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Peppermint thin bark, two ways. A delicious, simple peppermint bark with just a few ingredients!

Peppermint thin bark, two ways

Peppermint thin bark, two ways. A delicious, simple peppermint bark with just a few ingredients! Half of my brain is telling me peppermint dessert recipes should be tucked away until next year’s holidays.  Can we just pretend it is two weeks ago, and you all really need something to do with all your extra candy …

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Sugared cranberry cookies - sugar cookies with sugared cranberries baked in to make the sweetest cookie ever - with a twist.

Sugared Cranberry Cookies

Sugared cranberry cookies – sugar cookies with sugared cranberries baked in to make the sweetest cookie ever – with a twist. Remember those sugared cranberries we just talked about? While they are surprisingly addicting just on their own, they make for gorgeous decorations on other desserts, too. Originally I made them because I wanted to …

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Sugared cranberries. Great for decorating desserts or a sweet snack!

Sugared cranberries

Sugared cranberries. Great for decorating desserts like cakes, baking in goods like holiday cookies or simply as a sweet snack! So. As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of regular cranberries. Usually they are too sour for my liking, even when prepared in other dishes. That’s why I made a sweeter version of cranberry …

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Peppermint eggnog hot chocolate using homemade (cooked) eggnog. Perfect holiday drink!

Peppermint eggnog hot chocolate

Peppermint eggnog hot chocolate using homemade (cooked) eggnog. It’s the perfect holiday drink!   I originally made this recipe because of a (now defunct) event called Foodie Extravaganza. One ingredient was picked each month, and all participating bloggers would make a recipe around that ingredient. The first time I heard about it, the ingredient was …

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Make your own COOKED eggnog! Enjoy your eggnog without worrying about uncooked eggs!

Cooked Eggnog

Make your own COOKED eggnog! Enjoy your eggnog without worrying about uncooked eggs! SO I have this thing about eggnog. The thing is, I don’t really like it. Great way to start a post about eggnog, right? I have friends that will drink it by the gallon, but the thought of drinking a raw egg mixture …

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Butternut squash apple soup. Delicious autumn flavors blended together make this vegan soup a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Butternut squash apple soup

Butternut squash apple soup. Delicious autumn flavors blended together make this vegan soup a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Like many things, I used to think I didn’t like soup. I’m not sure exactly how I could declare that for such a broad category, but it was mostly because it wasn’t “filling enough” (i.e. I felt deprived of …

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How to make your own homemade vanilla extract. Super easy, fun, and cost effective. Great as gifts, too!

How to make vanilla extract

How to make homemade vanilla extract. Super easy, fun, and cost effective. Great as gifts for Christmas, housewarming parties, or your foodie friends birthdays!  Let’s talk about vanilla extract. If you’re a baker, you use a lot of the stuff. Those tiny little jars you buy at the grocery store probably don’t last you very …

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Reindeer cookies

Reindeer cookies

Reindeer cookies are a peanut butter cookie base with chocolate covered pretzels for antlers. Fun to decorate with the whole family! These reindeer cookies are very festive cookies for a holiday cookie exchange or party. You could probably use most any cookie for a base, but you want to make sure the cookie is not …

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Coconut snowball cookies are the perfect festive treat for the holidays, Christmas parties and gifts. Only 4 ingredients needed!

Coconut snowballs

Coconut snowball cookies are the perfect festive treat for the holidays, Christmas parties and gifts or care packges. Only 4 ingredients needed! Last weekend, I went on a bit of Christmas cookie baking spree. Surprisingly, not all of them included chocolate (!) but I will admit that I’m tempted to make a version of these …

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