Triple Berry Baklava Bites

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Delicate little pouches of heaven, Triple Berry Baklava Bites are crisp and sweet.  Filled with a blend of dried berries and nuts, sweetened with honey and the perfect size for popping in your mouth.  One bite and you'll be hooked. Baklava is a gift from the gods. The Greek gods if I remember correctly.  My recollection of Greek mythology is a bit fuzzy these days since my obsession with all things Zeus and his clan waned about 20+ years ago.  Yep, I'm old.  But that's probably when my … [Read more...]

Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham

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A sweet and tangy glaze made from Riesling and cranberries is the perfect companion for your holiday ham this year.  This spiral ham is easy and fuss-free, and is excellent paired with the same Riesling you used to make it! Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by CuttingBoard.com.  I received a cutting board to review in this post as compensation. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook or spends a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen (like … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

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Buttery and crisp, these festive cookies will leave a lasting impression.  Little ones will love their fun shape and everyone will love their sugary, buttery flavor.  A great project to get the kids to help with! I had the opportunity to, once again, participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  If you're not familiar with the cookie swap you're in for a real treat!  The swap is sponsored by two food bloggers, Lindsay and Julie, along with California Olive Ranch, OXO, Sheila's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Turtle Biscotti

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Rich, crisp, chocolate biscotti drenched in creamy caramel and dark chocolate, sprinkled with chopped pecans and dipped into a steaming mug of coffee or cocoa.  There's no better way to start, or end, the day. My obsession began last year.....the biscotti obsession.  A trip to the Lancaster Central Market in downtown Lancaster, PA was what started it.  I visited a booth that had the most enticing and drool-worthy biscotti I've seen in like.....forever.  And each jar was filled with any … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Cookie Tins

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Fun and personalized, these cute cookies tins are easy to make and a great way to use up old, worn tins that are taking up valuable real estate in your storage closet. Just call me a pack rat. I don't like to get rid of anything, especially if it was received as a gift. When we moved last year I did my best to clear out the unused stuff but inevitably, during the purge, my emotions took over. So, I have things that really should have been trashed packed away in boxes in the storage room. … [Read more...]

No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes.....these are the ultimate holiday cookie.  Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required.  You will have trouble keeping these around. Catalog season is upon us my friends.  It's serious.  I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can't keep up.  Seriously.  Everytime I open the … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Eggnog Bourbon Sauce

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Rich, creamy and decadent....this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is welcome anytime of the day.  A wonderful way to use up leftover bread and so easy to make. I know we're kinda past the pumpkin part of the year, it seems like everyone clamors to get pumpkin spice out of their system by Thanksgiving and then it's gingerbread All.THE.THINGS, all the time.  But....I missed the boat this year.  I was so busy getting my cranberry on that I forgot about pumpkin.  And I don't even think I had one bite … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini

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A festive and easy cocktail that will make a beautiful addition to your holiday brunch this Christmas.  Fruity and light, it's amazing served with a slice of bacon....or five. This is the time of year everyone breaks out the bubbly.  Me.....I can find a reason to pop the cork anytime of year.  Toddler finally potty trained....POP!  Teenage daughter left for the weekend....POP!  Husband bought a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts....POP...POP!!!!  BUT this time of year, I like to add a few things … [Read more...]

Apple Butter Cheesecake Streusel Bars

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These soft and chewy cheesecake bars are topped with apple butter and a sweet pecan streusel.  Easy to make and a fantastic way to mix up your usual holiday cookie tray. Apple butter takes me back to my childhood....not really in a super, fantastic, epic kind of way.  More in a... I had it in a sandwich once and took one bite.  One. Bite. I starved for the remainder of the day....well, that's how I remembered it in my child-sized mind.  For the record, my mom didn't make me this sandwich. … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

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Tangy, creamy goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese and then rolled in a mixture of spiced up walnuts and apples.  A showstopper on any cheese plate or crudite tray this holiday season. I'm a cheese freak.  I could spend an hour in the cheese section of my grocery store, just sniffing around and looking for that perfect wedge or wheel.  I love when they give out samples because that means....free lunch.  Kinda.  I have to go back a few times and maybe throw on my shades and a hat so … [Read more...]