Ingredients for hosting a great Christmas

During the holidays, we like to keep things simple at our house. From DIY decor, easy appetizers and of course fun with friends and family. This year we ordered some of the entrees for our Christmas Dinner from Stefano’s Goldenbaked Hams in Yorba Linda, California. They make everything just a little bit easier and also offer complete dinners by calling them just a few days before Christmas. Below is a picture of “Lauren” one of their great Customer Service representatives. She made everything so easy and festive – especially wearing a reindeer hat while at the busy cashier station. Thanks Lauren for always taking care of our family. photo

We also have a tradition on Christmas Morning of making Dutch Babies pancakes, we all love to eat these and they are warm and light yet quick to make.

All you need is the following ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup of sifted all-purpose flour

1 pinch of ground nutmeg

a pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar for dusting

Directions – Place a 10 inch cast iron skillet inside of the oven and preheat over to 475 degrees F or 245 degrees C.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs with a whisk until light.  Add milk and stir. Gradually whisk in flour, nutmeg and salt.  Remove skillet from oven and reduce oven temp to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C. Melt butter in hot skillet so that inside of skillet is completely coated with butter.  Pour all the batter in the skillet and return skillet to oven.   Bake until puffed and lightly browned, about 12 minutes.  Remove promptly and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  This is will serve 2 adults – enjoy.

photo_4This year we also included a signature Holiday drink for our 35 adult Guests.  We called it Rudolph’s Red Nosed Reindeer Spritzer and below are the ingredients for the punch.

8 oz of orange juice

2 1/2 oz vodka

1 oz. maraschino cherry juice

1/2 oz. lemon juice

3 oz. lemon lime soda

Rosemary sprigs and lemon wheels

We used the party size batch, and up the proportions



About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teacher; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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4 Responses to Ingredients for hosting a great Christmas

  1. Marion Dawirs says:

    Fabulous post, Lori! Happy New Year!

    Thanks! M.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Gary Zager says:

    Happy New Year my sister!

  3. Poisematters says:

    Reblogged this on Poise Matters and commented:

    Reblogging from 2013 – enjoy

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