Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hot Christmas Punch

Do you ever eat or drink something that brings back memories? Every year growing up my Mom would make her special Christmas Punch to drink that was always a favorite of mine. I made some tonight and with my first sip it just felt like Christmas. I knew I just had to share this tasty recipe with you so you could maybe start a Christmas tradition at your house!

Here it is:
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail ( I used "light")
1 cup orange juice
lemon juice ( if using fresh-about 1/2 lemon, if using bottled- couple splashes)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
pinch of salt

If you want to make it to serve immediately, mix everything in a big pot and heat until sugar dissolves. Serve Warm.

I usually heat the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves and then mix everything in a pitcher. I store it in the refrigerator and just warm a cup whenever I want it!

This recipe is very forgiving. Just taste as you go and add more or less of anything!

What are some special recipes you always have around Christmas time?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Simply Sweet Shop and SALE!

If you haven't noticed, I added a link to my shop  ---> right over there --->. I put some of my favorite holiday appliques in there with prices. If the shop does well, I will add some more products. Just testing it out right now! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Also, I am having a SALE on a few shirts (not in the store). These below are discounted for $12.00 and shipping is only $1.00! There is nothing wrong them... I'm just in the Christmas spirit and feel these are just too cute! Email me at emma(dot)acook(at)gmail(dot)com if you're interested!

                                      Football Shirt (sizes 12M and 3T)

                     Girly Snowflake Shirt with sparkles around neck (size 3T)

                                    Triple Candy Cane Shirt (size 24M)

                                     Snowman Face Shirt (size 12M)   SOLD

                                     Candy Cane Shirt (size 24M)

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Where has the time gone? I cannot believe it's almost Christmas (and I barely have any of my presents ready)! Sweet Lawson is just as sweet as ever, minus the part of getting into everything, climbing in the fireplace, and trying to pull the lights off the tree, hah! He is healthy and happy... so everything is great! He is loving feeding himself and drinking out of a sippy cup. His favorite foods would have to be peas, cheerios, blueberries, kiwi, graham crackers, yogurt, and oatmeal... honestly though this boy will eat ANYTHING (including wood, paper, and christmas tree)! He also has started licking the floor and rugs. Don't know why he is doing this? It's really funny though because it looks like he is doing push-ups (girl style)  when he does this. He gets on all fours and then bends his arms down, licks the floor, and then back up, repeat. haha! He has been saying "ba ba" and "da da" for a while, but he just began saying "ma ma" a lot, which make me very happy! He also now says "du" when he sees the dogs. He loves looking out the window at them. He spends a lot of time standing and looking out the window, just as content as he could be! 
On another note, Adam just finished another semester of school! Hooray! Only one more until he graduates! We are so proud of him! He works full time (including Saturdays) and goes to school full time. Sometimes I don't know how he does it... I know he is extremely tired! Yesterday, I found out I am going to be able to resume classes in my graduate program at Auburn. I begin January 10th... yikes! Not much time for me to find someone to watch Lawson. I know I am going to be so sad leaving him; but it will only be for a couple of hours 3 day a week... and I'm ultimately doing it for him!

Hope everyone is having a great week and is getting excited about the holidays coming up (including the  national championship game, war eagle!)!