Sunday, December 19, 2010

✩☆ Jolly by Golly (and other magic) ☆✩

Happy Holidays, Friends!

festive book love image from weheartit
How are all the Who's in Whoville doing this week? 

I hope you are happy and healthy and enjoying your Whobilations, including but not limited to the building of snowpeople...even if they look like Bjork.

image from my favorite show (RIP *sob*) Gilmore Girls (WB) 

So many things to talk about...  

1) Cheermeisters  Melissa and Jen decided to take the reindeer reins on festive fun and thus behold the  Be Jolly by Golly blogfest! 

We are asked to provide some pictures of our personal holiday decorations and our favorite holiday recipe(s). 
(Don't forget to visit everyone else (the list is here), share in the holiday spirit and spread the cheer!)

Here's a little peek into our home (too tired to take and download and upload more than a company just left):

one of MANY decorated trees, but the only real one this year

So, *maybe* I hinted to Santa (only a teeny, tiny bit) that something (small) from a certain dreamy place (see below picture) wrapped in their trademark turquoise blue box and placed under the tree (with my name on the tag) would be warmly received...

But, Santa Baby had an even bigger and better gift in mind... and left it in my driveway (!)...

2011 Honda Pilot Touring Edition 4WD
(I love you, Santa!) *kisses* (BEST gift EVER)

Hmmm, where was I? Oh yeah, recipe sharing time. Let's make it a festive cocktail (or two), shall we? 
Holiday Spirit(s) coming up!

For the sweet, I give you my FAVORITE winter cocktails:

Crème Brûlée Martini

(makes one martini)

1 oz. quality vanilla vodka
1 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Grand Marneir

Mix all ingredients in an ice filled shaker
Shake gently
Strain into chilled martini glass

Lola's Chilled Hot Chocolate Martini

1oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur,
1 oz.Stoli (or good quality) vanilla vodka,
1/2 oz.Crème de Cacao and
a splash (tsp.-ish) of Peppermint Schnapps (optional)

Mix all ingredients and gently shake with ice. 
Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with chocolate shavings (or hot chocolate powder mix, or crushed candy canes). (I use one of the liqueurs to wet the rim and then dip in choc. or crushed candy canes)
Garnish with a miniature candy cane.

2) Give Books for the Holidays. Because scented candles and a tie never made anyone smarter. 

Give the gift of imagination and knowledge...
images from tumblr

3) Whoever and wherever you are and whatever holidays you may celebrate...

I wish you much peace, happiness and love. 
And plenty of unblocked, brilliant writing.




The Words Crafter said...

Hot Chocolate Martini!!! YUM :)

Love the peppermints and the lights on the mantle. Festive!

I need to be nicer to Santa, apparently. Wow, congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Cheers, Lola! Love the tree!

Jan Markley said...

Merry Christmas to you! I loved that show - the Gilmore Girls! Love your new car!

Heather said...

I love your decorations and I've got to try that martini recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hey, Santa came early to your house! Wow. You've been mighty good.
I love all the cheer in this post. Thanks and have a wonderful week.

L'Aussie said...

This is very lovely. Thanks for sharing so muchness! Happy Christmas!

LR said...

Those cocktails look fantabulous. Especially the chocolate martini (wow).
Here's another nice xmas cocktail that was on wordpress recently:

Partridge in a Pear Tree

■1½ oz pear vodka
■½ oz lemon juice
■½ oz simple syrup (I used agave nectar instead)
■Rosemary, cut into 1½ inch sprigs
Place one rosemary sprig in each glass. Combine vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup (or agave) in a shaker over ice. Shake well, and strain over rosemary. Top with champagne. Serve and enjoy!


Melissa said...

Those cocktails! OH MY GOODNESS LOLA!!!! I NEED THOSE. Creme brulee! I love creme brulee! I am freaking salivating (and I need to go to bed. Seeing the entries that have already been posted was not a good idea because know I am craving a stiff drink!!!)

I love your tree and mantle. They look gorgeous.

Also, I agree. Santa freaking loves you. Best gift ever!

Melissa said...

