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Indulge in a Special Holiday Moment


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This season is full of hustle and bustle, with everyone working hard to make holiday magic. In all the frenzy to make a big impression, it’s easy to forget to take a moment for yourself.
Brew a cup of coffee and treat yourself to a Cinnamon Latte. Enjoy alongside a piece of Chocolate Maple Cake with Chocolate Maple Mousse. Both are easy to make, giving you an extra moment in your busy day.

Chocolate Maple Cake with Chocolate Maple Mousse
Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Cake:
Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2     ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1/4     cup butter
1/2     cup sugar
1/2     cup Hungry Jack® Original Syrup
1/4     cup strong brewed Millstone Breakfast Blend K-Cup®
portion pack
1/2     cup buttermilk
1     large egg
1/2     teaspoon vanilla
extract
1     cup Pillsbury BEST®
All Purpose Flour
1/2     teaspoon baking soda
1/2     teaspoon salt
Mousse:
2     cups heavy cream,
divided
2 1/4 teaspoons Hungry
Jack Original Syrup
8     ounces milk chocolate,
chopped
Fresh fruit
Chocolate Maple Cake:
Heat oven to 350°F. Coat 8 x 8-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
Melt chocolate and butter in small saucepan over low heat. Cool 5 minutes.
Combine sugar, syrup, coffee, buttermilk, egg, vanilla and chocolate mixture in a large bowl.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Stir flour mixture into chocolate mixture until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
Chocolate Maple Mousse:
Bring 2/3 cup heavy cream to a boil.
Combine syrup and milk chocolate in medium bowl. Pour boiling cream over chocolate mixture. Wait 30 seconds then stir.
Stir in remaining 1 1/3 cups heavy cream to mixture with electric mixer on medium speed. Chill mixture for 1 hour.
Beat mousse until soft peak. Spread over cake. Top with fresh fruit if desired.

Cinnamon Latte

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
1/2    cup milk
3-4    tablespoons cinnamon flavored syrup
1/4    cup hot, fresh strong brewed coffee
Whipped cream
Smucker’s® Sundae Syrup™ Caramel Flavored Syrup, for garnish
Ground cinnamon, for garnish
Pour milk into 1-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until hot but not boiling. Whisk until foamy.
Pour cinnamon syrup into standard-size coffee cup. Microwave on HIGH 20 seconds to warm syrup. Stir in hot coffee.
Add steamed milk to brim of cup. Top with swirl of whipped cream. Drizzle with caramel flavored syrup. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
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Mixing up Holiday Cheer with Iced Tea


Festivi-Tea Cosmopolitan

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Calling all holiday party planners: You can hear those sleigh bells ringing, can’t you? Like the most earnest of elves, you’re likely doing your spirited best to balance tradition with the unexpected. This holiday, invite a surprising guest to stir up your seasonal soiree — iced tea.
Alongside the wintertime warm-ups like hot chocolate and eggnog, more hosts are adding a non-traditional, yet oh-so-celebration-worthy sip to their gatherings.
“Until now, this beverage’s ability to liven up a festive fete has been a well-kept secret by iced tea-lovers,” says Stacy Taffet, Lipton brand. “But this beloved summertime cooler is fast becoming a popular pour at holiday get-togethers, thanks to a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or apple cider.”
So, wow with what’s now, by serving up a new recipe featuring 100% Natural Lipton® Iced Tea mixed with traditional taste-making spices. They’re perfect for holiday partygoers of all ages.
Have a Berry Merry Cosmo
Blend the naughtiness of tart with the niceness of sweet for the ultimate pink drink — Cosmopolitans. With pomegranate, blueberry and cranberry juice, it’s a sassy, classic way to cheer the holiday season.

Festivi-Tea Cosmopolitan
3 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
1 bottle 100% Natural Lipton Iced Tea  with Pomegranate Blueberry
3 tablespoons 100% cranberry juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into chilled martini glasses.
Tip: For an adult version, use 2 tablespoons vodka and 2 tablespoons orange liqueur instead of orange juice.

