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Amaretto Eton Mess with Five Spice Cherries

Amaretto Eaton Mess with Five Spice Cherries

Eton mess is a very simple dessert that, by design, is supposed to be unfussy yet still perfect for entertaining. The dessert consists of a mixture of crumbled meringue and whipped cream, topped with berries or other summer fruits. The name may refer to the appearance of the dish – since crumbling meringue and tossing it in whipped cream certainly is a bit messy – ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Cranberry Orange Cocktails for New Year’s

Baking Bites' Cranberry Orange Cocktails

I’ve made quite a few homemade vodka infusions over the years. They’re an easy way to create a custom vodka flavor that you can use to make your own signature cocktails. They’re also great gifts, when you want to give friends and family something homemade besides a batch of cookies! Two flavors I love are my Orange, Vanilla and Clove Vodka (which makes a delicious holiday cocktail) and ... Read More »

White Chocolate Chai Scones

White Chocolate Chai Scones

Spicy chai tea is the perfect drink to warm up with on a cold day. Hot tea is always warming, but the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and the other spices that are commonly found in chai seem to warm you up just as effectively as the actual heat of the tea. Taking those spices and putting them into another form brings those same warming characteristics to ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Use Leftover Eggnog in Bread Pudding

Eggnog Bread Pudding

I love a glass of eggnog, whether it is homemade or storebought, served straight or spiked with rum, during the holidays. It is one of those seasonal treats that you really only get to enjoy this time of year. If you happen to have leftover eggnog in your refrigerator this weekend, put it to good use in a delicious Homemade Eggnog Bread Pudding! I whipped ... Read More »

Brown Sugar and Coconut Cinnamon Bun Bread

Brown Sugar and Coconut Cinnamon Bun Bread

An easy to make brunch dish is perfect for entertaining any time of year, whether you’re enjoying a lazy Sunday morning on a warm summer day or cozying up to the fire place on a chilly winter morning. One dish that I particularly enjoy is this Brown Sugar and Coconut Cinnamon Bun Bread, which captures the spirit of delicious, yeasted cinnamon buns in a one-bowl ... Read More »

One Cookie Dough, Three Christmas Cookies

Versatile Christmas Cookie Dough

It’s always a lot of fun to eat Christmas cookies, where you might have several different types of cookies on the same plate to choose from. Making Christmas cookies is a lot of fun, too, but there are times when you simply don’t have time to make batch after batch of cookies because you’re entertaining friends and family or running out to do some last ... Read More »

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is one of those drinks that you only hear about in old fashioned stories and Christmas carols. I have yet to attend a holiday party where it has been served, and most people don’t even seem to know what hot buttered rum is. So, what is hot buttered rum? It is a drink that starts with a base of butter, sugar and ... Read More »

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Squares

Gingerbread Rice Krispy Treats

I love marshmallows in just about any form, and I have a soft spot for flavored marshmallows that let me add another layer of flavor to my hot chocolate, s’mores or cereal bar treats. Sometimes I make my own flavored marshmallows, while other times I rely on seasonal, limited edition marshmallows to infuse a little extra flavor into my treats. One flavor that I enjoy ... Read More »

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