PS. Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

salarsenッ said...

Love your fireplace!! Beautiful. I missed this blogfest. Boo-hoo, but so glad so many of you have participated. Great holiday feel.

Enjoy your holiday!!

Renae said...

Love the fireplace and yes, Santa brought you the best gift!

Thanks for sharing the recipes...they look fabulous!!

DL Hammons said...

Your decorations are divine!! Love them. My wife and I had a Hot Chocolate Martini (or something close to it) this weekend and it was yummy!!

And you're right. BEST.GIFT.EVER! Kudo's to the hubs!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christine Danek said...

How did you know I love martinis? Perfect.
Nice gift. I think your SAnta needs to talk to my Santa.
Beautiful decorations.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pk Hrezo said...

You always have the best pics!!! WOW! WHat an awesome gift for you!! Big congrats! That's what I'm talkin' about!
Crem Brulee martini??? I'm in heaven. Thanks for the recipe.

Have a wonderful Xmas! :)

Susan Fields said...

A new car??? Lucky you! Enjoy!

Very happy holidays to you and your family!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Love the fireplace! That is so beautiful! And the tree looks great too. Merry Christmas!

Mary Vaughn said...

What a unique post!
Love the decorations especially the fun tree.

Merry Christmas!

KatieO said...

Love the decorations but L-O-V-E the martini recipes! Running out to get the ingredients to make the Creme Brulee today!
Happy Holidays!!

Angela Felsted said...

OK, so I have to tell you. That is the coolest snowman ever!

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! You have the loveliest images ever - the book christmas tree is just superb!!! Wow!!!

Your tree is just so dreamy!! And these recipes have me scouring my local supermarket's websites for the vital ingredients! Thank you!!!

May Santa give you all that you ask for!! And then some! :-) Take care

Summer Frey said...

I love your mantel! I helped my MIL do hers again on Saturday night. Last year I was in a cast, so I just directed. :)

Kelly said...

Those martinis sound sooooo good! I have to try them, especially the creme brulee one!
Your mantel and holiday decorations are gorgeous, just gorgeous! And Santa must have thought you were a very good girl this year, what a gift! :)
Enjoy the holidays with your family, Lola!!!

Lisa Potts said...

Your home looks lovely and the Honda aint' bad either. Somebody's been good this year!

I've never tried a martini, but the hot chocolate recipe looks divine.

I'm buying books for almost everyone this year. They truly are the gifts that keep on giving. Happy holidays!

Colene Murphy said...

Your place is soo pretty!!! Love the recipes too but can I say WOW! You must really have been a good girl this year! Nice car!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Such beautiful decorations!! You are creative in all things, my dear. And that hot chocolate martini? Yummers. Looks like something I MUST HAVES!!

LOVE your shiny new Christmas gift. This year I got tickets for the fam to go see WICKED, which I'm excited about, but it's nothing so grand as your pressie! Santa was so good to you this year!

Hope you have the best holiday season ever, you sweet merrymaker you!

Catherine Denton said...

The image of the bookcase tree is brilliant!! I love your carolers. And way to go, Santa!

Tara said...

GG...*sigh* Miss it.

Beautiful tree - we're still in the school-made decorations stage. That's okay, I love them, and one day I'll have my "pretty" tree back.

Jen Daiker said...

There is so much awesome here I don't even know where to begin! I love the photos, how magical, no wonder Santa was so good to you ;)

Merry Christmas Lola! Thank you so much for participating in all the fun!

Laura Marcella said...

I definitely have to try the hot chocolate martini!!!

Your decorations are lovely! And you must've been a VERY good girl this year to get a gift like that!!!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Your tree and mantle decorations are very beautiful. Those drinks looks delicious - I must try the hot chocolate martini.
Merry Christmas.

LTM said...

ooo, that chilled chocolate martini!!! mmmm :d

Love the book tree, miss the Gilmore Girls... sigh.

But love your Christmas list! Merry Christmas, hon! :o) <3

roxy said...

Love the festive decorations, Lola. Your home looks beautiful. Have the happiest holiday season.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Santa brought you a car???? I guess all of my letters have been going to an imposter Santa.

