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Celebrate Your

Holiday with Flair! A Christmas Parody featuring recipes and decorating projects created by Chase Rivers

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For my beautiful daughter Maya. You always inspire me.

Celebrate Your

Holiday with Flair! Parody by Chase Rivers Recipe & craft photos by Chase Rivers Cover photo by Chuck Arlund Edits by Rachel Owen, Andrea Hewitt, Robbie Grayson Graphic Design by Amanda Graves

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I absolutely LOVE Christmas, so I took the liberty of inserting myself into my favorite Christmas story! Included are fun and easy crafts along with delicious entrees, enticing desserts and festive drinks for the kids and the adults.  I hope these will inspire a new tradition or two in your own special celebration of the holiday season. I’d like to thank all my fans from ChaseRivers.com, and the Chase Rivers Flair Facebook site for encouraging me to gather some of my favorite Christmas crafts and recipes into this collection. I also want to thank everyone involved in this project and I look forward to the next one. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, y’all! Live your life with Flair,

Chase Rivers

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children were restless and craved

yummy treats


‘ Twas the day before Christm and all through the house, ‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the house, the holiday spirit was yet to be found.

The stockings weren’t hung and the tree was still bare, we desperately needed some Chase Rivers flair!

The children were restless and craved yummy treats with visions of cookies and candy cane drinks. And Mom in her apron and I with no clue

Hoped that Chase Rivers would finally come through.

Then out of nowhere he appeared with a ladder, cooking utensils and cookie dough batter. Away to kitchen he flew like a flash

With Momma in tow and his recipe stash.

We went to the foyer to put up the tree

while Mom and the children baked happily.

We crafted with tinsel and strung twinkling lights while sipping on eggnog, delicious and spiked.

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Some herbs to give a wonderful flavor


In silver and gold touches of blue and shimmering snow-covered 7 In silver and gold we decked out the mantle

with touches of blue and shimmering candles,

made snow-covered branches to hang from above

then refurbished old tins and filled them with love.

“A dash here, a splash here?’” we heard from the kitchen, “Jolly ole Rivers, I need some assistance!”

From the top of the ladder, having decked out the hall, he dashed away , dashed away to heed Momma’s call.

Some herb to give a wonderful flavor

When it marries the spice is like heaven to savor. So out of his bag, Chase Rivers he drew Oregano, garlic & cracked pepper too.

One final sprinkling and he knew it was right, next add the beef loin to soak overnight. “Now all to bed, I’ll be back in the morn

for to finish the meal and the table adorn.”


with Flair!

Holidays Live Your

Flairy Christmas to all,

good night

God Bless and


‘As soon as the sun took over to the sweet smell of Christmas, As soon as the sun took over the night,

to the sweet smells of Christmas, we woke with delight. He stood in the kitchen and grinned ear to ear with a skillet pancake and holiday cheer.

As we and the children opened our gifts

he sang Christmas carols with heavenly riffs. “Now time to bustle, there’s work still to do,

let’s peel those potatoes, make dressing and soup.”

The smell of roast beef and baked bread filled the house it wouldn’t be long til it melted in our mouths.

The table was set, all the trimmings displayed,

beautiful spheres with each name marked our place.

Everyone sat, bowed our heads and said grace,

then passed the hot cider and filled up our plates. And nodding his head, raised his glass for a toast with wine made of oranges & ginger & clove.

Then away he flew, before I could thank him,

headed on back to his hometown of Franklin.

But I heard him yell, as he drove out of sight —

”Flairy Christmas to all, God bless and good night!”

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Recipes It’s beginning

to taste a lot like Christmas...

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Caramel Egg Nog • 15

Banana Cake • 36

29 • Gingerbread Friends

23 • Stuffin’ Muffins

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Candy Cane Cocoa

A Kids favorite! Rich white chocolate with peppermint, topped with toasted marshmallows.


Candy Cane Cocoa 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 teaspoon peppermint extract Salt Miniature marshmallows Candy canes Heat milk and cream over medium low heat.

Add white

chocolate chips and stir continuously until melted.

