Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille Review

Is everyone fat, happy, and rested after the holiday weeks? I know it’s a major drag to return to reality after some time off, but don’t despair – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! (just kidding, I kinda hate Valentine’s Day, but that’s apparently how we are expected to feel since the shops around here…

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Christmas cookies! Soft, pillowy sugar cookies covered in vanilla bean frosting - reminiscent of Lofthouse cookies you find in the grocery store.

Soft Vanilla Bean Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse Copycat)

I couldn’t let Christmas get away from me without baking a batch of classic frosted sugar cookies. Since the thought of spending half an hour per cookie flooding them with multiple colors of royal icing (after spending an hour making sure the icing is the exact correct consistency for flooding) makes me break out in hives,…

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Fig and Plum Chutney with Cardamom whipped cream cheese - this chutney can be served as a dip over the cream cheese or used by itself as a condiment for your hams, turkeys, and chickens!

Fig and Plum Chutney with Cardamom Whipped Cream Cheese

Chutneys can assume a variety of forms, but they all have a basic idea intact – you take some combination of fruits, veggies, and/or nuts, throw in some spices, zests, or other flavorings, and cook it down with some kind of tangy liquid (usually vinegar and/or citrus).  It can be served as a side dish…

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Hot Buttered Rum - The spicy buttery base could be given away as gifts. Add boiling water and dark rum for a comforting, warm holiday treat.

Hot Buttered Rum

This is one of those hot, comforting, delicious sounding treats that I’d hear mentioned here and there around the holidays but that I never made any special effort to try.  When choosing treats to make and share with you all, my ideas can come from the most random of places. I was inspired to make hot…

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Peeps in a Basket French Toast. This would make such a fun Christmas breakfast for the kids! Could use any holiday-themed Peeps for any time of the year.

Peeps in a Basket French Toast

Though I’ve always thought that cute food crafts are fun, I get especially excited now that I have a child of my own to surprise with this kind of thing.  Using the Christmas-shaped Peeps and piggybacking off of the idea of eggs-in-a-basket, I came up with this version using French toast. The best part is…

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Gingerbread thumbprint cookies with butter rum filling . I LOVE these - so chewy and delicious for the holidays!

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Butter Rum Filling

It’s cookie season!  I was excited to share these pretty little thumbprint cookies.  Thumbprints are so versatile because you can use pretty much any cookie dough and filling, so there are endless flavor combinations to be had. To make these extra simple, I started with a box mix.  I have no shame in reaching for…

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Squares - with a Nilla and graham cracker crust, salted caramel sauce and a sweet crumbly topping.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These delectable bars have everything that’s wonderful about the fall and holiday season – they’re sure to impress at any of your family gatherings and potlucks. The bars start with a crust made from crushed Nilla wafers and graham crackers.  There’s plenty of them, too, so the crust is nice and thick and helps the…

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10 Side Dishes to Kick Your Thanksgiving Up A Notch

I love seeing all of the unique twists and spins that bloggers are putting on classic Thanksgiving recipes.  I put together a round-up of some that caught my eye.  Please click through to the original blogs for the recipes and leave them some comment love for being awesome and creative! Bacon Ranch Green Beans by…

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Triple Chocolate Salted Tart

This sinful confection is one of my favorite desserts that I have ever made.  It’s rich, bold, and satisfying but doesn’t leave you feeling bogged down by an overload of sugar.  It comes together easily, doesn’t require any special skills, and would be an impressive addition to your holiday gatherings this year. This tart… oh…

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