Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day #12 My Gift to You! - 12 Days of Christmas

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Christmas Music is blaring in the Mende House, cookies are
baking, last minute tasks are being completed so we can check off 
our to do list!  What are you doing on this last Saturday before Christmas?

I wanted to take a minute and thank you  for reading the blog
this year!   2015 will bring many changes to Lisa Mende Design.  I can't
wait to share what's going on with you.  

I've had a wonderful 2014.  As I look back over this past year,
 I am reminded of my many blessings.  Thank you for being part of 
those blessings.  The friends I have made through my blog are a happy
 part of my life.   I want to personally thank you for taking time from
 your busy lives to read my blog.  To show my gratitude, I wanted
 to give you a little gift.  

Get the entire family in on the chores!  Christmas was not meant for one
 person in the family to do all the work!  Delegate!  Nominate your own elves to help!

Remember to Slow Down and Enjoy this time....

Lisa's List of Important Things to Do at Christmas!

1.  Look the other way when Grandparents want to spoil Grandchildren
2. Forgive anyone who has wronged you!  Give the gift of forgiveness everyday for
    yourself as well as those you hold malice towards.
3. Prepare as many dishes for dinner as you can!  Take the day off and enjoy!
4. Don't forget to hang the mistletoe
5. Save a branch of your Christmas tree trunk to burn as next year's yule log
6. Don't forget the batteries
7. Don't forget to milk and cookies out for Santa.
8. Remember that peace on Earth starts with peace in our hearts and homes.
9. Read the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve as a family!
10.  Don't forget to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  It is Jesus's Birthday!

P.S. Don't forget to watch "White Christmas!"

Enjoy the Season! 

Note: Important things list taken from "The Little Book of Christmas Joys"
432 Things to do for yourself and others that just might make this the best Christmas Ever!
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Day #11 - Homemade Goodies Are A Perfect Gift! 6 Easy recipes! - 12 Days of Christmas!

Time is running out for shipping items, so why not make some gifts
 yourself?  I have rounded up my family's favorite holiday recipes
 along with a couple from friends. Every recipe included is quick
 and easy!  The wonderful aromas created while baking
 these goodies is an added bonus!

Pictured above are snowball cookies!  For the recipe click here!
Cooking Classy made them into snowballs but at my house we
make them into small little finger shapes and call them lady fingers!

 Pop over to my beautiful friend, Pamela Copeman's blog for a no fail sugar
 cookie recipe.  When my kids were little we baked all kinds of goodies and
 shared with our neighbors and friends.

Here are some of my favorites to make for holiday giving.  Hope this post puts
you in a baking mood!  We plan to bake tonight at the Mende house!  Can't wait
to try Pamela's cookie recipe!  

Photo and Recipe Via
Cheese straws
Yield 10 dozen
30 minute prep
Bakes in 12 min.

1 1/2 cups butter softened
1 (1lb) block sharp cheddar cheese shredded 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 to 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
4 cups all purpose flour
Beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer until blended. Gradually add flour, beating until 
well combined.  Use cookie press to make star shaped long ribbons.line baking sheet.  cut ribbons into 2 inch pieces. 
Bake at 350 for 12 min.  
For Cheese wafers by combining ingredients then chill dough for 2 hr.  shape dough into 4 logs, wrap each in plastic and chill for 8 hrs, then remove from frig and cut in 1/4" slices place on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake on 350 for approx 15 or until brown, remove and cool.  store in airtight container for a week.  Note: if you don't have a stand mixer use a handheld just make sure to divide the ingredients in half and work with two batches.

Credit via My Blessed Life
 Sausage Balls are my family's favorite holiday treat.  My husband has become quite the sausage ball maker.  I must admit a dirty little secret....I don't eat them but everyone else in my world LOVES them.  You will too if you have never had them.  They are definitely a holiday must have at the Mende house. 

Recipe and Photo via She Wears Many Hats

She Wears Many Hats has my exact recipe for salted pecans!  We love to make these for cocktails.  The kids love to snack on them too.  There are only three ingredients so nothing complicated here.  

