Countdown to Giving: Day 1

Get Giving Ready with Holiday Home Florals and Thoughtful Gifts

It’s that time of year when you are frantically running around to different places to get gifts, while also striving to make your home festive and holiday ready. Multiple stops to the craft or department store, only to see everything picked over with no luck of finding anything that would truly fulfill your Christmas dinner table dreams.

The team at Piney Rose wants your holiday season to be as stress free as possible, and that is why we aim to make our store a one-stop-shop. The first step to making your elegant Christmas set-up would be to order your arrangements on our website and let us do the rest. Our new collection, Holiday Cheer, has four staple holiday arrangements that are artfully handcrafted with the freshest flowers in The Woodlands. We strategically designed each arrangement differently so that you could find which one would fit your home and décor inspiration the best.

Our box arrangements from The Holiday Cheer Collection come in rustic wooden boxed vases, perfect for long dining table settings or coffee tables. Included is a photo of our Grande box arrangement, which pairs nicely with white and red place settings.  This arrangement was designed for the big family holiday gatherings spent recollecting memories from previous years, laughing, crying and watching the kids run around with their cousins outside. We know it’s probably been months or maybe over a year since you last saw your extended family. Let this arrangement be there to welcome the regathering of your loved ones.

Aside from our Grande box, we also have a classic arrangement that is simple, yet still provides a beautiful staple to your home.  Add a Classic to your coffee table next to Santa’s cookies, or by a windowsill to bring warmth and cheer to your home. When your kids wake you up before sunrise to see if Santa came, let this arrangement be there next to your hot coffee while you groggily admire their pure excitement.

For those of you that are all about glamorous grand entrances, we have just the piece for you. Our Grande Tall arrangement will compliment any front door. It will also add the perfect touch of Christmas magic sitting next to your fireplace under your stockings or mantle garland. Don’t forget to add a little holiday cheer to your office as well, this piece will spice up any work setting!

Our fourth arrangement in the collection comes with a unique metallic glass vase that has engraving running through the entire thing.  This arrangement would make the perfect gift for the holiday party host, someone you haven’t seen in a while, or just to bring holiday cheer to someone’s day. Add this lavish arrangement to a cocktail table or nightstand to add extra holiday elegance to every room in the house. Now that you know the perfect places to put our arrangements in your home, make sure to visit us to preorder your arrangements today!

In addition to your staple pieces, it’s important to have the rest of your table looking inviting and fun. Interactive place settings for the kids are a great way to get them excited to sit down with the family. Add a piece of fresh garland or greenery to each place setting to keep the table looking fresh and enticing. To personalize each setting, a handwritten name tag that is festive adds character to the table and compliments your holiday theme. If you have an artist in the family, have them write your guests name in fun lettering to spice up your table’s personality even more. Adding a few colored glasses that correlate to the rest of the table is a great way to add color and wrap everything together nicely.

The secret to a great gift is to get something that seems personal to that person and looks like thought was incorporated into the gift. Piney Rose has a huge variety of gifts that range from toys, skin care, candles, home décor, crafts, outdoor accessories and more. Give gifts that are interactive and fun to do like a paint by numbers kit or a plant you can grow yourself.  We promise that you can’t go wrong with a gift from Piney Rose.

Piney Rose is a full-service floral design studio that takes pride in every colorful detail of each arrangement. We strive to make our customers happy and believe in curating moments and seasons of memories that will last a lifetime. We offer daily deliveries in the local area for all occasions as well as flower subscriptions for local flower lovers and companies. You can order through our website at www.pineyrose.com and contact us with any questions at 936-524-1540.

