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10 Red and White Holiday Crafts & Recipes


If you are looking to be inspired, check out this collection of 10 red and white holiday crafts and recipes my talented friends across the blogosphere have made! There's bound to be a few you'll want to try.

The Celebration Shoppe - Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls


 Catch My Party - Clothespin Christmas Card Wreath


The Barefoot Baker - Stocking Place Card Cookies


The Cake Blog - Marshmallow Snowflakes


Love the Day - Glittered Glass Jars


Bird’s Party – Last Minute Homemade Gift Idea


Giggles Galore – Chocolate Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Fudge Christmas Gift

The Bearfoot Baker - Christmas Wreath Cookies


Creative Juice - Peppermint Pretzel Bark


Celebrations at Home - Holiday Entertaining Appetizer Party Ideas

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Happy crafting and baking! Hope you find these ideas useful...

Gruyère Gougères -- A Great White Wine Pairing

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

I can't think of a better time than the holidays to do a food and wine pairing. I was sent two wines from the Robert Mondavi Private Selection --  their Sauvignon Blanc and their Pinot Noir -- and asked to come up with a recipe that would go well with one of them.

I enjoyed both wines. The Sauvignon Blanc has a bright and fresh feel with strong citrus notes. The Pinot Noir has a rich berry flavor, smooth tannins, and a full and round finish.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

I chose the Savignon Blanc to pair. Because of its lightness, I wanted to create a recipe that was light in texture but rich in flavor. That's why I chose gougères, which are small savory French pastries filled with cheese. They are like biting into little puffs of cheese-y heaven. :)

I added some holiday herbs (sage, rosemary, savory, and thyme) to the recipe to give it a wintery feel, and used Gruyère and Emmentaler cheese to give it an earthy, salty flavor.



  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon herb mix (rosemary, thyme, sage, savory)
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 cup grated Emmantaler
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Preheat the oven to 425F

Add 1/2 cup white wine, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 cup of cubed butter to a sauce pan. Heat it on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Heat until the butter is completely melted, and it just starts to boil. Take the pan off the stove, and stir in the flour. Put the pan back on the stove on medium heat, and stir for about 1 minute. The dough should be starting to leave thin film on the bottom of the pan when it is done.

Move the dough from the pan to a mixing bowl (careful, it is hot). Beat on low with an electric mixer for 1 minute. You'll see it released a lot of steam. Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time. It is important to add each egg individually and mix until incorporated to ensure a good rise. After all the eggs are in, mix in the cheese. Set aside about 1.4 cup of teh cheese to use as a topping. Last, mix in the diced herbs.  We use a mix of thyme, sage, rosemary, and savory.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

Prepare a baking sheet with a silpat, or parchment paper. Spoon out walnut size balls of dough, or use a pastry bag to pipe them onto the baking sheet. Mix the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of milk and brush onto the gougères. Sprinkle a little of the cheese on top.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425F, then turn down the oven and bake for another 20 minutes at 350F. They should be brown and crisp on the outside.

Makes about two dozen.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

The Gougères paired beautifully with the Sauvignon Blanc. They turned out crunchy on the outside, light and airy on the inside.

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

Herb Emmental Gruyere Gougeres Recipe

I was also asked to share some of my  "do's and don'ts" for entertaining over the holidays. My main piece of advice is to find ways to reduce your stress. I tend to get stressed over the holidays, so I'm always looking for shortcuts. Therefore, I recommend preparing as much as you can beforehand and freezing it. Also, think about hosting your party between mealtimes, so you can just serve hors d'oeuvres and desserts and skip a main course. Finally, I'm a big fan of a signature cocktail, which is always a fun surprise for your guests, and reduces your need for a full bar.

And finally, keep in mind the goal of your party, which is to create a warm and joyous environment to get friends and family together. So please don't sweat the small stuff, and, remember... it's all small stuff. (I'm constantly reminding myself of this.)

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Robert Mondavi Private Selection via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Robert Mondavi Private Selection.

Our First Catch My Party Etsy Team Designer Challenge... Snowflakes

I just started a team on Etsy called Catch My Party. It's open to ANY Etsy shop owner who sells party related products AND  who joins the free Catch My Party vendor directory.

I'm also kicking off our first Etsy Team Designer Challenge for the holidays.  The theme is "snowflakes."

By entering and designing items that incorporate the theme, not only will you get a chance to show off your handmade "snowflake" holiday goods on our site, but you could also win an HP Officejet 7500A Printer.

So here's how you enter:

  • Have an Etsy shop
  • List yourself in our free Catch My Party vendor directory: (Click on the light blue link in the upper right-hand corner of the page that says "Add your listing to our vendor directory." If you're not a member, please join our site, then head back to the vendor page to fill in your info. Once you're done you should see your listing immediately on our vendor page.)
  • Add your handmade snowflake-themed items to your Etsy shop by midnight (PST) November 30th and tag them "CMPsnowflake."
  • You will automatically be entered into our HP Officejet 7500A Printer giveaway.
After the deadline, we will feature all your snowflake items on our site. I will also be posting my top 10 favorites.

Then I will do a random drawing on Thursday, December 1st to determine the winner of our printer giveaway!

Happy crafting! I can't wait to see what you come up with! And please share this challenge with all your Etsy teams and Etsy circles.

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