Category Archives: Holiday!

Cilantro Pesto Dip: “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody,…

…even one’s own relatives.” — Oscar Wilde I wasn’t really big on the idea of dips and pestos. They seemed like frippery but I’ve really started to come around as evidenced by this Dip Week. Make a pile of the stuff and put it aside – use it as a sandwich spread, salad dressing, mix […]


“A cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education” – Mark Twain As you line up your winter parties, we’re going to help you out with a week’s worth of simple, (relatively) healthy dip recipes and make your life a little easier! Ingredients: What you’ll need: 1 head of cauliflower 2 tbsp garlic 3 […]

Christmas Fruitcake

Fruitcake dates back to the Roman times and in the 1400’s the British began their love affair with fruitcake when dried fruits from the Mediterranean first arrived. This cake was generally served at weddings – the dark cake was given out as the groom’s cake and the white fruitcake was the bride’s. It was the […]

Christmas bundt cake

Beautiful Christmas Bundt Cake with juicy cranberries and made with spelt and chestnut flour. The smell alone gives you that instant Christmas feeling! Get the Recipe: Christmas bundt cake

Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Pumpkin Crème Brulee

This looks like an excellent idea for a fancy smancy holiday dessert!  I’ve never made a Creme Brulee, but I got this in my inbox the other day, and it looked pretty tasty, and not TOO complex… Ingredients: ·         1 Spice Islands Vanilla Bean ·         1-3/4 cups heavy cream ·         1 cup canned pumpkin ·         1/2 cup pure maple syrup […]

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

I’m so glad fall is here. Anyone else? Just the thought of pumpkins, leaves changing colors, cooler days, chilly evenings, soups, football on TV, and the smell of cinnamon in the air makes me all giddy. Living here in the Midwest I get the joy of seeing the changing seasons. Fall is my favorite time […]

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How to make candied orange peel

I used to love those candy orange slices you could get in the Brach’s candy section of most grocery stores (what ever happened to the Brach’s candy section?). You know the ones I’m talking about – the neon orange, sticky sweet, rolled in sugar, orange-segment shaped, jelly-like candies? Well, this is like the grown-up version […]

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Back to School Lunch: “Sushi” Sandwich Wraps

My 7 year old is a big fan of sushi… and generally he is not going to get it for school lunches, he’s not a cheap date as it is!  And I’ve seen all kinds of cute bento boxes and other clever lunches out there, but most of those seem way to much effort for […]

Olympic Flaming Torch Cupcakes

Look at these neat cupcakes with their flames. Great idea! From the original site: The Olympics is starting this week and I can’t wait for it, especially the opening ceremony. We just returned from a weekend away in London and I couldn’t help but get caught up in all the excitement. The whole city is […]

Gluten Free Smores Cookie Bars

These cookie bars by @theurbanbaker would be perfect for summer. I love S’mores but they are a pain to make. These would give you that S’more taste anytime you wanted it! From the original site: Failure can sometimes be okay. With my most recent experience with failure, a failed batch of gluten free graham crackers […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Sweet Sally’s

The lovely folks at Sweet Sally’s were kind enough to send us some samples of their tasty bars for review, and they passed the test with flying colors. The Boy was a big fan of the Rainy Day Fudge Brownies, as you can see! I thought they definitely had a homemade, rather than store bought […]

How to make Mint Juleps

Republished from April 2010 This weekend is the Kentucky Derby, and last weekend was the Atlanta Steeplechase.  To me, this season means Mint Juleps, a refreshing minty alcoholic drink.  Easy to prepare, although it does take some prep time. One day in advance make the Mint Simple Syrup and refrigerate. The day of the race, […]

Make Homemade Valentines Conversation Hearts

I was looking for valentine’s ideas over at One Pretty Thing and came across this how-to on how to make your own valentines hearts. Cute idea for a personalized v-day treat! Go get the instructions at Suzy’s Artsy-Crafty Sitcom: Make Homemade Conversation Hearts