 

Countdown to Giving: Day 2

Festive Holiday Recipes from the Team at Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group

Appetizer:

ADB’s Fabulous Green Salad
Assorted Greens
Grape Tomatoes cut in halves
Mini cucumbers sliced
Sugar Snap Peas cut in thirds
Avocado diced
Orange Bell Pepper cut up
Toasted Pine Nuts
Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Dressing:
1 Cup of Olive Oil
1/3 Cup of Red or White Wine Vinegar
2 tsp of Dried Oregano
1-2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
½ tsp. Mustard Powder

Side:

Sweet Potato Gratin with Gruyère Cheese
1½ Cups Heavy Cream
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 pounds Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
1½ teaspoons Chopped Fresh Thyme
1½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
¾ teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small pot bring cream and garlic just to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside. Butter a 9×13-inch shallow casserole dish or gratin dish of similar size and set aside. Stir the cooling cream occasionally to help prevent skin from forming.
  2. Build the Gratin: In the buttered casserole dish, spread one quarter of the sliced sweet potatoes out in a single, overlapping layer. Sprinkle the potatoes with 1/3 of the salt, pepper, and thyme and then about ½ cup of the grated cheese. Using another quarter of the sliced sweet potatoes, build a new overlapping layer. Again, sprinkle with 1/3 of the seasonings and ½ cup of shredded cheese. Using half of the remaining sliced sweet potatoes, make another layer and sprinkle the last third of the seasonings and another ½ cup of cheese (you should have about ½ cup cheese remaining). Use the last of the sweet potatoes to make one final layer on top. Stir the garlic cream mixture then pour it evenly over the top of the gratin, being sure to cover the top layer of sweet potatoes. Shake the dish gently to distribute the cream. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.
  3. Cover with foil and bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, move the gratin to the top 1/3 of the oven and bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes or until the top is nicely browned and the potatoes are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. You may also place it under the broiler for a few minutes if you wish the top to be a deeper brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

Dessert:

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Gingersnap Crust
Crust:
1 3/4 C gingersnap crumbs (about 30 small cookies)
6T real butter, melted
3 T brown sugar
3/4 C ground pecans

Filling:
3 8oz blocks cream cheese
3/4 C canned pumpkin puree
6 oz melted white chocolate = 1 C white chocolate chips
1 C sugar
3 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/4 t nutmeg
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t cloves

 Topping:
–  1 C whipping cream
– 1/3 C roughly chopped pecans, caramelized
– 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350. Using 2 large pieces of heavy-duty foil, securely wrap the bottom and outside of your cheesecake pan. This will prevent leaks when using the water bath.

For Crust: Use a food processor to crush gingersnaps. Then do pecans. Combine gingersnaps, pecans, brown sugar, and butter and stir well to combine. Press into a 9″ spring form pan. Evenly spread across the bottom of pan and up the sides about 1 inch. To melt chocolate, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Set aside. With an electric mixer beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Add pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. With the mixer running, slowly add in white chocolate in a steady stream (or steady blobs). Pour mixture on top of the crust.

Place cheesecake pan inside of a larger pan. The larger pan should be at least 2-3 inches in depth. Place in pre-heated oven. With a kettle or pitcher filled with hot water, pour water into the larger pan about halfway up, or approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until set. The center should be just a tad bit jiggly still. It will finish cooking while cooling. When it’s done, remove from oven and place on a rack until completely cool. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.  When ready to serve spread sweetened whipped cream on top, drizzle caramel sauce over it, and sprinkle with pecans.

 

About Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group, Compass

 

Jo Anne Johnson knows The Woodlands real estate market. She has been building her residential real estate business, hyper-focused on The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia and Conroe, since 2008.  Jo Anne and her team credit their success to the ongoing mission of service to their community and the company mantra of:  Faith, Integrity, Relationships. Giving back to the community and others who have so graciously supported Jo Anne and her business is engrained in her business model.  Helping their clients move forward with the greatest care and expertise drives their business, and is reflected in over 500 HAR 5-Star Client Experience Reviews.  The team has consistently ranked in Houston Business Journal’s Top 25 for Small Teams since 2013. Jo Anne Johnson Real Estate Group proudly supports Interfaith of The Woodlands.

 

 

JoAnneJohnsonRealEstateGroup.com
25511 Budde Rd., Ste #1701
The Woodlands, TX 77380
713.703.3316

Countdown to Giving: Day 3

Students Spread Cheer and Make an Impact with Operation Christmas Child

NJHS and NHS students at The Woodlands Christian Academy, in keeping with the school’s mission and vision, led the way in organizing a massive school-wide fundraiser in support of Operation Christmas Child. An initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child is an annual campaign responsible for mailing shoeboxes to thousands of underprivileged young people around the world.

