It’s holiday baking season and what’s Christmas without cookies? Good old St. Nick would probably have a thing or two to say about no cookies come Christmas Eve. This is one dreamy shortbread cookie recipe! …
Sometimes the simplest foods make the best recipes. Delicious entertaining made easy with these Manchego Cheese, Ham and Olive Bites. An easy appetizer for the busy holiday season.
I’ve been told many times that I’m an old soul. I’m unsure if this is something that is just me; not learned or anything, just always there, or if I’ve slowly acquired a taste for things that perhaps make me appear older than I am. Take cocktails for example, gin which most people associate with an older demographic is by far my favourite. And this Gimlet throwback to the 1920’s is definitely a new favourite. The fact that it’s colours are perfect for the holidays is a coincidence that makes me happy.
Mother’s Day is next weekend, cue anxiety ridden thoughts about making it “the perfect day” for mom. But wait. What if we all took a deep breath and made it special but without all the expenses, frustrations, disappointments? What if you cracked a few eggs into dinner rolls and made this stunning mouth-watering dish for mom? Line up some colourful fruit or vegetables with these Baked Eggs in Rolls and mom’s got breakfast made. You don’t have to stir a thing. It’s simple yet visually and deliciously pleasing.
Every girls dream! Errr … I mean, it’s every hosts dream for parties. This has to be the easiest and fastest appetizer that will wow your guests. I put these out for an open house party we had before Christmas and everyone asked about the hot dates. Which sounds funny, but are delicious. Dates quickly pan fried in a tiny bit of olive oil and then sprinkled with flaky sea salt. That’s it, that’s all.
I hadn’t planned on posting this recipe, however I got asked so many questions about how I got the dates to go all “buttery”that I thought I should share. And since New Years Eve is rapidly approaching I thought that maybe someone out there would be in need of this easy recipe.
Shockingly delicious and easy appetizer. Searing dates!
5 minCook Time
5 minTotal Time
- 8-12 Medjool Dates (fresh dates, not dried)
- Olive oil
- Flaky Sea Salt
- Lightly coat a frying pan with olive oil and heat until VERY hot. Add dates and quickly pan fry until starting to brown. (Watch the dates closely as they quickly go from cold to burnt).
- Sprinkle with flaky sea salt
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Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares are a quick and easy no-bake festive treat! Made in under 15 minutes!…
Perfect afternoon pick me up of Eggnog Affogato. I had eggnog that was about to go bad and thus, had to make ice cream. Eggnog Ice Cream has to be the simplest ice cream to make. Ever. It’s basically a custard so I added some booze (because it is the holidays) and churned it right up. It’s already even cold. Easier tun pie. Because pie is actually hard to make.
Holiday dessert done right with ice cream and coffee!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 litre eggnog
- 2 tbsp bourbon, spice rum, or liquor of your choice
- Combine ingredients in a bowl. Churn according to your ice cream makers instructions.
- Place in a freezer-proof bowl and allow to chill for at least 1 hour.
Classic baked potatoes in mini format taken to a new herby (and delicious) status. These Herby mini Hassleback Potatoes are easy to prep and are hands-off baking!
This Spiced Apple Cider Cake with Frosted Cranberries is a dreamy Fall cake with four layers of spiced apple cider cake and layers of light frosting with sweet and tart sugared cranberries.
Mainly due to the fact that I had so little time leading up to Christmas with all of us fighting one cold or flu after another, we did not get any Christmas cards done. Which is usually my jam; I love making Christmas cards. This year however, the thought made me feel immediately stressed – in a big way. In lieu of cards we decided to throw a very casual holiday open house with our dearest friends … in the morning. Most of our friends are either super busy with Christmas parties at night or have small children that go to bed early. So, a holiday brunch was just the ticket. I really liked the open house portion. We had waves of people come in and out, which ended up being a blessing as our place isn’t big at all.
Needless to say that this brunch was going to land on my plate of responsibilities. My idea for the Bagels & Bubbles came from pure selfishness: I wanted something as completely hands off as possible. My answer was to outsource by purchasing both the bagels and bubbles. The bubbles were primarily less expensive sparkling wine or Prosecco from our local liquor store. The bagels I purchased from Rosemary Rock Salt. Which I’m in love with, their rosemary rock salt bagel is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Thrown in some smoked salmon or lox, cream cheese, sliced red onion and some capers … and we had a completely carefree holiday brunch ready to go. I also added in my Winter Fruit Salad, which I’ll be posting tomorrow morning. I made the salad the day before so the morning of the brunch was really just laying everything out.
I had a bagel and a big coffee right before all the guests arrived. This allowed me to visit with everyone. I also am convinced that we’ll have more brunches like this in the future. Everyone can make their unique bagels, enjoy some bubbles, and visit in the true holiday fashion. My only regret is that we weren’t able to invite more people. Here’s to making this a new annual holiday event!
Tips for a carefree and hands off brunch:
- only make one dish (but make sure it’s a darn good one);
- outsource by either having a potluck or by buying the rest of the food;
- have coffee, tea, milk and sugar ready for guests;
- put out all the utensils, cups, mugs, plates, etc. to create the casual environment you’re looking for;
- I put out a few extra oranges and bananas for the littles kids who aren’t into grapefruits as well as paper cups for water;
- have nice juice to pair with the bubbles (I used mango and pomegranate/blueberry);
- remember the napkins! (I forgot these and had to run out after people arrived!!!);
- put out the bubbles in an ice bucket and keep a spare or two in the fridge (just use a really large bowl if you don’t have a larger ice bucket);
- eat before your guests arrive, this keeps you available the entire time;
- after the second wave of people I washed a large portion of our glasses to keep up with our guests;
- most importantly socialize and enjoy!