12/14/08

A Pretty Little Christmas

Welcome to my home! I'm so excited to be participating in Heather's 'Pretty Little Christmas' Blog Party!



I didn't get as much decorating done this year as I usually do, but I had alot of fun with it because this is my first year decorating in PINK!

My tree is decorated in white and pink, and topped with a glittery snowman hat that I made. I got the idea from a Joli Paquet tutorial.


Candles are a must, especially at Christmas time. I love to sit in my livingroom at night and enjoy the tree lights and the glow of the candles.


My favorite teddy bear sits by the tree.


I collect nativities, and this is one of my favorites.

I thought I would share my all-time favorite Christmas recipe with you. When I was a child, my mother made Rosettes at Christmas-time, and now I make them for the family.


1 cup milk

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

3 T. sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1 1/2 cups flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 qts canola oil

confectioners' sugar for sprinkling


1. Pour milk into a small bowl, and add the seeds scraped from the vanilla bean. Whisk to combine. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, salt, cardamom, and flour. Add eggs, alternating with milk. Whisk until smooth, and thick. Let stand at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight.

2. Heat oil in a four-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 375 degrees.

3. Attach rosette iron to handle. Carefully dip iron into oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Blot with paper towel. Always remember to heat rosette iron before dipping into batter.

4. Dip hot iron into batter up to the top edge; do not allow batter to coat the top.

Submerge iron in oil, and cook rosette until lightly browned. Remove iron from oil, and gently remove rosette, using a fork if necessary. If rosette pops out of the iron and falls into the oil, use tongs to retrieve it.

5. Drain rosettes on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Enjoy! I think I'm going to go get me a couple of rosettes with a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy the lights.


Thanks for stopping by.

I wish you a very Pretty Little Christmas!

19 comments:

Lori said...

thanks for sharing your pretty little Christmas!!! i love all of your lovely pink decorating:) it is pretty indeed!!! i LOVE the hat you made with my tutorial...it is just stunning!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I just adore all your decorations. They are lovely.

I will have a giveaway on my Friday post.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Your decorated home is lovely! Feels so warm and cozy! Happy Holidays! Lisa :)

Michelle (Shell) May said...

I could eat that entire plate of rosettes! Yummy!
What a wonderful blog. I'll be back to visit.
bunny kisses,
shell

The Whispering Poppies said...

Hello! I came here by way of Heather's party! What a lovely home you have... those pink bottle brush trees are just darling! =)

Stephanie said...

Your decorating is so beautiful. I would SO enjoy just sitting there and enjoying all the sights!!

Those cookies look very yummy! Can I have one?

Stephanie

dollybelle said...

You can never go wrong with pink and glitter! Pretty post! I am off to the kitchen!
xoxo
Dollybelle

Cathy said...

It's all so beautiful, sparkly and pink! I absolutely love it! Merry Christmas!

Cathy :)

Miss Sandy said...

All your pink decor is so pretty! Those Joli Paquet gals did a wonderful job! I got some great ideas from there too! I have never had a rosette. I might want to give them a try, they look delicious! Merry Christmas!

Fete et Fleur said...

I'd forgotten about Rosettes. It was one of the first cookies I was taught to make in my home economics class in high school! Thank you for your recipe. Your home look so warm and inviting and I love your top hat topper!!

Nancy

Jeanne said...

Love the yummy color scheme of your decorations. I adore those pink trees you have. So happy to see the Joli Paquet snowman hat on top of your tree!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
xo
jeanne

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Oooooo and aaaaaah ~ your decor is so beautiful!! I especially like your pretty mantel and that sweet little treasure-filled suitcase!
:)
Merry Christmas!!
~Becca~

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Ohhh your home is SO beautiful!! I love that you shared that recipe, I have never seen those before! Definatly going to print that off... thanks for joining the party. Have a wonderful Christmas! xoxo Heather

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I love the beautiful tree. What a lovely home you have. Merry Christmas...m...

Marilee said...

What a beautifully decorated home you have! And pink, how luscious. Now if only I baked... Thanks so much for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

Penelope said...

What a pretty house you have.. Love the pink..Thanks for stopping by my place and the sweet comments..

have a lovely said...

oh my lovely goodness!! what pretty pink and tasty treats!!!

cherished*vintage said...

Love the sparkly hat you made for your tree! I gotta go find my rosette iron now... I haven't made those in years. Oh, they're so good!!! Merry Christmas!
-Karoline

Lori said...

What a precious pink Christmas, I loved it! Wonderful site too! Happy Holidays! Lori