Delicious DIY Holiday Drink Recipes

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Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just want to enjoy the spirit of the holidays, here are a few of my favorite homemade holiday drink recipes. Also be sure to grab the book, 21 Best Winter Holiday Beverage Recipes from Amazon!

DIY Homemade Holiday Drink Recipes - Drink Recipes for Entertaining During the Holiday Season

1. Spiked White Hot Chocolate from Sweet Designs | 2. Rosemary Limoncello from My Recipes | 3. Cranberry Fizz from Sweet Paul Magazine | 4. Gin & Ginger Cocktail (Not Pictured) from Sweet Paul Magazine

Holiday Entertaining - Homemade Holiday Drink Recipes

5. Decadent Chai Latte from My Recipes | 6. Eggnog Martini from Martha Stewart | 7. Italian Hot Chocolate from Camo Meets Couture (Plus an Almond Crescent Cookie Recipe)

Delicious Homemade Holiday Cocktail Recipes

8. Brazilian Pumpkin Frappe Recipe from Pizzazzerie | 9. Hot Buttered Rum from The Plunge Project | 10. Pomegranate Champagne Punch from Epicurious | 11. Cooked Custard Eggnog (Not Pictured) from Martha Stewart | 12. Sgroppini (Not Pictured) from Party Bluprints Blog | 13. Cranberry Spice Champagne (Not Pictured) from Family Circle

DIY Homemade Fig and Melon Holiday Martini Drink Recipe

14. Fig & Melon Martini from Snippet & Ink | 15. Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Cappuccino (Not Pictured) from Cake Vintage Blog | 16. Gingerbread Apple Cocktail (Not Pictured) from Marie Claire

Retro Themed Melamine Dinnerware for the Modern Home

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Melamine TV Trays from Target - Photo by Rebecca D. Dillon
I was in Target yesterday when I happened across some of the coolest TV trays ever. Since Scott and I don’t really have any sort of living room tray to use for our place, I bought one of each. I purchased the TV Melamine Tray for myself and the Record Player Melamine Tray for Scott. Both are available at Target stores for $9.99 each.
Retro TV Melamine Tray - Photo by Rebecca D. Dillon
These fun retro themed trays are not only functional, but they are fun to look at and are a great conversation piece at parties! And, because they’re made out of melamine – the popular plastic of the 50s for dishware – they are microwave and dishwasher safe. Plus they stand up to quite a bit of abuse making them less likely to break if dropped.
I also picked up two sets of plates from this collection. Two plates in a Chevron pattern and two plates in red. The bottoms are ridged for easy stacking and compact storage. The plates run just under $2 each. They were also perfect since my 50s vintage plates don’t fare well in the microwave. However, there’s no need to stop there! If you’re looking for even more fun to add to this collection, be sure to check out Target online.
Cool retro melamine dishware from Target
Target online offers Chevron Appetizer plates, Triangle Record Appetizer plates, Camera Appetizer plates, and a 3 Melamine Cassette Tape Bamboo Tray. There’s also a lot of cool glassware including a set of 8 Black and White Cassette Tape Tumblers. You can view all of the fun, retro themed pieces from this collection at Target online.
Which one is your favorite?

Homemade Strawberry Mint Wine Cooler Recipe

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Recently I found myself with some very ripe strawberries on hand. So I decided to use it to make a refreshing and tasty summertime drink using fresh picked, ripe strawberries from my parents’ garden! What I came up with was my own homemade strawberry mint wine cooler recipe – complete with strawberries, of course! Here’s how you can make your own!

Strawberry Mint Wine Cooler Recipe


1lb. ripe strawberry with stems and leaves removed, sliced in half or thirds
2-3 cutie tangerines or 1 small regular tangerine, peeled and any seeds removed
A handful of fresh peppermint, crushed or torn in half
1 bottle of sweet white table wine, I used Château Morrisett’s Sweet Mountain Laurel (from a local winery)


Combine the strawberries, tangerine slices, crushed mint and wine into a pitcher with a lid. Place in the fridge and chill until cold or overnight. Then serve over ice if you choose with one or several strawberries and a fresh mint leaf. (I also like to eat the fruit afterward.)

