BRANDY ALEXANDER COCKTAIL
Do you like Oreo cookies? Then you will probably enjoy this great Holiday season cocktail which will also serve to keep you warm. The Brandy Alexander, popular in the 70s is making a resurgence. Super easy to make with only 3 ingredients, if you don’t count the ice and the glass.
1 part Brandy
1 part Crème de Cacao
1 part cream or half & half
Shake with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle with fresh ground nutmeg.
DOG-GHOST HALLOWEEN COSTUME
Going to a Halloween party this year, or trick or treating? Leave it to your pet to win the best dressed award with this stylish but easy ensemble, the Dog-Ghost Halloween costume. Don’t worry if it has been done before, your dog will do it best! Woof!
PET CUPCAKE TRIBUTE
If your pet doesn’t have what it takes to pull off the ghost Halloween costume this year, help him, or her, to feel loved once more with this nifty pet cupcake tribute idea. This can work with any theme, be it Thanksgiving, Halloween or Christmas! Your pet will love you for it.
PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST
Create your own mini pumpkin carving contest with your family or friends, or better still just do it for yourself to decorate your own home.
TIM BURTON ARTWORK
Tim Burton is an American Film Director famous for his creepy style. An incredible artist on fiverr.com is able to deliver to you original artwork for your Halloween invitation…or if you need some alone time, she can create a family portrait to scare all your friends away. Starts at $5
STARLIT CHRISTMAS TREE
Bring extra shimmer to the season with holiday trees dotted with starry warm-white lights. Each tree features both an on/off switch and built-in 24-hour timer. www.restorationhardware.com
HANDMADE FELT LEAF WREATH
This festive Felt Leaf Wreath is handcrafted from 100% wool by artisans in Nepal. Hang one on a wall, window or door to spread holiday cheer. www.westelm.com
PECAN PIE IN-A-JAR
Have you been asked to bring a dish to a holiday event and are starting to have nightmares? Williams-Sonoma have a great variety of semi-prepared foods that are to die for. Pecan Pie In-a-Jar is out of this world. Simply blend the filling with butter and eggs, then pour into two pie shells and bake.Their time-saver Green Been Casserole Kit is definitely worth checking out too…fake it til you make it right!
CHRISTMAS CARD IDEA
Start your own family portrait tradition for your annual Christmas card, or just for the memories. The Kardashians aren’t the only ones who can have this kind of fun. Find a beautiful location, plan a concept and shoot! Then, pray it doesn’t end up on an ‘Awkward Family Photos’ blog years later. http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com
GO HAT SHOPPING
When all else fails, go hat shopping. The lovely Amal Alamuddin shows you how it is done! Of course the hats in winter may be fluffier and warmer, but equally luxurious.