DARYL AKA AVERY: Personally I love my tree. That's the most important thing when it comes to decorations. All the rest matters, but I really love the tree. The lights. The scent. The memories that hang upon it. I also love my collection of David Frye Christmas "sculptures." They're so playful.
And for dessert? I love a yule log (see my gluten-free yule log recipe here) and I love, love, love something cheesy - like a good cheese platter or a cheesecake.
LUCY BURDETTE: My favorite Christmas decoration is the stocking my aunt knit for me when I was probably 4. Not sure you can tell, but Santa's beard is fuzzy:). (My childhood nickname was Bobbie. The other one I made for John when we were first married--not nearly as nice!)
As for what to serve, I'm throwing my hands up! We're having a big crowd and no one wants to spend a day in Key West cooking, so I'm making stuffed shells (red and green!), salad and good bread and lots of cookies.
Food? When I was growing up, for some reason that no one ever explained to me our traditional dessert was chocolate steamed pudding, which I presented on Mystery Lovers Kitchen all the way back in 2011. It has a wonderful flavor but it's still light, after a big Christmas dinner!
PEG COCHRAN: I have a lot of "favorite" ornaments! My late husband and I collected ornaments on our trips--from China, Bermuda, Portugal, Hong Kong, England, St. Thomas, etc. I also have handmade ornaments from my late mother-in-law--a stuffed heart for each girl with "Baby's First Christmas" on the front and their birth date on the back. One of my all-time favorites is actually one I bought myself--it's hand-crafted in copper by a local artist from Cape Cod and is a weather vane with a mermaid on top. It symbolizes all the wonderful vacations I've had there--one of my favorite places on earth. Another favorite is a pair of Steuben crystal pine cones that were given to me to give to my girls by their godfather. Steuben, and that great store on Fifth Avenue, are no longer sadly. I will give these to my girls for their trees as soon as I can bear to part with them!
For dessert, we love Maida Hatter's Palm Beach Brownies! Chocolate and peppermint--the perfect mix for Christmas.
VICTORIA ABBOTT aka Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini
We love Christmas and decorating. Things are a bit different every year. We always want to incorporate MJ's Mum's silver tray (a wedding gift. We're trying it with candles and roses.
The big hit this year was chocolate gingerbread cake! We can't keep it in the house. It's a variation of our chocolate gingerbread loaf from MLK. But on December 26th we'll show you our two no-bake two-ingredient desserts that make life easy.
Because it's a such a dark time of year, we are thrilled with our amaryllis. Last year, they bloomed at the end of January. This time we're lucky to have that Christmas color.
We always have bit of fun with pine cones and old ornaments too.
And of course, it's all about the dogs!
LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Ah, Elfie. He's been my favorite as long as I recall, on a tree full of favorites, and now Mr. Right adores him, too. My mother---who is 90 and no longer puts up a tree---gave me custody of him a few years ago. He's always been shy---no matter how carefully we put him on the tree, he would face backwards. Now that we hang him with a hook rather than using his string loop, we're a little more successful in getting Elfie to face out---but getting a decent picture was a challenge!
from Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!
When Marc and I saw this little piano bar for sale in the Christmas Village display of our local Michael's store, we looked at each other and lunged for the very last one.
|Prime rib from Dead to the Last Drop.|
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