Tracy said...

See, I always watch those car commercials and think "No one gives a car as a Christmas present for goodness sakes." Seems I was wrong.

I'd stay and write more, but I have to go make me a Hot Chocolate martini. :D

Merry Christmas, Lola!

Summer Ross said...

Hot chocolate rocks. Love your pictures!

Sondrae Bennett said...

Creme Brule Martini....I think you're my new best friend! Wow, that is a great Christmas gift! Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

Meredith said...

Your fireplace is gorgeous! And I love the Bjork snowwoman--miss Gilmore Girls so much! I have to try these martinis now. They look incredibly yummy!

M Pax said...

Mmmm. Great sounding cocktails. Nice gift! I could use a AWD.

I miss the Gilmore Girls, too.

Vanessa Morgan said...

The chilled hot chocolate martini looks simply delicious. I hope to find all the ingredients here in Belgium.

Carol Riggs said...

Hiiiii, Lola! Okay, that first photo is my absolute FAVE--that is so perfect of a tree for writers, yes? Priceless. ;o) Your tree and decorations are beautiful, too; love the mantle pic especially. Way cool, a HONDA for Christmas. You certainly can't beat that!! Merry Christmas!

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

first off, i want to drink all those cocktails. Right. Now.
Second, i LOVE those two little people holding candles by the streetlight.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Love your decorations. Those little people holding the candles are so cute!

Merry Christmas!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Your decorations are gorgeous! I loved the fireplace all lit up in twinkling lights. The house is so much prettier all decorated, I never want to take the stuff down in January.

I am SO making both those martinis this year. Martinis are my drink of choice lately!

Happy Holidays, sweet Lola!
((hugs)) Nicole

Mary Mary said...

It looks like Santa has been particularly good to you this year! You must have some sort of 'in' with him, or something. Lovely pics! Enjoy the holidays!

♥ Mary Mary

Tessa Conte said...

Love your decorations,

And Tiffany's does great ads.... *sigh*

Of course, I only say that because I love turquoise.

No really.


Nicole Zoltack said...

Hot Chocolate Martini - I am so there! :) I love your fireplace! And a new Pilot? How awesome! Hubby and I have one, but it's not a brand new one. I'm sure you'll love it.

Ann said...

Aren't you the lucky girl! You must have been very very good.

I need one or three of martini's after that!

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Abby Minard said...

Your mantel is gorgeous!! And man, I wish Santa would bring me that car! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Lola Sharp said...

Thank you, friends, for stopping by and leaving me lovely comments.

Tracy--There was even a big red bow! (it had a magnet on the underside to 'stick' to the hood. :)

Merry Holidays!


Jeff King said...

Thx for the wonderful pics... it sure has brightened my day.

James Garcia Jr said...

Hey, Stranger! Merry Christmas.
This whole theme that you folks have been doing was such a great idea. I'm one of the crazy ones who simply must decorate the day after Thanksgiving, so it was great to see everybody's decorations. Yours look fantastic! It sounds like it has been a great Christmas for you already, hasn't it?
I love reading about holiday treats, but the holiday cocktails are just what the doctor ordered!!
Take care,


Trisha said...

I love Gilmore Girls!!

That crème brûlée martini looks AWESOME.

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Yummy!!!! :)

Love your mantle and that coexist sign is my new favourite! :)

Enjoy all the best of the holiday season Lola - Merry Christmas!

gideon 86 said...

Beautiful mantle, Lola.

I want a creme brulee martini..... NOW!

Loved the pics and Tiffany's add. But I think Santa was definitely kind to you!

Happy Christmas.


RaShelle said...

Love the idea with the magazine tree! Lots of fun stuff, too. Have a very, merry Christmas, Lola!!

Chris Phillips said...

My wife would love the creme brulee martini. Merry Xmas!

alexia said...

I love your pics! Your home is lovely and I love love LOVE that book Christmas tree! OMG, I am a huge martini fan so I am adoring your recipes.

Michelle Merrill said...

