Archives for December 2014

Guest Blogger: Red Wine Cherry Sangria

This Red Wine Cherry Sangria is the perfect way to ring in the new year! Fruit, wine, and cherry juice combine to make a fun and festive beverage.

Red Wine Cherry Sangria

We’re only a few days away from the start of 2015! I’ll be ringing in the new year at home with my husband and two little kiddos. I hope you all have fun plans, doing whatever it is that makes you happy. Whether you’re staying home or joining friends for a party, this Red Wine Cherry Sangria is a great way to toast the start of the new year. This recipe is simple, beautiful, and delicious. Happy New Year!

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Red Wine Cherry Sangria
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Red wine sangria flavored with cherries, apples, and oranges
Serves: Approx 5 servings
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 bottle red wine (I used pinot noir)
  • 1 cup cherry juice (not tart)
  • 2 cups frozen sweet cherries
  • 1 apple or pear, chopped
  • ½ orange, sliced
  1. Start by making a simple syrup: combine sugar and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for several minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large pitcher. Add simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate for several hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve over ice, if desired.

This recipe was contributed by Allison from Celebrating Sweets

The Weekend Retreat Link Party #99


The Weekend Retreat will be taking a little break during the holiday season, so we can all spend time with our families.

We will still have the party open each week but we will not have a featured blogger or features until the New Year!!   Hope you  all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

DIY Washer & Dryer Maker from The Bajan Texan | Homemade Garlic Parmesan Bread Croutons from I Thee Cook | Mini Nutella Swirl Oreo Cheesecakes from Belle of the Kitchen | Free Printable School Organizers from Eliza Ellis 

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The Weekend Retreat Link Party #98

Welcome back to The Weekend Retreat Link Party!!
The Weekend re-Treat Link Party #98

Creamy Coconut Rum Eggnog Mousse from The Gold Lining Girl | Easy Chocolate and Peppermint Marshmallows from A Mitten Full of Savings | Jingle Jars from Almost Supermom | Orange Candied Cranberries from Cooking on the Front Burner

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Almond White Hot Chocolate

If you like white chocolate then you’ll love this decadent winter drink! Made with rich white chocolate, whole milk and flavored with almond syrup, it will be your new favorite hot beverage on a cold night!

If you like white chocolate then you'll love this decadent winter drink!  Made with rich white chocolate, whole milk and flavored with almond syrup, it will be your new favorite hot beverage on a cold night!


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Happiness is Homemade Link Party #50

Welcome back over for another great week with us at Happiness is Homemade!

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Exciting news!

We wanted to let you all in on a few things.   We will not be having a link party on December 28, we are going to take the time off to spend with your families.   But guess what!!!  Our January 4th party is going to start off with a BANG!   We are going to be having a PayPal cash giveaway to celebrate “One Year of Happiness”.  We thank each of you for coming over and sharing with us for the past year!!  Here is more great news…do you want to be apart of this great giveaway??  All you need to do is fill out the link below.

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The Weekend Retreat Link Party #97

Welcome back to another great weekend at The Weekend Retreat!!

Weekend re-Treat Link party starts every Thurs at 7PM EST and features 10+ bloggers!

Gingersnap Cookies from Upstate Ramblings | Fox Holiday Wreath from Made in a Day | Carrot Cake Cupcakes from TitiCrafty | Vintage Washi Tape Ornaments from Frugal Mom Eh!

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Pine Cone Wreath

This is one of my favorite wreaths I have ever made!   I was cleaning out the garage a few weeks back and I came across a bag of pine cones that I collected for a craft project that I never got around to making.   So I was fiddling around on Pinterest of course and I saw this Pine Cone Wreath and I fell in love with it!   I think it was from Martha Stewart.

It’s just what my front door needed!!


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Happiness is Homemade Link Party #49


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Restaurant-Inspired appetizers from Tai Pei

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With the holidays approaching that means we are all short on time!   The last thing I want to be doing during this season is being stuck in the kitchen.   Not only are the holidays here, we have family parties, work parties, school parties and of course football season.   My husband this year is in to fantasy football.    Which means I often have a living room full of men screaming at the T.V. watching countless games.  When they are here I like to have some snacks around for them to enjoy.    Which makes these restaurant inspired finger snacks perfect for any occasion!


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The Weekend Retreat Link Party #96

Welcome back to another great weekend here at The Weekend Retreat!!


Do It Yourself Lighted Marquee for Christmas by A Dose Of Paige | DIY  Body Scrub by Pink Heels Pink Truck

Homemade Kettle Corn by Little House Livin | 5-Cheese Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese by The Kitchen is my Playground

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