I started the year off with a delicious and moist lemon blueberry bread. This is one of those go-to classic recipes. A solid recipe that can be used for any occasion and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.
The colors of the lemon and blueberries that make this bread so vibrant have me longing for spring already.
If you are looking for a way to get your kiddos loving blueberries this refreshing lemon blueberry bread is sure to reel them in. The sweet lemon glaze on top adds a thin crunchy crust and sweetness to get the taste buds percolating.
This is one recipe that will have a permanent place in your recipe box.
These Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls are a must to start the New Year. Bursting with tangy and sweet flavor they are sure to liven up your New Year’s morning.
The gorgeous pop of red cranberries rolled up tightly in a warm sweet bread and covered with a decadent cream cheese frosting. Both kids and grown-up go wild for these sweet rolls.
If you are looking to revamp your classic cinnamon roll this is the recipe that you need. The tanginess of the cranberries takes these sweet rolls to the next level. The sweet creamy blanket of frosting brings all the flavors together and sends you swooning over these cranberries orange cinnamon rolls. Honestly, I’m not sure we can go back to the same old classic cinnamon rolls for a while.
These sugared pecans have been my absolute favorite treat this season. These make the perfect snack to have out around the holidays. They also make really awesome gifts! So if you are looking for a last minute gift these sugared pecans are the way to go.
I hope that you and your loved ones have a beautiful Christmas. Enjoy!
Looking for a festive healthy way to start your day? I always love vibrant smoothies this time of year. They make me feel like all the cookies and treats are ok because I’ve had something super healthy for breakfast.
This year, after my sister gave me 20 pomegranates, I discovered how absolutely amazing frozen pom arils are. If you have not tried them frozen you really must. They make for a really great snack and are perfect for smoothies.
I’m a bit sad my Ziploc bag is dwindling fast. I adore this smoothie. It is sweet, super creamy and best of all, the most beautiful hue of pink I ever did see.
Take a time out from the Holiday treats and try this healthy nourishing pomegranate smoothie.
Don’t let Christmas shopping get you stressed out! With a few more weeks left until Christmas there is still time to pick up the perfect girt or hostess gift. Here is a list of some products for the kitchen I’m currently swooning over. They would make the perfect gift for the special person you are still having a hard time with.
It’s cookie baking season! These Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies are going to be the hit of your Holiday cookie swap. These didn’t last long around my house. Needless to say I will need to make a few dozen more for our cookie swap.
This cookie recipe is definitely a new favorite. They have the perfect amount of crunch on the outside and a soft chocolaty center. Then BAM a decadent explosion of creamy cherry goodness pops in. This cookie is quite a magical experience.
Be sure to add these Cherry Cordial Chocolate Bliss Cookies to your holiday cookie round-up.
Separate egg; place yolk and white in separate bowls. Cover and chill egg white until needed. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat well. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.
In another bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1/ 2 hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Slightly beat reserved egg white. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in egg white, then in almonds to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Using your thumb or back of a spoon, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. If cookie centers puff during baking, repress with your spoon. Place one Hershey kiss into indentations of cookies.
We all have those Thanksgivings where your In-laws are coming to dinner, your nit-picky mother can already see the water spots on your flatware, your distant relatives are smirking at the flavorless gravy and to top it all off you turned your whipped cream into butter. Holiday dinners can easily go wrong. Just remember everything tastes better when served with a smile.
Here are a few tips and tricks to make your Holiday dinner preparing a bit less stressful – because we could all use a little less stress in ourselves this time of year.
Lumpy Mashed Potatoes – I’m one who loves mashed potatoes, so I wouldn’t call this a mishap. But if you’re going for creamy potatoes they are lump because the potato has not been cooked long enough. Pour a small amount of chicken broth on your potatoes and set on the stove on low to make the potatoes a bit more tender.
Lumpy Gravy – This is one thing that drives me insane! My gravy always turns out lumpy and leaving me a nervous wreck. This trick is a lifesaver. Simply strain your gravy through a fine mesh sieve. Viola! Silky smooth gravy in a matter of minutes.
Cracked pumpkin pie or cheesecake – No one wants to be served a delicious sounding pie or cheesecake that is cracked and has a less than stellar top. Presentation is everything. Dust some powdered sugar on the top or give it a heft dollop of whipped cream. Showstopper once more.
Over Whipped Cream – This happens to me all the time. You get overzealous with the mixer and your gorgeous whipped cream goes from fab to drab in a matter of seconds. Clotted whipped cream stinks! Slowly add cold heavy cream a tablespoon at a time until your whipped cream is brought back to life.
Baby its cold outside. Actually, it hasn’t been that cold, but I’m such a winter wimp. I can’t handle anything below 70 degrees. We are supposed to be getting snow this week and I’m already freaking out.
In other news, we recently bought a freezer! This was a purchase I was reluctant about getting. But now, honestly, I’m glad we got it. I’ve been busy making soups and stews to freeze for the upcoming winter months. There is something oddly satisfying about a freezer full of soup.
This red lentil spinach soup was comforting and delicious. I find red lentils to be one of my favorites. They have creamy texture that really appeals to me. The variety of flavors and textures in the soup was so fun. Like always a big slice of crusty bread is a great side to this bowl of warmth.
Happy November! The Holidays will be here before you know it and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been experimenting with dinner rolls for a fun twist on the classic. One thing about the Holidays that gets me is you always see the same dishes served. Being a traditional girl, it’s a bit surprising this would bother me so much. But every once in a while, I like to see a few new recipes around the family table.
I wanted to make a roll that was savory yet sweet. This apple cranberry roll turned out just as I had imagined. It is full of flavor yet still the classic light and fluffy roll we know and love. I seriously cannot wait for this year’s Thanksgiving leftovers. These rolls will be the star for leftover turkey sandwiches. Let’s just hope there are leftovers!
You can serve these rolls with a warm honey and cinnamon butter. I think they would be quite dreamy that way. My favorite way though would be sopping them up in some Thanksgiving goodness. Gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and turkey are calling these apple cranberry rolls.
The savory sweet combo of these rolls is the perfect addition to your traditional Holiday table.