Add

peppermint extract and a pinch of salt, and stir. Pour into mugs, top with marshmallows and place on a baking sheet under the broiler until marshmallows are toasted. Garnish with a candy cane. Stir melted marshmallows into drink for a super rich taste.

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Buttery caramel and just the right amount of spice. Add a little splash of brandy for a cold Christmas night.


Egg Nog

Caramel Pecan Egg Nog 3 large eggs yolks 1/3 cup sugar

1 cup caramels

3 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt

Whipped Topping & Caramel Sauce 2 cups heavy cream

Using a hand held mixer, beat egg yolks until pale in color, about 4-5 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar until dissolved.

2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 cup granulated sugar

In a medium-sized sauce pan, heat 1 cup of milk over medium-

Chill a deep, metal bowl and beaters in freezer for 10 min. Place

low temperature.

the sugar and vanilla into the mixing bowl and add heavy cream.

Add caramels and dissolve, stirring continuously with a wooden

Beat on high until stiff peaks form.

spatula. Once dissolved, raise heat to medium, add 3 more cups of milk

1 cup caramels

and 1 cup of cream.

1/4 cup B& B liqueur

Stir until hot and steaming and then gradually temper into egg yolks. Pour back into saucepan and add nutmeg and salt. Reduce heat back to medium low and cook, stirring continuously until egg nog has slightly thickened. Do not bring to a boil. Cover, let cool and refrigerate. Makes 4-6 servings.

1/4 cup whole milk Crushed pecans Heat milk and B&B liqueur over medium low temperature, add caramels, and stir until melted. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and finish with crushed pecans. Spike with B&B liqueur.

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Lemon

Lemon-Spiced Cider 3 liters of clear apple cider 2 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole cloves Zest of 1 lemon 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 2 whole nutmeg, crushed Garnish Sliced lemon rings

Place all ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once heated, steep on low heat for 25-30 minutes or until cider has

Delicious hot cider with lemon & honey. Then perfectly spiced for the naughty or nice.

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reached desired taste. Strain and pour into mugs with a lemon ring.

Spike with a splash of brandy.


A Holiday Slow Sipper. White wine, brandy, citrus & spices served with brandied orange wedges & candied ginger.

Citrus-Spiced Wine

Citrus

2- 750 ml bottles light-tasting, dry white wine Juice of 2 Valencia oranges 1 teaspoon fresh Valencia orange zest

Place all ingredients in a large pot over medium heat. Once heated, cover and steep spices on low heat for 25-30 minutes or until wine has reached desired taste. Strain and pour into mugs with a brandied orange slice and candied ginger.

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest (about 1 lemon) 2 cinnamon sticks

Garnishes

1 teaspoon whole cloves

Orange slices

1 whole nutmeg, crushed

Candied ginger chunks

6 tablespoons light brown sugar

Good quality brandy

1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup good quality brandy

Soak orange slices in brandy, and serve orange slices and candied ginger with mulled wine.

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Pulled ham, Cannelini beans and sauteed vegetables. This rich flavorful soup will get your guests off to a good start at the dinner table this Christmas.


Bean Soup Cannellini Bean Soup with Ham Shank 8 cups vegetable broth (plus extra)

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Add onions

3 pounds ham shanks

and celery, and cook until onions start to caramelize.  Add garlic

1 large branch fresh thyme (several stems)

and cook until lightly browned.  Remove from heat.  

After ham shanks have cooked 1.5 hours, remove them and let

Place all ingredients above in a large stock pot and bring

cool. Add cooked vegetables to pot with ham broth. Add cab-

to a boil.  Reduce heat so broth comes to a slow boil while

bage, beans, apple cider vinegar and cook covered 20-30 minutes

covered.  Cook 1.5 hours, adding more broth as needed to keep

or until vegetables are tender.  Pull meat from cooled ham shanks

at the same level.  Start chopping vegetables.  

and add back to pot.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then and add

2 tablespoons olive oil

Italian parsley right before serving.  Place a stem of thyme in each bowl and serve with cornbread croutons.