Salted Pecans

5 min. prep
approx 15 min cook time depending on your oven

4 cups of pecans
 tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add butter to large baking sheet and put in oven to melt, then add pecans and salt toss to coat and spread in even layer.  Bake for approx 15 min.  toss halfway through cooking time.  Watch carefully because they can burn quickly.  Store in air tight container or zip loc bag until ready to serve.

Ok, so the next recipe I'm sharing isn't for gift giving but if you have some
 friends in, try this....

Click for Recipe
Toasted marshmallow shot glasses !!!!
Cheri Alberts of YouTube's The Watering Mouth teaches us all how

I have a couple other recipes I'll share later but that's enough for now! 
Gotta go run some errands!   Happy Holidays!  Let me know what your favorite
holiday recipes are!  I would love to know!  

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day #10 Last Minute "Southern Goodies" to Order Online - 12 Days of Christmas Shopping

 You know the old southern saying, "it's so good it will make you slap your grandma"?  Well, I have put together my favorite southern food items for sending to people on my list that fit the bill.  This list isn't for the faint of heart!  It is good ole southern food.  No calorie counting here!  It's the holidays!  Remember if you get food for a gift the calories have been removed!
Who wants to go through the holidays without a little southern love?  Not me!

Let's start with Callie's Charleston Biscuits.  Order up these country ham biscuits and you will get rave reviews!  Click here to order!  Get 2 dozen for $49.50.  Perfect for Christmas morning.  Remember it's nice to give the cook the morning off!  Also available in cocktail size.  Callie's offers all kinds of delicious biscuits, cheese crisps and more!

Callie's offers a Christmas morning gift box for $64.80 which includes 2 packages (24) of Shortcake Biscuits 1 lb of Belle's Country Sausage 1 lb of Callie's Biscuits Blend Coffee.   

Callie also offers good ole southern pimento cheese.  Available in regular or fiery. If you have never tired pimento cheese, try Callies and you will be hooked!  Click here for details. 
Get two containers for $19.90 

Food for the Southern Soul is another great place to order southern food for gift giving. 
I love this Harleston Village Hors d'oeuvres Gift Box full of goodies for only $69

If you want to send a gift under $10 this is a fab idea!  Charleston Favorites Stone ground grits are available in white or yellow!  These grits make the best shrimp and grits around!
Only $7.95  Guaranteed to make your northern friends smile!

Porch Pies will be a big hit with anyone on your gift list!   

Choose from buttermilk, southern pecan, chocolate chess, sweet potato, coconut chess, lemon chess, kitchen sink, mixed berry crumble, apple crumble, peaches and cream and apple buttermilk.  Yummy!  Makes me hungry just thinking about them!  If you live in the greater LA area Porchpies will hand deliver a pie to your gift recipient. 

Caroline's Cakes is another southern hit for holiday entertaining!  Who doesn't love a good homemade cake during the holidays?  Order one for a friend and one for yourself. Caroline's Cakes is so good it make Oprah's Gift List!

The company was founded on Caroline's caramel cake she served at
her son's Christening in 1982 and has grown from there.

My family loves Caroline's Buche de Noel  or Christmas Yule Log
but Caroline's offers a huge selection of cakes.  Click here to see

Another favorite southern gift idea is this gift box from Southern Seasons featuring Bill Neal legendary Southern Cooking Cookbook, along with  a 2 lb bag of Crook's Corner stone ground grits all for $20.99  Bill Neal is known as the father of Shrimp and Grits which was first cooked in his restaurant, Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Southern Seasons features goodies from all over North Carolina.  click here to see their best sellers.  There is something for everyone on your list in prices ranging from $4.99 to as much as you care to spend.

Today is the last day for regular UPS ground delivery before Christmas!  

Another favorite place to order gifts is Southern Seasons.  I have been a Southern Seasons fan for as long as I can remember.  Their Chapel Hill, NC store is one of my favorite stores of all times.  It is brimming with goodies!  Southern Seasons now has a Charlotte, NC location as well as locations in Charleston, SC, Richmond, Va and Raleigh, NC.  Southern Seasons offers over 80,000 gourmet food items, wines, teas and gift items online and in the store.   They offer a concierge serve as well as executive corporate gifts. Check out Vivian Howard of PBS "A Chef's Life" for her favorite gifts for giving here.

