Sunday, December 9, 2012

Eat, Drink and BE Merry, with Friends!!!

 It was our third year of celebrating together! We are a group of 8 that are friends and neighbors and we enjoy getting together and having a blast.  This year our host and hostess were Marla and Paul.  We have been taking turns hosting the annual Christmas soiree!!  I brought some Christmas Punch along with martini glasses decorated with a paper charm, berries and twine.
 I have included the recipe below for all of you that may like pomegranate and cranberry spiked with plenty of spirits.  It is called Christmas Punch and I got the recipe from Martha Stewart Holiday Magazine from last year.
 Here is Trina and Annette enjoying the punch. It certainly makes everyone smile a bit more!
 The guys, Stan, Don and Hal.
 Our Hostess, Marla in her beautiful kitchen.
 These beautiful cakes were made by Trina and Annette.  They were a tiramisu cake and red velvet cake.  YUM!!
 Our next door neighbors, Stan and Annette.
 Me and the Mr.
 Trina and Hal.
Our host and hostess, Marla and Paul.
 Me and Nette.
 The 4 amigos.  We try to see each other as much as we can.  We often go to breakfast after we drop the kids off and catch up.  These are the girls that I see everyday, at the school, picking up the kids, at after school play dates, etc.  We are in the trenches everyday and I am happy that we have each other to rely on and to lean on when necessary.  They are the best!!! 

We are planning a trip to NYC in the Spring.  We have talked about it for a little while, but we are going to make it happen.  Marla surprised us with these fun charm bracelets that have a NYC theme.  Can't wait to plan the trip and GO!!  Thanks again, Marla.  We had a great time!!

Christmas PUNCH

Serves 8 (I make a double batch)

2 cups chilled unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 cup chilled cranberry juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
1 cup vodka
1 cup Cointreau or other orange flavored liqueur
1 cup chilled club soda (I add a bit more)
1/2 cup simple syrup (bring a 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves.  Let cool)
Frozen cranberries for garnish

Combine all juices, vodka, Cointreau, club soda and simple syrup.  Add a few frozen cranberries to glasses and serve.


kandeland said...

We drink that exact Christmas punch like it's our job every December! ha! glad you had a nice evening! xo

Grace said...

What fabulous friends and wonderful party. I can't drink so when I make this punch I omit the alcahol for mine then add it in for everyone else! lol Get the friends and family tipsy that is what I am all about! lol I love your top it is so pretty and you look wonderful in it. Oh whe you ladies come to NY I would love to see Ya'll! Maybe brunch or dinner or lunch??? Grace xoox

Lee said...

Sounds amazing- I'm glad you found a group of besties down there! Maybe there is hope for me yet!!

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