or any colorful flavorful concoction, is perfect for the holiday entertaining season. No messing around with a full bar, no pre-guessing how many bottles of this or that you’ll need… and an opportunity to do some beautiful beverage decorating!

Here’s my favorite recipes for holiday punch, all of which do equally well with or without alcohol.

PS: To keep a punch cool, freeze some of it (perhaps with the appropriate fruit garnish) in a Bundt pan*. As the ice melts, the punch doesn’t get diluted, so the last cup’s as tasty as the first.

* And there’s another thing that’s perfect to buy secondhand: a Bundt pan!

Non-cook on your gift list? Everyone eats…

November 28, 2011

Just add water… the sweetest words any non-cook could hear. When you have some non-cooks on your gift list, how about something that will be truly welcome in their kitchen.

Home-concocted food mixes range from Read the rest of this entry »

A gift only you can give. Make it once, give it to many!

November 16, 2011

Whether you’re the family’s favorite cook, the custodian of Grandma’s recipe box, or simply a creative lover of food, how about making a

Family Favorites cookbook for your relatives?

This Slideshare shows the pages of a template you can use to make an attractive collection of recipes yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Gifts from the Heart

November 12, 2011

090926crazy-chef-cropThis great recipe is infinitely variable.* Try one version for Thanksgiving, then make a batch for holiday gifting. Find the perfect presentation plate or tin at a thrift store, resale shop, or consignment boutique!

Rum, Bourbon, or (if you must) Teetotaler’s Balls

The basic recipe from

* 3 1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers
* 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Read the rest of this entry »