Eggnog Ice Cream

What’s better than being able to drink eggnog? Eating it in ice cream, that’s what! Creamy, rich and addicting eggnog ice cream that will satisfy any eggnog lover. Or perhaps convert someone on the fence. Enjoy a bowlful while sitting by the fire admiring the twinkling christmas lights.

So, are you an eggnog lover or hater? I am a big time eggnog lover. I don’t know how much I drank as a kid, but probably a lot more than I’d care to admit. As an adult, I have a little more restraint. Or at least I’d like to think I do. My kids have inherited my love of eggnog, much to their father’s dismay. (If you couldn’t tell, he falls into the eggnog hater category.) I always buy a few half gallons for the kids (and myself, who am I kidding?) to enjoy in the evenings during December. Growing up, it was always tradition to drink eggnog while trimming the tree Christmas eve. (Don’t ask why we waited all month…

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Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Eggnog and Chocolate Filling

Soft and chewy gingerbread cookies filled with BOTH eggnog/white chocolate and creamy chocolate. These definitely, totally need to be on Santa’s plate this year. This is Christmas in a cookie with all the right flavors and combinations. You cannot go wrong.

Oh my lanta, the countdown to Christmas has commenced! Unless you start the countdown December first, or in November, then apparently I am way behind the time. But I only just realized that we’ve reached the single digits of days remaining. Eeep! Surprisingly this Christmas I am not feeling particularly overwhelmed. I was better organized with my present purchasing, which made everything…

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Lemon, Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Moist, seasonally spiced gingerbread cake is topped with fresh cranberry sauce and a bright and creamy lemon mousse. This showstopper dessert would be an excellent addition to any upcoming holiday parties, meals or just for your own family dinner. Make ahead and keep in the freezer until ready to serve!

Hello Christmas cake! Or if you consider gingerbread and/or cranberries to be a Thanksgiving flavor only, then make a mental note to make this for Thanksgiving next year! I like the idea of gingerbread and cranberries being ideal flavors for both holidays. This flavor concept came to me in the beginning of this year, but then it kind of got forgotten during the summer months and warm weather foods. When…

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

These bad boys are christmas in a cupcake. Warm spices fill these moist cupcakes to create the ideal holiday dessert. A light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is filled with cinnamon to top off the already perfect gingerbread cake. Perfect for your upcoming holiday party or to make with your kids.

It seems I have been alternating between peppermint and gingerbread themed desserts of late. My youngest daughter doesn’t like peppermint (she can’t be my kid!), so I can’t make evvveerrryy thing peppermint. Even though I’d like to. So gingerbread is my next top choice. The smell of gingerbread is Christmas to me. The smell of all the warm spices together, filling the house with their divine scents, is comforting and warming to the soul. Even better if there is Christmas music playing in the background, gentle snowflakes falling outside, Christmas lights twinkling, and the smell of the Christmas tree and garlands draped…

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

This aromatic bread has a lovely crunchy exterior, while the inside is bursting with cinnamon flavor and incredibly moist. This is a wonderful bread to gift to a friend, or enjoy with your family. Everyone will come back wanting more.

So, I’ve decided this may have to the be the month of sweet things. I may have time to throw in a soup recipe or two, but sweet things will prevail. But hey, it’s December. Let’s indulge and enjoy ourselves! We have January to reset those resolutions. Ha! Just kidding, I don’t set resolutions. But anyway, it is the month…

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint come together to create a soft and chewy cookie perfect for Christmas. The cookie dough is rolled in peppermint, which creates a beautiful red, crackly crust on the outside. These are irresistible and perfect for this time of year.

To be honest, I really wanted to call these Christmas crack cookies. Buuutttt, I thought that might not be appropriate. You never know who you may offend these days, so I tend to play it cool and neutral. That’s partly why you won’t see any political posts. But mainly that’s because I hate talking politics with anyone. It can stir up..