Top 5 christmas vegan dishes

Christmas is when you spend a lot of time with your family, give a lot of presents and cook a lot of food. Even if you have a vegan or vegetarian family member or friend there’s virtually million of dishes you can treat them with. I chose my 5 favorite Christmas vegan dishes for the […]

Mini Pear Pies
Mini Pear Pies

Reader Celeste sends us this recipe for Mini Pear Pies… Looks like a lovely idea for these cooler fall days! Something about autumn makes me wish I could do nothing but bake all day.  From the moment I woke up this morning, I purposed in my mind to bake something.  I had some pears […]

Healthier Pumpkin Soup – Fusion

This healthier version of pumpkin soup perfect for the autumn season From the original site: I use kabocha, it’s Japanese pumpkin. Kabocha has a sweeter taste more than other type of pumpkin. It’s high with potasium, vit B and C and as the source of complex carbohydrates which good for increasing energy. This pumpkin soup […]

Halloween Treat Roundup

A few Halloween goodies for all your partying needs! Spider Deviled Eggs from Shockingly Delicious (an easy way to Halloween up an old classic) Chocolate-Pumpkin Spice Martini at Tasty Trials (festive for any fall gathering!) Easy Skeleton Bone Pretzels from Ready Set Craft (Something similar here, using the same technique to make monster fingers.) Subtle […]

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Impressive Halloween Treat: Red & Black Candied Apples

What an absolutely gorgeous take on a traditional halloween treat! What happened next was pure magic. I walked back into the kitchen to find the most beautiful candied apples before me.  Black glossy cinnamon-scented candied glass enveloped small apples, twigs became their handles, and a few shockingly red candied apples only made their black counterparts […]

Creepy Bubble Cocktails for Halloween

A fun twist on your cocktails for your Halloween Party:  Add some creepy bubble fun! Tapioca Pearls (like the kind used in Bubble Tea) are a fun, squishy and interesting addition to any number of drinks or shooters for your halloween party. Get the scoop on how to make them, color them, and flavor them, […]

Chili Burger Sliders

Great idea from Just Jenn — perfect for cookouts this weekend or any time you want to chill with your friends! From the original site: It’s Memorial Weekend – if you’re having a party try to make your life easy – ahem – I’m one to talk (party over-doer), but you know what I’m saying. […]

Guacamole Rolls for Cinco de Mayo

Dabbled fave Duh-licious has a tasty looking treat for Cinco de Mayo…  I love the idea of these guacamole rolls, and if you’re feeling too lazy to roll them, she also has an option to just serve them as guacamole with homemade dipping chips.  yum! Mădălina says: I love the texture of this recipe: the […]

Cake Eggs (Cake filled Eggshells) for Easter (and more food ideas)

My mother remembers my grandmother making these, and I remember making them with my mom for easter. They are a great fun project to with the kids… or an interesting addition to an easter brunch spread! I originally published this last year, but I figured it would be fun to share again with our new […]

Here comes Peter Cottontail

This cake holds so many memories for me.  As a child, we made a version of this every year at Easter.  What I love about it is the simplicity of the design – even a child can pull this off.  You don’t have to be a professional to make this simple little bunny shaped cake, […]

Foolin’ Food for April Fools

Don’t get caught in any tricks today! Here’s some fun ideas for food for your april fool’s day dinner… (Previously published on Top: This sushi is sweet, not fishy! Sushi (instructions) Middle: A hearty cupcake? It just looks like Eggs and Toast… Bottom: Your child will adore your for this Veggies and Fish Stick […]

Great Combo: Reuben Eggrolls

This recipe had me a eggrolls. I mean at Reubens. I’m not sure which , because I adore them both. And this combo, sounds like a lovely idea!  (It’s a little late for St. Pat’s, but this would be tasty any time…) (via The Kitchn) From the original site: If you have been following me […]