My parents were eternal romantics! They eloped on New Years Eve, and so that night has always been a family time to celebrate!
We usually celebrate at home with family and friends, with lots of champagne, appetizers, laughter and good memories!
And for such a special night, I like to pull out all of the stops - and this Bacon Gorgonzola Almond & Pomegranate Cheese Ball is a showstopper!
Wowza. It's always been hard to decide on our favorite holiday ham, but the contest has been won!
This family-favorite holiday ham is a perfect combination of sweet and savory! Apricot and Raspberry preserves, mixed with spicy Dijon mustard and a touch of brown sugar create the absolute best glaze I have ever made! We enjoyed this so much at Christmas that I had numerous requests to make again for our New Year's dinner.
Now that we're entering into some serious winter weather, it's time to pull out the old family favorites! This Beefy Wild Rice Bake is something that I have been making for decades, and always make during Christmas break - it makes for a delicious dinner and seriously good leftovers for the kids during the week!
And it's been so long since I shot photos of this, it was time to do that as well!
I do believe that I have created a monster!
Now that our little one has figured out how much fun it is to help me out by crushing candy canes with his Little Tikes toy hammer, I have been in a perpetual state of trying to find new recipes that will allow him to help me out! I can't believe how many boxes of candy canes we've gone thru this year, and I have learned to double-bag with heavy duty freezer bags before he starts banging away!
And if he didn't look so darn cute with his little "Cookie Helper" apron and chef hat, it might be easier to tell him we're all done with candy cane baking!
Growing up, my mom always made Pigs in a Blanket and baked beans for Halloween supper - and we couldn't leave the house until we had something to eat. Good thing that these were always one of our favorites!
As the years have passed, these retro and iconic rollups have always been a family favorite. So simple and easy to make that even the little ones love helping to make them!
Nothing screams Christmas party like some soft and chewy old-fashioned Big Soft Ginger Christmas Cookies!
I start with our family-favorite Big Soft Ginger Cookie recipe, and with the magic of some good quality white chocolate, we take these to the next level!
I just love the week before Christmas...it's my happy time and place! The kids are all at home celebrating no school, the shopping is done and the house is all decorated. But my favorite part is the memories that come with baking and cooking our holiday favorites! So many memories of people and years past, and so many new memories to be made. Good times!
This year our littlest was so excited to help with the holiday baking, and you can only imagine how big his eyes got when I told him to run and get his Little Tikes hammer so that we could start! He donned his "Christmas Cookie Helper" apron and chef hat lickety split, and the fun began!
Okay guys. I'm going to just make a public service announcement now. It's for your own good...
These Peppermint Bark Brownie Bites should come with a warning label!
I have never had such a runaway hit on Christmas treats!
So this weekend I've been putting the final touches on the list of goodies and treats to be included in my holiday gift boxes this year...and I just had to share this wonderful and easy recipe with you all!
If you love Pecan Brittle, you will adore this! Even my little ones that aren't crazy about pecans are addicted to this!
And believe it or not, 15 minutes and a microwave are all that are standing between you and a batch of this snappy and crunchy Pecan Brittle! With this fabulously easy method there is no madness, just perfect Pecan Brittle every time!
Ahhhh.....here's to cold winter nights and wonderful dinners with friends and family!
If you are looking for the PERFECT menu for a dinner party or other special event, you are in the right spot! Crazy tender beef with a rich and creamy mushroom and onion beef sauce that just melts in your mouth! And the best part?
Isn't it amazing how fast the holidays creep up on us? Thanksgiving is barely past, and BAM - December happens!
At the beginning of the month I usually look back at menus and notes from past Christmas holidays - and start assembling a framework for what hopefully will help keep me organized through the holidays. Sometimes being a list-maker can be a curse or a blessing!
This is a family favorite recipe - we've been making this for years, and everyone is always so happy when it makes its first appearance of the season - warm caramel with the most delicious secret! And while my family is sometimes happy to eat this right of the counter as it is cooling from the oven, it also perfect for parties. And in a pretty basket with a bow, this makes a perfect little gift!