A Cheery Warmly Goodly Wine

I so very much hope you had the very Happiest Christmas!

One thing that is sure to happen when we gather with family and friends is the raising of a glass or two! So in keeping with the spirit of the season I thought I would share a few cocktails we love around the Chalet. #slainte (pronounced: Slaancha - Irish for Your Health!)

In this scene from A Christmas Carol Scrooge’s nephew Fred is offering Bob Cratchit a glass of port… “The 5th essence of the Christmas Spirit!”

Champagne and Chambord

Champagne and Chambord

A glass of Champagne and Chambord is always yummy.

  • 1 ounce Chambord

  • 6 ounces chilled Champagne

    Method

    Pour chambord into flute add champagne and serve!

Dark and stormy

Dark and stormy

Always a crowd favorite: Dark and Stormy.

  • 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

  • Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

    Method

    In a tall glass filled with ice add 4 – 5 oz of Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer and top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).

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Eggnog is always a staple. Its a great non-alcoholic delicious option.

Lamarca

Lamarca

Everyone who knows me know my drink of choice is always a glass of Prosecco!

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

I grew up on Shirley Temples and now my son loves them!

Method

  • Start with Ice add ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

whiskey sour

whiskey sour

I can’t close this piece without a Whiskey Sour - a real sour made with an egg! It’s so pretty and a personal fav! But, it must be made with Jameson Irish Whiskey for this momma!

Method

  • Place the 2 ounces of whiskey, 1 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup and 1 egg white in a cocktail shaker. Do not add ice yet.

  • Seal and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (This is referred to as a "dry shake." It's good for incorporating the egg white before adding ice to the shaker.)

  • Add ice, seal again, and shake for 7 to 10 seconds more to chill.

  • Fit a Hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a coupe glass. This is referred to as a "double strain" and this method is used to catch any ice shards or pulp from the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

  • Garnish with a speared maraschino cherry.


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Raise a glass and know I am wishing you a brilliant New Years my sweet friends!

Cheers! Sante’! Skaal! Prost! Salute! Yiamas! Keskun!

Til next time!

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What's In A Card

The Christmas Themes continue over here at the Chalet! Today I’m sharing a bit about the special Christmas Cards I’ve incorporated into my decor.

2013

2013

I think you all know what a huge Nutcracker fan I am. This card from my husband for Christmas 2013 reappears as part of the decor every year.

I hope you can see how cute this pop-up card is we have for our Son this year.

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These cards are from beloved family members who are no longer with us. I pull them out every year and am so happy to re-read their loving messages.

Helen Flemming

Helen Flemming

This is an original Water Color Christmas Card by a friend of my grandparents Helen Flemming. It was sent in the 1960’s to my parents. I re-framed last year.

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You can see quite a few cards interspersed in the branches of our tree.

2014

2014

This cute Chalet card was a gift from my husband - he gifted it to me with hopes I would frame it and add it to the wall! You know my tag friends #saynotoemptywalls !

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Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!

Til next time!

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#chaletchristmas2018

Well it’s finally done… It took four days (3 longer than usual) with much huffing and puffing but, the Chalet is finally all turned out for Christmas and I couldn’t be happier. We always decorate Thanksgiving weekend. As I type this I’m listening the Nutcracker my absolute favorite holiday music. I love all Tchaikovsky!

The outside is the boys domain - the trees in the window boxes are a very special touch.

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My decor changed a bit this year and this is unusual for me - I am a history, if it ain’t broke don’t change kinda gal… I used the same decorations in the same places year after year. And let me also share I have been front and center for Christmas decorating since childhood; the first time I fully decorated the family tree I was 11. Ok so 1. I have repeated the same stuff for years 2. after restyling a lot of the Livingroom - along with the new couch and coffee table - same old same old was not going to cut it this year. I started looking around on IG and was so Inspired! Inspired to use less to change the placement or maybe not use absolutely everything in my arsenal.

Let me share what I did!

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I added simple green ornaments to the bowl I already had out. and viola I love it!

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I have four of these felt ice skates, in addition to being on the balcony door the rest are placed around the chalet - repeating a theme really brings it to life!

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How delightful is this vintage light up Santa and Sleigh - We found this last year on our trip to the Black Rose Antiques Center.

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Here is my custom Merry Christmas Art, I shared with everyone last week. It’s simple and adds a touch of the holiday without an overpowering dose of Red and Green. I love art in the kitchen.

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This collection of Nutcrackers on the side board was based on an image belonging to Emily A. Clark. I’ve never placed the collection here nor, have I placed one of my wreaths in this window before but, I was so inspired after seeing Emily’s front hall table. I found additional inspiration from Jesseca Sali, Michael Warm Jr., Ann, Eddie Ross and my friend Nicole…. just to name a few!

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My sister and I each have one of these cute trees - our mother bought them in the early 1990’s. For years this one was in our bedroom and twice we’ve used it as our only tree. I love the size and the burlap wrapped base. I love this Nutcracker my son painted for me last year. How sweet is this gingerbread ribbon I bought last year at Michaels!

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The decor on the porch console table has been added to and taken away from - but, I think this is how it will stay through the New Year. I am so happy with the placement of the Advent Calendar. My son is able to easily access and everyone can enjoy it.

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Having just restyled the top of the television cabinet I added just a few festive touches - a vintage glass bowl filled with vintage ornaments that were my parents and few bits from my childhood - the Santa mug was my parents and very old. There are several bunches of the mixed faux greenery around the chalet.

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Even the mantel changed a bit this year. Yes, the train is a staple along with the Railroad lanterns but, it was pared down - less pieces, less greenery and I am so glad I made these changes.

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I feel like I need a drum-roll!

Here she is! Completely decked out… we have 3 bins of only ornaments for this little 6ft Decorator tree! In addition I add special Christmas cards, gift tags and paper-chains! In my opinion you can never have too much on a Christmas tree. This year we moved the Chinese table and relocated the tree to this corner. It was a lot of crazy work… I’m sure you saw my trials in my stories … how long it took and the string of bulbs that went out.. and yes, there was some cussing involved - so will she be in this corner next year??? who knows???

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I’m so pleased with how the Chalet looks, feels and smells….. you know I am lighting my Thyme Frasier Fir Candle often!

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Chalet.

Til next time!

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