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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 »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Cranberry Orange Vodka

Homemade Cranberry Orange Vodka

I love making infused spirits at home. They’re easy to put together and they taste worlds better than similar products that you can buy at the local liquor store. Making your own infusions also means that you have a lot more options for flavor combinations than what you can find on a retail shelf. This year, for instance, I made an amazing Orange, Vanilla and ... Read More »

Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Brownie Whoopie Pies

The holiday season, when it comes to food, is all about specific flavors. Eating combinations of these flavors – orange and clove, vanilla and nutmeg, cranberry and pistachio, etc. – will make you think of the holidays no matter what form they turn up in. I also feel this way about the combination of peppermint and chocolate, since a peppermint-kissed hot chocolate is one of ... Read More »

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