Posts Tagged ‘Real Simple’

I know I should have started this a few days  ago….really!  It was a pretty harrowing week here, with the conjunction of a million spheres all causing chaos.  Mechanical and electrical breakdowns, I must ask my sister-in-law Juanita, if Mercury is in retrograde.    It’s not quite midnight so let’s count this post as December 4th and counting.  For the next 3 weeks I’ll post an inventive, creative holiday idea.  It could be a recipe, a hostess gift, a kid’s gift, a decoration, just about anything that I think might enhance your holiday season.  Today’s idea comes from REAL SIMPLE and is a Mantle Makeover.  We’re all familiar with the usual fireplace mantle decorations.  This is NOT standing rows of Christmas cards, draping a greenery garland, hanging stockings, pine cones and ornaments or Nutcrackers.  Clear away the clutter atop your mantle and give it this very simple makeover.


A Very Berry Christmas Wreath and Votives

A Very Berry Christmas Wreath and Votives


Elegant, sophisticated, simple and beautiful.  Berry wreaths are readily available in stores like Michael’s and flower shops that carry artificial or silk flowers.  Scatter a few berries around and line up some votive candles flanked by pillar candles.  The two-color theme is very powerful and the choice of the raspberry-mauve berry color adds not only a holiday flair but also a winter seasonal flavor

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You can always tell when I’m dieting;  either the blogs are all about healthy food, fruits and vegetables OR the blog becomes my fantasy virtual dessert cart.  I can see that this round of the 17 day diet is going to be tough since it is only Day 2 and already I’m posting recipes with ice cream (my favorite food) and alcohol.

Gail, a steady contributor to this blog sent me a list of summer desserts (source: Real Simple) and I knew right away that there were several that were blog-worthy because they are simple, quick and tasty.  I know that just from reading the recipe, not sure how much influence my recent abstinence from carbs and sugar and alcohol might have on this choice.  Whatever, believe me, these are going to be good.  For the next several Tuesdays I will be posting one of these summertime desserts.

Blueberry-Gin Sundaes

1 cup blueberries

1/3 cup gin

1 pint vanilla ice cream

In a small saucepan, combine blueberries and gin.  Simmer, stirring frequently, until berries burst and the mixture begins to thicken, 5-8 minutes, let cool.

Divide 1 pint of vanilla ice cream among bowls and top with blueberry sauce. 


Make and refrigerate the blueberry sauce up to a day ahead,

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