NJHS students hosted a donation collection drive, calling on the entire student body to participate. Donations included everyday essentials — toothbrushes, socks, bar soap — as well as school supplies and age-appropriate toys — crayons, coloring books, and Play-doh — in an effort to give these children practical items as well as something to smile about during the holiday season. All students in Pre-K through 12th grade participated in assembling the shoe boxes. Donations made toward an on-campus car wash and spirit nights at local restaurants helped support the $9 shipping cost incurred for each box.

Middle school teacher and NJHS club sponsor, Jennifer Russell identified opportunities for students to learn valuable lessons in servant leadership, global citizenship and empathy, and to truly grasp the hardships recipients of the boxes could be facing on a daily basis. For example, lessons in sustainability were introduced with the instruction to remove all plastic casings from the products as many communities around the world would not have a place to dispose of the wrappers. Middle school and high school students were told to imagine what life might look like for the recipient of their shoebox, how they were similarly a child with hopes and dreams, then write a letter to that child.

 

In total, students at Woodlands Christian packaged 607 shoeboxes. These will be distributed worldwide at outreach events where children will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel message and join a discipleship program. Every year, thousands of churches are started as a result of Operation Christmas Child. Who knew one small act of giving could have such large and lasting implications?

 

Established in 1993, The Woodlands Christian Academy is a PreK – 12th grade college preparatory school that integrates learning with biblical faith and challenges students to reach their highest potential – spiritually, academically, physically and socially. The school is committed to raising servant leaders who will impact their world for Christ.

Woodlands Christian offers a rigorous academic program with an individualized teaching approach. Small class sizes and a large campus make social distancing possible. Woodlands Christian is now enrolling grades PreK – 12th for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information visit twca.net.

Countdown to Giving: Day 4

Perfecting Your Holiday Smile!

If your smile isn’t all that you wish it were this holiday season, it can leave you lacking self-confidence and dreading those annual Christmas card photos.  Given the year we are finally leaving behind, one of the most important investments you can make in the new year is in your mental health. This includes your self-confidence. Dr. Scott Young can help build your confidence and self esteem by designing and creating the smile makeover you have always dreamed of. In just two simple visits, any imperfections you dislike about your smile can be permanently corrected.

Training and experience are paramount when it comes to creating natural, aesthetic smiles. Dr. Young has been a sought-after cosmetic dentist in The Woodlands and surrounding areas for over 17 years. He has completed tens of thousands of cosmetic restorations and brought back the self-confidence of thousands of patients from all around the country. Having trained at the world-renown Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), following graduation from The University of Texas Dental Branch, Dr. Young learned the most contemporary techniques and technologies offered in cosmetic dentistry and has since built upon that foundation for many years.

“Smiles by Dr. Young”

From all-porcelain veneers to full smile makeovers, single dental implants to full mouth restorations, the team at Scott Young, D.D.S. is trained and equipped to provide these procedures with the skill, technology and perfection you would expect from cosmetic dental professionals. Along with Dr. Katy Akers, a highly skilled board-certified periodontist, and Dr. Leah Zils, a long-time associate of the practice, your complete smile makeover can all be done under one roof. You can take comfort in knowing the dental professionals working on your case are all in the same office utilizing the same highly skilled team and state-of-the-art technology, without the necessity of visiting multiple offices for multiple appointments,

An amazing new feature that Dr. Scott Young now offers is virtual consults. With just a few clicks on your phone or computer and the submission of just a few selfie shots, Dr. Young will send you a personalized complimentary video discussing how he thinks he can improve your smile. In the age of digital technology and the demand for virtual visits, this service has been incredibly popular for those individuals who feel more comfortable consulting from home.

If you have been considering upgrading your smile, there is no better time than now. If you are searching for an exceptionally luxurious experience and unparalleled care, you can entrust your smile to Dr. Scott Young and team. Follow them on Instagram at @scottyoungdds or give them a call and get started today!

