At Home for the Holidays, WATD-FM Live on Dec. 16, 2010

December 16, 2010 at 3:30 am Leave a comment

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Every other Thursday, I go live with WATD-FM at 7:10 a.m. to chat about what’s happening at MommaJam.

We are going to talk about making gingerbread houses and cottages, which is so big and mainstream right now.  If you want to get in on all the fun and make this an annual family tradition, check out how to get started at Martha Stewart’s website.  Or, you can buy a variety of supplies from a South Shore gingerbread hot spot, Ginger Betty’s Bakery in Quincy, Mass.  For out-of-state followers, Google gingerbread house supplies in your region and see what comes up.  But, making the houses from scratch seems easy and fun, especially with kids.

Another topic on deck (the halls), is decorating your home for the holidays.  It’s not too late to get into the spirit of the season.  To save money and to go green, consider shopping in your backyard for greens and berries that you can use to decorate your home.  For instance, you can cut pine branches, bittersweet, holly and red berries, and more from your yard if you live in cold weather states.  I did this one year for table centerpieces and the mantle and the end result was stunning.  For warm weather people, you may have to make a trip to the store, but before you do, rummage around your neighborhood to see what foliage and greenery you can find.

Another way to save money is to shop in your house for a variety of candlesticks that you can use to light up rooms and add a festive flair.  Buy new candles in holiday colors, like red, green, gold or silver, to add instant dimension to your dinner table, buffet or sideboard.

On to festive foods!  There are 11 days left until Christmas.  It’s time to start menu planning.  Here are some tips and ideas:

  • Christmas Eve – Italian 7 fish dinner with lobster sauce and linguini.  Even if you are not Italian, this traditional meal is worth cooking for a large group.
  • Lasagna with chicken cutlets or manicotti, long pasta tubes stuffed with ricotta and drizzled with homemade tomato sauce.
  • Classic dinners – Glazed ham or beef tenderloin with roasted root vegetables.

Enjoy the holiday season!

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