Wednesday

Pie Recipes for the Holidays

I thought that I would go around and see how many really easy pie recipes I could find today... the first features ice cream! It doesn't get much easier than that!

Holiday Peppermint Pie

Bailey's Chocolate Mousse Pie

Butter Tart Pie

Have to stop... I'm getting big time hungry right about now!

Hot Caramel Chocolate Recipe

Just in case you have had your fill of hot chocolate... let get a bit fancy. This recipe has your regular ingredients with 6 chocolate covered caramels thrown in for good measure. And oh yes, there is whipping cream too. If you are going to have hot chocolate, you just have to have whipping cream!

Hot Caramel Chocolate Recipe

Monday

Swiss Nut Clusters from Herrods


I'm pretty sure that I couldn't make these. Easier just to let someone else do it. And seeing that they are from Herrods... they have to be good! Be sure to go over to the site and take a closer look at these clusters. On second thought, maybe not. You are going to be thinking about them ALL DAY!

Herrods

Sunday

Madam Benoit's Thoughts on Cooking

I feel a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.

Madam Benoit

Oh, you have no idea how much trouble I have gotten into when playing around with a recipe. I think that's what she's getting at. My daughter and husband have always said that a recipe is just the guideline. It's up to you to make it better. Doesn't always work for me lol... actually it has never worked for me.

Gingerbread Cookies

You might not like to cook, but baking up a batch or two of gingerbread cookies might not be all that bad at this time of year! And you know that nothing smells quite as amazing as a kitchen that smells like cookies! I did a bit of looking and found you a few recipes! Okay, I sort of branched out... Gingerbread has a habit of doing that to you! ;)

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

What Happens When Kids Make Their Own Gingerbread House?

Gingerbread Donuts

Gingerbread Kids

Fairy Gingerbread

Saturday

Ye Olde Donut Maker


Can you imagine how much fun this would be to have sitting on your counter. Oh, coffee and donut every afternoon. It's what dreams are made of lol...

JCPenney

Thursday

Black Sheep Kitchen Collection - Potholder, Oven Glove & Mug


Don't they say that everyone has a Black Sheep in the family lol?? What an easy Christmas present this would be!!

Black Sheep Kitchen Collection - Potholder, Oven Glove & Mug

Pomegranate Apron


It never fails... I cook ANYTHING and it gets onto my clothes. I have an apron, but I never seem to remember to put it on. Must remember to put a hook on the pantry door so that I see it. Maybe then I will use it.

Pomegranate Apron 2500 990

Kaydee Designs Palm Tree Pot Holder


With the winter that we have had so far, my thoughts have been traveling south these days. Just the thought of palm trees swaying in the breeze makes me happy!

Kaydee Designs Palm Tree Pot Holder

Hanging Pot Rack


This would make any kitchen look... well used?? I have been looking for something like this to go over my island. The price isn't half bad either! Hmmm, I wonder what it would look like if you decorated it with Christmas ornaments??

Hanging Pot Rack

Wednesday

MY FAVORITE SCISSORS


Actually I do have a pair of scissors that are used just for the kitchen. See, there is a cook inside of me somewhere!

MY FAVORITE SCISSORS

Rival 5025WG 2-1/2-Quart Crockpot


Here's a little crock-pot with an equally little price ($19.99) to get your started. If you like it, you can trade up to a big one but hey, this might be the perfect size for you!

Rival 5025WG 2-1/2-Quart Crockpot

Rival Crock-Pot Incredibly Easy Recipes


I don't know where I would be without my crock-pot and I'm always looking for new EASY recipes!

Rival Crock-Pot Incredibly Easy Recipes

Monday

Thirty Second Christmas Centerpiece - Dine by Candlelight

Now this looks like my kind of centerpiece... thirty seconds from start to finish. Take a look :)

Crystal Christmas Tree with 12 Wine Charm Marker Ornaments


This looks cute enough to become a Christmas Display... whether it's used or not! I'm thinking that it would look amazing sitting on my coffee table!

Crystal Christmas Tree with 12 Wine Charm Marker Ornaments

Baking Illustrated (Hardcover)


I have to admit... I spend more time looking at the pictures than I ever do actually baking. It's just a nice way to pass an afternoon. The baking... maybe my next life. ;)

Baking Illustrated

Easy Fruitcake


I'm really hoping that there is a fruitcake lover in your home... sadly there is none in mine and I have to eat the entire cake myself. Imagine, a Christmas without fruitcake!! That's why I make them in tiny loaf pans, but you could easily use two small loaf pans.

2 cups your favorite nuts
2 cups raisins
3/4 cup candied cherries
2 cups candied pineapple
3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line 2 small loaf pans with parchment or wax paper.

*Set oven to 300 degrees and then prepare 2 small loaf pans with waxed paper. I specifically use small loaf pans because I'm the only one in the house who eats fruitcake. The loaf allows me to cut the cake into slices to freeze for later.

*Combine the nuts, raisins and fruit. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

*Combine eggs and vanilla and beat with a handmixer until well combined. They should be frothy. Pour over prepared batter and continue mixing. Divide between the two loaf pans.

*Bake for about an hour and a half. During the last half hour, check with a wooden skewer for doneness. It should come out dry.

Baker's Secret Basics Nonstick Petite Loaf Pan

Sunday

Meatball Pizza

cooked meatballs
1 pre-made pizza crust
1 jar pizza sauce
handfuls shredded mozzarella (you actually measure??)
1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning

You pretty much know the drill... take the crust out of the packaging,
-spread with pizza sauce
-arrange meatballs in place
-sprinkle with mozzarella or whatever cheese you have handy
-sprinkle with seasonings and pop into a hot oven until everything is hot and tasty.

I just might be able to pull this off. ;)

Saturday

Bottle Stopper - Skull & Crossbones


Now if a bottle was sitting out within view and it had this stopper, would you touch it lol?? If nothing else, you would think twice and then ask yourself why there is a skull and crossbones on the stopper.



Hula Treasures

Spill Coasters


We just bought new furniture for our family room... and I'm paranoid that I'm going to spill something on it. I should have picked something that would repel spills, but it's too late now. Just maybe these coasters would do the trick.

via Outblush

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry

Now, this is my kind of dish... just dump everything into the slowcooker and then walk away. Here is your ingredient list.

4 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
8 ounces fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
Hot cooked rice

The directions are here!

Sunday

Cozy Santa Paper Guest Towels (16 count)


This is the perfect time to splurge on something this cute... just tell everyone that they are to look and not touch lol...

It Makes You Look As If You Know What You Are Doing!!



Formaggio Cheese Board Set... to impress ;)

At Least the table will look nice!

Anchor Hocking 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Value SetI don't know about you, but I have arrived at a time in my life when I want all of my bowls to match... especially if they are going to be used as serving bowls on the table. I HATE it when I have to use an odd bowl... it just ruins the look of the table. So, when I saw this set, it made perfect sense. It's from Amazon and the price is very affordable. And you get 10 bowls. That should just about cover you!

Anchor Hocking 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Value Set

Thursday

One Dish I Screwed Up

What is one dish that should be dead easy to make, but you screwed it up? Me... it was jello is you can believe it. I didn't know that you REALLY had to stir it or the gelatin wouldn't dissolve. You guys are the first ones I have told. Now don't leave me sitting here feeling like an idiot. Tell me your secrets!

Simple/Easy Menus... Where I Get My Best Ideas!!

 Those paper menus that serve as place mats... tuck one into your handbag and when you get home check to see how many meals that you could...