Well, even after all that talk about breaking dessert tradition, my family still begged me to make our usual pumpkin fare this holiday season. We do live in the upper Midwest after all, so baking and bringing “bars” to a meal or party is somewhat expected. These pumpkin bars are a great dessert—easy to make, but tasty enough to hold their own with any fancy cake or tart they may share the table with. And while many people leave pumpkin behind once Thanksgiving has passed, I’ve found this little treat to be welcome all winter long.
I can’t help it; somehow chocolate and peppermint make their way into almost everything this time of year. Cookies, cakes, candy—it is all laced with the mint-chocolate combo. Hot chocolate is no exception. After a whole week of negative temperatures, I couldn’t help myself; I needed everything to be warm and comforting. So I chopped some chocolate, added a little peppermint and milk, and gathered the family around. We sipped our tasty drinks and finally felt some holiday cheer.
Make your guests smile at your holiday party with a hilarious melted snowman cake! It’s a silly and fun cake that is truly easy to make—your kids can help out too with rolling the fondant and making the snowman’s face parts. Throw on the holiday tunes, pour yourself a big old glass of eggnog, and get baking!
I’ve seen this chuckle-inducing design on melted snowman cookies and cupcakes before but hadn’t yet seen it on a cake so I decided to give it a try. It’s covered in white fondant, which you can purchase at baking or craft superstores, or you can make your own marshmallow fondant.
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‘Tis the season for the smells of Christmas—like fresh, warm gingerbread. All those spices with a hint of molasses… yum! My husband’s family gathers every year to decorate gingerbread houses, often with a theme. I’ve seen bird cages, Dr. Who’s Tardis, the White House, and a carousel, just to name a few! This year’s theme is a beach Christmas. I wonder how we’ll manage that in gingerbread?
I’ve gathered some ideas that are a little less crazy than those listed above, but still unique. Now let’s find our mixing bowls and rolling pins and get ready to make some gingerbread!
There’s no rule that says chocolate fudge has to be brown or square. So why not have fun with it? This colorful forest of fudge trees would make a fantastic edible centerpiece for any holiday gathering.
With the weather turning chilly, I find the desire to cozy up with a movie or by a fire ever growing. With two little ones, the cold afternoons before dinner sometimes need something extra special to mix things up. The other day I had my oldest daughter, Matilda, help me make this divine buttery herb popcorn. It was the first time we’d made popcorn together, and it was nothing short of magical to watch her eyes light up as the kernels popped.
We are headed to the mountains for the greatest family adventure ever! Subaru reached out to us with a unique challenge so we’re packing up the car with lots of yummy homemade treats and setting out with our entire gang. Tune in next week for a supercharged video of our adventure!
In the meantime, check out some of our favorite travel snacks from around the web.
Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe
via Because I’m Addicted
Best Banana Muffin Recipe Ever
via Yammie’s Noshery
No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Power Bars
via Avery Bakes
DIY Honey Sticks
via Domestic Geek Girl
Crunchy Apple Pie Granola Recipe
via Some The Wiser
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Let’s make raindrop and puffy cloud edible fondant cupcake toppers! This is an easy DIY you can do with your little ones. These cupcake toppers are a fun idea for a weather-themed birthday party or for a baby shower for a little baby boy. Drip drop, here comes happy rain!