Popping Up Festive Holiday Fun

Coconut Popcorn Snowballs

During a holiday season that may not quite feel the same for many families, you can add a magic touch to at-home festivities with activities and treats that get everyone involved. Creating decorative holiday sweets allows little ones and grown-ups alike to take part in the fun, and the end result is delicious desserts for all to enjoy. Start with a main ingredient like whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn. At 30 calories a cup, it’s naturally low in fat, non-GMO and gluten-free for a nutritious alternative to traditional holiday indulgences. It’s a clever way to create artsy representations of the season …

Spritz Cookies

This is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes. I’ve been making it for years. You’ll need a cookie press. 1 cup butter ¾ cup sugar 1 egg 2 ¼ cups sifted flour ½ tsp. baking powder dash of salt ½ tsp. almond extract 1 package dark chocolate (melted) sprinkles   Cream butter and add egg. Beat on high for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add sifted dry ingredients and extract. Fill cookie press with the dough and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Put parchment paper on cookie sheet. Some people pipe the spritz cookies instead of using …

Home Decorating for the Holidays

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time. One advantage of seasonal decorating is that it is, by definition, temporary. This gives you plenty of freedom to experiment with new ideas and completely transform your living space on a short-term basis. It’s also an opportunity to get creative with your home’s decor to create warm, inviting places …

Hosting tips for your next get-together

(BPT) – There are always reasons to entertain, especially now during the holidays. From decor to dessert, there isn’t one exact recipe for the perfect party, and the right combination can make a real difference. Candy maker HARIBO suggests sprinkling in moments of sweet childlike happiness to strike a memorable chord with party-goers. So, if you’re dreaming of ways to make your next get-together a reality, here are three helpful tips. Prepare a tasty treat An unforgettable food spread could very well be the cherry on top of a perfect party. Attempt a secret family recipe or recreate a dish …

Vintage Market Days® Returns to Fairgrounds

Vintage Market Days® is an upscale, indoor vintage and vintage-inspired event scheduled November 30-December 2 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Cole and Brittney Bowen, Vintage Market Days® of Nashville promoters, report that the event will reflect the theme “The Spirit of Christmas.” The 3-day event will be the seventh Vintage Market Days event in the area since 2016, and the third held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Nashville House & Home & Garden is a sponsor of this year’s event. Nashville’s state fairgrounds have incredible character and charm that helps set the tone for what this event is about. It’s incredible vintage …

November/December 2018 Cover

Holiday decorating runs from traditional colors including red, white, and green, as well black, purple, natural shades, metallics, and everything in between. This living room is both festive and relaxing with a combination of turquoise, sparkling lights, and neutral furnishings. For inspiration visit the Vintage Market Days event Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville.

Holiday Home Tour at Kings’ Chapel, Arrington

Holiday Home Tour at Kings’ Chapel, Arrington A Holiday Home Tour is scheduled December 4-6 and December 11-13 at Kings’ Chapel Community in Arrington. Featuring three decorated models and several additional homes available for sale will be at the heart of the event. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. “We could think of no better way to welcome in the holiday season than to invite the Nashville community to come and see our beautiful model homes,” says Katrina Roberts, principal broker for the development. Two new phases of the development featuring 65 lots have recently opened on site. Lunch …

There’s Always Room for Something Sweet

There’s Always Room for Something Sweet There’s always room for something sweet, according to Miriam Pascal, food blogger and author of a new cookbook, Something Sweet: Desserts, Baked Goods, and Treats for Every Occasion. As you plan your holiday dinners, add a bit of sweetness with one of these recipes. Neapolitan Trifles Yield: 12-14 (6 oz.) trifles Chocolate Crumbs 1 cup flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup oil Strawberry Mousse 1 cup heavy whipping cream or nondairy whipping cream 1 cup strawberry pie filling, pureed 8 oz. cream cheese or soy cream cheese 1/2 cup sour …

November/December 2014 Cover

About the Cover The Parade of Homes returns for the holidays to the Arrington neighborhood of Kings’ Chapel, December 6-21, and is packed with decorating, building, and holiday design ideas. The guest bedroom in the Gregg & Rains Parade home is wrapped in a luxurious Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent and is decked for the holidays by ReFresh Home with touches including a charming custom burlap pillow on the antique iron bed. See the article.