Peppermint Frosted Brownies

December 20, 2011
Peppermint Frosted Brownies

One last Christmas treat. Just one, I promise! Because by the time you read this, I’ll very likely be running around like a crazy woman just before our trip to Indianapolis to see the Texans & Colts play. A trip that heavily relies on the weather to keep us from celebrating Christmas snowed-in in an [...]

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Baileys Marshmallows

December 3, 2011
Homemade Baileys Marshmallows

Some days, regardless of how bright it is outside, are just… gray. A dear friend I made through blogging lost her father recently. We’re all just so heartbroken for her and her family’s loss. Grief and comfort is so very individual and we all cope differently. Often you just can’t find the right words. Or [...]

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Salted Caramel Peanut Bars

May 10, 2011

Pay Day candy bars are one of my guilty pleasures. When we take a road trip, there are three things that we have to grab at a quick pit-stop before getting on the highway: A bag of Funyuns, a Diet Pepsi, and a PayDay. When it comes to sitting in the car for hours, I [...]

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Chocolate Truffles

February 3, 2011
Chocolate Truffles with Grand Marnier

We couldn’t do a whole series on chocolates and not cover truffles. Sure they’ve been done, but they’re far too delicious and far too easy to skip over! My favorite part of making truffles is that we get decide what goes in them. ‘Cause nothing says I love you quite like a heart-shaped box full [...]

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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

December 13, 2010

How do you drink your hot chocolate? I prefer mine spiked with a shot of Bailey’s Mint. But if I’m not sneaking in a little Bailey’s, I go for marshmallows. Growing up, I loved the Swiss Miss packets that came with “marshmallows.” You know the “marshmallows” that more resembled pencil erasers than an actual marshmallow. [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

December 9, 2010
Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

The difference between the Day 2 goodie and the Day 8 goodie is only a few degrees but I felt that even that smallest difference deserved its own mention. When cooked to the appropriate temperature, this rich, buttery sauce will produce perfect caramel candies. When cooked for only a few minutes, you end up with [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Sea Salt Caramels with Vanilla Bean

December 2, 2010

These are my husband’s absolute, hands-down, no-contest favorite Christmas goodie. They’re also my favorite non-chocolate Christmas goodie. And they’re absolutely delicious: bite-sized, rich, buttery caramels studded with pretty flecks of vanilla bean. They’re sweet, buttery, and salty all at the same time. And addicting. Betcha can’t eat just 5. Every year, we make a few [...]

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

December 1, 2010
Swirly Chocolate-Peppermint Bark

The 12 Days of Homemade Christmas 2010 Looking for recipes for your Christmas goodie baskets? We’ve got 12 Days of Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas coming your way! Up first? A recipe for Swirled Chocolate Peppermint Bark. The contrast is beautiful. 3 pounds total of white and dark chocolates, swirled together, and topped with crushed peppermint [...]

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