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BOOZY PEPPERMINT AFFOGATO

Boozy Peppermint Affogato

Merry Christmas, holiday babes! Lindsey here and we are whipping up a treat today! In the need of a last minute dessert that’s quick, easy and boozy?? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! A few years ago for my birthday, my husband gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker and it literally changed my life. I jazzed up their traditional peppermint ice cream with a touch of booze and topped it off with espresso for the perfect after-Christmas-dinner-dessert. Enjoy!

Boozy Peppermint Affogato

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of whole milk

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

pinch of salt

2 cups of heavy cream

1/2 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of peppermint extract

4 tablespoons of peppermint Schnaaps

 

2 drops red food coloring

Fresh espresso

Candy cane candies for garnish

** Makes 6 cups of ice creamBoozy Peppermint AffogatoINSTRUCTIONS:

1. A few hours prior to before serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together whole milk and sugar until sugar dissolves.

2. Whisk in heavy cream

3. Add pinch of salt, vanilla, Peppermint Schnaaps and peppermint extract

4. Turn on the Cuisinart ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the food coloring through the top and let mix in completely. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.

5. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving

6. Scoop into serving bowls or glasses and top with crushed candy canes

7. Pour in one shot of fresh espresso and garnish with a candy cane

Boozy Peppermint Affogato


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VANILLA POMEGRANATE CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail

Hey there holidays babes! Lindsey here and with Christmas only THREE days away my holiday spirit is outta control. Tinsel and ornaments everywhere, waaaaaaay too many baked goods and plenty of time spent mixing up festive drinks! A delicious Vanilla Pomegranate Cocktail is just what you need to get you through the final days of shopping and wrapping (well, that and a killer holiday playlist).

This bright and cheery Christmas cocktail is made up of simple, fresh ingredients and easy to whip up for two. Expecting a big crowd for the holidays? You can multiply the recipe into a big batch punch for the whole family! Cheers!
Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail

INGREDIENTS

– 2 oz cranberry

– 2 oz pomegranate juice

– 2 oz vanilla vodka

– Champagne or prosecco

– Fresh pomegranate seeds

*makes 2 cocktails*

Vanilla Pomegranate Christmas CocktailVanilla Pomegranate Christmas CocktailINSTRUCTIONS

1. Add a small spoonful of pomegranate seeds to each glass

2. In your cocktail shaker, combine juices and vodka

3. Shake over ice

4. Strain into coupe or cocktail glass

5. Top off with bubbly and enjoy!

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Looking for more Christmas cocktails? Try these delicious White Cranberry Mimosas on Christmas morning!


Photos by Jessica Gold Photography

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CRANBERRY + PISTACHIO ALMOND BARK

XMAS0004Hello merrymakers! Constance here! If you’re anything like me, you’re in full scramble mode. It’s Monday and that means you have less than one week until THE day of gifting. No matter how hard I try and how much I plan, I’m always working, shopping, cooking up until the last minute. Wasn’t it Steve Jobs that said the best work is done under pressure? No? Well….someone did, and I’m sticking to that nugget of wisdom!
And friends, if you’re in the same boat, this recipe is clutch. Total prep time? About 10 minutes. Total time? About 8 hours. BUT 7.5 hours of that is spent in your refrigerator which means this little recipe is foolproof! And better news? It’s truly so, so good. And it just to happens to be red, white, and green!

XMAS0001 INGREDIENTS:

-18 oz. good white chocolate
-2 tablespoons almond extract
-1 cup chopped unsalted pistachios
-1 cup chopped dried cranberries

XMAS0002INSTRUCTIONS:

-Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
-In a medium sized saucepan, heat chocolate on low until melted. Stir often.
-Once melted, add almond extract and whisk until smooth.
-Remove from heat and add all but 1/2 cup of pistachios and 1/2 cup of cranberries.
-Pour chocolate mixture into prepared pans.
-Sprinkle the remaining pistachios and cranberries evenly on both prepared pans.
-Refrigerate bark for at least one hour (preferably overnight) until firm.
-Remover from refrigerator, cut into squares, and serve.

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FESTIVE HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE

Festive Holiday Tablescape

Merry Christmas week, merrymakers! How is everyone doing? Are you all set and ready for the festivities? Well for those of you that are – Congrats! For those of you that aren’t (that’s me!) we’ve got the most delicious tablescape to inspire your holiday table. Ditch the snow globes and the knick knacks, this table is all about rich tones and scrumptious textures. Check it out & see what you think! – xoxo, LK


Hello lovelies!  Lindsey here showing you my most favorite part about the holidays – tablescapes!With Christmas week in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect Christmas table. I had so much fun partnering with Jessica Gold Photography to create this festive holiday tablescape in hues of marsala, cherry red and evergreen. When discussing our vision, we wanting to bring to life modern holiday elegance in a unique and fresh color palette.