2 cups yellow onion, coarsely chopped 2 cups celery, cut on the bias (1/2’’ pieces) 1 tablespoon minced garlic  2 cups green cabbage, coarsely chopped 3-16 ounce cans cannellini beans  3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped Salt Pepper Cornbread croutons

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Melt in your mouth delicious beef, rubbed with sun dried tomatoes, herbs & Parmesan cheese served up with a creamy horseradish sauce.


Beef Tenderloin Sun Dried Tomato Beef Tenderloin Sun Dried Tomato Rub

(Marinate beef with rub overnight)

Tie the tenderloin with butchers string and season with salt and pepper. Coat with sun dried tomato rub, wrap in plastic and refrigerate over night.

1/2 cup finely chopped sun dried tomatoes 1/4 cup fine chopped basil 1/3 cup minced onion 1 tablespoon garlic minced 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place tenderloin on roasting rack and roast until the center of thickest part of tenderloin reaches 135 degrees. Remove from oven and place a sheet of aluminum loosely over the top. Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with horseradish sauce. Horseradish Sauce

1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

1 cup sour cream

1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

3 tablespoon tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Mix all ingredients together to make a paste. Beef Tenderloin

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together.

3-4 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed Butchers string Plastic wrap Salt Pepper Roasting pan with rack

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Dressing with a new flair! Marsala mushrooms with Apples, herbs & spices.

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Stuffin’ Muffins Marsala Mushroom Stuffin’ Muffins Seasoned Chicken Broth

1 tablespoon lemon juice

8 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons thyme, finely chopped 1 teaspoons oregano, finely chopped 1/4 cup sweet Marsala wine (liquor store brand) 2 cups chicken broth 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat 4 tablespoons of butter over medium temperature in a small sauce pan. Add garlic, thyme and oregano, and cook until garlic is lightly browned. Add Marsala wine, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Bring to a simmer, add remaining butter, and let simmer until butter has melted. Remove from heat, strain and let cool. Sautéed Mushrooms

4 tablespoons unsalted butter 16 ounces white mushrooms, cut into fourths or sixths, depending on size 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine (liquor store brand)

Heat butter over medium temperature in a large sauté pan, add mushrooms and rosemary, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook 5 more minutes to allow mushrooms to release their juices. Remove lid and add Marsala wine, lemon juice and salt & pepper. Cook until liquids have evaporated. Spoon mushrooms into a small bowl and set aside. Place pan back on stove for the next step. Stuffing Mixture

1 pound loaf white Italian bread, torn into coarse pieces and dried out in oven. 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 1/2 cup white onion, coarsely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped 6 cups of bread crumbs 4 eggs, whisked

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Marsala Mushroom Stuffin’ Muffins (continued) 2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, chopped 1 teaspoons oregano, chopped 1 cup toasted pecans 3/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper Melted butter for brushing Place pan back on medium heat, and add olive oil and butter. Add white onion, salt & pepper, and cook until edges start to

Buttr Buttery Yeast Rolls 1/2 cup warm water 1 teaspoon sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

1 1/2 cups whole milk, room temp 10 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs, whisked 2 teaspoons salt 6 cups all purpose flour

brown. Add apples and cook until tender. Remove from heat, stir in mushrooms, and let cool. Spoon into a large mixing bowl, add bread crumbs, Italian parsley, thyme, oregano, toasted pecans, coarse pepper, salt to taste and mix. Pour eggs over the top and mix well. Add enough seasoned chicken broth to moisten the stuffing, but don’t soak it. Add more salt to taste. Spray muffin tins with olive oil and fill with stuffing mixture. Brush with melted butter and bake at 375 degrees for 15-17 minutes, until nicely browned on top. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Mix water and 1 teaspoon sugar together in a large mixing small bowl. Add yeast and stir. Let sit in a warm place until foamy. Heat the milk over low temperature in a saucepan. Add butter and stir until melted. Add the 1/2 cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Once cooled, add the eggs and foamy yeast mixture and stir. Add 2 cups of flour and salt and stir. Gradually add 4 more cups flour and stir until dough forms. Place dough onto a lightly flowered surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Form into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Place in a warm area and cover with a damp towel. Allow dough to double in size. About 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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ry Yeast Rolls Place dough back on lightly floured surface and flatten out into a

Place back into a warm area and cover with a damp towel. Let the

square shape. Cut into 24 squares. Roll each square into a ball by

balls double in size.

tucking each corner underneath and shaping with your hands.