And I thought my early laptop was cool! That's a top of the line SAWEET Christmas present! And I love your mantel decorations. Have a Merry Christmas!

Kelley said...

Your photos are gorgeous and the martini sounds great :) Happy Holidays!

Teenage Bride said...

Hey there! I love your decoarations they are so fun and festive. That first picture really makes me want to re-format my bookshelf haha.

Those recipes of yours would make and Holiday party a hit!

Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

The book tree is so cool! Your Christmas decorations are beautiful.

Carol Kilgore said...

Lola! This was fantastic. And what a Best Gift Ever to receive :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Brenda Drake said...

Congrats on the best gift ever and love the decorations. Totally love the martinis and can't wait to try a few. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!! :D

Talli Roland said...

Creme Brulee martini? I think I have just died and gone to heaven...

Jennie Bailey said...

Creme brulee martini? I'll be the hit of the party! Your fireplace looks divine! Have a Merry Christmas, luv!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

OMG you got a car for Xmas? BEST GIFT EVER

Love your decorations and drinks!

Adriana Noir said...

Beautiful! I loved the recipies as well. :) Thanks for sharing your home and your amazing pressies as well.

Jamie Burch said...

Yay! Enjoy your beautiful new car. So exciting!

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and yummy recipes. I'm going to have to try those coctails!

Wonderful post!

Hope you have a magical Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Talei said...

Haha! Love it! Tiffany blue is my favourite shade. Fabulous decorations and fireplace, and those martinis are calling to me! Thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Jolly holiday season!! ;)


her zaman yardım said... is good decorations and turkish decoration models :)

Lisa said...

Love the festive post!

Your decorations are lovely and wow! to that new car! Excellent!

I hope you have a very merry Christmas with your family!


erica and christy said...

ooh! ooh! so many things to comment on! love your mantle! and can't wait to try the martini! (thanks for stopping by our blog...i, too like food way to much to ever diet. it's the only reason to work out. so i can eat whatever i want, whenever i want to!) merry christmas! christy

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the pictures. Not sure which is my favorite. LOL. Maybe I'll try the first one with my bookshelf. :)

Okay, your present from Santa was very cool.

Hope you have a fabulous Christmas, Lola. :D

gideon 86 said...

I have an award for you at my blog. Congrats.


Janet Johnson said...

Such a cool book Christmas tree! And seriously . . . I need to take lessons from you on asking for presents from Santa!

Merry Christmas!

Lynda Young said...

wow those martinis look yum! I love your tree and your decorations and your mantle is gorgeous!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas,

Danette said...

Congratulations on the award! Great pics and love the post in general! The recipes look delicious! I just might drink my way through Christmas!

Be Jolly by Golly!

Elliot Grace said...

...Holy Wolf Pack! A new Honda?!
Apparently Lola's been a very good girl this year:)

Happy Holidays!


Lola Sharp said...

Holiday Hugs to all my lovely friends. Thanks for all the kind comments and humor.

I wish each of you a 2011 filled with joy!


Anonymous said...

Hot chocolate martini. <3

I bought myself, I mean other people, plenty of books.

Happy holidays!

Kazzy said...

Nice to get a little glimpse into your home. Happy holidays!

Jackee said...

Such beautiful decorations and a new car?! Awesome Christmas for you, Lola. :o)

Have a great New Year!

Carolyn V. said...

Oh my gosh! The car is beautiful!
What an awesome Christmas! =)

SugarScribes said...

I loved this post & I really love your mantle. I am just now reading it as I took a long holiday away from my computer to spend time with my kids. I love all of the pix and the jolly humor. Too bad I don't have any winter wonderland photos to share; here in Louisiana we are lucky if it gets cold enough to wear our Holiday sweater. Thanks for the creme brule martini recipe ( it will go over great in La.) I look forward to reading more.


Rick said...

What a fantastically happy post! I loved it- it was like having Christmas all over again.

TechnoBabe said...

Lola, here is a hug to you and best wishes for a great new year.

Lola Sharp said...

Thanks, friends.

Sorry I've been away so long. Been busy. :)

New post coming today.

Love you guys.

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