Holiday Breakfast Cake

Holiday Breakfast Cake

I am a huge coffee cake fan, so I decide to try this Holiday Breakfast Cake recipe for my husband and the kids. This is a great recipe for Christmas morning, holiday gift, a brunch, a shower, dessert, or even a special snack to last all weekend. For dessert, you may want to add a simple icing, but it’s wonderful without it too! Serve at room temperature or warm beforehand. My favorite way to enjoy it is with a cup of coffee or for an afternoon snack.

Holiday Breakfast Cake via @alisonlewis

Hanukkah Sugar Cookies

Hannukah Sugar Cookies copy

My daughter and I are always looking for a super easy sugar cookie recipe this time of year to make holiday cookies for Christmas and Hanukkah. My friend, Ashley, used this recipe from Allrecipes.com, and these Hanukkah Sugar Cookies are amazing!  These are really light, soft and not too sweet. Just be careful, you can’t stop eating them once you start. This recipe is also really simple and perfect for Hanukkah, Christmas or anytime of the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts at sundown tonight and until the evening of December 24th. The story of Hanukkah is one of revolution and miracles. Jewish people light menorah candles, one a night, for eight nights, gift gifts and eat fried potato pancakes (latkes). People always get confused on lighting the candles and which way to start so here you go:

On the first night of Chanukah, set one candle to the far right of the menorah. On the following night add a second light to the left of the first one, and then add one light each night of Chanukah—moving from right to left. Each night, light the newest (leftmost) candle first, and continue lighting from left to right. In other words, we add lights to the menorah from right to left, and we light from left to right. Happy Hanukkah from my family to yours!

No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

Spiced to perfection, I am so excited to share this easy-to-make, No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bar recipe. Combine fresh orange zest with the delicious crunch of a Coconut Chia Granola crust in these cheesecake bars made with Nature’s Path Chia Plus™ Coconut Chia Granola. It’s my latest granola crush with 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving with the addition of the superfood, chia seeds! It works fabulous in the curst of this bar recipe! Add a little more zest to the top if you’re in love with the burst of citrus flavor in these bars (I am). This is what I will be making this week for some holiday parties and get togethers. I made this for some friends, and they loved them! Enjoy for holiday gifts, Christmas or Hanukkah dessert. Here’s the nutrition information so serve your guests and friends a healthier holiday treat.

Calories per serving: 152

Fat 11g

Cholesterol 31mg

Sodium 79mg

Carbohydrates 12g

Fibre 0.5g

Sugar 9.5g

Protein 3.5g

Espresso Tiramisu

Espresso Tiramisu

Since yesterday was National Espresso Day I thought I would share this recipe for Expresso Tiramisu perfect for anytime of the year. This recipe was actually crated by Cooking Channel Stars and mixology duo, Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark, but I made it last week and it’s amazing! This recipe starts with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso Intenso pods which makes this recipe even simpler. Enjoy for the holidays this week, Christmas or when ever you are having a tiramisu craving!

Fifteen Minute Peppermint Fudge

Fifteen minute fudge?  Yes, it is possible. I have been SO busy with work and the kids that I have not had time to make any holiday gifts. How about this fifteen minute Peppermint Fudge recipe? It’s easy, fabulous and perfect for the Christmas holidays! Have a happy weekend!

Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

There’s only one more week until Christmas, and if you need some last minute gift ideas, how about a Holiday Cookie Mix in a jar? This is really easy and fun activity to do with the kids, and everyone loves a homemade gift. My daughter, Leigh, put together most of these for me, and she had a blast! All you need is a few simple baking ingredients and a jar, and you can make a budget-friendly holiday gift for neighbors, teachers or anyone on your list. Happy holidays!

10 Favorite Peppermint Recipes and Ideas

Happy December! I had such a fun weekend, starting with Friday night. I hosted a holiday party for my daughter and 13 of her friends, and I made my highly requested Peppermint Milkshakes. I served several desserts too, but these were the star. With only 3 ingredients, you can not go wrong with this recipe. I am amazed at the super creative peppermint recipes and creations I have seen across the internet, and I am so excited to share with you 10 favorite peppermint recipes and ideas. Here’s to a great month ahead and a joyous, healthy holiday season!

Peppermint Wreath via Dreamy Whites

Peppermint Patty Brownies via How Sweet It is

Peppermint Macaroons via Anna and Blue Paperie

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes via Annie’s Eats

Peppermint Soap via Martha Stewart

Peppermint Hot Chocolate via Handmade Charlotte

No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars via Oh She Glows

Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles via My Madison Bistro

Misty Minty Peppermint Patties via Sweetapolita

Peppermint Cheesecake Bars via Liv Life

No Bake Chocolate-Peanut Flaxseed Butter Bars

No Bake recipes bar cookie recipes are some of my favorite cookie/bar types of desserts, especially this time of year when I’m so busy. I quickly mixed up these up  one afternoon, and my kids told me these were a “home run” (well that was what the boys said). My daughter loved them even though she isn’t a coconut fan. These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars call for ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. These make a great afternoon snack, dessert (with milk) and an easy homemade gift for Christmas or Hanukkah.

Peppermint Milkshakes: Only 3 Ingredients

I first made this recipe for Peppermint Milkshakes on my blog in December of 2008 when I literally threw three ingredients together in a blender for my kids instead of taking them to get peppermint ice cream. Since then, I have been making these religiously for parties and for my 3 kids. It has been one of the most heavenly requested recipes from my children’s friends who have come to my house and tried them. Whenever I’m invited to a holiday party, I typically get asked to make these. This past sunday night, I made them for 28 people, and it was beyond an absolute hit. So many requested me to post the infamous recipe one more time so they can make them for their family Christmas events. Here it is…Enjoy!

Molten Cake in a Mug

It’s the time of year when my kids get hooked on any type of hot chocolate desserts. My 3 kids especially love “molten” and “lava” cakes. So, I thought, “Why not change a recipe around a bit to create another tasty treat for them.” Instead of using ramekins, I tried some fun stoneware mugs. These Molten Cakes in a Mug came out absolutely wonderful. They make a simple, inexpensive holiday gift. Just purchase a stoneware or ovenproof mug, and tie a recipe card with this recipe to go along with it. It may just be what my neighbors are getting :). I hope they aren’t reading this…