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Bake the dough for 15 minutes or until

Place the balls about 1 inch apart onto a lightly oiled baking dish.

the tops are lightly browned. Brush with melted butter while hot.

Light Fluffy & Buttery, grab one while you can!

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Roasted Potatoes


Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans with Lemon Sauce Lemon sauce

Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 pounds gold potatoes, unpeeled

1/4 cup white onion, diced

3/4 pound fresh green beans, whole

3 tablespoons carrot, diced

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped

1 1/4 teaspoons coarse pepper

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped

2 cups chicken broth

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 1/2 tablespoons capers Salt Pepper

Wash potatoes and green beans. Cut potatoes in fourths (for larger potatoes, cut into sixths), and place in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil over the top of potatoes and mix very well with your hands. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic, and mix well with hands. Spoon into a large roasting pan and spread out evenly. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove

Heat butter over medium temperature in a sauce pan. Add onion, carrot, and herbs and cook until vegetables start to brown. Add garlic and cook until lightly browned. Add cornstarch and

from oven and mix in green beans. Roast for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle on lemon sauce and mix until coated. Serve.

stir. Whisk in chicken broth and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and add salt and pepper to taste. Strain into a small bowl, add capers, and cover.

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Chewy gingerbread cookies, spiced to perfection, with a lemony glaze.


Gingerbread Friends with Lemon Icing 3 cups all purpose flour

inch thickness.

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cut out gingerbread friends, lift with an icing spatula and place

1/2 teaspoon salt

on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

1/2 teaspoon ground clove 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger Mix all ingredients above in a large bowl using a whisk.

Remove from oven and let cool. Makes 2 dozen large gingerbread friends Lemon Icing

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar. Tap top of measuring

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp

cup with a knife and level off.

1 cup dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

3 egg yolks, room temp

Rolling pin Gingerbread friend cookie cutters Icing spatula Beat butter, sugar, and molasses together in a large bowl. Add egg yolks and beat until smooth. Scrape sides. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix. Scrape out with a spatula and form into a ball. Cut ball into 4 equal parts and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Roll out one ball at a time onto a lightly floured surface to about a 1/4

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

Icing bag 1B piping tip Fine point decorating brush (for detail) Fill icing bag and pipe on faces, clothing, etc. Fill in large areas by piping back and forth and spreading out icing with tip. Use decorating brush for detail. Let icing harden for 24 hours.

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Pistachio Orange Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg

3/4 teaspoon vanilla 2 egg whites

1 cup dry roasted pistachios, crushed fine (pulse in food processor)

Orange marmalade

Mix flour and salt together in a mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar together and beat in 1 egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix until dough forms. Scrape out dough and roll into a ball. Form dough into 1 inch balls. Beat 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons of water until frothy. Dip each ball into egg whites and then roll in crushed pistachios. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using the back side of a teaspoon, press into top of cookies to form an indentation to fill with marmalade. Dip teaspoon in flour after each use to prevent sticking. Use a small spoon to fill each cookie with marmalade. Bake at 350 about 18-20 minutes. Makes about 30 cookies

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Chewy shortbread rolled in crushed pistachios with an orange marmalade filling, baked to perfection.


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Skillet Cake Breakfast cake topped with spiced apples, walnut streusel, crispy bacon and drizzled with syrup. Dollop on some whipped cream and tickle the taste buds.

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Skillet Cake with Spiced Apples and Walnut Streusel Walnut Streusel

Skillet Cake

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons vinegar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt Mix dry ingredients together. Mash butter into dry mixture us-

2 eggs whisked

ing a fork, and then crumble between fingers until coarse crumbs

1/3 cup melted butter

form. Mix in walnuts.

