Monday, December 21st ~ Friday, December 27th
Christmas Poinsettia Punch
3/4 (64 fluid oz.) bottle cranberry juice
1 liter club soda
1 (750 milliliter) bottle orange-flavored vodka
1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne, or more to taste
1/2 c. fresh cranberries
Combine cranberry juice, club soda, vodka, champagne and cranberries in large punch bowl.
35 Oreo cookies, finely crushed (3 c.)
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cold milk
1 (12 oz.) of Cool Whip, thawed & divided
3 1/4 c. cold milk
2 (4-serving size) pkg. JELLO instant chocolate pudding
Mix crushed cookies and butter in medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish. Refrigerate 10 minutes. Beat cream cheese, sugar & 2 Tbsp. milk in medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Gently stir in 1 1/4 c. whipped topping. Spread over crust. Pour
3 1/4 c. milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Pour over cream cheese layer. Let stand 5 minutes or until thickened. Drop remaining whipped topping by spoonful’s over pudding; spread to cover pudding. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into 24 squares. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator. Serves 24. For a great festive look, sprinkle dessert with crushed candy canes.
Cranberry Snow Drops
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. flour
1 c. fresh Wisconsin cranberries, cut in half
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 400. In bowl, beat butter, egg and sugar with electric mixer until very, very stiff (about 8 minutes on HIGH). Add flour, cranberries and pecans all at once and mix lightly by hand. Drop by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Place one sheet of cookies in oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 350. Bake 15 minutes. Reheat oven again to 400 and repeat procedure for next sheet of cookies. Remove to wire rack immediately and cool slightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Walk, jog or other aerobic challenges each day will natural lower BP. Aim for 30 minutes/day
Strength training using free weights, machines or resistance bands can also lower BP a few points. Try twice a week, at a level where you can manage 3 sets of 10 reps.
What do you get when you combine a Christmas tree with an IPad?
How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?
Nothing. It was on the house!
TIP OF THE WEEK
Before your locks get frozen due to cold weather, keep a small bottle of hand-sanitizer in car or purse. Rub a thin application on key and a drop or two in the lock. The alcohol will keep moisture from freezing.
How to unstick glass pans?
Place ice in top pan, place bottom pan in warm water; wait a few seconds; they should loosen enough to pull apart
Or spray non-stick spray in between the two pans. Wait 10 seconds; they should pull apart