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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Holiday Desserts & Food


It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
Holiday Desserts and Food
Hello friends! Wow I can't believe Chistmas is almost here and this is the last week of the "It's Begining to Look A Lot Like Christmas Blog Hop".  It has been so much fun!  Before I get started we would like to thank Cookin Stuff for their gracious donation to this blog hop.  Thank you so much Stacey, owner of Cookin Stuff.   If you haven't visited their website you still have time to here and, if you live locally you really need to visit their new location, you are sure to find yourself in a heaven of cookware and more. 

Now on to this weeks hop!

Each week will feature a different element of Christmas and each party will have it’s own hostess.

Nov. 28th  Life on Lakeshore Drive will host ornaments & decor.{You can still link up your ornaments and decor here}
Dec. 5th    Kathe With An E will host mantels & tablescapes. {You can still link up your mantels and holiday tables here}
Dec. 12th  House Honeys will host trees & wreaths {You can still link up your trees and wreaths here}
Dec. 19th  One More Time Events will host desserts & holiday food

Most of all, we want to thank all of you that have joined the hop
"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"
You all are so very talented and we've enjoyed seeing everything you've had to share!

Remember, once you link up at one of the host blogs, 
your link is visible on all four blogs!

We can't wait to see your Christmas creations!
Please grab a button to add to your post, sidebar or party page
to help spread the Christmas cheer.
Life on Lakeshore Drive
The only rule is that we ask that you follow the hostess each week! 
Just let us know you are a new follower, 
and we would love to follow you back!
 
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{FYI: following is not a requirement to link. But, these ladies all have great blogs, so we would love to have you stay in touch!}

It’s also not a requirement to display the button, but if you would like to add it to your post, sidebar, or list of link parties, please feel free! The more participants in the party, the merrier!


This week we are featuring 
Holiday Desserts and Food
with 
Tammy from 
One More Time Events 
Hi Everyone, I am Tammy from One More Time Events and I am hosting this weeks party with
Holiday Desserts and Food.
There is always room for dessert right? 
This is one of the desserts I make quite often.  Oreo Pops it's easy and loved by most everyone that tries one.
It does take some time, but well worth it.
There really is only three ingredients
Package of Oreo's
Package of Cream Cheese
 Melting Chocolates
(I need to interrupt this to Thank Barbara from Dizzy Desserts for contributing the Chocolate Melts to this event.  Thank you Barbara!)
1 (16 ounce) package Oreo cookies
1 (8ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 package chocolate melts
 ( I get mine from a bakery supply store) but you could use chocolate bark or other melting chocolates

Directions:

Using a mixer, blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together.
Roll into a 1 1/2 inch ball
Chill for an hour in the freezer.  
Melt approximately 3/4 package of Chocolate melts
Insert stick in a oreo ball and dip into the chocolate


While waiting for the balls to harden, melt about 1/4 package of melting white chocolate in a icing bag.
 Place your white chocolate in the bag and tie it off with a rubber band.
 Place it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, remove it and knead the bag of chocolates and repeat until the chocolate is completely melted. I have found this to be the best way to avoid burning your chocolates.
Snip a small tip off end of the bag (away from the food) and start decorating your Oreo balls.

I think you will find  Oreo balls are a crowd pleasing "Merry" dessert for all. 

After you make these you may find you will have some melted chocolate left, I usually do and so to use it up I like to add some nuts to it but, this time I didn't have any nuts so I used what I had on hand, which was a cranberry nut trail mix.   All you do is pour the trail mix in the melted chocolate and stir.   Scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and pop in the refrigerator to harden.

Oh my goodness was this oh so yummy better than just nuts.   I was happy I didn't have the nuts this time.   I will probably make them like this from now on. The nuts and cranberry mixed together with the chocolate was delish!


Cranberry Nut Clusters.

So I always feel that a dessert is always better when displayed...(My event planner coming out in me)

So to display the Oreo Balls  I had Mr. OMT make a wooden stand with a dowel so I could place a Styrofoam cone to mimic a Christmas Tree.



I purchased some gift boxes, a styrofoam square, foam snowflakes, clothesline,  Christmas picks and garland all from the Dollar store

After the wood stand was completed I painted the base with some red and green latex paint, making it whimsical and I added some dots of red and outlined in green.
For the tree I wrapped the garland around the styrofoam cone and then took the the clothesline and created a garland around the tree.  For the topper I add a ribbon bow, Santa (found at Walmart) and embellished with the Christmas picks .

With the boxes I added the Styrofoam squares and placed the snowflake on top and added a bow to the lid to make it look like a present.

I hope you all enjoyed the blog hop!   
I would like to wish you all a very  Merry Christmas.
XO, Tammy

Now, it's your turn!
We can't wait to see your Christmas Desserts and Food
{Please share the party button for all to see.}

We can't wait to see your Christmas creations!
Please grab a button to add to your post, sidebar or party page
to help spread the Christmas cheer.
Life on Lakeshore Drive



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2 comments:

  1. I will be visiting the links and looking at all the wonderful food! No time to cook this year! Yikes!! Maybe I'll make New Year's cookies!!

    hugs, Linda

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  2. Thank you for hosting, Kathe! Have a Merry Christmas :-)

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