Cooked bacon strips Whipped cream (optional)

Spiced Apples

Mix milk and vinegar together and set aside. Sift dry ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

together in a large mixing bowl. Add milk, eggs, and butter and

4 Fuji apples, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick

mix until just incorporated. Don’t overmix. Grease a 12-inch oven-proof skillet and fill with batter.

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar Using

a slotted spoon to strain out as much syrup as possible, spread the cooked apples on top of the batter, and then sprinkle streusel evenly over the top. Place skillet in an oven preheated at 350

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground clove

degrees and bake for 40-45 minutes or until streusel is lightly

1/2 teaspoon salt

browned. Place syrup from apples back on medium low heat

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

and cook until slightly thickened. Remove skillet cake from oven, sprinkle with chopped bacon, drizzle with syrup, and serve with whipped cream.

Place all ingredients in a large sautĂŠ pan and cook over medium heat until apples are almost tender. Remove from heat.

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Layered banana cakes with cream cheese buttercream covered in raspberry strawberry sauce and finished off with orange candied walnuts.

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Banana Cake with Strawberry Raspberry Sauce & Orange-Candied Walnuts Banana Cake

Note: Batter can also be baked in 3-inch mini cake pans, if desired. Make sure pans are deep so cakes can be cut into thirds.

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature

Strawberry Raspberry Sauce

1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 6 ounces fresh raspberries 1 cup seedless strawberry jam 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk jam, orange juice, lemon juice and zest together until

2 tablespoons molasses

smooth.

3 overripe bananas, mashed

Place strawberries and raspberries in a bowl and pour sauce over the top. Gently mix.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with sugars. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and molasses. Gradually mix in the dry mixture, and then mix in bananas. Batter will be very thick. Butter an 11x7 baking dish, and then scrape batter into dish and smooth out. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

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Banana Cake Cream Cheese Buttercream

at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until toasted. Remove from oven and mix in orange zest. Let cool.

1/2 pound salted butter, room temperature 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

Assembly

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Small Christmas cookie cutters

4 cups sifted powdered sugar Using a 3-inch scalloped biscuit cutter, cut out cakes and then slice horizontally into thirds. Spread or pipe cream cheese butBeat butter and cream cheese with vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until incorporated. Orange-Candied Walnuts

2 cups whole walnuts 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup light brown sugar

tercream on bottom layer and top with the second layer of cake. Spread or pipe another layer of cream cheese buttercream. Cut out the top piece of cake with desired cookie cutter and press on top of cake. Serve with strawberry raspberry sauce and candied walnuts.

Notes: Candies walnuts can be crushed and sprinkled on top of each cream cheese buttercream layer if desired.

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon orange zest Place walnuts in a medium sized bowl, drizzle with butter and stir to coat. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and mix. Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake

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Crafts

Deck the Halls!

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Refurbished Tins • 49

Ribbony Stockings • 51

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44 • Sh]]]immering Candles

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Shaggy Chic Wreath

Tin or plastic container at least 1 inch lower in height than decorative container Decorative container Wooden dowel rod

Metallic spray paint

Quikrete® concrete mix Level

14” Styrofoam ring Shaggy, tinsel garland Hot glue gun Felt fabric Fabric marker

Silver and gold shaggy tinsel with aqua blue ribbons and worn metal give these wreaths a vintage look. Place them anywhere in the home to enjoy the holiday season.

Fabric scissors Spray adhesive Hand saw Drill Work gloves Polyester snow cover Christmas bulbs Miniature Christmas bulbs Decorative bells Wooden floral pick Whimsy, Christmas floral sprays Ribbon

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Chic Wreath Measure dowel rod to desired height and cut with saw.

twist around dowel rod in a downward motion.

Spray dowel rod with metallic paint and let dry.

Using about a 1 inch ribbon, glue one end at the top left of the

Fill your tin container with prepared concrete mix and place dow-

wreath. Then wrap the wreath with the ribbon creating a 5 point

el rod in the center. Be sure dowel rod is straight. Let concrete

star pattern. When you have finished creating the star at the base

harden. Use your level as concrete hardens to be sure dowel rod

of the wreath, twist the remaining ribbon around and down to the

is straight.

base of the dowel rod and floral sprays.