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Gingerbread Cake

This classic gingerbread cake is tall, moist and full of spices. It’s a super simple cake that bakes beautifully into this fragrant, tall cake that is irresistible. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, and you have yourself the perfect holiday dessert.

It's the time of the year when gingerbread and peppermint everything is exploding all over the place. I kind of love it. I adore gingerbread and peppermint, and I only allow myself to indulge in these glorious flavors during the month of December. So, needless to say, I am diving in head first. I have several gingerbread recipes to share with you in the upcoming week or two that I am pretty excited about. Now for peppermint…

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Chop Suey

Chop suey with a new face lift. This transformed dish is now bursting with more flavor and is the perfect comfort food dish for the colder months. Hamburger, pasta and tomatoes come together to make your new favorite dish.

This is actually a recipe I posted years ago, but I felt it needed a serious update. It is a favorite recipe in my family, one that my oldest requests all year long. I try to save it for the colder, winter months because it is an ideal comfort food. It also makes excellent leftovers. Over the years, I have tweaked the recipe nearly every time I make it. I finally found the perfect changes that result in a super flavorful meal the first night. Generally..

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Ginger Cranberry Sauce with Riesling

This unusual cranberry sauce has a great ginger kick, and a little sweetness from the riesling. Combined, it really makes the cranberry flavor really pop. No refined sugar, just maple syrup as a sweetener. This dish comes together rather quickly, a little chilling time, and you’ll be spooning this over your turkey in no time.

I am sure that you have rounded up your recipes for tomorrow and are all set. But.. I couldn’t resist sharing this super simple and fast cranberry sauce recipe. This past weekend, we celebrated our Thanksgiving, like we alway do. I made our usual favorite cranberry sauce, but I had come across this recipe last week, and decided last minute, to add it to our Thanksgiving table as well. I am not usually a chunky cranberry sauce fan, but with this recipe..

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

These pumpkin whoopie pies are perfectly spiced, filled with irresistible maple cream cheese frosting. These make the perfect little finger dessert for any Fall occasion.

So, it seems that this year I may have missed the pumpkin band wagon. I feel like we were so overloaded with Halloween candy, that I couldn’t justify making more sweets for the house. I have been itching to make pies of all sorts, but here we are, just a week until Thanksgiving and I am afraid I’ve missed my chance! Have you already made your menus for turkey day? Or are you..

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Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles

Healthy, satisfying curry that is filled with fresh vegetables, zucchini noodles and chicken. Served with flatbread for a dipping vessel, and you have yourself the perfect weeknight meal. Quick and easy, this will satisfy any curry lover, or on the fence curry questionables.

Now that the weather is finally on the downward trend for cooler temperatures, I am diving headfirst into the comfort/cold weather foods. Soup is pretty much on the menu weekly, and the carb/meat dishes are making their way to the top. Hot cider is a regular, since it’s not quite time for hot chocolate. The viewing of the last of the colorful leaves is a daily enjoyment. And the time change is the real signal for the winter days to come. I don’t know about you..

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Halloween Pudding Cups

Rich and creamy, homemade chocolate pudding is the base of these adorable Halloween themed dessert. A little Oreo “dirt” is thrown in and cookies serve as gravestones. Whipped cream ghosts finish off these spooky, cute little pudding cups.

So, I couldn’t resist sharing one last cute, Halloween-themed dessert. I originally made these for my youngest daughter’s daycare party, but it got rescheduled, so I ended up bringing something else instead. Since I had the pudding already made in the refrigerator and the rest of the ingredients sitting on the counter, staring at my every time I walked by, I decided I should just make some for us anyway. I mean the pudding had to be eaten anyway…

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Browned Butter Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Browned butter and candy corn come together to bring Rice Krispie treats to the next level. A little bit of nuttiness to offset the sweet candy corn. These make the perfect, simple Halloween treat for parties and treats. Fill your cookie jar with these treats and your jar will be empty in no time.

