It has been so cold outside lately, so my kids have been requesting hot chocolate. Since I had some peppermint sticks on hand, I crushed them up and made this really simple Peppermint Hot Chocolate mixture. They were ecstatic, and this has been a weekly beverage. I used skim milk in my recipe because that is what we drink at my house to reduce the calories and fat a bit. Enjoy this cozy beverage just in time for the holidays.
I love working on homemade holiday food gift recipes this time of year, and my 3 kids love helping me create them too. This creative idea for Homemade Cracker Jacks is a simple recipe that adults and the kids can enjoy. Just pick up a small one dollar item to put in the box as a toy. I will be making this recipe this Tuesday on NBC “Daytime Alabama” as well as two others, and this recipe will also be featured in the December issue of Birmingham Magazine.
When I saw this cookie recipe for Candy Cane Gingersnaps, I was wowed. This recipe, as well 149 other creative cookie recipes can be found in the recently released book, “Cookielicious” by Janet Keeler, Food Editor of the St. Petersburg Times. This awesome cookie cookbook is a compilation of reader’s favorites and staff original cookie recipes. What a great holiday gift idea! Chapters include “Anytime Cookies”, “Sharing Cookies”, “Chocolate Cookies”, “Kids Cookies” and “Holiday Cookies” with recipes such as Lemon Raspberry Thumbprints, White Christmas Shortbread, Chocolate Walnut Puffs and more. If you would like the chance to enter to win this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite holiday cookie recipe. The winner will be drawn this Friday, December 3rd.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I want something light, healthy and flavorful. Radicchio Salad, with Walnuts and Pomegranates, is a wonderful combination of radicchio, romaine, arugula, apples, walnuts, pomegranate seeds and cranberries. Feel free to use whatever greens you have on hand, and be sure to mix them for color, flavor and texture. If you haven’t tried radicchio before, you should. It’s a red-leafed salad green that is slightly bitter. It can also be grilled or sauteed, but I love it in this salad. Add cooked turkey, chicken, pork or shrimp for a main dish salad.
I’m so excited to share one of my newest all-time favorite holiday recipes: Pecan Pie Bars. They are beyond amazing and are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Honestly, they are better than pecan pie, and they are so easy to prepare with no-mixer needed. Perfect for holiday parties, holiday gifts or family dinners, these Pecan Pie Bars last several days so they can be made ahead of time. The secret ingredient in this recipe is “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter“. Start the holiday season on the right track by choosing better for you foods that are delicious! Using “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” can make a difference as you add fresh, buttery flavor to the foods you love, while reducing saturated fat and cholesterol compared to butter.
This recipe is a part of the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” Holiday Bake-Off later this week where I will receive an all expense paid trip to New York City for a Test Kitchen Tour at Unilever. I will be competing against some of the most talented baking bloggers I know. Also, I am announcing an awesome giveaway of some of my favorite baking products below. You can use some of these to make this recipe and enjoy year round. One lucky winner will receive all 3 of these products (see below) plus a coupon for a free “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter product”. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. Entries close this Friday morning, November 12th. Part of the judging includes how many comments I receive so please enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below. This giveaway is to U.S residents only. Good luck and wish me luck too!
- Dualt 5 Speed Chrome Hand Mixer
- Le Crueset Enameled Stoneware Batter Bowl
- Nonstick Baking Pan