Tuesday, December 28, 2010


 Happy Christmas season!!!!!!! I hope the main event was as delightful for all of you as it was for our family. I think it was the best one yet!

We spent the week leading up to Christmas in Williamsburg with both sides of our family. Everything about the trip was lovely--the chilly but sunny weather, the singing, the beautiful colonial decorations, the girls' happy hearts and good moods, excellent food (eaten perhaps a little too frequently).

The only bummer was the fact that I left my camera and phone in the hotel lobby. Thankfully Williamsburg is probably the safest place on earth and it was Christmas eve, so it was turned in, and should be making its way back to DC sometime soon I hope. So being sans camera on Christmas morning I don't have any Christmas day shots to share, but instead I'll leave you with one of my favorite Christmas season recipes.  It's my take on Darby's insanely delicious honey butter. It's easy to make, way addictive, and impossible to get wrong. The girls love to help make it too. We like to make a bunch and give it out as hostess gifts and treats for our guests that pop in over the season:

Spiced Christmas Spread (perfect on toast...and everything else!)
  • 3 Sticks of Butter
  • 1/2 cup of Honey
  • 1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  • 6 Lady Grey Tea bags  (the secret ingredient)
 -Butter should be softened at room tempature
-whip butter until smooth and fluffy
-stir in honey, powdered sugar, and brown sugar and mix until blended
-add cinnamon and orange zest and blend
-tear open the Lady Grey Tea bags and stir in contents one at a time until
-blend for a few seconds, and divide into containers (we use 5 oz ikea spice jars and add fabric and twine to the top)

I usually measure ingredients by eye, so it turns out slightly different with each batch. And I also like to experiment. The orange zest and brown sugar are new this year, and so far I've heard only good things. So if you haven't already felt the guilt on Christmas indulgence set in, go whip up a batch and enjoy!

(Images: 1: Merriment Events via Snippet & Ink, 2: me)


  1. Sounds like a wonderful holiday...wish you had your camera - I love Williamsburg!
    And I wish I had this recipe before Christmas...I love homemade gifts to give out. Next year though I will definately use this recipe. :)
    Have a wonderful new year!

  2. LOVE Williamsburg...it must be precious at Christmas time! Carolling, wassail...

    Enjoy your time between now and the new Year!

  3. I've kept this bookmarked forever and I am finally getting around to making this in 2013. Thanks for the recipe.


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