Actress Molly Sims shares with us her favorite holiday entertaining tips and recipes, including her son Brooks’ favorite dishes and drinks.
Actress and model Molly Sims says this time of the year is full of good food and family. “We love to bake during the holidays. Ever since I can remember, I always bake with my mom this time of year and now we have little Brooks helping us in the kitchen,” she says, referring to her adorable 1 1/2- year-old son. “This year we made sugar cookies, salted caramels and banana breads!”
That’s right — not only is Sims beautiful and sweet, but she can cook, too! In fact the Las Vegas star writes her own entertaining blog and is getting ready to launch a new book called The Everyday Supermodel.
Sims chatted with us about everything, including her favorite kid and adult recipes (like her mulled wine recipe using Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi pinot noir — need I say more?) as well as her BFF Rachel Zoe.
SheKnows: What are your favorite family holiday traditions?
Molly Sims: We love decorating the tree as a family. We try and get real trees — they smell so amazing! We also got a mini tree, which we call our ‘Charlie Brown’ tree. Brooks decorated that one — and he did a really good job!
I also keep past holiday cards of the family. I put them all on a key ring so you can flip through cards from years ago and see how the families have grown!
SK: What are some of your favorite holiday looks for you and for Brooks? Any ugly sweater parties — or do you keep it glam?
MS: For Thanksgiving to surprise Grandma and Grandpa we dressed Brooks up as a turkey! Then last week, as a reindeer! It was too cute! As for me, I like to change it up. Sometimes I keep it comfortable and casual, but I also love, love, love to put on a great cocktail dress, or a sequin tank, or throw on an awesome headband to change up my look! Nothing wrong with a little glitz and glam during the holidays!
SK: Tell us about your favorite holiday food.
MS: When I am hosting a holiday dinner party, I like my dishes to be mostly inspired by my guests. One of my best friends is a vegetarian, which inspires me to make a creative and delicious sweet potato casserole or veggie side. This month, I am really into pumpkin and chocolate. I recently tried pumpkin spice brownies that are perfect to serve guests.
- 1 cardamom pod
- 1 nutmeg pod
- 3 allspice corns, whole
- 3 cloves, whole
- 1 vanilla bean, cut down the center
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise, whole
- 1?4 cup blue agave syrup
- 1 bottle Woodbridge pinot noir
- Orange peel for garnish
- Place the spices in a sachet. Pour the bottle of wine into a large saucepan and add the sachet and agave syrup.
- Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a quiet simmer. Let the mixture simmer for 5 additional minutes.
- Serve in glass mugs or teacups, and garnish with a twist of orange peel and a cinnamon stick.
SK: What about some kid-friendly food options?
MS: My personal favorites are mini mashed potato bars — Brooks absolutely loves them! They are soft, easy to eat and it gives the kids a yummy holiday staple without the mess. I’ve also been finding if you make their food into holiday shapes, the kids will find almost anything delicious. For example, cutting a roasted turkey breast into a Christmas tree shape or even a simple gingerbread man.
SK: What are your favorite holiday cocktails?
MS: There is no better holiday scent than my mulled wine! I like to use Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi pinot noir. It’s multi-purpose because it can always be poured with dinner afterwards.
SK: Do you have any ideas for fun holiday drinks for kids?
MS: I think winter is the time to enjoy warm drinks! Warm peppermint apple cider is my go-to. It is simple and the kids love the DIY aspect of dipping their own candy canes. Caramel steamed milk is a decadent dessert option for the little ones.
SK: For those holiday parties that have both kids and adults, how do you keep Brooks (and his little pals!) entertained?
MS: I always try to get Brooks and the kids involved in our festivities. I like to create a scavenger hunt and have them retrieve holiday-themed items to fill a cornucopia. My favorite game to play while entertaining is Cards Against Humanity — but that’s really just for the adults!
SK: I know you and Rachel Zoe are good friends. Have you gotten Brooks and Skyler together for a play date yet?
MS: We have! Skyler is a little bit older, so Brooks just likes to follow him around and watch everything he is doing. Luckily, Skyler doesn’t mind having Brooks as a shadow. I think when he is a little older, they’re going to be the best of friends! (Right Rachel?) And hopefully Brooks can have the same hat collection as Skyler does!
SK: What are your favorite beauty products during the winter months?
MS: I love Natura Bisse skin care, their cream gives you a great glow. I love, love, love Hourglass primer… my makeup stays all day and through the night with it. And I definitely try to moisturize as much as possible. I love Aquaphor, Bio-Oil and Eucerin.
SK: What are your New Year’s Eve plans? Are you getting a sitter or including Brooks in your plans?
MS: We will be spending the New Year [holiday] with family and friends — and Brooks will definitely be there! Brooks still goes to bed early (8 p.m. is pushing it!) so Scott and I might pretend it’s the new year right before his bedtime so he can have a little NYE countdown too!