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Caroling or Tree Trimming Party

by Lois Mead - 1001Recipes2Send.com

After a night out caroling with friends and/or relatives,
invite everyone back to your house to help trim your Christmas
tree and serve up the following drinks and snacks.

Hot Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine
12 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
Rind of 1 lemon
Rind of 1 orange
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a pot and steep gently over a medium
heat until hot. Avoid boiling the mixture. Serve in sturdy mugs.

NOTE: This is good to make in a crock pot, too. Makes the
house smell nice, also.

Kahlua Nog

1 cup Kahlua
1 pint dark rum
1 quart egg nog
1 pint chocolate ice cream
1 pint coffee-flavored ice cream

Mix rum, Kahlua and egg nog in a large pitcher. Right before
serving, pour 1/2 of the mixture into a chilled large punch bowl.
Add scoops of the ice creams. Then add the remaining
liquid mixture.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 drops peppermint oil
Sweetened whipped cream for garnish
Candy Canes

In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk, sugar and chocolate
and cook until the mixture just begins to steam. Add the
peppermint oil. Divide the hot chocolate into mugs and top
with sweetened whip cream. Add a candy cane to each cup.

NOTE: Kids love this yummy drink.

Get-togethers like this call for food that can be prepared
ahead of time and put out on a buffet table when everyone
arrives. Make ahead a crock pot of beef stew or chicken noodle
soup. Prepare a tray of fresh vegetables with dips and another
tray of sliced cheeses, sausages, and other cold cuts then put
out different types of breads and buns so everyone can make
their own sandwiches. And since it's the holidays, be sure to
keep it simple.

Put out plates of home made sweet breads such as banana bread,
pumpkin bread and brownies. Plates of homemade Christmas
cookies added to this and you have your desserts. The point
is to enjoy yourself with as little hassle as possible. And
if anyone offers to bring something, suggest a colorful pasta
salad, or a bread bowl full of dip with bread cubes around it.

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