Tis the Season!

December 12, 2019 2:15 pm Published by

December is here everyone! As we all know, there is no better time of year to come together with both family and friends. Christmas is right around the corner as well as a new decade! Brookview at Franklin has everything you need to make this Holiday season a very special one and one of the most memorable yet.

‘Tis the Season

As thing begin to slow down, it is imperative that you and your loved ones devote some time to enjoy yourselves together. The Black Box, a performing arts company in Franklin has exactly what you’re looking for. Who doesn’t enjoy a good musical?! Check out an original large cast musical that has been presented since 1995 and will feature members of the Kenny Hadley Big Band. It is an upbeat Jazzy extravaganza you all don’t want to miss. Get your tickets today for the shows on the 14th and 15th of December.

Time to Eat!

There definitely isn’t a better time of year to bake and make festive treats for the family. Advisors Living has decided to make your life easier by bring the best recipes to you! Check out these Holiday treats you can prepare and be the catalyst that excites everyone’s taste buds around you.

Scrooge Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 tsp. ground ginger
  • .25 tsp. ground cloves
  • .25 ground nutmeg
  • .25 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. un-sulphured molasses
  • .5 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • sour cream

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-hole muffin pans with 18 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a second large bowl, combine molasses, butter, and sugar. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with sour cream and beating until incorporated.
  4. Divide mixture among paper liners (about 1⁄4 cup per hole) and bake until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 23 to 26 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. While baking, make vanilla buttercream and royal icing.
  6. To decorate, tint 1⁄3 buttercream light pink and 1⁄3 gray. Transfer pink and white buttercream to piping bags fitted with medium round tips and gray to a piping bag fitted with a flat tip. Tint royal icing black and transfer to a small piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
  7. Make each Scrooge using 7 cupcakes. Arrange on a serving platter and frost 3 cupcakes pink and 4 cupcakes gray. Make Scrooge hat by cutting a chocolate wafer cookie into a hat shape with a serrated knife. Make face by using royal icing to pipe glasses, eyebrows, and eyes. Pipe a nose and hands with pink buttercream.
  8. Use gray buttercream for hair and white for the beard. Place licorice for legs and arms; frost arms in gray. Use almonds for feet.
  9. Braid together 3 pieces of shoestring licorice and wrap around neck for a scarf. Form a money bag with fondant, spray with gold and let dry, then pipe a dollar sign with black royal icing and place by one arm. Place 3 M&M’s for buttons. Press Pocky stick into one hand as a walking stick.

Gingerbread Cookies

Why not take this chance to experiment? You and your family can start with baking something delight. Here is everything you need to make Gingerbread Cookies.

Ingredients:

  • .75 c. butter, softened
  • .75 c. packed brown sugar
  • .67 c. molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 25 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • .5 tsp. ground cloves
  • .5 tsp. kosher salt
  • .25 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Sugar Cookie Icing and Sprinkles for decorating

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and molasses until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, spices, baking soda, and salt until combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until dough just comes together.
  3. Divide dough in half and create two discs. Wrap each in a plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper Place one disc of dough on a lightly floured surface and roll until .25” thick. Cut out gingerbread men with a 3” wide cutter and transfer baking sheets.
  5. Bake until slightly puffed and set, 9 to 10 minutes, depending on size of your cookie cutters. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely
  6. Repeat with remaining disc of dough. Decorate with icing and sprinkles as desired.

Now you have everything you need to make this Christmas a very special one. Newburyport Landing will remain here to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. Happy Holidays!

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