Posts in Winter
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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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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