Category — Holiday + Special Occasion Recipes

{recipe} “Frozen”-Themed Meringue Trees

My son is obsessed with all things Anna, Elsa, and Olaf! He loves the movie Frozen so when we wanted to make meringues, we decided to give them a little bit of Frozen flair by coloring them pale teal with snowy sprinkles.

frozen meringue trees

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December 26, 2016   No Comments

{adventures in gingerbread} The French Quarter, New Orleans – in Gingerbread

Behold: New Orleans’ French Quarter, made entirely of gingerbread and candy!
New Orleans Gingerbread House

For the past several years I’ve gotten together with a group of friends to make a crazy gingerbread project. (See bottom of the post for links to all of the previous projects!) This is actually last year’s project, which I thought I’d share now in hopes I can get it together in time this year to share our upcoming project. The project is always related to the theme of our Christmas party, which was “Christmas in the French Quarter.”

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December 14, 2016   No Comments

{recipe} Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

Did you know you can make super easy and tasty cookies out of cake mix? Well, now you do! And you can dye them green and decorate them with red sprinkles to make them holiday-ready.

cake mix cookies

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December 12, 2016   No Comments

{recipe} Spicy Mexican Chocolate Tequila Balls (in the style of Bourbon Balls)

Every Christmas, my brother-in-law Steve requests a batch of bourbon balls like his grandma used to make. The original recipe for this old-fashioned holiday treat calls for crushing up nuts, Nilla wafers, powdered sugar and cocoa and moistening them with bourbon and corn syrup. They are no-bake and super easy to make, but the problem is, nobody in our family likes them but him! So this year I decided to shake up tradition a little bit and incorporate some of his other favorite things into the recipe, like tequila, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and chipotle powder, in hopes of getting a few more takers.

tequila balls

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December 5, 2016   2 Comments

{secret chef tips} Here Is All The Thanksgiving Advice I Have to Offer

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that a lot of people ask me for advice about cooking Thanksgiving dinner. But why keep it to my inner circle? Here, in pretty much random order, are the resources, advice, and tips I have to make your Thanksgiving cooking successful!

turkey-meal

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November 18, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Brown Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin spice season – amirite? Now I have never been a big fan of pumpkins in my lattes, oreos, tampons, and so forth… but a delicious fall cookie? That is what pumpkin was made for.

soft pumpkin spice cookies with brown sugar glaze

These soft pumpkin cookies are super cake-y and tender, with a decadent brown sugar glaze, and I basically can’t stop eating them and now I’ve negated all the working out I did today but that’s beside the point. Because PUMPKIN SPICE!

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October 3, 2016   1 Comment

{recipe} Swirly Valentine Meringues

I have not blogged since before Christmas, because I was busy having a baby! Yay! I made these meringues last weekend and wanted to share the recipe before Valentine’s Day. They look pretty cool, but they are super easy to make and require very few ingredients.

Valentine Meringues

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February 13, 2016   No Comments

{disco christmas} Saturday Night Fever, in Gingerbread

Every year a group of friends comes over and we make a crazy gingerbread “house” – usually more of a scene – to go along with the theme of our Christmas party. Last year I was too lazy to share photos and a description, so this year you get a twofer! We are making this year’s house tonight, so I thought I’d better share last year’s ASAP.

disco gingerbread

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December 17, 2015   No Comments

{happy birthday} How To Make a Super Cool Thomas the Train Birthday Cake

Let me give you a quick piece of parenting advice that I learned the hard way: do not let an almost-2-year-old browse train birthday cakes on Pinterest. If you do, be aware that he may come to his birthday party with some seriously lofty expectations! This is how we got to this point. Luckily my sister–who, FUN FACT, earned a trophy for cake decorating in the 7th grade–was there with her super steady hands, clear design eye, and patience to help me work this out.

thomas the train birthday cake

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March 21, 2015   3 Comments

{recipe} Swirly Christmas Sugar Cookies

Here’s another fun one for the holidays – swirly red and green sugar cookies! I love soft sugar cookies that melt in your mouth. They are so easy to make and getting this swirled effect is really simple to do. So pretty!

christmas sugar cookies 3

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December 22, 2014   5 Comments