Easy Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos

If you’re looking for something to serve this holiday season or for Christmas breakfast, how about Easy Breakfast Tacos? My kids love any type of southwestern foods, and this breakfast recipe idea starts with chorizo, eggs, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and all of your favorite tacos toppings. I used a IMUSA tortilla warmer which is really cool (and a great tool and makes warming tortillas a breeze). This outstanding recipe will be one that your family or guests will remember. Enjoy this holiday season or all year long.

Eggnog Milkshakes

eggnog milkshakes

If you’re overwhelmed with the holidays, take a deep breath and read on. These Eggnog Milkshakes take only 5 minutes to prepare and you really only need 2 ingredients. If you’re having a group of kids or adults over, or just want to make something sweet for your family, these are simple and delicious! For adults, if you want to add bourbon or rum for a nighttime dessert treat, go right ahead. This is my newest favorite Christmas milkshake although everyone still emails me for my recipe for Peppermint Milkshakes from 2008. Find the recipe here.

Peppermint Milkshakes

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

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Deck the halls and decorate for the holiday season serving Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate made with Smirnoff Vodka. All you need is two ingredients: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and hot chocolate to make this warm creation. This is so fun to make for an intimate holiday party. Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix and top it off with nonfat dairy whipped topping, crushed peppermint and mini marshmallows for the ultimate warm dessert cocktail.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

boubon chocolate pecan pie

My mother-in-law always prepares a pecan pie for Christmas dinner dessert. My husband and I decided to step out of the classic pecan pie box, and we tried this recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving which was a huge hit. Start by using a frozen pie crust. I used a regular size, but a deep-dish would work well too. Brush the edges with cream to give the crust a golden color. If you only have eggs on hand, that works too. Beat the eggs slightly and brush around the edges of the crust to give a glossy crust color. If you want to omit the bourbon, you may, but it gives it an extra southern bold flavor. You may want to make two pies while you’re at it because one goes fast! Enjoy this holiday season and year round or give as a holiday gift!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lately, I have been on the hunt for a gluten-free cookie mix that is all natural with no preservatives. And most importantly…one that tastes good. Guess what? I found one. Simple Mills is all-natural almond flour based baking mixes that are naturally gluten-free and paleo friendly. The beauty of the mixes is that they only contain real ingredients, such as baking soda and coconut sugar so they’re not filled with preservatives like other mixes.

Simple Mills Cookies

I am so excited to be a part of their “12 Days of Cookie Campaign,” and each cookie during the campaign connects to a specific personality type. I am creating a cookie recipe that fits my personality, “classic and traditional.”  I used their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix to create these Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe reflects my personality of my classic and traditional fashion sense, but also because if you follow me, you know I like to take a classic traditional recipe and put my healthy twist on it. In this recipe, I added cacao powder instead cocoa powder because I like its chocolate flavor and that it is made with less processing. It gives the traditional chocolate chip cookie an extra health boost and scrumptious chocolate kick.

These cookies are perfect to give as gifts over the holidays, especially if you have friends or loved ones who like gluten-free and paleo sweets. Those cookies are so easy to prepare, only 15 minutes, perfect for the holiday rush.  Follow Simple Mills and their cookie campaign and amazing products and recipes on social media channels below. Be sure to check out the Pinterest account as there are board gift ideas for every personality.

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Peppermint White Russian Recipe

Peppermint White Russian

I have a great cocktail idea for your upcoming holiday parties. This Peppermint White Russian recipe is only three ingredients, and takes 5 minutes to prepare. Feel free to make a large batch ahead of time, and when your guests arrive, pour over ice. Adding Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka to this classic cocktail give it a fresh holiday twist.

Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka  delivers the mouth-watering taste of sweet candy canes, balanced by the soothing cool of peppermint. Also unique is that the bottle is very cool looking. This would make a great gift packaged with some hot chocolate mix. This limited time specialty can make for a great inclusion in an upcoming holiday gifts as this new bottle designs hitting the shelves this season. It looks great out on a bar during the holiday season.

 

Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Bottle Shot (HIRES) copy

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

Are you planning your Thanksgiving menu? My sisters and I are, and we realized one issue we have every year is that we make way too many desserts. We typically prepare a pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, carrot cake, and it goes on and on. No joke! I decided to try this recipe from an old Southern Living Magazine recipe for Mini Pecan Pies, and they were a hit! I tweaked it just slightly, and it’s heavenly. I figured this way, we have plenty of pecan pie, and now we really only need one more dessert. This also makes a great Christmas party idea, so I hope you like it!

 

My Favorite Chili Recipe

My Favorite Chili recipe

The weather has been awesome in Birmingham, and we had a cold snap this weekend, so we made My Favorite Chili Recipe. A lot of friends always ask me for my favorite chili recipe so I thought I would share–it’s my husband’s recipe creation. He has a few tricks up his sleeve. He uses ground beef and beef stew meat in the chili to create a meatier, thicker consistency. He also uses light beer instead of water and cacao powder. Cacao powder is similar to cocoa powder, but healthier and loaded with antioxidants. Use your favorite chili seasoning mix, green pepper, garlic and onion along with a touch of light brown sugar and canned tomatoes. I also like white kidney beans in my chili, but use your favorite beans.  If you’re chili looks thinner than you like, add 1 tablespoon mesa flour and water to thicken it. Ours turned out perfect. Served with a salad and your favorite crackers, and dinner is done.

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Your family and friends will be so so excited when you share these tasty treats! Beautifully delicious Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies are a fantastic gift, and guests will love them. The maple crunch packs a flavorful punch, and these cookies become a delicious addition to your go-to holiday recipes. For added indulgence, dip them in melted chocolate and allow to cool. These are made with Nature Path’s Crunchy Maple Sunrise Cereal (which my kids and I love). These crowed-pleasing treats are so yummy I strongly suggest keeping a few for yourself! Check out how low in calorie there are too!

Calories per serving: 116, Fat 8g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 8mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 6.5g, Protein 1.5g