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Holiday Entertaining Simplified

Holiday Entertaining SimplifiedLast week I shared with you a few tips for simplifying your holiday party prep and today I’m going to share more ideas for holiday entertaining when it comes to what to serve. My key to any gathering (big or small) is to serve something delicious and pour a great glass of wine. Keeping it simple is key. Let’s start with the food.

Ideas: Holiday Entertaining You really cannot go wrong with a charcuterie and cheese pate. With this spread, there was something that appealed to everyone. Cured and dried meats, two different cheeses, smoked almonds, a variety of olives and even chocolate.

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

A lot of baking goes down in December.  Am I right? School parties, neighborhood gifts, potlucks, cookie swaps – it seems there is always a reason/need to be whipping something up. In my family there are those staple things that we bake every year. You can bet on some type of sweets for breakfast (like cinnamon rolls or now, these pecan pie pancakes), a really seasonal dessert (think fudge), and of course a holiday staple – cookies.

chocolate peppermint cookies recipe

This season I’ve teamed up with Sugar In The Raw® to bring you some festive holiday treats (check out these monster lollipops and this pumpkin pie spice latte cake), and today I’m sharing my most recent holiday recipe with you – Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

chocolate peppermint cookies recipe

Have them on hand to serve your family or pop in guests, box them up and ship to a distant relative, or tie them with a ribbon for a special teacher gift.

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Sip It :: Cranberry and Rosemary Cocktail

Cranberry CocktialConfession: I get really excited over a themed holiday cocktail. This post is one of those times (can’t you see my smile from there?). But really, who doesn’t? There is just something so fun and festive about a colorful, flavorful,  cocktail. This cranberry cocktail has a rosemary garnish that just swept me off of my feet.

cranberry cocktail recipeI recently got my “coveted” bar cart and was looking for a way to add a little pizzaz to cocktail hour this holiday season. With a little colorful tissue garland and this new Absolut Limited Edition Andy Warhol bottle, we were ready to sip in style. This bottle screams festive and fun, doesn’t it? It is modeled after Warhol’s iconic Absolut artwork that he created in 1986 which makes it a great conversation piece as well.

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Pecan Pie PANCAKES!

Pecan Pie Pancakes

I have this mild obsession with pecan pie. Specifically this pecan pie recipe (thanks PW!). But it seems I only make it during the holidays … which is not cool. So I came up with a reason to eat pecan pie all year round — and for breakfast.

Pecan Pie Pancakes Recipe
These pecan pie pancakes are DIVINE. And see that topping dripping off? It’s sort of amazing. The pancakes have this familiar nutty flavor reminiscent of the pie itself. Mmmm so good. I made them silver dollar size which made me feel not so bad about eating 6 of them… which makes no logical sense (I know).

(PS I have also been known to drink my pie. Yep. Check out these pumpkin pie mini martinis).

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Pumpkin Spice Latte :: Cake in a Mug

Cake in a mug

If you’re like me and find yourself ordering several pumpkin spice lattes during the fall, then you’re bound to like this dessert. It has all the flavors of your favorite fall latte, it’s warm, and it’s even baked right into a mug. I know! Right? In the recent years when I think of fall, I think of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. They just make me happy and scream, “It’s fall!”

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Serve It :: Simple Football Cupcakes

It’s that time of year again—football season! Chances are you’ll find yourself either feeding a hungry sports crowd or being invited to a football viewing party at some point this season. When that happens, have this easy football cupcake idea handy and you’ll be sure to please a crowd (of any age!).

You’ll first need to bake up a dozen cupcakes (any flavor will work) and then follow two simple decorating steps in order to turn your plain cupcakes into mini footballs. For decorating purposes, you’ll need one container of fudge icing and one container of white or vanilla icing.

Easy Football Cupcakes

 

Fill a pastry bag or Ziploc® Brand XL Sandwich Bags with the fudge icing. To make the “football” I used a pastry tip (#18) but that is not necessary. You can simply cut a hole in your icing bag.  Squeeze the icing dragging it like a zigzag (back and forth) until the top of each cupcake is covered.

make Football Cupcakes

 

Next, make the laces using the white icing. Place it in a separate pastry bag and trim a small hole in the end. Gently squeeze out the icing to make the “laces” of the football. Make one long line across the top of the cupcake, with three smaller lines crossing, going the opposite direction.

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