Dec. 2016 – Santa at North Pole, Santa’s Send-Off Recipes, Fairmont Hotel – Cookie Exchange, A Country Christmas,

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Magical Ways
To Make Spirits Bright

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Santa Tells Us How He’s Getting Ready for Christmas

Link to Santa’s North Pole Interview

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How to Make Santa’s Send-Off Supper

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Santa’s Hearty Send-Off Chili

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Santa’s Hearty Send-Off Chili

About the Recipe:  Nothing is better on a cold wintery day than hot chili that’s full of festive colored peppers and lots of beans. Santa just loves chili! This is one of his favorites that Mrs. Claus likes to use for his send-off suppers.

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Christmas Tree Romanesco Broccoli with Roasted Root Vegetables

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Christmas Tree Romanesco Brocolli with Roasted Root Vegetables

About the Recipe:  The Christmas tree is the Romanesco, steamed in the microwave and decorated with fresh cranberries and a touch of grated Parmesan cheese.  Roasted caramelized vegetables are spooned around the serving platter and accented with fresh radish slices.  It is a beautiful vegetable dish to serve for your special holiday party.

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Tiny Tim Red And Yellow Tomato Salad with Beet Greens

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Tiny Tim Red and Yellow Tomato Salad with Beet Greens

About the Recipe:  Red and yellow cherry size tomatoes, combined with fresh sliced basil, are one of the most popular flavor combinations. Add some fresh beet leaves tossed with lemon for a delicious quick salad

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Fresh Veggie Nibblers with Ranch Dressing

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Fresh Veggie Nibblers with Ranch Dressing

About the Recipes:  Everyone loves fresh vegetables and ranch dressing dip. It’s easy and so much fun to serve.

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Santa’s Holiday Snack Sandwiches

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Santa’s Holiday Snack Sandwiches

About the Recipe:  What a delightful way to serve small holiday sandwiches! The Italian flavor has a hint of hot peppers that enhances the fine chopped broccoli, cauliflower, and pepperoni filling.  Add some rosemary sprigs, fresh cranberries, and a bright glowing candle.  It’s a beautiful, delicious snack to serve for holiday parties.

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Santa’s Extra Energy Reindeer Treats

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Santa’s Extra Energy Reindeer Treats

About the Recipe: Santa knows that it’s really important for his reindeers to have nutritious snacks before starting on their worldwide trip.  Help him out and leave some extra energy treats for those reindeer too.

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Fun Holiday Goodies for the Family to Create

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North Pole ‘s Narwhal Cookies

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North Pole’s Narwhal Cookies

About the Recipe: It’s fun to design your own Narwhal cookies.  You will discover that they are so delicious since you use salted pretzels, pecans, and caramels. Oh so yummy that they must be magic!

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Baked Chocolate Cherry  Reindeer Donuts

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Baked Chocolate Cherry Reindeer Donuts

About the Recipe: Get ready to have some fun with these donuts.  Bake up some chocolate cherry filled donuts and cover them with chocolate frosting.  Then let the family have fun decorating them. They are so cute with those wide eyes and red noses!

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Gummy Bears S’More Christmas Cake

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Gummy Bears S’More Christmas Cake

About the Recipe:  Christmas means surprises, and this cake has lots of them! It’s easy to make, fun to decorate, and a hidden smore chocolate filling bakes in the center. Decorate the Bundt cake creating snow hills for those red and green gummy bears to enjoy.  What could be better for Christmas than S’More cake!

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Chef Atticus Garant Shares Cookie Recipes

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Fairmont Hotel Chicago – Cookie Exchange

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Fairmont Hotel – Millenium Park – Chicago

Night view of entrance to the Fairmont Chicago Hotel at Millenium Park in downtown Chicago on December 1st on night of Cookie Exchange.

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One of Three Cookie Tables as Presented at the Fairmont Hotel – Chicago

Three tables with the following cookies available for each guest to select for their own cookie boxes: 1) Double dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies, 2) White Chocolate Candy Cane Meringues, 3) Eggnog Sugar Cookies, 4)Rocky Road Cookie Balls, 5) Columbus Tap Oatmeal Stout Fudge Cookies, 6) Momma’s Gingersnap Cookies, 7) Cranberry Maple Orange Shortbread Cookies, 8) Butterscotch Apricot Rugelach, 9) Snickerdoodle Cookies, 10) Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars, 11) Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels, and 12) Oaxacan Mexican Chocolate Cookies.

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A Country Christmas

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Opryland Hotel- A Country Christmas

Our December treat was to visit the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN to experience the month long festivities and the beauty of their holiday decorations. Originally, the month of December was a low occupancy month for the hotel and they came up with and beautifully executed a Christmas tradition that attracts people from many states to visit this spectacular event.  Although originally offered at no cost with lines that blocked the interstates, they now charge $24 per carload to park on their grounds in order to view the exhibits and manage the crowds. There is no entrance charge into the hotel, restaurants, or other exhibits.  It is now much bigger, profitable, and more beautiful with the newer solariums added between the expanded buildings that cover the entire site.  They even have water fountain type light show and canal rides internal to the facility.  The weather can be frightful on the outside as they say, but it is always 72°inside. See more of our photos on the next See More link below.

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Lighted Trees add to Nightime Atmosphere at Opryland Hotel – Nashville, TN

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