December 7, 2006

Unique Christmas Card Idea

Each year we all mail Christmas cards to our friends and family to let them know they’re in our thoughts and prayers during the holidays. I remember the time my mother would put into the messages she would write within her Christmas cards. She always tried to have every card have a specific message to whom she was writing to.

Today, many just simply write “Merry Christmas, the BLANK Family” or Happy Holidays” within their Christmas cards. I like it when I receive a card that has some type of meaning or saying in it because it makes me feel as though the person took the time to think of me during the holidays. Isn’t that what the holidays are about, taking time out for our loved ones?

This year I did a little something different for my Christmas cards. I usually write a short message and include one a photo cards with a Christmas border (that you can get printed at Target, Wal-Mart or other various stores.)

I decided this year I would write everyone a letter, a generic letter, but it was still a letter. I included information about my husband’s fishing, my cooking blog, thanking those who helped in the celebration of my parent’s 40th anniversary party and a recipe from my kitchen.

I thought how can I make this letter special? By including a recipe, that would be festive in fit into the Christmas spirit. So, at the end of my letter I included my recipe for Molasses cookies.

I think this is a great way to send along something special with your Christmas cards this year. Include one of your family’s recipes within your holiday cards or letters to your friends and family. I’m sure everyone will enjoy your recipe as much as your family does.

You could print it out on decorative paper and maybe even include a photo of you and your family making the special recipe together. By doing this, your Christmas cards will have a special “touch” for the holidays.

Here are some other ideas of recipes to include in your cards. Try and make the recipes you include simple and easy to make.

Fruit Ball
by Susan Phillips

2 (8 oz) cream cheeses, softened
2 (15 oz) cans fruit cocktail, drained and chopped fine
1 (5 oz) instant vanilla pudding
¾ c. chopped almonds

Mix all ingredients except for ½ cup almonds and form into a ball. Roll in remaining almonds and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Serve with crackers.

Easy Fruit Dip
by Susan Phillips

1 (8oz) Cool Whip, thawed
7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream
3 oz. cream cheese, softened

Mix until smooth.

Party Deviled Egg Sandwiches
by Susan Phillips

Loaf of bread, cut into round shapes (use cookie cutter)
12 hard boiled eggs
½ c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. miracle whip
2 tsp. mustard
¼ tsp. chili powder

Separate egg whites and yolks. Mash egg whites with fork and add mayo. Set aside. Mash egg yolks and add other ingredients. On round bread slice spread egg whites to cover ¾ around edge. Put egg yolks mixture in center. Garnish with olive slices and sprinkle with paprika.

Cucumber Sandwiches
by Susan Phillips

Mix 8 oz. pkg cream cheese and one pkg. dry Ranch dressing
Slice cucumber (1/8 inch thick)

Use a round cookie cutter to cut centers our of bread slices. Spread cheese mixture on bread and top with slice of cucumber.

1 comment:

Jean said...

These recipes sound so tasty!! Thanks for sharing. :)