It's beginning to look a lot like cocktails.

Festive Holiday Cocktails

   It's that wonderful time of year for entertaining and friends and family to gather. I think it is always nice (and easy) to have a holiday cocktail that is ready to go for such occasions. Last year I posted the Poinsettia Cocktail. This year is the Candy Cane Martini (and a second just as delicious!)

Candy Cane Martini
2-oz. Vodka
1 oz. Strawberry Liqueur
4 dashes White Crème de Menthe
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 Candy Cane, crushed, for garnish or mini candy cane or peppermint candy
Rim a martini glass with water and crushed candy cane or simply hang a mini candy cane off the rim of the glass or float a peppermint candy. In a shaker, combine other ingredients and ice. Strain and pour! (Mix a batch ahead of time and shake as needed.)

Festive Prosecco
Another favorite is even simpler. Mix one bottle of Prosecco and one cup of pomegranate juice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds. Pour into festive flutes or holiday stemware. Simply Delicious!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & His Risk-taking Friends

    Call this my third annual Christmas Story Blog. This year was a no-brainer. Yes one of the most beloved Christmas stories-turned-TV-show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, turned 50 years this month! (I am proud to say I have watched at least that many times!) Yes, he is being honored with merchandise in all the stores & even a postage stamp! We all know the story of Rudolph, but we need to remember it was his friends & life experiences that showed him the way back home again.
    The first risk-taker our hero encounters after being embarrassed & rejected by family, peers and even Santa, is Hermey the elf. He is the elf with a dream (to be a dentist) and has already begun the positive steps (studying) to make his dream come true. Rudolph, with no direction or next step, happily runs away with Hermey the dreamer and they go off for a life adventure. They then encounter our risk-taker number two, Yukon Cornelius, the greatest prospector in the North. Together, the three begin an adventure that mostly involves avoiding the Bumble (snow monster) and develop strong friendships along the way. With Hermey & Yukon as his role models, Rudolph learns that listening to your heart and accepting the 'gifts' that life has given you is the way to go. They unknowingly point him to his True North (pun intended). Yukon learns that in his relentless search for silver & gold, it is friendship that is truly golden. Hermey learns that surrounding yourself with friends who believe in you & support your goals, will be the springboard to realizing all you have dreamed. Together they save Christmas for all the good girls & boys and we see it as a teachable moment for all the North Pole inhabitants and for ourselves.
    So keep dreaming & risk-taking & remember, no Bumble can ever squash a dream when one has friends! Merry Christmas!