Merry Christmas’s and New Year’s Days, All the Glamorous Extras

Merry Christmas’s and New Year’s Days, All the Glamorous Extras




Happy Holidays!

Welcome to our Christmas Home

Whether it be Christmas or New Year’s Day we are always looking for a place to post a recipe here and there that may not be part of some grand theme that we have going.  Some year’s are not as grand as others.  Those can be either fancy, or plain.  But, for those more “glamorous” occasions I wanted some where to post those recipes and ideas.  Hence, “Merry Christmas’s and New Year’s Days, All the Glamorous Extras.”

We hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Julie and Gordon

P.S.  In the future when we need somewhere to post those little glamorous holiday things then they will go here.

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog,

sprinkled with Silver Sugar, with some Brownie Bites


A Beautiful Childhood Memory

Charlie Brown and Snoopy making Popcorn, and my Jiffy Pop Popcorn in the forefront for ME!


My Grinch Cake with Grinch Lollipops, Card and Gift


Our Christmas Eve Get-Together

Brodie and Myself

Kahlua Coffee Martini’s with Kahlua, and Kahlua Candies

This particular Christmas, 2018, Gordon was working overseas and it was just me to set all this up for our children and their partners.  I made some of the foods here, but I also relied on some take out from the grocery store.  There is never anything wrong with that.  🙂


This is a Champagne Bucket that I purchased and created this little ‘Wedding Homage’ to our daughter Veronica and her fiance Brian.  They were married on January 19, 2019 but I had set this up the Christmas before.

My fake bottle of Champagne with little ornaments and beads to act as ice.  Their wedding invitation, candles, and lots of little delicious sweet bites to nibble on for our dessert.  And for them to take home as a nice edible gift to snack on later.  (Not all edible gifts need to be home made.)

Beautiful and Delicious

The Desserts, with the Appetizers in the Background


The Above View

Our Delicious Appetizers

The Coffee Martini’s


Nigella Lawson’s Drunken Devils on Horseback, a Favorite

(This is a very easy recipe.  You just want to marinate some prunes in Brandy overnight, then wrap them in bacon, secure with a toothpick, place on a baking sheet, cook in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes until the bacon crisps up.  We also do this with dried figs and dates.  Same results, always delicious!)

The food on the left are some Asian cocktail sausages that I marinated and cooked, also some Sausage Balls, and some store bought Cheese Straws.  The platter in the center photo is some Olive Cheese Puffs that I made myself.  (See recipe at bottom.)  Also some store bought chicken bites with a BBQ sauce.  And just out of shot at the top are some store bought Cheese Balls with Crackers.


Brodie and Me

Brodie with Gordon Checking in from Overseas

Happy he could What’s App in!

Brodie and Mackenzie

Veronica and Brian


My Favorite Glamour Girl

She Brings me Gifts and Serves me Drinks 🙂

My Beautiful Silver Decorations

Lots of Glamorous Silver and Gold


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Nigella Lawson’s Drunken Devil’s on Horseback

and Kahlua Coffee Kahlua Martini’s

I write above, the recipe for Nigella’s Drunken Devil’s on Horseback, and as far as the Kahula Coffee Martini’s are concerned they are also 1/3 part Kahlua Coffee, or any coffee you prefer.  Then 1/3 part Kahlua, and then 1/3 part Vodka.  Just mix together and enjoy!


I sprinkled around the table some Kahlua candies.


Hot Olive Cheese Puffs


(This is my mother’s recipe.  We did veer away from it a bit, but not much.)

1/2 lb. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated

1 Medium Jar of Green Olives (stuffed)

1 Cup Plain Flour, Sifted

1 t. Paprika

Dash of Salt

1/4 lb. Margarine

Add the Salt, Sift the Flour, and place into a bowl with the dry ingredients.

Whisk Together

Allow cheese and margarine to soften, grate your cheese.

Mix all of the ingredients together well.

You want to make sure the olives you are using are dry so that the dough will wrap around them easily.  Form into bite sized balls.

Place the olive cheese balls onto an ungreased baking sheet on a 400F oven.

Bake for about 15 minutes.


Sausage Balls

This recipe most everyone knows by heart and cooks each year.  Ours is nothing spectacular in the ingredients, but they are my favorite!  Whenever Gordon makes them I can eat them hot out of the oven, luke warm, or my personal favorite, cold right out of the refrigerator.


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  • 4 Cups Biscuit Mix
  • 2 lb. Hot Sausage (sometimes we used turkey sausage)
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

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This is the BEST sausage.

Just dump everything into a bowl and mix together with your hands.  Roll into individual bite-sized balls.  Place onto a cookie sheet and bake in a 350F oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until done.  They freeze very well too.