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Peppermint Bark

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in For Dessert, Holidays, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes, Series | Comments Off on Peppermint Bark

Making peppermint bark has been a lot of fun to make this Christmas season. I recently came up with a smaller version of the original recipe that I made earlier this month. Today I want to share it with you, it’s really easy! :)

Peppermint Bark
Serves: 6
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate
  • ¾ cup white chocolate
  • 6 cupcake liners (paper or silicone)
  • 4 tablespoons of crushed peppermint candy
  1. Line a muffin pan with 6 cupcake liners
  2. Using a double boiler melt the milk chocolate
  3. Once, melted add 1 heaping teaspoon to each liner. Smooth out any lumps and place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Next, melt the white chocolate using the same above method.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of crushed peppermint to white chocolate.
  6. Top the milk chocolate with 1 heaping teaspoon of white chocolate and peppermint to each liner.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining peppermint and return to refrigerator to harden.
  8. After 20 minutes, if able remove cupcake liner and enjoy!
Optional: use microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds until melted. Usually two 30 second interval should give you the desired consistency. When melting white chocolate be careful not to over warm it in the microwave it will not turn to the right consistency if over warmed.

What homemade gifts have you made this Christmas season? 


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Carmel Apple Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in For Dessert, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes | Comments Off on Carmel Apple Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks back,we were invited to a very fun dinner party at our friend Anna’s house and I was in charge of making dessert. I absolutely love coming up with dessert recipes or cooking anything sweet. After finding my inspiration, I came up with this fun and delicious cupcake. Paired with some hot cider or hot chocolate this sweet treat would be perfect for a christmas party.

Caramel Apple Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
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Cook time
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 Box of Caramel Apple Cake Mix (preferred Duncan Hines)
  • ¼ cup Caramel Sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 2-3 apples, pealed and sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup (8 oz) butter, room temperature
  • 1-8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Pre-heat oven
  2. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners
  3. Prepare cake mix as directed and bake cupcakes for time indicated on box.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt butter and add apples and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to pan. Cook apples until they are soft (about 10 minutes), then remove from heat and let cool completely.
  5. Frosting: using a stand mixer cream together butter, cream cheese, cinnamon and vanilla. Then add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time until sugar is well incorporated.
  6. Once cupcakes and apples are cooled pipe frosting on to cupcake. Top with 2 to 3 slices of apples and drizzle with caramel.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Make your own caramel sauce in lieu of caramel mix that come with cake mix.

I made my own caramel sauce which I highly recommend because it taste so good. Here is the recipe I used. 

Any of you going to Christmas parties or hosting them? If so what are your favorite foods to make? 

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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Ice-Cream

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in For Dessert, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes | Comments Off on Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Ice-Cream

A couple months ago my husband surprised me with an ice-cream maker. Ever since, we make ice-cream on a weekly basis around here. It’s becoming our new family Friday night tradition: homemade pizza followed by homemade ice-cream. Since my hubby is a HUGE fan of cheesecake, I’ve made a cheesecake ice-cream almost every week and change the flavor weekly depending on what we have on hand.

I’ve made blueberry cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, apple caramel cheesecake and our newest favorite is peppermint bark cheesecake ice-cream. And after asking a few of you over on Facebook I thought you would all love an ice-cream recipe!

It’s so fun to make this recipe with kids too. My little guy loved dropping the chocolate into the ice-cream maker. Oh, and he had to taste test it half way through, just to make sure it had enough peppermint and chocolate. 😉

If you are looking for a fun holiday dessert, I think you’d like this one.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Ice-cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4-8
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature cut into 1-inches pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream or plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons (divided) of crushed peppermint candy canes
  1. Using a food processor mix: cream cheese, sugar, salt, cream, milk peppermint extract and sour cream, pulsate until mixture resembles cottage cheese in appearance.*
  2. Place into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.*
  3. Once mixture is cold, turn on ice-cream maker and pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl.
  4. Minutes before the ice-cream is done, pour in chocolate and 2 tablespoons of peppermint candy.
  5. The ice-cream will have a thickened creamy texture when it is done (roughly 15 to 20 minutes.)
  6. Serve immediately or place in a freezer container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
  7. This recipe makes 8 half cup servings. Sprinkle each serving with 1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed peppermint candy.
Cooks Note: * Use a stand or hand mixer in place of food processor. *If you would like your ice-cream sooner, place bowl in freezer (instead of refrigerator) for 30 minutes and then make ice-cream. *For this recipe, avoid substituting cream, whole milk or whole milk yogurt. The result will be a liquid ice-cream. friends, what's your favorite ice-cream flavor? 