Scott Young, DDS
6769 Lake Woodlands Dr, Suite G
The Woodlands Texas 77382
scottyoungdds.com
281.367.5559
Instagram @scottyoungdds

Countdown to Giving: Day 7

Make Your Home A Showstopper for the Holidays

The holidays are all about bringing joy and warmth to the home. We strive to create an environment filled with gratitude and wonder that invites loved ones to feel at home.

Making your home a showstopper isn’t all about the tree. Adorn your mantles by arranging fresh cedar and plush roses. Not only will your home be filled with a warm festive scent of the holidays, it will also make a fresh and natural statement throughout the New Year.

Drape your stairways in cedar and magnolia garlands, bringing in that deep red or snowy white from roses that make you long for a cozy fire and warm hot chocolate.

Veer from the usual and enhance your décor with the fresh earthy tones of pine and evergreen around a white candle or clear hurricane. The glow will seem much cozier with fresh scents in the air and warm light illuminating every corner of your home.

From the living room to the powder bath, all spaces can feel natural and beautiful, creating scenes that you can enjoy throughout the entire winter season. Friends and family will sense and feel the warmth and love of your hospitable touch.

We wish you a warm and bright Holiday Season and the happiest of New Years and hope that all of your family and friends will feel the true warmth of your love and gratitude.

Donna’s Home Furnishings, 2 beautiful showrooms of collected finds for your home, and GIFTS for you and yours.
Donna’s Home Furnishings
Conroe Location: 5629 W. Davis St. Conroe, TX 77304
The Woodlands Location: 27702 I-45 N. The Woodlands, TX 77385
936.828.3788
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Countdown to Giving: Day 8

Walkin’ in a Waffle Wonderland

Fun ways to incorporate this unique treat into all of your holiday festivities.

  1. Waffle Wednesday Date Night

Think waffles are just for breakfast? Think again! When the weather turns cold and the nights get long, head out mid-week with your sweetheart to enjoy a warm waffle, a scoop of your favorite ice cream, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate to kindle the holiday spirit.

  1. Challenge Yourself

Have you ever had a Belgian waffle? No, like a real Belgian waffle? When frozen waffles and boxed mixes leave something to be desired, try your hand at a scratch recipe. Our recommendation? No waffle is more worthy of your time and energy than the glorious Liége style waffle. Made from brioche-like dough (not batter) and loaded up with caramelized clusters of Belgian pearl sugar in every bite, this waffle reigns supreme. But beware, it is no easy task to master the Liége style recipe. Need some help? Head over to Press Waffle Co. and we will give you our handcrafted recipe to try at home.

  1. Bring the Family Together

Icing Cookies? Building gingerbread houses? How about Decorating Waffles?

Start a new Christmas tradition that is sure to please the whole family. Colorful sprinkles, melted chocolate, fresh fruits, and crushed candy canes are just a few of the endless possible toppings that go well with waffles! Don’t forget the whipped cream!

  1. Not Another Cheese Plate

Want to be the hit of this years’ Christmas party? Bring waffles! You’d be amazed at the number of savory toppings that go well with waffles. Create your own bite sized appetizers with waffles instead of crackers or toast. Need some suggestions? Try these winning combinations:

Brie + Fig Jam

Bacon + Honey

Gruyere + Prosciutto

  1. Santa Loves Waffles Too!

Forget Milk & Cookies, give Santa the treat he really wants with some chocolate covered waffles and an ice-cold glass of milk. You’ll be on the ‘nice list’ next year for sure!

Now Open in Creekside Park West!

Press Waffle Co. specializes in fully customizable authentic Belgian waffles, savory waffle creations, milkshakes & ice cream, and locally roasted coffee.

www.presswaffleco.com
346-808-7874

Countdown to Giving: Day 9

A CHRISTMAS HEARTH STORY- Holiday Celebrations Around the World

As I lay on the rug in front of the crackling fireplace, squishing up with Dante, my Saint Bernard, I stare at the ceiling, breathe in the sweet scent of our newly decorated Christmas tree, and wonder what my friend, Jose, is doing to celebrate Christmas this year in Mexico. He once told me the story of the Posada (inn), which honors the bible’s story of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter to give birth to baby Jesus. Lasting nine nights, each night focuses on a character trait such as humility, trust, joy, and generosity. He said the fun part is being in a procession with family and friends, and visiting someone’s house which represents the Posada, and is adorned with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns. I can almost feel the energy and see the vibrant colors of their celebration; and I imagine my friend, running and yelling “Feliz Navidad”, singing traditional songs, striking pinatas, eating tamales, and wrapping up the festivities with prayer. It would be so cool to be there with him.

