Jac o' lyn Murphy

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a Wine Christmas - Fun Holiday Tags

'Tis the season for hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, gifts for co-workers...
having bottles of wine ready to grab and go alleviates a lot of holiday stress for me.
It may not always the most exciting present,
 but it is always appreciated.  I love finding unique, interesting wines 
and handing it over with a fun tag makes all the difference

What better way to let someone know you want them to
"Cab a Merry Christmas"?

or that their dreams of a "Wine Christmas" are coming true?

and it may not be the first Holiday color that comes to mind, 
but there is nothing more festive than to 
"Think Pink"!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Turkey Tortilla Chips with Cranberry Salsa

Our family is coming to town for the holidays and 
while we will all be anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving dinner,  
my dilemma is what to serve for Taco Tuesday?
To get everyone in the spirit, 
it will be Turkey Tortilla Chips and Cranberry Salsa...

I have a secret, I hardly ever use my cookie cutters for cookies.
I love to use them to make festively shaped chips.
Simple use cutter on a corn tortilla...

Aren't they cute?

Then fry the tortillas one by one, 
in a small pan of very hot vegetable oil until golden and crispy...

Then fry the tortillas one by one, 
in a small pan of very hot vegetable oil until golden and crispy...

Serve with fresh, bright Cranberry Salsa, 
and watch them gobble it up!

Feliz día de accíon de gracias!

Cranberry Salsa
1 cup fresh cranberries
Juice of one lime
2 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1/2 large shallot, finely chopped
Dash of salt

Stir together cranberries, lime, water and sugar in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium low heat about 10 minutes, until cranberries start to soften and most of the liquid cooks down.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding jalapeño, shallot and salt.  Refrigerate at least an hour before serving with fresh turkey chips.

Holiday Gift Guide - You are getting Sleepy...

We all know how important sleep is, 
and often how hard it is to get!
Imagine giving the glorious gift of sleep this holiday season.
A few fabulous finds for a full forty winks...

In these days before Christmas, 
we all long to settle down for a long winter's nap.
  soft, fluffy knit pillow and my "secret" slumber salve 

This lotion has changed my life.  
I don't know exactly why but it's creamy and smells dreamy 
and I'm nodding off in no time...

There's no better way to wind down after a long day than with 
a warm cup of Sleepytime Tea.
A few sips and you'll be slumbering in seconds...

And is there anything more relaxing than pretty flowers to sooth your mind?
Chamomile tea is known for it's calming qualities 
but I feel my tension lifting by just looking at it!
Take a glimpse before you shut your eyes, then pop on a sleep mask 
and it's 
Sweet Dreams Baby...

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