Category Archives: Holidays

Easy Eggnog Milkshake

Easy Eggnog Milkshake

I really enjoy eggnog during the holiday season. I often make my own version of the creamy egg-enriched beverage, but there are many great store bought brands out there to choose from if you are looking to save a little time in the kitchen. The quality of store-bought eggnog has definitely improved over the years, as the drink only gets more and more popular. Eggnog ... Read More »

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

Lingonberry Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a great way to warm you up on a cold winter evening or to help soothe your throat when you have a cold. It’s a hot cocktail that is typically made with a combination of honey, hot water and a spirit, such as whisky, rum or brandy. All kinds of other elements, such as citrus, tea and spices, can be added ... Read More »

6 Non-Pie Desserts to Try This Thanksgiving

French Apple Cake

Pie is always a part of my Thanksgiving tradition, but it’s not the only dessert I serve because I love to have options. It’s fun to have variety and multiple desserts ensures that every guest you have is going to get something they like. Non-pie desserts are also a good option if you’re taking a dish to a family member’s house for the holidays, as ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple in my home not only during Thanksgiving, but all throughout the fall season. The warm flavors of pumpkin pie spice and the creamy texture of squash-enriched pie are practically synonymous with autumn. As much as I enjoy a classic pumpkin pie, I also enjoy the many forms that it can take, from Maple Pumpkin Pie┬áto my Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Pecan pie is a holiday classic, but it isn’t one of my favorites. Most pecan pies have a filling of extra-sweet custard that outshines the wonderful pecans on the top of the pie, even if you take the time to roast your pecans ahead of time. I much prefer pecan tarts because, while you still have some of that flavorful filling, the nuts really become ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Timeline

Turkey Dinner

Thanksgiving is the biggest meal that most of us will plan, cook and eat all year round (though other holiday meals come very close). It takes a lot of planning to buy all the ingredients you need, to prep everything and to get it all to the table on time. Thanksgiving preparations don’t need to be stressful just simply because the holiday is a busy ... Read More »

Easy Candied Caramel Apples (without Corn Syrup)

Easy Candied Caramel Apples (without Corn Syrup)

Candied apples are one of those classic Halloween treats that looks better than it tastes. The candy coating on a candied apple is usually a thick, bright red candy shell that doesn’t add much in the way of flavor to your apple (though some are heavily seasoned with hot cinnamon spice) and proves difficult to bite through. This season, I wanted to make candy apples ... Read More »

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Striped Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin pie and make several every year throughout the holiday baking season. The creamy texture of a good pumpkin pie coupled with the warm spices of fall makes for the perfect seasonal dessert. But I don’t always make the same recipe every time I bake a pie using pumpkin. After all, a traditional pumpkin pie can get a little boring after a while ... Read More »

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