For many of my friends, including Carlo in Italy, Christmas is a religious celebration. Italians celebrate ‘Epiphany’ (Jesus’s baptism), and children receive gifts from the Three Wise Men; although in some households it is Befana, an old lady, who fills children’s stockings, and Babbo Natale who brings gifts. Katharina told me that in Germany they celebrate ‘Advent’, the coming of Christ, on Christmas Eve, and children are visited by Nikolaus, who places chocolates and small gifts in children’s shoes on December 6th. Krampus (half goat, half demon) may also visit, punishing or takes naughty children away. I shudder when I think of Krampus. I reflect for a moment, and feel pretty good that Krampus wouldn’t visit me, thankfully.

I’ve always been curious about my friends Levy, Jafari, Sergy and Akihiro’s celebrations. They live in Israel, Africa, Russia and Japan. Levy celebrates Hanukkah, or Festival of Lights, which lasts for eight days and celebrates the historical uprising against their Greek-Syrian oppressors, and rededication to the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Each night Levy lights a candle, recites blessings, and sings hymns with his family. Jafari also lights candles, seven of them, representing principles such as self-determination, purpose, unity, and creativity. Jafari’s celebration, Kwanzaa, celebrates and gives thanks to his black culture and community. In Russia, where Christmas was once banned, Sergy said people celebrate on New Year’s, when Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and his granddaughter, Sneguorchka, bring children gifts. Akihiro says that they give gifts to each other to spread cheer and happiness; and their special day is Christmas Eve when they celebrate romance, like our Valentine’s day. My friend, Arjun, says in India they decorate banana or mango trees; in Singapore, trees are decorated with candy and teddy bears; and in the Ukraine, they add spiders – eek!

As I reach for one of Santa’s cookies, only because I put too many out, Dante rolls over, pinning me down, and stares at me with that “Are you going to share?” look. Of course, I share, and lay back and imagine the foods my friends all around the world eat during their celebrations. The gingerbread tingles in my mouth, and I think about panettone in Italy, Israel’s latke’s, France’s bûche de Noël, Russia’s sochivo, England’s Christmas pudding, and even Finland’s salt-fish, which I am not sure I would like more than turkey! Oh, and did you know, in Japan they eat fried chicken for Christmas! When I think of my friends and their families gathered around their dinner table in celebration, what I realize is that food is often at the heart (or belly!) of all the celebrations, bringing people together.

Dante drools on my leg, but his head is too heavy to move and I don’t want to wake him as he could bark and scare Santa, who I’m quietly waiting to greet. I stay put, anticipating the sound of reindeer hooves.  My Finnish friend, Kaapo, told me about all the reindeers, more than 20,000, that the people look after for Santa. I hope I get a glimpse of one tonight. As I lay here in anticipation, I know there is so much more to the rich history of my friends’ unique celebrations, but the common thread we all share is the celebration of life, family, and community!

Hyvää joulua, Śubh krisamas, Chag Molad Sameach, Buon Natale, and Meri Kurisumasu! Cunae International School wishes everyone a safe Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cunae International School is a small, independent private school, that has, for 15 years, engaged in developing smart minds and warm hearts, through a relevant and challenging curriculum, and a compassionate and supportive culture of community. To learn more, visit www.DoorToMyschool.com, or call 281.516.3770. Location: Creekside Park, The Woodlands.

Countdown to Giving: Day 10

Holidays are Happier on the Ice in The Woodlands!

 The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center has become a staple during the holiday season for residents and guests in The Woodlands. We may be in Texas, but a visit to the The Ice Rink followed by a cup of hot cocoa after your spin on the ice, will definitely get you in the holiday mood! The Ice Rink will be open daily through Monday, January 18, 2021.

