It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! - Handmade in the Heartland

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! Yes so i am a little delayed in posting these photos considering the annual girls night party was last Wednesday but finally they are here. I had such a great time having all the girls over! A big Thanks go all who came! The only regret i have is that i didn't get a photo of the food table once it was all set out!! But i have all the recipes for those who are interested.
The Menu went as follows

Savory:
Carmelized Onion Tarts
Bacon-wrapped Maple-glaced Apricots
Amber's Artichoke Dip (look at the bottom of the post for recipe)
Winter Squash Soup
Sweet:
Brazilian Nutella & Rice Pudding desserts
(rice pudding from Pudding on the Rice in Provo, UT)
Creme Caramel Bread Pudding
Orange-Scented Bittersweet Chocolate Cake

Click on the name of the item to go to the recipe, they all come from current magazines.

Christmas Decorating, we got a real tree!


Easy Cheap decorating idea- Green Apples in Glass Containers

Live Garland down the staircase

My Christmas entry table

The Orange-Scented Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. it was Delish!

From Left to Right: Milli, Lechelle, Krista, Shelley & Me!

Brandi, Trisha & Jen
Amber's Hot Artichoke Dip

1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
1-2 cans artichoke hearts chopped up
2 tsp Dill Weed
1 Tbsp minced garlic

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 for 25-30 min. Brown the top under the broiler.
Serve with sliced narrow French bread or crackers.

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