Festive Holiday TablescapeFestive Holiday TablescapeOh Deery created stunning centerpieces using textures of fresh greenery and bold blooms while simple white plates were accented with a fresh sprig of rosemary. We completed the place settings by wrapping velvet ribbon around the chargers and adding gold rimmed glassware. The final touches were bold red scroll place cards by Letter Love Studio and modern gold flatware (Target! Who knew?).

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lindsey buttonPhotography: Jessica Gold Photography |Design & Styling: Lindsey Brunk | Floral Design: Oh Deery Floral | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Letter Love Studio |Venue: Empire Room

A VERY MERRY MINIMAL CHRISTMAS | SIMPLE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING

Simple Holiday Gift WrappingTis’ the season when things start to get a little bit manic – am I right? You’ve opened up your calendar to see that Christmas is literally right around the corner and you haven’t even started your holiday shopping. This year, we are switching things up by encouraging thoughtful gifts instead of tons of presents, and we are applying that same logic to the way we wrap! Check out this years round up of minimal, yet elegant, holiday gift wrapping ideas! – xoxo, LK


Hello, hello – Lindsey here! Merry Christmas, friends! With the holidays creeping up on us, things can easily get overwhelming, but gift wrapping can be easy as pie. Fresh greenery on stark black wrapping paper can make a bold statement while kraft paper and red twine is an easy classic. For a touch of minimal glamour try gold washi tape! Today, we’re sharing easy and minimal gift wrapping ideas with fresh greens and holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping

SPRUCE IT UP!

Spruce up your wrapping this year by adding a little greenery to the mix. Snip some stems off of your tree or grab something from the garden to use in lieu of a bow. These are perfect for presents that you are just about to give or for those of you that like to display them under your tree as the holidays approach.

For a little touch of glam, swap out the twine for some metallic washi tape and just like that it’s mid-century and chic.

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping

DITCH THE TRAD-ISH!

Swap out that traditional wrapping paper and try wrapping your presents in kraft paper this year. Go with the classic kraft brown, or get super fancy and opt for a colored option – either way, it’s chic! I love wrapping my gifts in kraft paper because it really lets the ribbon (or greenery) take center stage, plus it’s fun to decorate the paper using markers or stamps.

It gives the package that extra special personal touch or keeps things minimal and classic. However you swing it, buy kraft paper in bulk versus a million rolls of wrapping paper is absolutely the more economical way to go!

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping

PLAY WITH POPS OF COLOR

There are few things more satisfying than opening a really beautiful present on Christmas morning – so have some fun! We’ve been all about the color red this year in our holiday decorations and it’s made it’s way into our presents wrappings as well.

Add a candy cane or a fun little dollar store trinket to your ribbons for a playful touch. Go crazy and play with twine, velvet ribbon, and other little odds and ends you have around the house!

Simple Holiday Gift Wrapping


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A MERRY MINIMAL CHRISTMAS DIY HOLIDAY DECOR

DIY Holiday Decor

Merry Christmas, Holiday babes! Get ready for a super simple and unique holiday DIY, perfect for last minute parties or adding fresh greenery to your home.

These minimal Christmas branch hangings came to be because my husband left me alone on a Sunday afternoon for about 20 minutes. Seriously, 20 minutes. I had purchased a bouquet of fresh greenery at the grocery store and started playing around with arranging them in a few different vases. I used items I had on hand and after hanging them above our couch, I added these Geometric Hanging Prisms. Voilà!

Tip: I was originally hoping to hang these from existing picture nails. However, we’ve rearranged our furniture a bit to make room for our Christmas tree, so the spacing didn’t quite work. T pins were the perfect solution because they barely leave a mark!

DIY Holiday Decor

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1. Fresh greenery – I picked mine up at Kroger for about $5!

2. Floral sheers

3. Floral wire

4. Twine

5. T pins

6. Optional: Geometric Hanging Prisms or other ornaments

DIY Holiday DecorDIY Holiday DecorINSTRUCTIONS:

1. Choose two sturdy pieces of greenery to serve as your base. Trim the excess branches on the greenery about halfway from the bottom

2. Position the two branches in opposite directions, then wrap tightly with the floral wire

3. Add a second or third texture of greenery to each end for variation, again attaching with the floral wire

4. Tie desired length of twine to each end and double knot

5. Hang on wall using the T pins

6. Optional: add an ornament or hanging prism from the T pin for an extra touch!

DIY Holiday Decor


Photos by Jessica Gold Photography

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WHITE CRANBERRY MIMOSA

White Cranberry Mimosas

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas cocktail?! You are in for a special treat because our resident cocktail wizard, Lindsey Brunk, whipped up the most delicious Cranberry Mimosa the world has ever seen. Get ready babes, because if this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will! – xoxo, LK


Hello, lovelies! Lindsey here, bringing you the first official Christmas cocktail of the season: a delicious White Cranberry Mimosa!

