Resource: Christmas with Southern Living 2017

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Nobody does Christmas like Southern Living magazine, and for over 30 years, Oxmoor House Publishers has put out Christmas with Southern Living books to help readers create memorable holidays for family and friends. I grew up looking at my mother’s Southern Living magazines and once I got out on my own, I subscribed to it myself. I used to save all the Christmas issues so I could look back at all the great ideas. Christmas with Southern Living collects all the best ideas of the season and puts them in one volume each year.

Christmas with Southern Living 2017 is completely new, with all of the menu and décor ideas that readers have come to expect, along with more than 100 recipes especially created for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift giving.This edition features five complete theme-based entertaining chapters – Christmas on the Farm, on the Block, at the Lake, in the Mountains, and by the Sea – including menus and decorating ideas for every corner of your home, as well as tips and tricks on surprising ways to use leftovers, serve dishes, and more!

With over 200 full-color photographs to inspire you, as well as holiday decorations for inside and out, including tabletops, wreaths, trees, centerpieces and mantles, Christmas with Southern Living 2017 is your go-to resource for everything you need to make your holiday memorable and spectacular.

The book features ways to decorate front doors and mantels, how-to centerpieces, a child’s tree made with toys and candy canes, a cowboy Christmas and more. They have included harvest celebrations for Thanksgiving and how to do quick changes to your holiday tables from everyday looks to more elegant ones.

In the photos, you will see so many wonderful presentation ideas for serving food and wrapping gifts. There are a number of food gifts you can make. I love the baby pound cakes they show–I already have a pan that makes little bundt cakes that will be perfect for this recipe. I liked the idea of making holiday fortune cookies and packaging them in Oriental take-out cartons. I can’t wait to make the chai tea mix for my friends–they have a basic recipe and several optional ways to make it like chocolate chai and white chocolate chai.

Recipes of all types are included. There are healthy holiday menus, casual and formal menus. The book features make-ahead party foods, recipes for children and the ten top cookies and brownies.

In the back of the book is a party planner section which includes a holiday calendar, tips, and timelines, as well as places to write favorite recipes, gifts and greetings, and memories.

For over 50 years, Southern Living has been the definitive resource for Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to use it, keep it, and live by it. It’s the magazine no Southern home—anywhere—can be without. Don’t miss this compilation of ideas–Christmas with Southern Living 2017.

This book is available online.

 

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