Drill a hole the same diameter of your dowel rod through the bot-

Fill the top of the decorative container with Christmas ornaments,

tom end of your Styrofoam ring.

hot gluing them to one another as you go, and using miniature

Hot glue one end of tinsel garland to the Styrofoam ring and wrap

bulbs and ribbon to fill in any free space.

it around the entire ring covering it thoroughly with the garland.

Attach decorative bells to center, top part of wreath with a hot

Hot glue the second end to hold in place.

glue gun and a floral pick.

Wearing your work gloves, fill the drilled hole in the Styrofoam ring with hot glue and place over dowel rod. Make sure the top of the dowel rod is flush with the top of the hole in the wreath. Do not push dowel rod beyond the Styrofoam hole. Hold in place until hot glue has hardened. Place your chosen decorative container on top of felt fabric and outline with marker. Cut out fabric inside the traced line. Adhere to bottom of container with spray adhesive. Place assembled wreath inside your decorative container and fill any free space between the decorative container and the tin container with polyester snow cover. Use cut pieces of felt fabric to balance if necessary. Press sections of floral sprays into bottom of Styrofoam ring and

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S W Turn your old dull wreaths into shiny and new.


Silver & Gold Wreath Silver and Gold Wreath Old, artificial wreath

Silver and gold metallic spray paint Newspaper Ribbon

Respirator mask

Place wreath on newspaper and fluff to desired fullness

Wearing your respirator mask, spray with gold spray paint. Cover as desired leaving some of the natural color showing through. Go back and accent desired areas with silver spray paint and let dry. Hang on wall and incorporate ribbons.

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Shim

Modern decor to light up your home this holiday season.


mmering Candles Shimmering Candles Newspaper

with the flat part of one of the brushes in a circular motion, while

Glass cylinders

turning the cylinder, until completely covered.

3 inch masking tape

Using the second paint brush, go back in the same motion and

2- 3 inch paint brushes Mod Podge® Gloss-Lustre (or other waterbase sealer) Fine glitter

make rings by lightly wiping off some of the Mod Podge®. Try to be as uniform as possible. Wipe excess Mod Podge® off the second brush as needed. Pour a glitter all over the cylinder heavily, and let dry. Gently tap the cylinder to remove excess glitter and brush with

Acrylic, high gloss sealer

another coat of Mod Podge®.

Craft glue

Let dry overnight.

Glitter ribbon

While wearing a respirator mask, spray with acrylic, high gloss

Felt

sealer. Let dry and repeat.

Respirator mask

Attach glitter ribbon to the top perimeter of cylinder with craft glue and let dry. Glue felt on the bottom of the cylinder to prevent scratching fur-

Tip: Work as quickly as Mod Podge® Gloss-Lustre will dry quick-

niture.

ly! Ready? Go!

Place candles inside your beautiful new cylinders and light.

Wash and dry cylinder.

Tip: Adding a little sand in bottom of cylinder will make wax

Tape off the inside, top edge with masking tape to prevent acrylic

clean up easy.

sealer from getting inside. Working over newspaper, place hand inside cylinder (fingers if using small cylinder) and turn upside down. Apply Mod Podge®

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S Bring winter inside with this eye catching, realistic snowy branch. Can be placed anywhere in the home or hung from above.

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Snowy Branch Snowy Branch

Faux Snow -A Realistic Approach

Scoop the dried glitter and snow into plastic container.

Over dropcloths or newspaper, place a branch on saw horses or

Materials Needed

two chairs.

Spray snow

Working in small areas at a time, spray the top-facing part of the

Crystal glitter, coarse

branch with adhesive and stretch polyester snow over the top,

Small plastic container

pressing down with hands and fingers. Cut polyester snow in

Large branch/branches Saw horses or chairs Drop cloth or newspapers Multi-purpose spray adhesive

thin sections if needed. Now spray the top of polyester snow you just attached with adhesive and sprinkle heavily with the snow glitter, holding one of your hands underneath to catch excess. Press the edges of the glitter snow with your fingers to create straight lines and shape as

Polyester snow

desired, spraying extra adhesive as needed.