What is your favorite ice-cream flavor? 

If you do not already have an ice-cream maker we have and love this one, click here.

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Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma’s Recipe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Family Time, For Dessert, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes | 2 comments

Baking is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Over the summer my grandma came to visit us for 2 months.  When she arrived she showered me with a little gift. This gift could not be bought in a store or purchased at any price. This gift was a family cookbook.  In this beautiful weathered gem are recipes my great-grandmother created herself, recipes she learned from cooking classes she attended and cut out recipes from magazines. The earliest recipe noted in this book is from 1921.

I never had the opportunity to meet my great-grandmother but this little gift she left behind is one way I  get to know her. She has some yummy dishes throughout her personal cookbook but what is most pronounced was her love for sweet treats. So, that’s where I my love for baking from! 😉

To enjoy a little piece of heritage yesterday, while my sweet little guy took a nap, I whipped up a cookie recipe from 1921. While the cookies were still warm, I enjoyed an afternoon cup of coffee served on china from my grandmothers wedding. It truly was a great way to spend an hour.

If you are looking for a cookie recipe for this holiday season, I hope you try this one!

Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma's Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, oats, coconut, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set to the side.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream together shorting and sugar, once well incorporated add milk and eggs.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, once cookie dough is mixed well, fold in raisins.
  5. On a lined cookie sheet, using a spoon, drop cookies on sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Substitutions: Shortening - ¾ cup butter or ¾ cup of Palm shortening or ¾ cup coconut oil Granulated Sugar - 1 cup raw sugar

Do you have a family recipe you want to try? During this holiday season, if I can encourage you, try one recipe that is a family recipe. Take a picture of it and savor the memory of making that family dish. 

Have a great day friends!

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Christmas Symbols

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Our Life, Preparing for the Holidays, Quotes | Comments Off on Christmas Symbols

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Our Menu for December 3, 2012

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Our Menu, Preparing for the Holidays | 4 comments

Hey friends! It’s another beautiful Monday and its once again time for menu plan Monday!

Whether or not your a huge fan of menu planning, I can’t recommend it enough during this time of year. I believe taking 20 minutes to plan your breakfasts, lunches and dinners really will make your Christmas season a little easier. Today, I want to share three ways to keep menu planning simple during the holidays.

#1. Stick to  your favorites.

This is not the time to do an elaborate dinner each night. Keep it simple by making your family favorites. If you want to make one new recipe, use one that has a short ingredient list or pick the day of the week that you do not have a lot of activities, that way you can enjoy making the new recipe.

#2. Ask your family what they would like. 

I do this every week with my husband. Mainly because I don’t want to have to think of all the meal idea’s by myself. Plus, he knows he’ll be getting his favorites during the week. Which I think he enjoys! 😉

#3. Have a theme menu. 

I mentioned back in October that theming my weekly meals helped me plan my monthly menu. Heres our current menu themes:

  • Sunday – Pasta
  • Monday – American
  • Tuesday – Mexican
  • Wednesday – Crockpot
  • Thursday – Something new
  • Friday – Pizza
  • Saturday – Something easy

Ok, there it is, three ways to keep it simple during the holidays: stick to your favorites, ask your family and have a daily theme! Have a great week friends!

Here is our menu.



  • Oatmeal casserole
  • Breakfast casserole
  • Pumpkin Pancakes and scrambled eggs
  • Cereal x 2
  • Yogurt and granola x 2


  • Left overs
  • Tuna Melts and steamed veggies
  • Veggie quesadilla
  • Smoothies and  PB&J


What quick and easy meals are you cooking this week? 

Sharing today at Menu Plan Monday. 

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