I also have some super ripe cherries I bought recently on our local Roanoke Farmer’s Market. For my next batch I want to try a bottle of sweet white wine with ripe cherries and some fresh chocolate mint I bought from Rolling Meadows Farms and planted in my garden. If I’m able to pick the mulberries on the tree in the backyard before they all fall onto the ground, I think they’d also make a fun addition.

I also want to try my Strawberry Mint Wine Cooler Recipe with just a little ice and blended all together in a blender.

Mango-Pineapple Black Bean Salsa Recipe

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Scott’s cooked up another tasty creation that I wanted to share with you. This time it’s a black bean salsa and there’s actually no cooking involved! Black beans are so tasty and good for you!
Homemade Mango-Pineapple Black Bean Salsa Recipe
3-15oz. cans of black beans, drain two of the cans
1 medium sized red onion, chopped 
6-8 small Roma tomatoes, diced 
1 mango, chopped
10oz. fresh pineapple, diced (You can substitute the mango or pineapple with papaya) 
2 medium sized jalapenos, free of seeds and finely diced 
7oz. organic cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight. Serve with tortilla chips. (We like to eat the organic blue corn tortilla chips.) It’s perfect for when you’re entertaining or simply want a movie night at home!
Like this recipe? Also be sure to try my Homemade Black Bean Dip Recipe. You can also make black beans into burgers with some cooked down barley and small chopped veggies as suggested by Angelique C. on my fan page. Or do what Sandra B. does and combine 1 can Black beans + 1 can corn + 1 can diced tomato w/chilies + lime juice and cilantro for another fantastic black bean dip!

What’s your favorite recipe for black beans?

Bake up an Exciting Holiday with these Recipe Ideas!

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is the food! Not only does Christmas mean a lot of great eats, but giving an edible handmade gift is a great way to save money and create a last minute gift that is sure to be appreciated! Here are just a handful of my favorite holiday recipes you can bake for entertaining or gift giving!
White Chocolate Lemon Truffles from Kitchen Simplicity
Delicious any time of the year, this White Chocolate Lemon Truffle recipe is a sure hit. Not only do they taste great, but the recipe is NO BAKE – and the kids can help out by rolling the truffles in the icing sugar as the last step.
1. Candy Cane Fudge Recipe from – Candy canes are a Christmas staple. Make them even more amazing by melting them into vanilla baking chips and sweetened condensed milk for a holiday Candy Cane Fudge that will have everyone begging for more!
2. Candied Orange Peels Recipe from Saveur – Everyone loves to give oranges for Christmas. Candied Orange Peels are a great way to use all of your oranges, and turn the previously unedible orange rinds into an amazing, sweetened holiday treat. Use navel orange peels for best results with a little sugar and chocolate. The ingredients when combined with a little heat and love make a candy worth the effort every time!
3. Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes Recipe from Bakerella – Not only do these Christmas Tree Cupcakes taste great, but they are stunning to look at. These special handmade holiday treats are perfect for a Christmas party or giving as a gift to anyone you visit – or who comes to visit – throughout the holiday season!
4. Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe from Changing My Destiny – Making apple butter is a favorite past time. But with today’s demanding lifestyles not everyone has the time to sit and stir for hours to create this delicious spread. The answer? Make your apple butter in a crock pot and let modern machinery do the work for you!

Handmade Chocolate Party Spoons Recipe from Delicious Delicious Delicious

Perfect for adding some fun to your holiday party or including in a homemade gift basket as a gift for the holidays, these lovely but easy to make Chocolate Party Spoons are a sure fire hit!

Looking for more edible gift ideas? Then swing by my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas Board and Recipes Board on Pinterest! And be sure to comment below with your favorite edible, holiday treat! I’d love to hear from you!