Monday, December 17, 2007

Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!

Christmas Tour of Homes

And take a tour of my home! Many thanks to Boomama for hosting this Christmas tour! Welcome!

Stop 1: The front door of our apartment. This is Liz's super cute Christmas welcome door hanger thingy. Someday when we find us some husbands and are no longer roommates, I will have to find something like this for my door because I love it!

Next stop: The Christmas tree! Boy Scout Troop "some number I don't remember that sells trees on Wilson Blvd" came through for us again and supplied this great tree!

And up next: People!!

And food (recipes below)!

Yes - this is my favorite way to decorate at Christmas! Fill your house with your favorite friends and your favorite food, and play you favorite Christmas tunes in the background and you've got yourself a celebration. And don't forget to use the word favorite as many times as you can! These pics were taken this weekend at Anne and Liz's annual Very Merry Christmas Party! And it was Very, Very, Merry! Here we are in front of the tree!

I cut off all my hair! Whoa! Afterwards, some of us went outside to take a picture in front of the house:

Oh wait! I mean George and Laura's house! Oops! I think our tree competes well with theirs!

And now for a couple of recipes. Liz and I make basically the same things every year at our party and the food is always a hit. I've posted two yummy recipes (one really easy and Christmas-y (Jello squares) and one that requires a little more work but it worth every minute).

Christmas Jello Squares:

3 (3oz) boxes of Jello (I make one batch with cherry Jello and one with lime)
1 pack of gelatin
3 cups boiling water
1 cup whipping cream

Dissolve Jello and gelatin in boiling water. Add 1 cup of whipping cream and stir.
Pour into 9x13 pan and chill over night. When the jello chills, the cream rises to the top and creates a lovely layered effect (you can see them in the food pic above).

Sweet and Sour Meatballs:

1lb ground beef
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tbsp minced onion
2 tbsp milk
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
dash of pepper

Mix above ingredients and form into meatballs. Place in 9x13 baking dish and bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes. Drain excess fat.

In sauce pan combine 2/3 cup of Heinz Chili Sauce and 2/3 cup of grape jelly. Cook over med-low heat until well mixed. Add meatballs. Serve in crock pot to keep warm.

Well, there you have it!! I hope you all have a merry Christmas!! Enjoy the bloggy Christmas tour!


Kelly said...

Love your decorating philosophy- any house filled with good friends and food is welld ecorated:-)

Merry Christmas!

Rachel said...

Where's the recipe for the spinach and artichoke dip?! Pretty please?

Hootin' Anni said...

My holiday slide show tour is THIS WAY

I so agree, family and friends is what christmas is all about.

SJ said...

I love your decorations...especially the friends and family part! How fun!

ellen b. said...

Oh that is perfect People, food and music! Blessings...

Southern Heart said...

I so agree about friends and family...your home is beautiful!!!

Merry Christmas, Andrea

Gretchen said...

I so adore pigs in a blanket. Thanks for the reminder of what to serve on junk food night (aka New Year's Eve). Cute idea to add friends and fam as decorations. Merry Christmas!

KC said...

Looks like fun. Thanks for inviting us to the party.
Merry Christmas

plh said...

awww! i miss the christmas party! glad to see you girls had fun - and it looks great.

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