Tinsel

Let dry 24 hours.

Wired tinsel

If hanging the branch, drill holes in 2 areas that will hold branch

Christmas bulbs

up balanced and tie with heavy duty fishing line. (Be sure line is

Fishing line

tied properly so it doesn’t unravel. Tie onto nails or appropriate

Decorative birds

anchors for the walls from which they are hung.) Once placed in the area to be presented, decorate with tinsel, ribbon, ornaments, and decorative birds. If using lights, string

Pour whole container of glitter on newspaper and spread out.

before decorating.

Shake the spray snow well. Spray the spay snow all over the glitter, coating thoroughly. Be sure to the hold can far enough away to not blow away glitter. Let dry overnight.

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Refurbished T Bring new life to old tins in this fun project that even the smallest helpers can help create.

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Tins Materials Needed

Refurbished Tins color with paint pen. Decorate tins (see below)

Old tins

Let tins sit with their lids off until adhesive smell has dis-

Masking tape

sipated.

Newspaper

Rinse inside and outside of tins with water to remove any

Adhesive spray

loose glitter and dry.

Fine glitter Gloss, Mod Podge®

Decor

3” painters brush

Tinsel pipe cleaners

Acrylic, gloss coating

Wired tinsel

Paint Pen

Pendants

Safety mask

Jewels Small wooden dowel rods and balls

Wash tin inside and out, removing any tacky residue. Dry completely. Tape off the upper edge of tin (part that is

For wreath: shape out a wreath using wired tinsel and

covered when the lid is on it) and fill with newspaper to

attach with glue gun. Add a pendant to center of wreath

prevent adhesive spray from getting inside.

and incorporate jewels.

Place tin on newspaper and spray with adhesive.

For words: Shape out letters with tinsel pipe cleaners and

Grab the top edge, tilt and pour glitter on tin until it’s

spell out words, attaching with glue gun.

covered. Repeat process with the lid.

For drum: Bend tinsel pipe cleaner in a V shape and hot

Let dry 1 hour and then repeat with adhesive and glitter

glue around tin. Paint the upper, top edge in matching

until covered thoroughly. Let dry 2 hours.

color with paint pen. Create drum sticks by drilling holes

Apply a coat of Mod Podge® with painters brush and let

in wooden balls and hot gluing small dowel rods inside.

dry for 2 hours. Spray with acrylic, gloss coating and let

Spray tips of drum sticks with white paint and sticks w

dry 24 hours. Remove tape from upper edge of tin and

gold paint. Attach to top of tin lid with hot glue gun.

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Beautifully hand crafted stockings made of ribbons & tinsel to hang year after year.


Stockings Ribbony Stockings Materials needed

Stocking template Fabric marker

Fabric scissors 2 inch metallic ribbon Felt fabric matching ribbon color Multi-purpose spray adhesive 1 inch ribbon Decorative ribbon Hot glue gun Wired tinsel Pin and trace stocking templates (front and back) onto felt fabric and cut out. Cut strips of ribbon, spray with adhesive and press onto front, top section of stocking panels vertically. Cut strips of ribbon, spray with adhesive and press onto heel part of stocking panel horizontally. (only decorate front of stocking) Trim off excess ribbon around edges of stocking. Fold over a 1 inch hem on the top, wrong side of each panel and sew. Place the right side, panels of stocking together, facing each other

Cut an 8 inch strip of 1 inch ribbon, glue onto a strip of felt fabric with spray adhesive and cut out. Gather at ends to form a loop and sew inside the stocking at the top. To decorate stocking: Zig zag wired tinsel and adhere with hot glue to create a cuff. Twist wired tinsel to create circles and swirls and adhere with hot glue to front of stocking. Create bows with ribbon and pin or glue onto front of stocking.

and sew a 1/4 inch seam around stocking. Fold stocking right side out and hot glue any loose ribbon.

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Shimmering decor to adorn your mantle year after year.

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Leaf Mantel Silver Leaf Mantel

Christmas floral sprays (example: metallic leaves, etc.)

