Best Christmas Cookies Ever

Best Christmas Cookies Ever

My daughter, Leigh, made this cookie recipe from Allrecipes for all of her friends for holiday presents. They came out so good that we had to make them again for Christmas this week. This recipe is foolproof and easy. I love the icing with a touch of almond extract if you like a light almond flavor. Make sure you have your cookie cutters on hand and plenty of flour on your counter for rolling the dough. Feel free to half the recipe if you want to make a smaller batch, but we warn you. Your family and friends won’t be able to stopping eating these! Thank you Leigh for all of your help!

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

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins via @alisonlewis

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you can tell that we have been into making muffins lately at my house. Over the weekend my daughter, Leigh and I made these Healthy Banana Nut Muffins for the week for breakfast, lunches and afternoon snacks. We made regular size and mini muffins so the directions for the different baking times are below. These are really light and filled with flavor, and you won’t even believe they are whole wheat. No mixer is needed, so these are so easy and fun to make with the kids. If you make mini muffins, each muffin has 140 calories, 2.2 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates and 3.7 grams of protein per serving, so enjoy!

Fresh Cherry Cinnamon Rolls

Fresh Cherry Cinnamon Rolls

I had some leftover fresh Northwest Cherries and wanted to make something I don’t ordinarily make. I thought, cherry cinnamon rolls, let’s do it! I used frozen bread dough to simplify things, fresh cherries, and these came out incredible! My husband, who says he doesn’t like cherries (who doesn’t like cherries) loved these, and my kids said, “When are you making them again?” These Fresh Cherry Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect recipe for a summertime brunch or breakfast! My sister is making them for a wedding shower next week. Enjoy them while fresh cherries are at their peak!

Expresso Fudge

Espresso Fudge

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! I did! I completed a huge amount of holiday shopping (I am so thrilled, and we had amazing family time!) Now it’s time to get back to the grind and think about work and kids (and more holiday organization). I made this recipe today for Expresso Fudge form the Cooking Channel Stars and mixology duo, Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark. I will be making this homemade fudge recipe for teacher gifts and holiday get-togethers. This recipe is made with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso Intenso pods which adds to it’s great coffee flavor.

Citrus Apple Sparkler: Kid Friendly

With Thanksgiving coming up, I thought i would share a easy 2 ingredient festive recipe for the kids and adults. Enjoy this Citrus Apple Sparkler recipe made with my daughter’s favorite  Sparkling ICE, a zero-calorie, naturally flavored sparkling water. It’s so easy and so good! Pretty too!

Salmon Salad Crostini

Summer is in full swing, and so many friends go to the lake or beach for the weekends. Recently, I have had so many requests for summer appetizers. This Salmon Salad Crostini is one of my newest favorites. Salmon is so healthy for you, and I have been craving it a lot lately. This is a great way to use salmon in a different way or when you have salmon leftovers. This also makes a great shower appetizer or even a holiday appetizer this fall. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have this ready to serve.

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

“Cake Pop Holidays” by Bakerella Cookbook Giveaway

Yay it’s here! Angie Dudley (Bakerella) is the inspiration behind the worldwide sensation of cake pops. Her latest cookbook, “Cake Pop Holidays by Bakerella” is unreal, and I am thrilled to host a giveaway for her fabulous new holiday book. Her holiday cake pop projects include everything from Santas (above), Jingle Bells, Snow Globes, Gingerbread houses, Dreidels and more. My daughter and I are in awe with every page we turn. I got the opportunity to speak with Angie in March at a conference in Walt Disney World. She is as sweet, humble and as genuine as they come. I am honored to host a giveaway for her new book. For a chance to win a copy, leave a comment telling me why you would love to have a copy of Cake Pop Holidays by Bakerella. For more chances, do the following and leave a comment telling me you did. Good luck! Winner will be drawn on Friday, October 26th at 8 P.M CST. Good luck!

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