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Happy Holidays from Andrew’s Legacy

It’s been fun blogging about our holiday traditions and what it’s like to spend Christmas on the North Fork of Long Island. All of our halls are decked, and I am including a picture of our dining room with the table set with Elizabeth’s collection of Ruby Glass and glass beaded garland draping the curtains and surrounding the light. We’re ready for Christmas dinner. Every year we try to have a different type of fowl, Turkey, Cornish hens, goose, maybe this year it will be Long Island Duckling with a tangerine glaze! But our chickens are safe since they are only for laying eggs. I included one of my favorite pictures of them, exploring the wonders of the holidays. The outside of the house is decorated and Santa is holding court amongst grandmother’s silver plated tea set.

We still have openings for the week between Christmas and New Years’s, which is a great time to unwind from the stress of the holidays while keeping in the holiday spirit going a little longer. Looking forward to seeing you soon and Happy Holidays, from the Macnish’s at Andrew’s Legacy Bed and Breakfast.

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Santa holding court over grandmother’s silver-plated tea set. Santa is an Old World Christmas tree topper in a candlestick holder.

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The halls are decked! The dinning room at Andrew’s Legacy, set for breakfast, or for Christmas dinner.  Wired green glass beads engulf the center light and red ones festoon the curtain tops. The feather tree is in the window and Elizabeth’s collection of ruby glass awaits the next meal.

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Entitled “The Wonder or Christmas,”Brown leghorn hens examine a wreath our friends the Milfords made for us. They appear to be fascinated by the wreath, but are more than likely just figuring how to peck those bright red berries off.

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And finally the outside of the house is decorated for the season, wishing everyone a happy and joyous holiday.


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Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Decoration from Andrew’s Legacy

Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive holiday decoration you can make with very little trouble at all. We start with a vintage Lefton ceramic holly sleigh that we originally purchased in the early ‘60’s.  These sleighs must have been made in great numbers since a quick search on eBay using the terms “Lefton sleigh” yielded over 90 results. And the pricing was reasonable, dishes of this type are going from between $15.00 and $30.00. If you don’t already have this dish, timing would prohibit you from getting it for this Christmas (but put your bid in anyway, it’s attractive, versatile and ornamental dish, and can be used for many things from serving food to putting out candy as well as holding foliage and flowers- then you’ll have it for next year.) So any bowl of vase that holds water will do gold or silver is ideal, but festive colors such as green red or white work too. Start with a block of Oasis (a Styrofoam material that absorbs water, used in floral arranging and crafts, available in craft shops) cut to size and placed in the container, fill a few times with water until it is fully absorbed. A flower frog can be used instead of Oasis, (a flower frog is a weighted devise with holes or pins also used in floral arrangements) but Oasis allows you to do more with the arrangement. Our arrangement includes holly, variegated holly and cannella berries painted red. The holly was cut from a bush in our front yard. You can use any type of evergreen plant, from trees to bushes. If you don’t have any available, holly, boxwood, pine branches and many other cut evergreens are sold at florists, nurseries and roadside stands at this time of year. Fresh or dried berries can be found as well. Pepper berries and cannella berries can be found at craft stores that sell dried flowers. Rose hips work well too, but be careful of the thorns.

 

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Christmas Traditions Shared at Andrew’s Legacy

Christmas is about sharing and continuing traditions and the best traditions are the ones that delight the senses and continue family legacies. Part of a stay at Andrew’s Legacy in December includes experiencing some of our families Christmas traditions. Here’s one we share that you can make one of your traditions too.

As you enter the Bed and Breakfast the scent of cloves, cinnamon and citrus will bring back happy memories of Christmas past. What you smell is Elizabeth’s Duryee family recipe for a hot toddy they called “hot stuff” warming on the stove. It’s delicious plain or can be made even more heart warming with a shot of Apple Jack! (Apple Jack is a blended whisky-like liquor made from apples. Laird’s is one of the few companies that still makes it. They have been making it for hundreds of years and it’s available at most liquor stores.)

Here’s the recipe:

6 Oranges

6  Lemons

3 or 4 Cinnamon sticks

12 whole cloves

12 punch cups of water (we figure a punch cup to be about ¾ cup, so about 9 cups)

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon butter (optional)

Juice oranges and lemons. Combine all ingredients, including orange and lemon rinds. Stir in a pot on the stove until sugar is dissolved, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to the lowest simmer (for parties we serve it in a crock pot- you can bring it to a boil of the stove and simmer it in the crock pot for several hours, but if you are making it from the beginning in the crock pot, you should give yourself about 3 hours, starting it on high with the lid on. We keep it on high, which makes it nice and hot when it is served, but you can adjust it to how your crock pot works.) squeeze liquid out and remove rinds after ½ hour of simmer. (Rinds create a little bitterness, this can be adjusted by when you decide to remove them. The more bitter you like the toddy the longer you leave the rinds in) A savory flavor is achieved by adding a pat of butter before serving. Serving garnishes can include a cinnamon stick, a citrus round or a star anise.

 

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