Holiday Recipes

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and many people are planning their holiday feast.  The traditional centerpiece for the dinner's main dish is the plumb roasted turkey.  There are many side dishes and desserts that go very well with the roasted delight.  Holiday preparation begins early in order to complete the meal planing and grocery shopping for the dinner with family and friends.

Holiday Baking season typically kicks off with Thanksgiving and there are so many wonderful recipes to chose from for the fabulous feast.  Holiday Headquarters has selected a few that we think you will enjoy with your main dish this year.


Spiced Pumpkin Latte Cheesecake

Serving Size: 16 servings
Total Time: 28 hr 40 min
Prep Time: 40 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup(s) Graham Crackers 
  • 3/4 cups lightly toasted hazelnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 packages (8oz) cream cheese softened
  • 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8oz container of sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream for topping
  • Cinnamon sticks for topping 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together first 4 ingredients until well blended. Press mixture on bottom and 2 inches up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 15 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  2. Beat cream cheese and next 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating until just blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just blended after each addition. Remove 3/4 cup batter and set aside.
  3. Stir together instant coffee and 1/4 cup hot water until dissolved. Add coffee and pumpkin to remaining batter, beating just until blended. Pour pumpkin batter into prepared crust. Spoon dollops of reserved batter over pumpkin batter and swirl.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour or until center is almost set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with door closed, 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. (Do not remove sides of pan). Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Cover and chill 24 hours.
  5. Remove sides of pan; transfer cheesecake to a serving plate. Serve with desired toppings.  From Country Living


  Apple Walnut Stuffing   
  By Marian Cooper Carins and Mary Allen Perry

  Serving Size: 
8 to 10 servings
  Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
  Prep Time: 25 min

  Ingredients:

  • pound(s) mild ground pork sausage
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup(s) celery, sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 12 cups assorted bread cubes
  • 2-1/2 cups low-sodium turkey or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Fresh parsley chopped for garnish

   Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sauté sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat 6 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink. Add apples and next 2 ingredients; sauté 5 more minutes or until apples are tender. Stir in walnuts and next 5 ingredients. Transfer to a large bowl, and let cool 10 minutes.
  2. Fold in bread and broth until well blended. Spoon into a well-greased 3-quart or 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Brush top generously with butter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crusty and brown. Garnish, if desired.   From Country Living



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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople


Serving Size: 8  Servings
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Prep Time: 30 min
Oven Temp: 350

Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.        From Country Living
  
 
    Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing 


    Serving Size: 9-12 Servings
    Total Time: 55 min
    Prep Time: 15 min
    Oven Temp: 375

   Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup Cranberries, halved
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; mix well. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  2. Fold in cranberries. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.  From Taste of Home
 Originally published as Cranberry Corn Bread in Country Extra January    2004, p49
Let the Holiday Baking Begin! 
 Holiday Headquarters has everything you need to wow your Holiday Guests!


Thank you Veterans

Today, on Veteran's Day, Holiday Headquarters would like to recognize all those dedicated men and women of the armed forces who have fought to protect the United States of America. Many ceremonies take place across the country to honor and thank all who have served in the United States military.  The most famous ceremony takes place on November 11th at 11:00 am at the Arlington National Cemetery where a wreath is laid at base of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.  After the wreath laying ceremony, a parade of the veteran's organizations leads them inside to hear speeches from high ranking officials. 

Make sure to thank your family and friends who have served in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or the National Guard for their commitment to keeping the country safe. 
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Holly Jolly Holiday Giveaway

November is here and the Holiday Season is very near.  Holiday Travel Arrangements are being made to make sure you get to your Holiday Destination.  Holiday Planning for your Holiday Guests has begun to make sure they feel at home and enjoy the Holiday Decor.  Holiday Recipes are being chosen so the Holiday Baking can begin because everyone loves to eat Holiday Meals and Holiday Goodies.  It is time to start shopping for your Holiday Apparel so that you can look festive for the Holiday Parties and spread some Holiday Cheer. Everyone will be looking for Holiday Deals on Black Friday in order to find the perfect Holiday Gifts for their family and friends.  Shopping while Holiday Music is playing is a Holiday Tradition and makes your Holiday shopping experience fun so Shop Til You Drop  and enjoy the Holiday Festivities.    


We know that Holiday Time can be hectic, but we hope you will slow down for some Holiday Fun.

In order to get you in the Holiday Spirit, Holiday Headquarters has put together a Holiday Giveaway that you can participate in and win.the Holiday Gift Bag of Goodies shown below. Just follow  the instructions in the giveaway to earn Holiday Points and the person with the most points will win the Holiday prize.  So Keep Calm and let's get the Holiday Season started.



