Pomegranate Mimosas and Corn Avocado Salsa

As you may know, my favorite recipes are those that are low effort, high impact.

Particularly during the holiday season, when we are busy making our lists and checking them twice, this kind of recipe can be the answer to the pot-luck holiday party challenge.

First up, Pomegranate Mimosas. Perfect for a ladies lunch or Christmas morning, this light and lovely beverage is a nice variation on the traditional champagne cocktail.

Pomegranate mimosas

Pomegranate Mimosas

  • 2 cups of pure pomegranate juice (like Pom Wonderful)
  • 1 cup of pulp-free orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur)
  • Bottle of your favorite Champagne
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish

Mix together the first three ingredients. Be sure to keep this mixture and the Champagne ice-cold.

When you are ready to serve, sprinkle some pomegranate arils in the bottom of the Champagne glass (you can use a Champagne flute or beautiful vintage Champagne glasses as seen in the photo).

Pour some of the mixture and some champagne over the arils (I start with a 50/50 ratio then adjust based on people’s preferences) and enjoy!

I brought this to a luncheon at my pal Woody’s house which was beautifully decorated for the holidays complete with a Christmas village including this.

Christmas village W

Well done, Woody and Mr. Woody!

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Sometimes I think “healthy” and “delicious” are oxymorons when it comes to recipes. That is not the case, my friends, with this gem.

All credit for this low effort, high impact appetizer recipe goes to my friend, Clare.

Corn avocado salsa ingredients

Clare’s Corn Avocado Salsa

  • 3 Tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar (be sure to use white balsamic or the finished product won’t be as pretty)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 can of white corn, drained
  • 3 avocados, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup of onion (use a red onion is you like a little kick, or yellow onion if not)

Mix the first four ingredients then add to the bottom three ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pretty simple, eh?

The only tricky part of this recipe is keeping the chopped avocados from turning brownish. Clare recommends tossing the corn and onion then adding a little of the dressing as you add each avocado.

Be sure to put a tight seal of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the dip to keep air away from the avocado until serving. But, honestly, this salsa will be gobbled up so fast the avocados won’t have time to transform.

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There you have it. A couple of easy-peasy recipes to share with friends and family. Cheers!

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Wrap And Go – Christmas Crunch Time

OK, everyone, today is Day 18 of

Partners In A Pair Tree – Kelly And Mo Celebrate December.

Do you know what else that means?

It means that we are just one week – seven short days away from Christmas. Holiday crunch time.

As much as I try EVERY SINGLE YEAR to be better organized, to be more relaxed and to set realistic expectations for what I can and should accomplish in the holiday season, I get to this point and all bets are off.

I’m in triage mode. Or, as my friend Peggy calls it, Wrap And Go.

gift wrap

I bet many of you are in the same situation.  Buying gifts, wrapping and baking on an as needed basis.

What do I need for today?

I’ll pick out the teacher gifts on Thursday in time for the class party on Friday.

I have a few holiday crisis tips for you. They may not all help you this year but, when we all find ourselves in the inevitable holiday tizzy again next December 18th, you will be set.

Mall of Me – Otherwise known as The Mall of Mom, this is a place – a cabinet or drawer in your house – where you collect simple, classic gift items to have on hand for emergencies. This time of year those emergencies may be a hostess gift that you forgot to get, an office gift exchange that is sprung on you at the last minute or, I hate to say it, someone for whom you meant to get a gift but left off your shopping list.

Think of the Mall of Me as your gift safety net.

The Mall of Mom

Amazon Prime – I am an enormous fan of Amazon, and not ashamed to admit it. I love that they sell almost everything you can think of and I especially love that they can get my purchases to me in the blink of an eye. Am I the only person who is excited about and not freaked out by Amazon’s plans to deliver purchases via drones?

Amazon Prime, which costs $79 per year, provides free two day shipping for any “Prime eligible” purchases. When you need your purchase even sooner, Amazon Prime enables you to get next day deliver for a mere $3.99 per item.

That is some crazy stuff!

Some might consider Amazon to be an enabler. The Prime shipping saves me from my own procrastination and disorganization. I’m OK with that.

Von Maur – This is a tip that probably won’t help you be ready for next week but it’s something you can use year-round for all of your gift giving needs.

Von Maur is a department store, based in the Midwest. It is Nordstrom-esque in its spectacular customer service. They also have a fabulous shoe department and a live piano player in the store for ambiance. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Where Von Maur really shines, though, is as a place to do online gift shopping. This store provides – are you ready for it? –


I’m not kidding.

Their website allows you to purchase any number of gifts in one transaction. You simply select the items that go together in each gift, pick your wrapping paper, fill out a gift enclosure card and provide the shipping address.  Could not be easier.

But the best advice for all of us is to “Just breathe”.

We all say that we are not going to go overboard. That we are going to keep in the spirit of the season without getting caught up in the commercialism that is all around us.

We say that – but it’s not easy.

Our holiday reality is that we have expectations. Our families have expectations. Even the traditions that we love and cherish bring with them a to-do list.

Today is the day to stop, collect your thoughts, take a breath and tell yourself: everything will get done.

And believe that it will.

What is your wrap and go strategy? Do you have any special tips for reducing holiday stress?

As we add another ornament to our tree and  head into the final week of Partners In A Pair Tree, we thank you for taking time in your busyness to join us for this ride.

Partners In A Pair Tree - Day 18


PS This is not a sponsored post. I am simply a devoted customer of both Amazon and Von Maur.

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