"Coal in Your Stocking" and Other Festive Drinks for the 12 Days of Christmas

Written by Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach


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Day 4: TRIM-THE-TREE CIDER PUNCH

1 gallon apple cider 12 whole cloves 2 large apples (such as Granny Smith or Rome Beauty), peeled, left whole 2 cinnamon sticks Ground nutmeg Rum

Pour apple cider into large pot. Insert 6 cloves into each apple. Add apples and cinnamon sticks to pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and barely simmer over very low heat 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.) Ladle hot cider punch into mugs. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve. Add rum to taste. Source, Bon Appétit, December 1995

Day 5: NOSE-WARMER PUNCH

3 bottles dry red wine 1 1/2 cups brandy 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 8 whole cloves 3 small lemons, zest scored lengthwise if desired with a channel knife and fruit sliced thin crosswise

In a large saucepan bring wine and brandy to a simmer with sugar, cinnamon and cloves, stirring, and cook at a bare simmer 2 minutes. Stir in lemon slices and ladle into heat-proof cups. Serves about 12. Source: Gourmet, December 1994

Day 6: SNOWBALLS Cold

1 pt Vanilla ice cream 1/3 c Creme de cacao 1/3 c Kahlua Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Serve after dinner. I serve this because in south Texas it’s often hot on Christmas Day.

HOT (go figure) (source: Fran)

½ oz. Cinnamon Schnapps ½ oz. Kahlua Hot Coffee

Day 7: THE EQ COACH'S RUM TODDY

1 qt. Vanilla ice cream 3 sticks margarine 1 box brown sugar nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice

Combinerepparttar above. Then place in each mug 1 heaping T. ofrepparttar 116295 mix, add 1 jigger of rum and water to taste.

Day 8: TheIntrovertzCoach's SPECIAL FRIENDS ESPRESSO

½ cup instant espresso 2 T. brown sugar 1 cup Kahlua ½ cup Irish crème liqueur Boiling water Orange zest Sweetened whipped cream

Combine ingredients and store in frig. For each serving, use 3 T. mix to ½ C. boiling water. Top with whipped cream and zest.

Source: Nancy Fenn, TheIntrovertsCoach, http://www.introvertzcoach.com

Day 9: THREE WISE MEN Source: www.bardrinks.com

Combine 1/3 oz. of each ofrepparttar 116296 three wise men, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker.

Day 10: CANDY CANE Source: Pat Mills

Add in order listed, layering in small festiveware: 1/3 oz. Grenadine ½ oz. Green Crème de Menthe 1/3 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

Day 11: SNOW CONE ½ oz. Black Haus 1 1/2oz. Blue Curacao

Mix with ice, shake, strain into shot glass.

Day 12: COAL IN YOUR STOCKING If You’ve been naughty, what do you get?

1 oz. Crème de Cacao 1 Hershey Kiss

© Susan Dunn, MA, cEQc, The EQ Coach™, http://www.susandunn.cc . Bringing the power of EQ to your life through coaching, distance learning, eBooks, and Special Reports. Susan is the author of “How to Live Your Life with Emotional Intelligence” – http;//www.webstrategies.cc/ebooklibrary.html . Want to become a certified EQ coach? Go here: http://www.eqcoach.net . Be certified in 3 months, no residence requirement.


Unique Tin Can Candle Holders

Written by jeremy gauthier


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With a little bit of imagination and paint, you can turn any tin can into something worth putting on a table or mantle. So experiment and have fun. Don't worry about messing up; I'm sure you have plenty of cans lying around. To find more articles on Candle Decorating, Candle Scaping or Decorating Tips, visit www.expressivecandles.com.

Written by: Michelle and Jeremy Gauthier - info@expressivecandles.com December 18, 2003 - This article is copyright by www.ExpressiveCandles.com Expressive Candles offers Scented Hand Poured Candles and a growing collection of Candle Decorating and Candle Scaping articles.

Jeremy co-owns and runs a small candle making company in Florida. Expressive Candles offers Scented Hand Poured Candles and a growing collection of Candle Decorating and Candle Scaping articles.


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