 The festive Holiday Season Starter prize includes a Holiday Gift Bag filled with A Jolly Hoiday Cookie Platter, Two Jolly Holiday oven mitts, Two Jolly Holiday Pot Holders, Two Jolly Holiday Hand Towels,
Two Jolly Holiday Mugs filled with Candies, One Santa Bobble Head Decoration, One Reindeer Bottle Head Decoration, and one Smores Gift set that includes Two Christmas Mugs, Hot Chocolate, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, and Nestles Chocolate.  This gift bag is a prize valued at $50 and will be shipped direct to the winner's door in the U.S. or Canada.  


Follow the instructions below to enter the  
Holly Jolly Holiday Giveaway #HJHG

Some items can be done once each day so earn as many points as you can cuz the person with the most points wins! 
The winner will be announced on December 2, 2014.
Have Fun  earning points and getting in the Holiday Spirit!

Trick or Treat Spooktacular




Tomb It May Concern:

It drives us batty when you are not here so we can say "Boo"

cuz we have some positively delightful fun waiting just for you.

Park your broom at the door and don't make a scene,

Let's have some fun and get into the spirit of Halloween.

Grab a costume from Holiday Decor so you can look very cool

Cuz October is so much fun when you spend it with your favorite ghoul.

Visit the Pumpkin Patch and pick the pumpkin you like most,

and Carve out some time to hang with your favorite goblins and ghosts.

The werewolves will be howling and the Harvest Moon will be shining bright

The bats will be flying overhead and the Jack-o-Lanterns will light the night.

Listen to some frightful Holiday Music and do the Monster Mash

We guarantee you it will be a graveyard smash!

Dracula and Frankenstein will be grooving to the beat

So get up off your chair and start moving your feet.

Check out the Haunted House cuz Jason and Freddy  will all be there,

Enter at your own risk and join them if you dare!

Make no bones about it, Holiday Guests are always welcome here

Stop by for a spell cuz good things are brewing so don't you fear.

Witch way will you head first to find some goodies to fill your sack?

We hope you will enjoy your stay and continue to come back.

It's a Holiday Headquarters Trick or Treat Spooktackular

and we hope you will stop by for a Coffin Break.
We have everything you need for a Happy Halloween, make no mistake.

Have a FANG-tastic Halloween!

Ghostly Greetings to you and yours,

Holiday Headquarters

Freddy Krueger Adult Costume

The Boys of Fall

The end of August marks the beginning of the football season.  Most kids are back to school by now and are anxious to support their favorite school.  Whether you are a player, a cheerleader, a band member, the school mascot or a dedicated fan, there is excitement in the air for the games to begin.  Each week will be filled with fun.  Spirit days where you rock your team's colors.  Pep rallies with big bonfires, pom pom girls, cheerleaders, and the band playing the school's fight song and all the fans singing along.  Friday night varsity football at all the local high schools and then college game day all day Saturday.  Each week a new opponent for the team to play either home or away.

Hours before the big game, the fans tailgate outside the stadium.  Barbecuing their favorite foods and hanging out with the other dedicated football fans.  Finally it is GameTime!  The fans pour into the stadium ready to watch their team play the big rivalry.


The first quarter begins with the kickoff that raises the excitement for the big game to start.  The defense is on the field.ready to stop their opponent from scoring.  A big tackle causes a fumble and now the offense takes over ready to move down the field to the endzone.  The quarterback throws a bomb down the field and the wide receiver makes a phenomenal catch in the endzone!  Touchdown!!!!!!!!  The fans go wild!

The contest continues to the end of the first half with the home team in the lead.  The players head to the locker room for a well-deserved break and to get some coaching tips from the team's head coach.  The fans get snacks and get back to their seats in time for the half time show.  The  marching band moves onto the field along with the pom pom girls and baton twirlers to entertain the fans with a well choreographed display of marching, music, and dance by talented individuals.

The cheerleaders set up a big run-through for the players, and the band members, pom pom girls and baton twirlers make a big tunnel for the team to enter onto the field ready to play the second half of the game. The teams get back on the field for more exciting action.  The cheerleaders and pom pom girls are on the sidelines motivating their fans with cheers, chants, stunts, and dances.

Offense, defense, the competition is getting intense and the fans are cheering for their team.  The game is almost over and the home team sets up a big play to try to win the game.  A fake handoff to the running back distracts the defense and the quarterback sneaks his way across the goal line to win the game!  Touchdown!!!!!!!! The final score is 28-21.  

The Boys of Fall have won their first big game of the season!  The fans are filled with excitement, jumping around!

They are loud and proud to be a fan of this great team and can't wait for next week's opponent.

  

Who is your favorite team?

Kenny Chesney - Boys of Fall