A christmas tree.Image via WikipediaThis is a warm buttery delicious drink to curl up with in front of a roaring fire…. Perfect for Christmas Eve while singing carols or wrapping presents…. Merry Christmas everyone and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2011 

8 cups cider
1 orange, thinly sliced
1/2 cup honey
8 cinnamon sticks and 16 whole cloves 
1 1/2 -2 cups dark rum
8 pats unsalted butter
How to make it

In a saucepan, heat cider, orange, honey, and cloves until bubbly.
Simmer, but do not boil, for 10 minutes
Pour cider into warm heat - proof mugs, adding a cinnamon stick for each serving
Add rum to mug as desired
Top with a pat of softened unsalted butter
Stir until butter is melted
Serve hot

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Beef StroganoffImage by cobalt123 via FlickrChristmas is around the corner!!!  I will be posting some easy and tasty recipes for those busy days leading up to Christmas.. Enjoy!

3 lb. beef round steak, 1/2 inch thick
1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 med. onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings
2 (4 oz. each) cans sliced mushrooms, drained or 1/2 lb.
mushrooms, sliced
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can condensed beef broth
1/4 c. dry white wine (optional)
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. flour

Trim all excess fat from steak and cut meat into 3 inch
strips about 1/2 inch wide. Combine 1/2 cup flour, the
salt, pepper and dry mustard; toss with steak strips to
coat thoroughly. Place coated steak strips in crock pot;
stir in onion rings and mushrooms. Add beef broth and wine;
stir well. Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.
Before serving, combine sour cream with 1/4 cup flour; stir
into crock pot. Serve stroganoff over rice or noodles.

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