Time –there’s never enough of it, especially during the holidays. Because time is so precious, it’s one of the best gifts you can give to others and to yourself. The ideas in Better Homes and Gardens Celebrate the Season–Decorations, Gifts and Great Gatherings can get your started and help you indulge your imagination.
This book by Vicki Ingham and editors from Better Homes and Gardens provides many inspirational ideas for your Christmas celebration. The color photographs make it easy for you to see how these decorating and gift ideas as well as the recipes will look when you try them.
The authors gave ways for you to set the stage for the holidays in your home—how to use small spaces, how to do your stockings, how to make autumn arrangements. They demonstrate how to decorate a room in three different ways, three ways to do a tree, a mantel and a coffee table.
You can see how to create a kumquat ring, a wreath of magnolia, citrus, bay leaves and limes, and a lemon topiary.Celebrate the Season provides many recipes for gatherings of family and friends –recipes for family suppers, buffet dinners, centerpieces, Thanksgiving side dishes, Kwanza, New Year’s Eve appetizers and drinks, cookies, chocolate and baking classics.
I really like the nacho cheese and corn chowder—it’s an easy and hearty soup. I also like the recipe for green beans with caramelized onions, bacon, garlic, chopped pecans or almonds. Another favorite is the mocha-ladyfinger parfaits which are easy to make and serve as individual parfaits in wine goblets with curls of chocolate and a strawberry on top.
The book includes plans for making cookie house fronts of different styles (Tudor, southwestern, suburban ranch and more) that can be made for gifts, or to create a cookie boulevard.
Another section of the book features ideas for “giving from the heart” hostess gifts, pretty gift wraps and gift boxes, how to force amaryllis, and how to make gifts from the kitchen.
I really like a simple tomato-cheese spread you put in small crock and present with toasted bread rounds or purchased crackers or melba toast. I am also crazy about the easy Lemon Curd recipe to make to serve on muffins or scones or fruit breads.
So, make sure you check out Celebrate the Season –it will give you many new ways to enhance your holidays. Better Homes and Gardens usually puts out a Celebrate the Season each year so you will find a wide range of books to inspire you.
This book is available online.