Friday, December 18, 2015

Hirsheimer's Hot and Sweet Mustard

During this time of year sweets, baked goods and baking supplies are at the top of the lists for homemade gifts.  I mean, who doesn't love biscotticookies, and homemade breakfast treats, just to name a few?

While sweets are the go to  this time of year, I wanted to throw out a different idea.  Something on the savory side.  Something that's typically a side, or supporting actor but will soon become the star.  Mustard.  But not just any mustard; homemade, hot and sweet mustard.

The simple, yellow spread that is so common on sandwiches is going to take center stage this Christmas.  But not the stuff from the bottle or jar, this yellow mustard is homemade.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

It blows my mind that it's T minus 8 days until Christmas.  This year has been a whirlwind, to say the least.

I've had all these big plans and to-do lists for the blog, especially when it came to the holidays.  I'm not sure what happened, but time got away from me and I just didn't get a chance to execute some recipes, let alone share them with you guys.  And, for that, I am sorry.  Maybe next year???

Last week my entire family (mom, dad, brother, sis in law, and my crew) took a vacation to the happiest place on earth!  That's right, we spent a full, busy and magic-filled week in Disney World.  It was a jam packed week full of rides, fun, princesses, monsters, amazing Christmas decorations and priceless memories with my family.  And....I'm already ready to go back.

I say all that to say since I was there, I wasn't home so I wasn't in my kitchen baking up goodies to share with you.  In this instance....sorry, but sooooo not sorry!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

I'm probably about to say something truly un-American, but the words I'm about to say are the truth.  So...I've warned you so please don't disown me.

I have never been one to hit up a Starbucks regularly.  From time to time I'll pop in one and order a white chocolate mocha or a javachip frap, and occasionally during the holiday season I'll snag one of their pumpkin concoctions along with a cranberry bliss bar.

Oh, how I love those cranberry bliss bars.  Soft, chewy brown sugar bars studded with bits of white chocolate chips and tart cranberries.  Oh, and they're topped with that deliciously tangy cream cheese frosting and more cranberries and topped off with a drizzle of white chocolate.

Yum and Yum!

But, the coffee mogul has done away with these deliciously decadent bars.  But, there's no need to panic!  I've come across a copycat recipe that is a dead ringer for the original!  Cue the streamers, confetti and music!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa

Salt + Caramel + Chocolate.  Three things that combine to make endless amazing treats.

I'm obsessed with salted caramel.  This time of year I'm also addicted to a mug of rich, thick hot cocoa topped with tons of marshmallows.

Now combine the two and you've got a cup of hot cocoa that is decadent, thick, and rich.  And, if I'm being honest with you, it's just the best hot cocoa you'll ever sip.  I promise.

Folks, I'm beyond obsessed with this drink.  This is the mother of hot cocoas.
There are several secrets to making this the ultimate cocoa mix.  First off, caramel.  Actual caramel is made, spread over a baking sheet and allowed to harden.  This is the most labor intensive part of the mix, but it's do to the cooling and processing it into a powder.  Which is actual simple.  And in the midst of the process you get to whack the caramel with the back of a spoon...which also means you can take out some built of aggression or alleviate some stress!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Chocolate Dipped S'mores

On my list of favorite sweet treats I'd have to say that s'mores rank pretty darn close to the top.  There's something about the combination of crunchy crackers, toasted, gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate that's just so magical.

It's one of those desserts that brings people of all ages together.  Light up a bonfire, break out the roasting sticks and pile on the marshmallows and everyone, no matter what age, gathers around to enjoy to make this classic treat.

Now, we all know sometimes a bonfire and roasted marshmallows are just not in the cards.  But that's not to say that these delicious little goodies can't still be enjoyed.
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