Friday, December 19, 2014

Salted Caramel Marshmallow Dip

It is no news to you that I'm a sucker for sweet and salty.  I absolutely love the contrast of flavors, and the way the salt helps to balance the sweetness in dishes.  And salted caramel, well that ranks right up at the top of my list of faves.  I on or in pretty much everything.

While I have a homemade recipe that I adore, I have to say I was over the moon with joy when I came across this sea salt caramel sauce from Bosco's in the grocery store.  It made it in my buggy before I could blink.  Once I got home, it was time for the real test.  The taste test.  Would it live up to my hopes, dreams...and expectations?

I quickly ripped off the seal and squeezed a hefty amount on a spoon.  I mean, we are taste testing here so you I had to make sure I got enough in my mouth to really get a good taste.  Once that caramel hit my tongue...ohmygoodness...I was ecstatic.  It was creamy, buttery, smooth; everything you want in a delicious caramel sauce.  And, it had the perfect amount of salt to balance the flavors.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fudgy, Peppermint Pattie Brownie Cups

This past weekend we celebrated my little guy's birthday!  I can't believe he's already 5!  We all know that no birthday celebration is complete without a cake.  So when deciding what type of cake to make, I went directly the the birthday boy himself and asked what flavor cake he wanted.  I gave him a few options and then he quickly blurted out mint chocolate chip.  He's been on this mint chocolate kick since the beginning of the year and those cravings have not weakened.

And to be honest, that doesn't hurt my feelings one bit.  He is a child after my own heart.  I remember when I was little, going to a local ice cream shop and requesting a waffle cone full of mint chocolate chip ice cream.  I also was a sucker for Andes mints;  every time I walked through my aunt's door I instantly went to the bowl of mints and snatched a few.  Just like my little guy, my cravings haven't gotten weaker over the years.

Lump of Coal Krispie Treats

So, when I think of Christmas one of the first things that I think about is the naughty and nice list.  The infamous saying that you'll get presents if you are nice, but you'll get a stocking full of coal if you're naughty.  You know what I'm talking about.

Today, I want to share with you something that is just perfect for those people that didn't quite make the cut for the nice list.  Yes, I'm talking about something for those people that are on the naughty list...or for those folks that you just want to get a rise from.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hot Chocolate on a Peppermint Stick

I am beyond excited to share this recipe with you today!  I have spotted several variations of this recipe floating around on the internet and I think it's such a fun and clever way to serve hot chocolate.

With winter weather comes the cravings of hot chocolate and I have so many recipes I want to share with you.  But for the sake not wanting to overwhelm you, I am trying to space them out as much as possible.   Since I'm in love with this version I decided to share it with you sooner rather than later.

Forget the powders and packets, with this version we're talking solid chocolate.  But, not just any chocolate, chocolate ganache that is cut into blocks or circles.  It's rich, creamy and smooth and I could honestly eat it straight from the pan.  Yes, it's that good.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White Chocolate, Peppermint, Marshmallow Pops


Can you believe Christmas is a week away?  A week!  Have you made your list and checked it twice? Or, are you still struggling with what exactly to get some of those people on your list?  If you have some of those people that are difficult to by for turn to food.  Everyone LOVES food, and the gift of a homemade good and treats mean so much since you have to take the time and put forth the effort to make them.

I have an incredibly easy idea to show you today, and I'm so excited for you to check it out.  White chocolate, peppermint, marshmallow pops.  These little treats are no-bake and the perfect option for a quick, homemade gift or party favors to give your Christmas party guests.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chewy, Brown Butter Gingersnaps

Okay, let's just clarify before I go any further.  I get that you can't have a cookie that truly snaps and is chewy.  So, I've kept the "snap" in the title for the sake of tradition, and well, to me ginger chewies or ginger cookies just don't have the same appeal as gingersnaps.  At least to me.

I have long been a fan of gingersnaps.  I remember sitting on my grandma's counter helping her mix, add the sugar, stream in that rich, deep molasses and then rolling balls of dough in sugar and placing them on the cookie sheet.  After we did all that, I didn't get far from the oven.  I bent down and peered through the oven window patiently waiting for those little balls of deliciousness to flatten out and come out of the oven.  I waited just long enough for them to get cool enough for me to hold and then I devoured them.

To me, there's nothing better than a cookie straight out of the oven and gingersnaps are no exception.  I love gingersnaps, but I like them chewy.  And the only way for me to enjoy them just the way I wanted them was while they were warm.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline Topping

Starting about mid September, pumpkin fans begin to rejoice.  It's pumpkin time and the pumpkin recipes begin to flow.  From the middle of September to the end of December we see a plethora of pumpkin recipes flood the internet.  And to be honest, I'm one of those people that can't get enough of the orange stuff.

While my dad's pecan pie will always be the number one holiday pie in my life, pumpkin pie has quickly earned it's place in the number 2 spot.  I've tried various pumpkin pie recipes over the years.  From the basic pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream, to renditions that include chocolate chips, a variation that is a combination of cheesecake and pumpkin pie layered on one another; they have all been good.
But this year, I think I found the pumpkin pie recipe.  The one that's a showstopper, not only in taste but appearance too.  A pumpkin pie that's full of all that amazing spice we expect, a creamy, rich filling that is sweetened by granulated sugar, as well as, brown sugar that gives it that caramel-y undertone.
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