Brioche Knot Dinner Rolls

When this posts, we will be on our way back from 5 very cold but amazing days in Alaska. We will come back to our little bungalow, a much warmer city, and these two goofballs. June and George.  They are both miniature Australian shepherds, and June (on the right) has been my partner in crime since before any of the rest of the crazy clan, including the husband.  She is as spunky and sweet as she is lounge-y and sassy.  She is quite possibly a dog version of myself.  The one syllable nature of her name lends itself to many nickname iterations… Junior, Junie-girl, Junie-bop, Junie-spoony, and, my personal favorite,…

Swedish Hazelnut Buns

I can hardly believe its Christmas Eve.  The days leading up to Christmas have flown by around here.  But starting today, the busyness comes to an end (well, except for making a pie or two).  Its time to hang out with family and relax. Maybe you have family in town and lots of holiday treats in the works… In my opinion, there is nothing like warm roll with a big ol’ cup of tea or coffee.  Pulling apart a warm bun, relaxing in your PJs, and laughing with loved ones, is about the best morning I can imagine.  How about these brioche dough buns with a hazelnut creme filling?  These buns…

Ginger Molasses Caramels

Need a super last minute, festive gift idea that isn’t cookies?  Ginger molasses caramels.  Making caramels is such a fun, festive, holiday process.  Plus they present beautifully, taste AMAZING (seriously!!!) one batch makes a HUGE quantity, and are relatively easy to make. If you live in the greater Seattle area and have ever sampled Jon Boy’s Ginger molasses flavor at a farmer’s market, these are super similar!  Oh, but they won’t cost you $10 for a tiny box (Not that you aren’t worth it, Jon Boy!). Right now, its T minus two days until Christmas, so I won’t dilly-dally with some anecdote or attempt to convince you that these gingery, spicy,…

Italian Ricotta Cookies

My father was the oldest of 10 kids.  The second oldest is his sister (my aunt), who married a man originally from England.  Every Christmas, the would go visit his parents in England.  But, she still wanted to celebrate the holiday with her family.  So each year, she hosted a Christmas party before they travelled.  I should back up and state that this woman is a phenomenal cook/baker/hostess!  Did I mention that she also makes her own chocolates?  She is pretty much a superhero.  Every year, she would have a selection of different flavors and varieties to try.  All absolutely delicious… Well, she started having this party over 20 years…

Sour Cream and Chive Deviled Eggs

The holidays are BUSY.  Its really easy to be go-go-going all of the places and doing all of the things, and whoops, you forgot a lll about that party you are supposed to go to tomorrow.  The one where you you agreed to bring an appetizer…  Yea, THAT party. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!!  Sour Cream and Chive Deviled Eggs!!!  I started making these almost 10 years ago when I was in college because they are: Cheap!  (Eggs, ya’ll!) Easy (If you can boil eggs and mash things together, then you’re set!) Don’t require any fancy equipment (pan to boil the eggs, knife, bowl, and fork) And can…
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