Hopefully, I have helped solve some of your last minute shopping issues.
Order today to get it there by Christmas!  

Merry Christmas Ya'll!!!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day #9 Fab Gifts Found in Charlotte but Ship Anywhere! - 12 Days of Christmas Shopping

Thought I would share some local love today! We are so lucky in Charlotte to have great resources for gift giving.  Here are some of my favorite "go to" resources all year long.  

First up is Melvin Jewelry!  If you have seen me wear a gold Ram Cuff, it is Melvin.  That cuff is no longer available, but here are some of my new favorites from Melvin.

Love the Tassel Bracelets for $40.  Layer to create a colorfest on your wrist.  Melvin
has bracelets in bone, glass, clay and vinyl.  There is something for everyone!

This leopard wrap $60 is sure to be a favorite gift.  I have the purple and love it!
Also looks great layered with other bracelets for an arm candy party.  There is
a wider version leopard bracelet if you prefer a larger width.

The Knotted Tassel necklace $159 is super fun.   Available in great colors
both own one of these!  Melvin offers a variety of beads which are perfect
for layering together or wearing alone.  There are simply too many to
list so pop over to their site and check them out. Enter code "FREESHIP" at 
if your order is over $100 and you get free shipping!  Hurry while supplies last!

Next up...Addison Weeks is a favorite jewelry source  located here in Charlotte,NC.  The company is owned and operated by two friends, Lee Addison Lesley and Kat Weeks Mulford, who met while working together in Atlanta, Ga.  Owning a piece of Addison Weeks jewelry guarantees admiring looks from others. I love and adore the Bendall stone cuffs $280  Choose from the various stones above. To see the entire bracelet offerings from Addison Weeks Click Here.  Love the Graham bangle which is a smaller version
 of the Bendall for $70

The Marxen Mini necklace is available in five great colors for $120.
The dainty look of this necklace makes it a great piece to wear alone 
or layered with other jewelry.

If you prefer a statement piece, the Bendall necklace $248 is fabulous.  
Available in moonstone, lapis or green turquoise.  She is sure to get
lots of compliments when wearing this piece.  

To say I am smitten by the Whitten studs for $64 is an
understatement.  Available in a multitude of colors. 
Every girl can use a great pair of studs, right?
There are tons of great earrings at Addison Weeks!

If you are looking for a really special gift, I would opt for the killer
Bendall clutch $780.  Shown here in Labradorite. Isn't this amazing?

Addison Weeks also offers a home decor line of items such as boxes, candles, cups

Last but certainly not least....Twine and Twig is a company here in Charlotte started sisters known for originally creating handcrafted one of a kind naturally shed antler necklace with beads on a suede strap as shown above.  Since the ever so popular original creation, the company has expanded to offer many new takes on the original favorite as well as a variety of other things such as children's jewelry and ponchos.  Here are some favorites:

Trail Tail $138  The necklaces are offered in various lengths.
Love the natural burrs too.

 How about a beyond cool Tribal Poncho $295 to keep you warm
and looking chic!  Click here to see all the ponchos offered from
Twig and Twine Charlotte.

Don't live in Charlotte but want to give a special someone on your
list one of these great items for a gift?  Contact each company
for shipping details!  Hurry before it is too late!  
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day #8 - Favorite Ornaments to Give on 12 Days of Christmas

  I adore these chic ornaments from Kate Spade!  Every year when we put up the Christmas tree I look at all the ornaments that have been given to me by family and friends and relish fond memories of past Christmases.  My mom give everyone in the family a new Radko ornament every year.    Do you enjoy giving and receiving pretty ornaments?  I must say I am in love with Michael Aram's ornaments.  They are so beautiful and artistic.  Take a gander and let me know what you think. Scroll through and pick your favorite!  Let me know which one you love.  C. Wonder has 30% off your entire order so shop now!

Michael Aram Ornaments

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