Winter Berry Hot White Chocolate Tea

A Fruity Take on a Holiday Favorite
Move over, fruit cake! There’s a new take on festive fruity flavors. This savory and sweet recipe mixes together simple ingredients (which you most likely have on hand) with the delicious taste of pomegranate and blueberry.

Winter Berry Hot White Chocolate Tea
4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
1     cup white chocolate chips
1     cup light cream or half-and-half*
1     bottle 100% Natural Lipton Iced Tea with Pomegranate Blueberry
1/8     teaspoon ground nutmeg
Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chips are completely melted, about 8 minutes (do not boil).
Serve immediately. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and an additional sprinkle of nutmeg.
Tip: For an adult version, use 1/4 cup vodka or cherry brandy instead of 1/4 cup of light cream.
*Use fat-free half-and-half to make this dessert drink lower in saturated fat and calories.

 

Tea-Spiced Grog

Cinnamon, Spice and Iced Tea
This recipe offers a tasty twist on a long-standing holiday drink tradition: grog. Spice up each cup by bringing together sweet-scented cinnamon and crisp apple cider.

Tea-Spiced Grog
6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Stand time: 20 minutes
2     bottles 100% Natural Lipton Iced Tea with Lemon
1     cup apple cider or apple juice
5     whole cloves
1     cinnamon stick
Bring all ingredients to a boil over high heat in a 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and let stand 20 minutes. Strain out spices and serve warm. If desired, garnish with sliced apples.
Tip: For spiked grog, add 1/4 cup light rum or brandy.

 

Black Tea Sangria

A Sangria Recipe for All Seasons
This sangria recipe is a great go-to for get-togethers because you can mix it hours in advance, leaving you more time to mix with what matters — your guests.

Black Tea Sangria
6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours
2     bottles 100% Natural Lipton Iced Tea with Lemon
1     cup unsweetened grape juice
1/4     cup orange juice
1     small orange, sliced
1     Gala apple, cored and sliced
1     lime, sliced
Combine all ingredients in large pitcher. Chill at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.
Tip: For an adult version of this sangria, use dry red wine instead of grape juice.

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Holiday beauty tips for less


(Family Features) The holidays are filled with occasions to see loved ones, relatives and old friends. With plenty of holiday parties and photo opportunities, you want to look your best even if you don’t have hours to spend at the salon.
Style expert Lilliana Vazquez of CheapChicas.com offers some helpful tips on how to look sensational without breaking the budget:
Keep skin moisturized. With the dry winter air, make sure to keep your skin moisturized, especially when you’re showing more skin in cocktail dresses. One of Lilliana’s favorite inexpensive tricks that works wonders is coconut oil. It absorbs quickly into skin and smells amazing. You can also use it in your hair as a leave-in conditioner.
Add a splash of berry. There have been tons of berry tones on the runways, and one easy way to work them into your wardrobe is on your lips. A raspberry or burgundy shade is the perfect way to boost your holiday look. Make sure to keep lips moisturized before you apply. Try a sugar scrub or rich balm to keep your pout kissable.
Stay Smooth. One thing you want to avoid before you step under the mistletoe is unwanted facial hair. Make sure your face is smooth and photo-ready by using a depilatory or wax. “I love Nair products because they’re effective and easy on the wallet,” said Vazquez. “Try the Nair Precision Face & Upper Lip Kit that comes with a special rebalancing moisturizer so it’s gentle on your skin.” Learn more at www.NairLikeNeverBefore.com.
Show off your face. Don’t worry if you don’t have time for a blowout hairstyle. One of the chicest holiday looks is a chignon, which pairs perfectly with metallic-shaded eyes and strong lips that are hot this season. Try a low bun off to one side for a look that keeps the emphasis on you.
There you have it—some easy ways to look your holiday best without spending a lot of time or money. Now, that’s something to be merry about.

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