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Christmas Sangria

Ingredients: 2 bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cranberries, halved 3/4 cup cranberries, whole 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped 3 rosemary sprigs Garnish: rosemary sprigs   Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve chilled with a garnish of rosemary sprigs. Make sure to get some of the fruit in every glass!

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Dried Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries   Directions: In a large bowl, sift the flour...

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DIY Edible Christmas Gifts

This Christmas, give the gift of sweet and savory with homemade edible treats! These four recipes are easy to make in large batches and each treat is easy to package up in an novelty tin or plastic treat bag with a big red bow. These also make g...

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Festive Mulled Wine

Ingredients: 4 cups apple cider 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 1/4 cup honey 2 cinnamon sticks 1 orange, zested and juiced 4 whole cloves 3 star anise 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish   Directions: Combi...

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Four Festive Mantels

For many people the fireplace, as well as the Christmas tree, plays a crucial role in Christmas celebrations. After all, both go back to the earlier pagan Yuletide festival when a large log or, in some cases, a whole tree was burnt in an op...

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DIY Festive Votive

Cedar greens picked from the garden are terrific for holiday decorating. These festive votives, adorned in Bermuda Cedar clippings make a handsome addition to a holiday table. Light them up and watch as the Cedar leaves dance up and down the wal...