Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The World According To Abigail, Age 4

Today's Subject: Santa Claus

Meemaw? Do you know why Santa has such a big round tummy?
No, Abigail, I don't. Why does he?
Because he eats all those cookies and milks and he never goes to the bathroom!
He never goes to the bathroom?
No! How can he fly around the world all night and never go to the bathroom?
I don't know, but he never does and his tummy gets bigger and bigger!

Well, I think he must go once he gets home.
Nope! He doesn't.
He'd have to. Otherwise he'd explode!
(Laughing) Nope, he never goes at all!
No, I think you're kidding me. I think he goes once he gets home, then he can eat more and build his tummy up again for the next Christmas. Otherwise he wouldn't fit into his red suit and the reindeer couldn't pull the sleigh because he'd be too heavy.
I dunno, Meemaw, but I'm not kidding (impish look and giggle).
Abigail, I still think you're kidding me.
(Dives onto my lap, wraps arms around my neck, giggling together)
Abigail, you're a funny kid!
Yeah. I love you, Meemaw.
I love you too my little one.

Moments like this are the best of all!
Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you lots of best moments in your life!
Hugs, Leena

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Festive Food for Fun Feasting - Recipe 6

Here's another festive cocktail from Southern Living sure to make your guests' noses light up as red and bright as Rudolph's!

Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer


5 Cups Orange Juice
2 Cups Chilled Lemon-Lime Soft Drink
1 and 1/2 Cups Vodka
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherry Juice
1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
Garnishes: Fresh lemon and mint sprigs


Stir together all ingredients in large pitcher - serve over ice. Garnish if desired.

Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment if you try any of the recipes in this series and let me know what you think! Hugs and Happy Holidays! Leena

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Fun Food for Festive Feasting - Recipe 5

Hi! Sorry to have been away for a few days. The keyboard on my lap top died just as I was finishing my last post. Perhaps it over ate all of those yummy appetizers. Let's see how this new one deals with these recipes for celebratory cocktails!

This first libation is fabulous! Combine the zest of peppermint with the cool, smoothness of vanilla and you get a real treat in a glass! Enjoy!


Candy Cane Martini


1 and 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
1 and 1/4 ounces crème de cacao
3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
Garnish: crushed peppermint candy, whole candy cane


Combine vanilla vodka, crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish rim with crushed peppermint candy. Fun addition: hang a candy cane from the top of the glass for dipping while sipping!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun Food For Festive Feasting - Recipe 4

Posting all of these recipes is sure putting me in a party mood - and making me HUNGRY! Who would have thought that there were so many different types of appetizers? We've featured ones made from puff pastry, cute little cheese balls, a warm yummy spread - a far cry from the squirt cheese and crackers of days gone by!

Today's recipe combines smooth, warm blue cheese, earthy mushrooms and smokey bacon - oh yes, bacon! Doesn't everything taste better with bacon? AND they can be made in advance, refrigerated, then baked when it's PARTY TIME! So go on, get your YUM-YUM on!

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
 24 large fresh mushrooms
 1 carton (8 ounces) reduced-fat spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese 4 green onions, chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 3/4 cup bacon bits, divided

    1. Remove stems from mushrooms and set caps aside; discard stems or save for another use. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, blue cheese, onions, garlic and 1/4 cup bacon bits. Stuff into mushroom caps, a scant tablespoonful in each.
    2. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining bacon bits. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Yield: 2 dozen.

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