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I can't believe Christmas is almost upon us.  Having had the stomach flu last Christmas Eve and having to pretend that I felt ok on Christmas makes me especially look forward to this year.  We went to the Distillery Christmas Market on Sunday night and although it was PACKED, it definitely put me in a festive mood.  We ( I ) had some mulled wine, listened to music and went to Cluny for dinner.  It was a lovely evening.  So lovely that Peter woke up the next day asking if we could go back.

I'm almost done wrapping but I still intend to light a fire tonight, drink some eggnog, watch a Christmas movie and make the best of what I still have to do.  Today is going to be packed with last minute food shopping and prep.  Yesterday I was looking through pinterest for breakfast and dessert ideas.  I found this awesome salted caramel chocolate tart to make for Christmas Eve.  I went to William Sonoma to buy the pretty tart tray and the fleur de sal.  I am planning on making these little no bake individual nutella cheesecakes for Christmas Day.

As for Christmas morning/brunch.  I was thinking of making these ricotta pancakes and putting together a nice cheese tray that will probably include some truffled brie, a chevre noir, old cheddar and a big chunk of parm.  Add some bread and crackers, meats and some honey and truffle oil and you're good to go.  It's nice to just put out food that people can just go back to snack on as the morning turns into afternoon and you sip on your mimosas.

I was looking through Food and Wine Magazine and came across these roasted grape ricotta crostini's which I think would be awesome and it made me think back several years ago when Kate and I went to Campagnolo and we had this delicious burrata cheese with roasted grapes.  I found the recipe and made it at home and again loved it.  So if you're looking for something new and yummy give it a go.  No one will be disappointed.

As for my second mantle I decided to keep it simple.  I just spray painted the little wooden wreaths white and hung a gold ornament on them.   I added some mercury glass tea light holders and put the battery operated tea lights in so my juju doesn't set on fire and the stockings.  Everything is white, silver and gold in my living room.

I hope most of your Christmas prep is done and that you can enjoy these last few days before the holidays really begin.

-Amanda

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