Your Holiday & Seasonal Guide for Food & Lifestyle

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Creamy Rice Pudding with Cinnamon

Creamy rice pudding is a treat for any special occasion. Planning a special evening?  That’s always fun to do, but what to make?  Dinner is covered but you need a dessert.  Something different that will perfectly complement the great dinner you’re making.  Your criteria is simple, you want a dessert that’s unique and can be prepared in advanced.  And […]

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thyme roasted sweet potatoes makes a great side Sometimes all it takes is the right side dish to complete a meal.  And if you love sweet potatoes then I have the perfect recipe for you.  My thyme roasted sweet potatoes is an easy side dish to whip up when you need a tasty starch.  It’s flavorful and healthy, and a nice change from […]

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect holiday treat. If you love the idea of red velvet cake then why not try it in a cookie?  My red velvet white chocolate chip cookies are chewy and bursting with a richness of flavor.  The red and white colors are perfect for the season.  Simply […]

Red Wine Reduction Sauce Served over Filet Mignon

Dinner for two with a red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon. Sometimes there are occasions when you require a special dish.  Whatever the reason to impress a certain someone, celebrate a festive time, or just say “I love you,” I have a great dish to answer that celebratory need.  Its Red wine reduction sauce served over filet mignon.  It may look […]

Rosemary Roasted Shrimp Appetizer

Start your holiday celebration with a rosemary roasted shrimp appetizer. The holiday season is here and it’s time to indulge your taste buds with homemade delights, family traditions and gourmet decadence.  This is certainly not the time of year to forsake your warmest heart’s desires… and assuredly, there are a lot of desirable foods to satisfy anything you crave.  If […]

The Snowman and its Historic Beginnings

How did the snowman become associated with Christmas? Who do you think built the first snowman?  It’s a question that’s not easy to answer.  Historical records are vague here, and quite frankly look at the subject matter.  When you build something from snow, the likelihood of preserving any evidence is difficult at best.  The first […]

Christmas Ravioli Pasta with Shrimp, Chicken, & Broccoli

Celebrate the holiday in style with Christmas ravioli pasta. The holidays are here, bringing you good cheer!  So what are you serving for dinner?  Might I suggest Christmas ravioli pasta?  I love this dish because it’s rich and decadent, the perfect choice for any holiday celebration.  When I first thought about pasta for dinner, I […]

Almond Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Spruce up your holiday with almond cranberry chocolate bark with M&M’s. I love chocolate and this is the time of year to splurge a bit.  My almond cranberry chocolate bark is easy and fun to make.  It’s a great recipe to make with kids too; I had a great time making it with my son.  […]

Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party

Celebrate with your own holiday cookie exchange party. If you love to bake or just enjoy a great holiday party, I’ll tell you how to turn one type of cookie into many.  Just host your own holiday cookie exchange party.   The idea is simple, bake lots of your favorite holiday cookies and exchange some for others.  It’s the best way to indulge […]

Jam Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry and Apricot

Jam thumbprint cookies just in time for the holidays. Every December we gather for our annual cookie exchange party.  It has become a cherished tradition for the holidays; a time to get together with friends and sample amazing cookies.  Every year I make these jam thumbprint cookies and they are always a favorite.  In fact, […]

Spinach Spanakopita Triangles with Feta Cheese

Spinach spanakopita triangles Here’s a delicious appetizer that’s bursting with flavor!  My Greek spinach spanakopita triangles are the perfect indulgence when you are in the mood for a small bite.  These little pockets are made of Filo dough wrapped around a spinach and feta cheese filling.  Filo dough is light, flakey, and crispy and melt-in-your […]

Cranberry Apple Chutney with Orange Zest

Cranberry apple chutney served with toasted sliced French baguette. If you’ve ever wanted to taste a holiday, then perhaps I have the appetizer for you.  My cranberry apple chutney with orange zest brings home the flavors of fall, the aromas of Thanksgiving, and the warmth of Christmas.  It’s quite easy to prepare and you can […]

Spanakopita Mini Bites with Puff Pastry

Spanakopita mini bites are a great appetizer for indulging your Greek cravings. And don’t they look delicious too?!  They’re certainly not your typical appetizer.  The spinach and feta filling is a tasty combination of vegetable and cheese.  Puff pastry dough adds a rustic, homemade appearance that will help your guests feel warm and welcomed. This dough […]

Mustard Glazed Carrots with Parsley

Mustard glazed carrots are a sweet and spicy dish to serve on any special occasion. Tired of green vegetables?  Why not try something different?  My mustard glazed carrots are a sweet and spicy addition to any main course.  The combination of light brown sugar and prepared mustard adds a great depth of flavors.  Not a fan […]

Pineapple Casserole with Cheese and Rosemary

Pineapple casserole is a must have side when baking ham! We all know pineapple and ham make a great combination.  Having ham for dinner?  Then try something different like my pineapple casserole as a side dish.  It’s easy to prepare and it makes a great addition to your meal.  My baked ham with pineapple and […]

Baked Ham with Pineapple and Coke

Baked ham with pineapple and coke is an easy main dish for any celebration. Do you love eating baked ham?  I do especially when it’s so easy to make.  This is a main dish that serves a lot of people and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Be careful though…when you try my special baked […]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a twice baked potato dish for any celebration. Who doesn’t love potatoes?  They compliment just about any meat dish you pair them with.  Add a vegetable and you have a very balanced meal.  I love mashed potatoes and so does my family.  They are versatile enough to serve for a […]

Croque Monsieur Mini Bites Appetizer

Croque monsieur mini bites are a great way to indulge your taste buds with flavors of ham, gruyere, and mustard. When you think about it, croque monsieur is just a fancy grilled cheese sandwich; but my petite appetizers have what it takes to transform that everyday staple into an elegant indulgence.  Using the mini whole wheat toasts […]

Baked Brie with Cranberry and Rosemary

Baked brie is a wonderful combination of cheese, cranberry, honey, pecans, and rosemary. New Year’s Day…a time for reflecting on the past; contemplating new objectives; resolving to accomplish those things we deem to be most important in our lives.  There is a lot to think about at the dawn of a new year, but one […]

Chocolate Dipped Cake Balls

Chocolate dipped cake balls are a sweet dessert for your next holiday party. Do you want something sweet and have a craving for chocolate?  Then I have an idea for you.  Try my chocolate dipped cake balls!  These bite sized treats are as fun to make as they are to eat.  First decide what type of […]

Irish Cream Cocktail for the Holidays

An Irish cream cocktail is a thick and creamy drink for the holidays. The holidays are for celebrating, so why not add another dimension to “holiday cheer”?  Try my Irish cream cocktail, and you’ll be off to a great start.  This recipe combines light cream and sweetened condensed milk to create a richness that goes […]

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