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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May you find love and peace, and may your spirit stay forever young and vibrant!

I hope you’ve accomplished everything you’ve set your mind onto this past year; if not, you’re still in time. You’ve got a whole New Year ahead, with endless possibilities and new hopes of joy and peace.

Christmas tree

Don’t forget to smile, find compassion and sympathy, and share the joy with your acquaintances and loved ones!

Happy Holidays!

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Holidays

 

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Alternative Thanksgiving dinner ideas

I vote for a perpetual holiday atmosphere. It’s like the whole world puts on a new face, more cheerful, full of color and beautiful thoughts. It’s only fair that we let these positive vibes flood our homes as well, and more than anything, our family dinners. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time we put our minds to work and come up with a menu to delight senses and complement the holiday cheer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional roasted turkey, I have come across some great recipes that involve less cooking and more celebrating.

My ‘untraditional’ Thanksgiving dinner will consist of turkey enchilada casserole, spinach and turkey salad, a scrumptious potato gratin with homemade gravy, and a delicious pumpkin pie.

This enchilada recipe is easy, but so delicious it will be the hit of your dinner party or potluck.

You will need:

2 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey cheese blend
1 cup sour cream
2 tomatoes, chopped
24 (6 inch) corn tortillas
1 (19 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
4 boneless skinless marinated turkey breast halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter, shortening or cooking spray. Next, season the turkey breasts with garlic salt to taste. Put the turkey in the baking dish, cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake in the heated oven for 45 minutes until the turkey is cooked through and the juices run clear. Shred the turkey and let it aside. You can do this step ahead and refrigerate shredded turkey.

In a small bowl, combine the cheese, sour cream and a pinch of salt.

Tear tortillas into fourths so that they absorb the sauce better and start assembling the casserole. Pour about 1/2 inch enchilada sauce in the bottom of a medium baking dish, and arrange 3 torn tortillas in a single layer. Top with 1/2 the turkey, 1/3 cheese mixture, 1/2 tomatoes. and 1/3 of the remaining enchilada sauce. Repeat. Spread remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is melted.

As for table decorating, here’s a wonderful idea that will add oomph to your Thanksgiving feast:

Thanksgiving table decor

It is fun to do something different for a change, isn’t it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, we could all use some more inspiration!

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Apartment living, Food, Holidays

 

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her

She’s been a fun and totally cool girlfriend. He’s been a caring and devoted partner. Why let all that talk about cheesiness cloud your judgment on the most romantic day of the year?! I agree that we shouldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to show them how much they’re loved and appreciated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it on this occasion as well.

Winnie love

Here are a few funny, quirky and creative gift ideas to make your Valentine’s Day even more beautiful.

Pop the question. Rumor has it that women are hard to impress. They’ve seen and heard it all, they’ve been lured with flowers, sweets and jewelry, carriage rides under the moonlight, candlelight dinners and weekend getaways. So is there something left to make your proposal unique? Well, you might buy a star and name it after her or, if you’re a mere human like most of us, get your hands on a Marry Me lottery ticket. It looks like any other scratch-off lottery ticket you’d get at any local store but when she scratches off the card to see what she’s won she will be greeted with the question Will you marry me? on it. If she’s like any other woman I know, she’ll find it surprisingly romantic and adorable. Add a dinner for two to the equation and it will surely make a sweet memory.

Dulce de Leche receipe

Shout out your love to the four winds. To clarify each partner’s status in the relationship once and for all, get a Mr. Right and Mrs./Ms. Always Right ensemble, whether it’s a pillows set, mugs, luggage tags or t-shirts. This is a fabulous gift for couples who know the truth – and dig the humor!

Pillows set

Vintage love tastes better. The truth is women love gifts, glittery, pleasantly fragranced or practical, any kind of gift that has some positive karma attached to it. But if you’re looking for a seriously impressive and unique token of your love, go with vintage jewelry. That’s also Ivanka Trump’s idea of a perfect gift for Valentine’s, according to InStyle.com. “I’m making it increasingly difficult for my husband to buy me things. I have a jewelry line, a clothing line, a shoe line, and a handbag line, so he has to either go the vintage route or go completely outside of the box.”

Vintage necklace

For other great ideas on how to bring romanticism into your own home, check out this great post on Blogoteque.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Celeb, Food, Holidays, Relationships

 

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