I realized the other day that I haven’t shared any Halloween recipes this year yet. For some reason, I kept thinking we had a lot more time before Halloween. But surprise! It’s in two days! Whoops. This past weekend, I had a sudden hankering for candy corn. Those terribly addicting holiday treats that you just can’t stay away from. I wanted to make a simple dessert, and something food safe to pack in the kids school lunches. Insert these Rice Krispie treats..

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apples and cranberries come together with warm spices and crumbly topping to create the ideal fall dessert. Served warm with vanilla ice cream, and you’ll want to go back for more.

The days are steadily growing cooler, and the nights even colder. The flannel sheets and down comforters have made their way on to the kids beds, and the wood stove has already had a few fires. Every wind storm we have, more and more leaves are blowing to the ground. Northern Maine has already had snow. The change of seasons is fully upon us. I love watching the little changes the world around us makes. When the days and nights get colder, I notice the birds are emptying the bird feeders basically on a daily basis. The small and large animals are on the constant move, gathering up food and trying to stay warm before they make the final descent into their winter slumber. The leaves..

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Apple Maple Jam

This jam is riddled with small apple pieces, deep maple syrup flavor and a hint of cinnamon. This is an excellent fall jam to enjoy through the winter months when the apples are long gone, and the colorful leaves are buried under a foot of snow.

I am not done with apple recipes yet! I still have several to come. I am pretty excited. We picked 140 plus pounds this year, so I have been canning like crazy. I canned 31 quarts of applesauce, which left me with two large bags of apples remaining. I like to keep some for eating of course, then the rest I like to bake and make jam with. Apple jelly..

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Apple Spice Cake

Addicting apple spice cake that encapsulates Fall at its height. Warm spices and cream cheese frosting come together to create the idea fall dish. And it makes your house smell divine to boot.

It’s obviously taken me way too long to share any apple recipes. It seems like things all of a sudden got super busy. Between canning, kid things, meetings and awesome outdoor adventures with a good friend, blogging gets pushed to the side. Oh and laundry. Because we all know how that can become an all-consuming endeavor. With five of us in the house, laundry is never..

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Chicken Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles

Healthy, quick and satisfying, this curry is a great way to welcome fall with its warm flavors and end of summer veggies.

I don’t know about you all, but I live for the change of seasons. I love all seasons equally, but I get tired of them as they progress. So, I am always super happy when a new season comes rolling in. Living in New England, the season change can be very subtle, like soft butter spread over warm toast. It slowly slides in, with small temperature changes, summer blooms fade away, and the air begins to move from the heavy moisture to crisper, cleaner smells. Other times, the change of season is like bam! a rock just got thrown into a pond disturbing the ever-still water and causing a ripple effect. The temperatures drop drastically over night, causing...

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Browned Butter Caramel Cookies

Browned butter and chocolate caramel kisses come together to form the greatest cookie of all time. Soft and chewy with pockets of caramel, you just can’t go wrong. This will be the cookie recipe you’ll want to make over and over again.

Hello Fall! I welcome you with open arms. I am ready for cooler temperatures, brilliant colored leaves, and apples! We went on our annual apple pick at our usual orchard this past weekend. The day was perfect- the sun was shining down on our faces, and a cool fall breeze was blowing through the apple laden trees. We were so gung-ho that we picked around 140 pounds of apples. We always go a little overboard, but I must say, I love it! We are down to our last few jars of applesauce from last..

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Coconut Mango Layer Cake

Coconut and mango collaborate to form the perfect cake. Moist coconut packed cake layers are filled with fresh mango purée, coconut crumb and mango ice cream. Mango whipped cream is slathered on top for the finishing touches. The ideal flavor combination to celebrate any time of the year.

Earlier this year, I had some cake motivation, and I wrote a small list of a couple of cakes that I really wanted to make this year. Of course they were all the intense little Milkbar method cakes. My favorite, if you haven’t noticed. They allow you to pack a lot of punch into a small cake. So, I sat down and brainstormed flavors and layers. The first cake to be crossed off the list was…

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