If you are looking for some easy and delicious ways to tell a friend, neighbor or loved one that you are thinking about them during the holiday seasons, there is no better way to do so than with homemade baked goods. Easy enough to do on your own, but lots more fun if you have family or little helping hands with you, these five full-proof recipes and decorating ideas are sure to be a big hit. You only have to worry about having enough left over after taste-testing to give away! Continue reading
Many years ago, my Aunt gifted me a jar of peppermint hot chocolate. That holiday season I drank several steaming mugs of hot cocoa, and a new passion for this refreshing, peppermint-and-chocolate combo was born. While delectable hot chocolate may be a “necessity” in any cold (or cool…) climate, in warmer climates, I find it difficult to consume hot beverages to my heart’s content. The only solution was to eat it instead in the form of Peppermint Bark! This homemade peppermint bark recipe is a wallet-friendly way to satisfy your holiday cravings, or you can package it to gift to friends, family, coworkers and your secret santa this holiday season. Continue reading
Americans love peanut butter; our taste buds and statistics prove it. We buy it often and outlay a pretty penny to consume it regularly. So, it seems odd to me that there is not a great deal of product variety readily available at the grocery store. There are several brand names that offer Smooth or Crunchy, traditional or natural; but you have to really drive around town to find flavored peanut butters. If you want a specialty peanut butter flavor, you should expect to spend some time hunting down a (small) local vendor and pay twice the amount of a national brand. Or – you can make your own delicious peanut butter that is healthier than most store bought brands and more affordable than a specialty product. Around the holidays, I like to make (and gift!) homemade honey cinnamon peanut butter. The recipe is simple and you can alter it to suit your taste. Continue reading
If you are looking for a warm, chocolate dessert or for a great homemade holiday gift, look no further. These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are easy for anyone to bake and the ingredients make for a colorful and festive Gift in a Jar. Continue reading
The holiday season is upon us, a time for gathering together, thankfulness, and expressions of friendship and love. We have been invited to a neighborhood Thanksgiving Day celebration and though each family will bring a dish to contribute to the potluck affair, I never like to enter a private home, for any occasion, without providing the host/hostess a small token of my appreciation. Even if a host/hostess does not prepare every dish, he/she still has opened their home and has probably spent hours shoving clutter into closets and cleaning house. A nice way to provide a personal gesture of appreciation, without breaking the bank, is to make a Fall Hostess Gift in a Jar Recipe. My favorite this time of year is Oatmeal Spice Cookie Mix. Read on for the recipe, decorating tips and photos.