Christmas cards, clementines, cookies and cocktails. Here is a little last minute holiday cheer and inspiration for you before Santa comes down the chimney! Including my favorite way to drink Fre, alcohol-removed sparkling brut. This post is sponsored by Fre, but everything expressed is my own opinion, straight from my heart!
It truly is the most wonderful time of year! By now you are probably quite organized with your cards, gifts, wrapping and menu, but if you are in need of a few last minute ideas, I am here to help! Take a look around my blog and always check my instagram (@addiegundry) for last minute easy ideas. I am a bit behind because our family was hit with the flu last week, and I know things are going around (thank you daycare germs), but I am having a great day organizing for the weekend festivities ahead! Starting with the beverages!
Favorite Christmas Mocktail
By now you probably know that I love Fre. Fre is an alcohol-removed wine. My favorite is the sparkling brut and I made a lot of mocktails when pregnant with Cooper and continue to create new ones for friends and family! Fre is a delicious wine and if you do not know much about it you should take a look!
When I think of old-school Christmas fruits and drinks I think of clementines and oranges. I love puncturing the skin with cloves, making ornaments, and using citrus in holiday dishes. This year my new go-to way of serving Fre’s sparkling brut is with clementine peel and the juice of a couple segments. What I love about this is that it keeps the flavor and integrity of my favorite bottle but adds a little citrus holiday cheer.
For a sparkling cranberry mocktail, keep reading!
Favorite Christmas Craft
Ok so le't’s talk about how cute these are! Yes, I have become that person who loves their child’s artwork and I am totally ok with it :) This year Cooper and I made salt dough ornaments. This is a great activity for kids of all ages! Cooper’s older cousins made them and I loved seeing the pictures of their dough ornaments.
This is super easy:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
Add water and mix thoroughly.
Sprinkle parchment paper with flour and knead dough until it’s soft and pliable.
Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough until ¼ inch thick.
Cut out ornaments using cookie cutters.
Place cutout on and ungreased cookie sheet.
Using your straw, create a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament.
Place ornaments in the oven and bake for two to three hours, or until completely dry. Flip once while baking, then remove and allow to cool completely.
When the ornaments have cooled, decorate them with paints and/or glitter if desired.
Speaking of kids and moms - if you know an expecting mama - get her a bottle of Fre and swaddle it!! Take a look at my all-time-favorite Fre post: How to Swaddle a Fre Bottle
Stock the Bar
Ok back to Fre! Do you know that they have SO many different varietals of wine? Take a look. I can tell you that I have tried them all and love them. I can’t tell you how many times people say, wow it tastes like wine. Because it is!
Sparkling Cranberry Moscato or Bubbly
Ingredients: Cranberry simple syrup, extra cranberries for garnish, and Fre’s Sparkling Brut.
Directions: Pour 1 - 2 ounces of cranberry simple syrup into a champagne glass. Top with Fre’s Sparkling Brut and garnish with fresh cranberries!
To make cranberry simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup cranberries in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, turn the stove off and stir.
Favorite Christmas Dessert
And finally, my favorite dessert this year was this ombre sparkling peppermint bark! This easy peppermint bark recipe is bursting with festive minty flavor, and it's so easy to make. You don't even have to turn on the oven in order to prepare this easy Christmas snack. I use pretty holiday colors to ensure that this snack looks as good as it tastes. In fact, it is pretty enough to package up for a sweet holiday gift for a friend or coworker. We actually can't think of anyone who wouldn't love to receive a gift of this sweet holiday candy!
1 (12-ounce) package of peppermint chocolate melting wafers
1 (12 -ounce) package of white chocolate melting wafers
1 (12-ounce) package of green melting wafers
1 (12-ounce) package of red melting wafers
12 candy canes, roughly crushed
Assorted sprinkles (optional)
Line a countertop with parchment paper.
Melt peppermint melting wafers and pour on the parchment. Spread 1/8-inch thin. Allow to cool and dry completely.
Melt white, green and red wafers. Pour on top of the hardened peppermint layer and mix to create a marbled appearance.
Cover with chopped peppermints and sprinkles.
Allow to cool completely.
Break into pieces and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
What a wonderful year it has been! I am wishing you the best and beautiful holiday, filled with love and laughter!
This post is sponsored by Fre. The content and opinions expressed here are my own. I am really enjoying creating and consuming these delicious alcohol-removed wine recipes. Stay tuned for more!
For more information about Fre, visit their website here.