December 4, 2010

Tree Trimming on a French Friday

Sweet & Spicy Cocktail Pecans
Especially this time of year I love to have tasty treats before dinner, it seems as if we always have a little something to do before. Tonight it was testing the lights for the big tree in our den.  Lights for this tree are always a bit of a conversation. Color & bulb size are discussed beyond reason - so long story short we are trying something different this year - warm white C5 bulbs with strands of C3 green and C3 red (if you even understand the bulb size lingo you are my friend for life).  For a little tree trimming inspiration I whipped up a batch of Christmas Princes (not to be confused with Christmas Princesses) and French Fridays with Dorie's sweet and spicy nuts.  I choose pecans and they turned out very yummy.  The kitchen smelled wonderful - so I would definitely recommend throwing these together right before guests arrive.  The recipe is very similar to the Ritz Carlton's Spiced Pecans I posted in October.  Both would be wonderful hostess gifts. 

Another holiday Champagne treat...

Christmas Prince
1 bottle Champagne
3 cups Grapefruit Juice
1 cup Ginger ale
1 cup fresh raspberries

In a pitcher add the champagne, then juice, and finally ginger ale, allowing each layer to sit for a minute before adding the next.  Top off with raspberries.  You can also mix up individually & these make nice brunch drinks.

This treat came about on one of my favorite Christmas Eve's - it was my nephew's first Christmas. My husband & I had been asked to help his parents get ready for Santa's first visit after a big dinner at my parents.  My husband through together a punch and hence we have the Christmas Prince (the names are just silly & meant to be so).  Champagne cocktails are so versatile & many of our creations have literally come from throwing together what was in the fridge.  
Side note the Christmas Princess was named such because she is definitely a lighter cocktail due to the type of juices.  Hope you enjoy!!!


Jennifer said...

The pecans look yummy!!!

Steph said...

Look at those yummy nuts! I love the recipe for Christmas Prince and Christmas Princess. Will definitely give those a try.

Lara B Knight said...

Jen - I am bringing a batch for you tomorrow!
Steph - thank you & please enjoy the princes & princesses!!!

Jann said...

Perfect for the holidays and special friends!

Lara B Knight said...

Jann - I have made 4 pounds of these pecans this week. I think that both of these treats are going to be holiday staples around here from now on.

Jennifer said...

These pecans are the yummiest thing EVER! I love them and WILL be making them! Thanks for sending some this way! You are the best!

Lara B Knight said...

So glad you enjoyed!!!