After all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving weekend (two turkey dinners, mashed potatoes for days and an extra stretchy pair of pants) it’s time to unwind and spend time decorating the tree and listening to all the best Christmas tunes. What better way to top off festive relaxation than with a super simple bubbly Christmas cocktail? Cheers! 
White Cranberry Mimosas

INGREDIENTS:

– Prosecco or champagne

– White cranberry juice

– Frozen cranberries

White Cranberry Mimosas

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add equal parts white cranberry juice and prosecco to each glass.

2. Garnish with frozen cranberries.

3. Add extra sparkle to your mimosa by serving them in these stunning coupe glasses from Anthropologie!

White Cranberry Mimosas


Photos by Jessica Gold Photography

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NEWLYWED CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION

Newlywed Christmas Inspiration from Cottage Hill MagazineMerry Christmas Eve and congratulations to all of the new brides-to-be this holiday season! Your first Christmas married (or engaged!) is a special time of year to share with the ones you love. It was so much fun to be a part of this heartfelt Newlywed Christmas editorial for Cottage Hill Magazine with Sarah Carpenter Photography. Full of sweet details like cozy sweaters, sugar dusted pancakes and a delicious apple cinnamon bellini recipe, it’s the perfect Christmas morning inspiration to share with your new hubby!
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lindseybrunkPhotography: Sarah Carpenter Photography // Styling and Florals: Lindsey Brunk Event Planning & Design // Paper Goods & Mugs: Taylor Beam of Magnolia Tree Paperie // Florals: Pearls and Poppies // Hair and Makeup: Erin Blair // Venue: Hickory Street Annex // New Wife’s sweater: Banana Republic // Jewelry: Jcrew // New Groom’s attire:  Jcrew // Plates and Napkins: West Elm // Flatware: Anthropologie // Champagne Flutes: Crate and Barrel // Emerald Glasses and Candlesticks: Vintage

EDITOR’S CHALLENGE | CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

Because December is one of the happiest month’s of the year, we decided it was the perfect month to kick off something fun – the Editor’s Challenge! Each month all of the editors of LaurenKelp.com will come together to showcase their favorite something & this month it’s Christmas cocktails! What would the holiday season be without a round-up of festively fabulous cocktails and we’ve got the ultimate list! Whether it’s naughty or nice is up to you…

So scroll down, check out each editor’s cocktail, and VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE! The winning editor & one of you lovely readers will win a little Secret Santa gift from us, because it’s fun & everyone likes presents. Don’t forget to leave a comment below with your favorite!

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SANTA’S HELPER

LAUREN’s drink, a spin on the classic Gin & Tonic (of course) might just be the real reason Rudolph’s nose is red.  Her favorite Christmas Cocktail, Santa’s Little Helper, will leave you & your guests feeling Merry & Bright! See the full recipe after the jump

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THE SLEIGH RIDE

STANCY’S recommends the Sleigh Ride as the perfect Christmas Cocktail. It’s got a little champagne, a little brandy, and a little citrus to give it some flair. Nothing says Christmas better than champagne! See the full recipe after the jump.

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THE SNICKERDOODLE

For those of you with a sweet tooth, LINDSEY has just the thing – The Snickerdoodle! This is just as good as it sounds, if not better! What would Christmas be without a little something sweet and this cocktail is just the thing. See the full recipe after the jump. 

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MERRY MEZCALTINI

Add a little Texas to your holiday with CANDICE’s favorite Christmas cocktail, the Merry Mezcaltini. Start with some Mezcal, add a little Cointreau, throw in some festive rosemary and a sprinkle of pomegranates and you’ve got yourself a little mistletoe magic. It might look adorable, but this bad boy might just have you on the Naughty List. See the full recipe after the jump. 

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THE MOCKTAIL MULE

For those of you who might be expecting, don’t drink, or just want to take it easy this holiday season, this is the drink for you! BREANN introduces us to the mocktail of the season, the Mocktail Mule. Plus anything in a copper cup is automatically fabulous. See the full recipe after the jump.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER

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You know I’ve never met a Gin drink I didn’t like & what could make it better than putting a little holiday twist on a classic! Let me introduce you to my favorite Christmas cocktail – Santa’s Little Helper! Make your Gin & Tonic merry & bright by adding a few cranberries, fresh rosemary, and just a hint of vanilla extract. I promise this will have Santa’s Little Helper full of cheer!

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup fresh cranberries

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Fresh Rosemary

Gin of choice (I used Hendricks)

Tonic of choice (I used Fever Tree)

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1. In a small saucepan, mix together the cranberries, sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, pressing the cranberries with the back of your spoon until they pop (beware–they’ll splatter!). Add the fresh rosemary and smash with the back of your spoon–this will release its aromatics.

2. To assemble the cocktail, add about 1 fluid ounces of syrup to each glass. Top with a few cubes of ice, 2 fluid ounces of gin and then top with tonic. Mix and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.


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