Tips for First Time Skaters

If you are new to The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center or just haven’t spent much time on the ice, check out the below tips to ensure your visit is as enjoyable as possible:

Make sure your skates are the right size.

Generally, skates are two sizes smaller than shoe sizes for shoe size six and larger. The skate should fit nice and snug, almost uncomfortable but not so tight it hurts. Next, the skate should be laced up, crisscross style, all the way to the top and tied tight for stability.

Pick the right type of skate.

There are two types of skates – Figure skate and hockey skates. Figure skates are sized for ladies and hockey skates are sized for men, but you can select which type you prefer.

Start slow and be cautious.

Skating is not like walking. You will need to push from side to side and glide across the ice. The Ice Rink features a small separate rink designed for children that provides a less intimidating area to be introduced to ice skating. Be mindful of others skating around you. Helmet and walkers are available for rental.

Bundle up!

The Ice Rink is kept at 55 degrees and below. Dress based on your comfort level as it is colder in the building once on the ice.

Book your skate session onlinewww.thewoodlandsicerink.com.

Due to COVID-19, a touchless payment option has been implemented for guests. Booking your skate session online is highly encouraged to ensure capacity is not met for your desired time. Ice Rink face masks are available for purchase onsite, and also make great stocking stuffers!

Consider group or private ice skating lessons.

Still need more help getting acclimated to the ice? The Ice Rink offers private and group ice skating lessons! “Introduction to Skating” group lessons are available for all ages and will take place Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. A maximum of 15 people will be accepted per instructor. Group lessons are $20 per person and do not include admission and skate rental fees. Private skating lessons are also offered in 30 or 45-minute sessions. The cost for a 30-minute lesson is $30 and $45 for a 45-minute lesson (admission and skate rental fees not included).

Admission for ice skating ranges from $12.50 to $17.50 and varies by day. Children 5 and under are $6. Helmet and walker rentals are also available for an additional cost. Observer only fees range from free to $2.

The Ice Rink will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with special hours for school holidays (based on the CISD school calendar).

The Woodlands Township invites residents and visitors alike to enjoy The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center this holiday season.

Book your wintry adventure online today!

Produced by The Woodlands Township and sponsored by Market Street, The Howard Hughes Corporation®, The Strong Firm and Wright’s Printing.

 

 

 

www.thewoodlandsicerink.com
icerink@spectrumfcs.com
281-419-5630

Located at the northwest side of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at the corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Drive, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is now open daily for the holiday season! Free parking is available in the Town Center Parking Garage (2005 Lake Robbins Drive). The 21,000 square-foot multipurpose facility features ice skating, private and group ice skating lessons, tables for parties and concessions. The Ice Rink is also available for private rental for corporate or private events.

Please note – Ice Rink operations have been modified to accommodate more stringent cleaning procedures, provide social distancing for guests in accordance with CDC guidelines and comply with local orders regarding building capacity. All visitors will be screened prior to entry and temperature checked. Please wear a face covering when inside the building.

Ice Rink guests should practice social distancing, refrain from gathering in large groups and continue following all guidelines established by the CDC when in public spaces and around others outside of your household. Please note all Township events and programs are subject to cancellation pending local, state and federal Orders or Declarations.  

Countdown to Giving: Day 11

Recipes from the Ferester Collection

The holiday season is the perfect time to share and try new recipes. From special breakfast items to holiday cocktails, we’ve picked a few of our favorites from years past to share with you. We’ve included a champagne punch, a fun drink to share at your next holiday party…apricot strudel and cinnabons rolls, just as good for breakfast as they are dessert…and protein porridge, which can be prepared ahead of time, perfect for this busy season when breakfast needs to be easy to prepare and packed with protein. Enjoy!

Champagne Punch

3 bottles ginger ale

1 large can lemonade

1 pint peach brandy

2 bottles Champagne

The night before making the punch, freeze 1 bottle of ginger ale in a bowl. Mix lemonade, peach brandy, and remaining two bottles of ginger ale. Pour into a punch bowl and add two bottles of champagne. Add frozen ginger ale.

