Category Archives: Holidays

The cutest gingerbread houses ever

Megan, from Not Martha, is excellent when it comes to devising unusual holiday goodies. This year, her take on a traditional gingerbread house is no exception. She baked up some mini gingerbread houses that fit on the rim of a mug of hot chocolate (or coffee). Although I’ve seen gingerbread competitions with houses almost big enough to live in, these mini houses are just as ... Read More »

Last Minute Foodie Holiday Gift Ideas

  There is something of a thrill to getting your holiday shopping done at the last minute. There is a rush of adrenaline, wondering if you’ll find the perfect gift as you rush up and down the aisles of different stores, followed by a huge sigh of relief and sense of accomplishment when you pick up the prize you’ve been searching for. Last minute gifts ... Read More »

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Brandied Fruitcake Friands

Fruitcake isn’t for everyone, even if you like all the individual components that go into a batch of the dense, spicy holiday cake. It’s heavy and filling – something that you don’t want after a big holiday meal. My solution to the problem is a batch of fruitcake friands. These are definitely not your typical fruit cakes. While they do have dried fruit and a ... Read More »

What is fruitcake?

As the holidays approach, there are inevitably some jokes about heavy, hard, inedible fruitcakes that get passed around as gifts. Some people, I would bet, have never had a fruitcake – and no small part of that is due to the cake’s bad reputation. So, what is fruitcake? And is it really as bad as it is made out to be? Fruitcake is a dense, ... Read More »

Shiny Ornament Cookies

Shiny Ornament Cookies

I have to admit that sprinkles are still one of my favorite ways to decorate sugar cookies and butter cookies, but there are so many other ways to decorate them that I can’t just stick to the same old sprinkles every time I bake. Frostings and glazes are great to work with. It is even more fun to paint cookies. Cookie paint can be made ... Read More »

Make your own Orange Pomander Balls

Orange Pomander Balls

The Orange and Clove Snowballs I made recently were cookies that featured the flavors of both orange and clove, chosen because I often made orange pomander balls around the holidays as a child (and still do!) and I really associate the season with the warm, spicy scent combination. As good as the cookies are, I still couldn’t resist making some real pomanders to set around ... Read More »

Eggnog Ricotta Cheesecake

Eggnog Ricotta Cheesecake

Eggnog is one of those foods that really conjures up thoughts of the holidays because it’s only available for a few weeks of the year (although you can make it at home anytime). There are also lots of eggnog-flavored treats out there, like cakes and cookies. Many don’t even use eggnog as an ingredient and just include vanilla and nutmeg in the recipes to capture ... Read More »

Holiday Tips from Dove and Martha Stewart

Dove Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

The bite-sized Dove Promises are one of my favorite types of chocolates to keep around the house for snacking. Each one usually has a fortune cookie-type message inside the wrapper, which I tend to glance at and then cast aside. Imagine my surprise when I found one that read: “Use cookie cutters as tree ornaments. Martha Stewart.” All of the messages inside Dove’s holiday Promises ... Read More »

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