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I spent this weekend enjoying holiday cheer with my family. We put on some Christmas music (some of my favourites are Elvis Christmas Duets, Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong,  and Celine Dion’s These are Special Times) and set to the task of decorating the tree. It was a lovely festive afternoon of family and fun.

We also enjoyed a glass each of fresh and frothy homemade eggnog. I recently spent a weekend at Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, just outside of San Francisco (you can read a bit more about it here) and I visited the cooking school, where Kelsie Kerr, Cooking School Director, was whipping up delicious, delectable holiday eggnog.

I was inspired. While I didn’t get my hands on Kelsie’s recipe, I did find a few online and I whipped up a batch of this sweet treat for my family. Mmm! Here are a few for you to try, courtesy of eggnogrecipe.net.

Easy Eggnog
Diamond Eggnog Recipe

Traditional Eggnog Recipe
Coconut Eggnog Recipe
Chocolate Eggnog Recipe

Low Fat Eggnog

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mighty leaf teaNothing says rest and relaxation more to me than cozying up with a hot cup of tea and as the weekend approaches, I welcome the chance to sit down and unwind. Wrapping my hands around a hot cuppa and inhaling the fresh aroma of a perfectly brewed cup of tea seems to melt my stress away. This tea set from Mighty Leaf is a sweet treat for the tea lover and comes with an assortment of tasty teas to try: Breakfast Americana, Organic Earl Grey, Bombay Chai, Orange Dulce and Vanilla Bean. Mmm! I can just feel myself starting relax! Once you’ve got your mug in hand, start a new tradition with styleathome.com’s guide to teatime etiquette, plus find tips for brewing the perfect cup of tea.

Available online at: mightyleaf.ca

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Only six days left ‘til the big day! Make your holiday table a stunning statement with simple suggestions for bringing simple hits of colour and life to it. Your table will be dressed to impress, just like you and your guests. The beautiful ideas pictured here are excerpted from the new Canadian Living cookbook: The Complete Christmas Book (Random House, 2007). There are wonderful table setting ideas and crafts, plus recipe ideas for treats that taste even better than they look!

Check out Canadian Living’s step-by-step instructions for adding instant glamour to your holiday table.

Plus, try these three recipes for delish holiday goodies:

Candy cane cheesecake

Nut brittle

Chocolate hazelnut tassies

Looking for more entertaining ideas? Check out the Holiday Entertaining Corner at styleathome.com!

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Hungry yet? How beautiful are these designs from The Cupcake Shoppe, based in Toronto? These cupcake creations are so pretty, they look good enough to eat … and luckily, you can do just that! Go ahead, devour a dozen! I won’t breathe a word.

Available at: The Cupcake Shoppe; visit thecupcakeshoppe.ca for more information
Price: depends how hungry you are

Want to make your own cupcakes at home? Try these two recipes from styleathome.com:

Double fudge chocolate cupcakes

Cappuccino cupcakes

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Whether for guests or to enjoy on a frosty evening at home by yourself, these hot drinks are sure to melt away the chill. Personally, I subscribe to the notion of not waiting for guests to impress – life’s too short not to enjoy life’s pleasures, even if on your own! These three hot toddies are simple to make but they look pretty darned impressive. Try ‘em out:

Hazelnut Truffles Cocktail recipe

Hot Cocolat recipe

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cocktail recipe

Want more? Learn how to present your hot drinks with gorgeous garnishes.

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So, imagine this: It’s a bitterly cold Saturday morning. You’re lying in bed, dreaming about a piping hot cup of coffee but the chill in the air makes it too difficult to leave your cozy cocoon. If it were a weekday, you’d stop off at Starbucks on your way into work but today, it’s just too darned cold to think of heading outside. The solution is simpler than you think. Read more …

And speaking of hot drinks, check out these gorgeous garnishes for your favourite winter beverages.

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Photography by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Only 34 days until Christmas! And we all know what that means. Only 34 days left to get the Christmas cards mailed, the house decorated, the baking baked, the presents bought, the tree trimmed and the gifts wrapped. That’s not accounting for preparing the big holiday dinner, but I don’t want to stress anyone out. The trick, as we all know, is to take it one step at a time, get organized and not leave everything for the last minute. Besides, while we love all of this stuff – it’s not what this wonderful season is all about anyways, now is it? So take a few deep breaths, put on some Christmas music and just relax.

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Plus, check out great holiday decorating ideas from styleathome.com.

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