Gift-able Holiday Treats!

Who made a rule saying homemade holiday gifts must involve either hot glue-guns or hot cocoa mix with mini marshmallows?  I certainly don’t subscribe to this philosophy.  And frankly, don’t plan to.  I do not have fond memories of hot glue guns or cliches (i.e. hot cocoa mix). So, here are some other gift-able holiday treat suggestions!  No mini-marshmallows or globs of glue required. 😉 Ginger Molasses Caramels The flavor of gingerbread in a chewy caramel!  Wrapped in waxed paper, they make the perfect, delicious, gift-able treat!  A favorite of the hubs! To the recipe… The Best Homemade Granola The best homemade granola ever and perfect for gifting because it…

Mexican Chocolate Pie with Gingersnap Crust

The husband is a cake and cream pie person in a fruit pie family.  Apple pie, rhubarb pie, and, in my brother’s case, cherry pie are the most common birthday dessert requests.  He doesn’t think fruit belongs in dessert.  (Except a mysterious exception is granted to peach cobbler.) Around the holidays, apple, pumpkin, & pecan pies are of course making frequent appearances at the extended family gatherings.  I.E. Lots of non-cream pies and certainly no cake. During our first Thanksgiving as newlyweds, I was tasked with pies.  My plan was apple and pumpkin (even I hate pecan).  The hubs was having none of this fruit pie non-sense, so he decided…

Halloween Recipe Round-Up

A round-up of my favorite eats and treats for your Halloween and Harvest party festivities!! Savory Eats Halloween Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce Pumpkin shaped sweet potato fries with a super creamy and surprisingly vegan chipotle dipping sauce are a tasty, crowd pleasing appetizer or side dish!  To the recipe… French Stuffed Pumpkins  A cheesy bread stuffing with fresh herbs, bacon, and cream roasted inside of a pumpkin for a decadent dish!  To the recipe… Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce A bit of a project, but well worth the effort for a small gathering!  Homemade ravioli noodles with a pumpkin ricotta filling and a…

Grown-up Twix Bars

If there was one halloween candy that I could remake into something just a bit more elevated it would be a Twix bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the original version had my whole Halloween candy loving heart as a kid… but now, something about it falls a bit flat.  Probably the waxy, too-sweet chocolate. Or the not-as-good-as-I-remember it cookie.  Or maybe its the caramel – a little pinch of sea-salt would go a long way! The result is by far one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.  Possibly my favorite recipe of the YEAR so far!  Which is saying something because there are a number…

Healthy Treats – Salted Caramel Chocolate Coconut and Oat Bars

If you cringe when asked to be “treat mom” or to “bring the treats,” I know the feeling, even though I am currently kidless.  Almost everyone if off of something these days. Even kids! The school’s list of acceptable/unacceptable ingredients in homemade treats I see pinned to the fridge at my friends’ house leaves little but organic unicorn dust and non-GMO rainbows up for grabs.  And unfortunately, I’m fresh out of both. One year we hosted a monthly dinner for our church small group.  A week before our first meal, three people reached out about their dietary restrictions with the clear assumption that accommodations would be made.  Between the 3 of…
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