Merry Christmas Y’all!

The season of Yankee swaps, ugly sweaters and SantaCon is upon us. Yesterday I went to a “boozy holiday brunch” hosted by my friend Caroline. And like all good Texas girls, Caroline and her roommate MC made us all feel welcome in their home with good food, tasty drinks and lots of laughter.

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Their apartment is a rare find in NYC – a hidden gem in the West Village. I’ve walked by their apartment many times and never noticed this cute little door that leads back to their own private outdoor space!

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Their house was warm and cozy with candles and holly all around the apartment.

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And their tree, while small, was a beautiful site to see!

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And of course, no Texas home would be compete without some antlers. And these Texas ladies have found a way to put them to use!

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My favorite part of the gathering was hearing about different family holiday traditions. From Tamales on Christmas Eve — a tradition started by a family from Texas who used to run a ranch and would receive homemade tamales from their staff – to a feast of the seven fishes, an Italian-American tradition. At the party, we had the opportunity to partake in a family tradition from Caroline’s childhood with her mom’s famous Milk Punch.

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Mike Punch: by Shelley Page
1 cup chilled coffee
4 cups whole milk
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream (softened)
Blend together and top with whipped cream.
Grate nutmeg on top.
Serves 10
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*And if you are feeling more naughty than nice, you can add some bourbon to the bowl!

Thank you so much to Caroline and MC for opening up their wonderful home and sharing some traditions with this New England gal.

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