We are wishing everyone a happy holiday season! Below you will find things to do around town this month…including festive pub crawls! We also shared some companies that can assist with Christmas lights as well as some of our favorite holiday recipes & traditions.
Although it may be a busy time for most of us, we are NEVER too busy for you! Whether you want to start looking at homes before the new year, list your home before then, or you want to discuss plans for selling or buying in the new year – do not hesitate to contact us!
THINGS TO DO AROUND TOWN
- Nov.30th-Dec.1st – Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre
- Dec.1st – Atlanta Pancakes and Booze Art Show
- Dec.1st-12th – Christmas at Callanwolde
- Dec.2nd – Children’s Christmas Parade, Reindog Parade
- Dec. 7th & 8th – Act3 Productions Holiday Cabaret – You won’t want to miss this show sponsored by Megan & Natalie Real Estate. Tickets available here!
- Dec.15th – Jingle Ball
- Dec. 16th-Christmas Jingle Mingle
- Dec. 16th-17th-Celtic Christmas
- Dec. 31st-Buckhead Ball
Check out holiday lights at Stone Mountain, Botanical Gardens, or Lake Lanier!
Festive Pub Crawls
December 6th: Naughty Elf Pub Crawl
December 14th: Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
December 14th: Pub Crawl on the BeltLine
December 16th: Highlands Santa Stumble Bar Crawl
No time to decorate?
Most professional lighting installations range between $120 and $500 for labor alone. You can hire an individual by the hour at a rate between $60 and $100. Larger companies that bring their own lights offer packages that cost between $300 and $1,200 and include the strands, installation, and take down. Some local companies:
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS
Natalie’s Recipe – Grandmother’s Blueberry Crunch Dessert
- 4 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 2 sticks of margarine melted
- 1 cup of chopped pecans
Butter a 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of sugar on blueberries. Pour into baking dish along with yellow cake mix. Drizzle melted margarine on top then add pecans. Sprinkle the last 1/4 cup of sugar on top. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until brown on top. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Natalie’s Recipe – Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- 1 pound Italian Sausage
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
- 4 cups frozen, shredded hash browns
- 8 eggs
- 2 cups Kraft Natural’s Colby Jack Shredded Cheese
- 1 1/4 cup milk
Fry sausage in a large pan until cooked. Move to paper towel to drain excess grease, then saute ½ cup onion and ½ cup green pepper until soft. Mix sausage, onion, green pepper, and hash browns together and spread evenly into a 9×13 pan. Sprinkle two cups grated cheese over the top. In separate bowl, whip eight large eggs, and 1 ¼ cup milk, salt and pepper together, and pour over hash brown mixture. Put in fridge overnight or for at least two hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until eggs are set.
Growing up, my grandfather used to secretly put a lottery ticket under each dinner plate at Christmas. Ever since he passed away my brothers and I always make sure one of us takes care of that tradition by putting lottery tickets under everyone’s plate. It is a special way we remember him every holiday. – Natalie
Megan’s Recipe – Quiche Lorraine
Preheat oven to 375. Cook 4 oz of bacon and cut into 1 inch piece. Beat Together:
- 3 large eggs-lightly beaten
- 1 ½ cup Heavy Cream or Half and Half
- ½ teasp salt
- ¼ teasp black pepper
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
Arrange bacon on bottom of pie crust and pour custard into it. Bake until filling is browned and set about 25-35 minutes.
Another recipe Megan loves for the holidays – Braised Beef Short Ribs from Smitten Kitchen. This recipe can be found at https://smittenkitchen.com/2008/12/braised-beef-short-ribs/