Apricot Strudel

2 cups flour

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sour cream

10 oz. jar smooth apricot preserves

Combine flour, butter and sour cream and knead into pastry dough. Divide into 4 even portions, place on a plate and cover in cling film. Refrigerate overnight or for several hours. Roll out one portion of dough on a floured tea towel till 12 x 14 rectangle, using lots of flour as the dough is thin and sticky. Spread with preserves. Roll up like jelly roll. Repeat with the other three portions. Bake on an ungreased pan or cookie sheet at 350 for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely and slice.

Cinnabon Rolls

½ cup warm water

2 pkgs. active dry yeast

2 Tablespoons sugar

3.5 oz pkg. Instant vanilla pudding mix

½ cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 Tablespoon salt

8 cups flour

½ cup butter, melted

2 cups brown sugar, packed

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

 

Frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

 In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved, then set aside. Yeast should bubble. In a large bowl, make pudding mix according to package directions. Mix until slightly thickened. Add ½ cup melted butter, eggs, and salt and mix well. Add yeast and blend. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm draft free place until double in size, about 1 hour. Punch down and let rise again, about 45 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to a 34” x 21” rectangle. Spread ½ cup melted butter over the surface.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle this mixture over top of the dough. Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll up very tightly. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1 or 2 inch rolls  depending on how large you want your cinnamon rolls to be. Place rolls onto foil-covered (for easy clean-up) baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Remove when golden brown.

 Combine all frosting ingredients and mix until smooth. Spread on warm rolls. Serve warm.

Jamie Oliver’s Protein Porridge Mix

This is a fantastic porridge mix. Make up a batch, store it in a sealed glass jar, and have it ready to go whenever you want a quick, wholesome meal!

For the mix:

2 cups rolled oats

¼ cup dry quinoa

⅓ cup flaxseeds

¾ cups walnuts

¾ cups pumpkin seeds

¾ cups almonds (whole or sliced)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

To make the porridge:

 ⅔ cup milk or your favorite non-dairy milk

¼ cup berries, mashed if desired

Nuts for topping

Honey for topping

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until consistency is like a coarse almond meal. Store mix in an airtight container until ready to use.

To make a serving of porridge, combine 1 ¾ cup of the mix with ⅔ cup milk of your choice in a small pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Take off heat and add berries, nuts and honey as desired.

 Nearly 40 years ago, these recipes and more made up a cookbook…a cookbook that marked the beginning of Beth Ferester’s real estate career. Before the world of social media marketing – Beth went door to door hand delivering these books as a way to make personal connections with people in the neighborhood. Beth is now seen as a matriarch in real estate – ranking in the top 25 realtors in the Greater Houston area every year since the early 2000’s. In the past year, Beth has brought some of these recipes back to life through her giving back coffeehouse next door to her real estate office, Lovebeans. The team makes these homemade cinnamon rolls every weekend, and the full version of this cookbook is available in the merch store. Come out and visit us in Creekside!

8522 Creekside Forest Drive Suite D-101, The Woodlands, TX 77375
www.Ferester.com
www.LovebeansCoffeehouse.com
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Holiday Wish Guide Goes Digital!

Due to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and our focus on supporting our ad partners, clients, staff and the community, The Book The Woodlands Wish Guide is going digital!

The Wish Guide was introduced in 2019 as an exclusive luxury look-book modeled after The Book The Woodlands with the same sophisticated matte cover and pages, in a more petite 7×10” size.

This year, The Wish Guide will highlight 12 local businesses in our Countdown to Giving released on social media as well as the The Book The Woodlands website. We will also continue to feature festive editorial content, stylish and luxurious gift ideas as well as a calendar of events in and around The Woodlands during the Holiday Season. There will also be opportunities for both large and small digital ads to be featured on the website.

The Wish Guide will run from November through January! Please join us in using your marketing dollars to make a positive impact on meeting the needs of our neighbors in South Montgomery County as all proceeds will go to help fund Interfaith’s many programs and services.

For more information or to inquire about availability,
please call Cathy Mogler, Publications Manager 832.615.8213
cmogler@woodlandsinterfaith.org

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