Pine Cone Cheese Balls are perfect for winter entertaining, or as part of a rustic and festive winter charcuterie board, especially when paired with sprigs of aromatic fresh rosemary and cranberries. The simple design is so easy to make, and perfect for a winter celebration when sprinkled with finely grated parmesan snow!
Fresh Sugared Rosemary is the perfect “something special” that adds a little dash of sparkle to winter wonderland treats – and it smells like a walk in a snowy forest! They may look fancy, but these wintery and snowy garnishes are super simple to make!
Fresh Sugared Cranberries are the perfect “something special” that adds a little dash of sparkle to winter wonderland treats! They may look fancy, but these wintery and snowy garnishes are super simple to make!
Chocolate Pine Cones are perfect for creating rustic and festive winter desserts, especially when paired with sprigs of Sugared Rosemary and Sugared Cranberries. The simple design is so easy to make, and perfect for a winter celebration when sprinkled with powdered sugar snow!
I think that my 2021 Christmas Cookie Collection is my most favorite ever! I had decided on a North Woods Christmas theme for this year, which brings back so many wonderful Minnesota Christmas time memories! So much fun to bake and decorate, and everyone loved the old-fashioned Vanilla Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies, and Chocolate Brownie Cookies, together with a few old favorites and new surprises!
When Christmas morning rolls around, I'm always looking for something fast, easy and delicious that I can set out for Christmas Morning Brunch. It has to be something I can make ahead of time and it has to be something special for my family!
We are usually up VERY early in the morning, and it's wonderful to have something baking in the oven to serve with fresh juice or mimosas. Today I'm sharing some of our favorites - perfect for a lazy Christmas morning! We ALWAYS start with homemade Banana Bread, and I've found that Banana Bread Bites are the perfect size to serve to a crowd - and I love that I can bake and freeze them, ready to pull out and warm up early Christmas day. It just wouldn't be Christmas at our house without them!
This classic Ham & Cheese Quiche, with heavy cream, ham and cheese is a perfect choice for a quiet holiday morning. Of all the ham and cheese quiches I’ve tried over the years, this classic French version is my favorite and one of my “go-to” brunch dishes for holidays and special days. The recipe has been in our family for years, and everyone absolutely loves it! And I love that I can make this ahead of time and simply put it in the oven to reheat on Christmas morning!
I'm going to let you in on a little holiday tradition - one that is always on our table for Christmas dinner, and usually the New Year too! Glazed Apples & Cranberries are perfect with your holiday ham or pork tenderloin, and always wonderful for a Christmas morning brunch! So quick and simple to make, when this is baking, the aroma wafting around the house is out-of-this-world! And the tender sweet apple slices? So good that everyone will be gobbling them up fast!
With a name like "Snowflakes & Coffeecakes", you probably have a pretty good idea where this idea came from! If ever there was perfection in a coffee cake, we have found it! A warm slice of Maple Banana & Walnut Coffee Cake is beyond words - tender and perfectly wonderful!
Eggs Benedict Overnight Casserole is the PERFECT brunch! An easy overnight casserole, filled with all of the wonderful things you love in Eggs Benedict - chewy English muffins, salty Canadian bacon or ham, rich eggs and cream, and drizzled with creamy and warm Hollandaise Sauce! If you're making breakfast for a bunch, this is so much easier than poaching eggs and making individual Eggs Benedict, and everyone loves it!
I also love that Maple Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns can be started the night before you want to serve - the next morning, give them a little time to rise while everyone is waking up, bake for 25 minutes, and you'll be all set! These are really the stickiest and gooiest caramel rolls ever - perfect for a holiday morning!
Ham, Egg & Cheese Strata is an easy make-ahead breakfast casserole perfect for a holiday, a special breakfast, or just a lazy weekend brunch. Serve with some fresh fruit and pastries, with some coffee and mimosas, and you’ve got a party!
Of all the sugar cookies in the land, everyone knows that Christmas Sugar Cookies are the most magical of all! For those times when you need a perfect Sugar Cookie that has an easy dough to roll out and work with, will hold its shape and edges, and have a wonderful surface for fun decorating, this is my go-to Sugar Cookie recipe for the softest, thickest and creamiest sugar cookies and the easiest Royal Icing. Perfectly simple and wonderful! Santa tested and Santa approved!
Sugar cookies are wonderful, but perfect Chocolate Sugar Cookies are even better! Rich in chocolate flavor, with crisp edges and tender centers, they are perfect for cut outs since they don't spread in the oven. Paired with easy Royal Icing or Easy Buttercream Frosting, they are simple and wonderful all by themselves, but even more fun when decorated with colorful Royal Icing and lots of sprinkles. It's time to get your favorite cookie cutters out!
Winter Solstice has always been a magical night for our family, but throw in a surprise marriage proposal complete with a candle-lit walk down a favorite park path and a perfectly decorated Christmas Tree waiting with a proposal and a jaw-dropping ring, and we've got some serious celebrating to do! Congratulations to Katie and Tim - we couldn't be happier and wish you both a lifetime of happiness, health and dreams come true!
An engagement announcement is the perfect time for a Vineyard Charcuterie Board – easily customized with cheese, meats, fruits, and always some sweets and treats! It’s so easy to create a Vineyard Charcuterie Board - a quick trip to the market and you'll have the perfect items to pull together a quick and spectacular treat! There’s no better way to celebrate a special engagement!
I’m obsessed with these Love Letter Chocolate Sugar Cookies! Perfect for weddings or bridal showers, Valentine’s Day or garden parties, they are almost too cute to eat! Perfect Chocolate Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are rich in chocolate flavor and incredibly soft. Paired with easy Royal Icing and decorated with colorful Royal Icing flowers and leaves send the perfect message of love!
There's just something magical about chocolate covered strawberries! So silky and velvety on the outside - and bright, juicy and bursting with flavor on the inside. Not only perfect to look at, but perfect with every bite - a party in your mouth!
And so fast and easy to make! All it takes is some perfect strawberries, GOOD quality chocolate - be it your favorite dark, semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate, and as quickly as you can melt the chocolate, you're in business! These are PERFECT for an engagement celebration!
For a special celebration, this Winter Celebration Cake starts with an amazingly rich, tender and moist Chocolate Raspberry Cake, layered with luscious Raspberry Jam Filling, silky Chocolate Mascarpone and covered with Dark Chocolate Ganache. Rich dark chocolate cake and fresh raspberries are even more indulgent when topped with wintery Chocolate Pinecones and Sugared Cranberries and Sugared Rosemary. The fragrance from the Sugared Rosemary gives this an outdoor fresh smell and seasonal flavor as well! A truly special cake for a very special couple!
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