Drill a second row of holes above the first row but stagger the

1 1/2 inch dowel rod, at least the length of your man-

placement of holes in between the spacing of the first.

tel plus one inch

Repeat until you reach desired fullness of the floral spays on the

Spray paint matching the color of your floral sprays Hand saw Drill

rod. Place pieces of wire through the end holes of the dowel rod for hanging. Place a small nail on each end of your mantel and have someone

Wire cutters

help you hang the swag underneath the top of mantel by wrap-

Hot glue gun

ping the wire around the nails. Be sure to pull tight on wire so

Strong wire for tying

swag is flush with the underside of mantel. Bend and shape sprays.

Measure the length of your mantel and add 1/2 inch on each side

Fill in any free space by using loose floral sprays.

to measurement. Mark and cut dowel rod if necessary, and spray paint it. Drill a hole in the center of the extra half inch measurement on each end of the dowel rod. These holes are for hanging. Continue drilling holes along the entire length of dowel rod spaced about 2-3 inches apart and side by side to the holes you drilled for hanging. (See step 5. Gauge distance between holes by fullness/ width of floral sprays you will insert into the holes.) Cut desired length of floral spray and hot glue them into drilled holes.

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Ornament P Personalized ornaments to mark your place at the dinner table. Take home as a gift to hang on your Christmas tree year after year.


Place Holder Ornament Place Holders Ornament Hanger

1.3 mm artistic wire, silver Tinsel pipe cleaners Needle nose pliers Wire cutters Cut a 6 inch piece of wire for each hanger

Monogrammed Ornaments

Materials needed Various shaped bulb ornaments Paint pen Metallic cord or ribbon of choice Sprigs of holly or herb

Twist the pipe cleaner around the wire with needle nose pliers to cover it completely. Snip off the end to even with the wire. Hold the very tip of one end of wire and bend to curve at the base of the hanger. Bend the other end of the wire in the opposite direction to make a simple hook, which will hang over glass lip.

Using your paint pen, write names of guest on ornaments and let dry. For spherical ornaments write names on horizontally. For elongated ornaments, write names on vertically. Place ornaments on hangers (see above instructions) and tie on a bow, inserting a sprig of holly or herb.

Rub the pipe cleaner on the top hook with fingers to remove any loose tinsel.

Hang on wine or other drinking glasses and enjoy!

Attach to the monogrammed ornament below by threading through the ornament’s hanging loop. Calligraphy for ornament place markers by Marlaine Lucchesi

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friends. Chase loves cooking and will spend hours in the kitchen creating a meal that is both delicious and artistic. News of his

and creative

incredible dinner parties spread by word of mouth and still

force behind

inspires calls for Chase Rivers to cater.

Chase Rivers flair! Serendipitously, his interest in creative design continued to Chase grew up in the Southeast and from an early age found

grow and he realized that this could be his true calling.  Eventu-

himself drawn to both music and southern cooking.  As a little

ally, he decided to fully focus his time and boundless energies in

guy in North Carolina, he learned to play the guitar and made

that direction.  

some delicious and some disastrous messes in the kitchen. His wedding design business is now recognized as one of the It was during his high school years in Florida that he fronted his

Nashville areas top providers of floral and event designs for

first rock and roll hair band. As a result of this and other musical

weddings and other elegant events; and his multi-faceted tal-

accomplishments, Chase was encouraged to move to Nashville,

ents and interests led to his vision for Chase Rivers flair! which is

TN to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter.

a reflection of his own approach to life as art.  When describing Chase Rivers, it is impossible not to mention his boyish charm

However, in order to make ends meet in his new hometown,

and unstoppable enthusiasm which drives him and encourages

he began drawing on other talents.  Odd jobs included land-

those who work with him.  For the most part, Chase developed

scaping, interior decorating and faux painting.  He also began

his natural talents on his own, which makes his stunning work

working at Riverwood Mansion, a well-known Nashville wed-

and advancement even more amazing.  He continues to grow

ding venue where he used his planning and design abilities to

and learn and, through flair!, Chase Rivers hopes readers will

produce beautiful and memorable events.  

grow and learn along with him and be inspired to do it with flair!

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