Archive for December 2013

A look at 2013 Christmas Decorations

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 27, 2013 | Category : Holiday Celebrations

Even in a mad rush in the middle of David’s job bids and bad news about my senior dogs, I managed to pull together a pretty nice Christmas palette of gold and silver decorations with stags as the theme running throughout the three main rooms of the public spaces. The...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 12, Date Balls and a Little CSI (Cookie Scene Investigation)

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 24, 2013 | Category : Baking, Holiday Celebrations

After icing the clunky little cookie looks shiny and inviting.

For 15 Christmas’s I have heard the story of Hot Dot, his maternal Grandmother, buying cookies that he has never seen nor tasted since his childhood. White balls filled with dark filling and iced with white icing. She would go to Plehn’s Bakery in St. Matthews and buy about 9...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 10 & 11: Christmas Ornament Pudding and Peppermint Ribbon Brownies

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 23, 2013 | Category : Baking, Cooking, Holiday Celebrations

These sweets have essentially the same ingredients yet the ratios are different thus yielding a soft pudding or a fudgy brownie. Each have chocolate squares, milk, eggs, and a starch. Isn’t it funny how we  can be same yet different even in the kitchen? Wouldn’t we all get along better...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 9, Speculoos Mousse Snow Globes

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 20, 2013 | Category : Cooking, Holiday Celebrations

star globe

I made the speculoos cookie spread for Sweet #8 and it inspired Sweet #9, Speculoos Mousse Snow Globes. Snow globes are the Christmas decorating trend this year which was fine with me since I really like the magical quality of snow globes. I bought a couple stemless wine glasses a...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 8, Nutella’s Competition, Biscoff Butter

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 18, 2013 | Category : Baking

speculoos ingredients

I remember many childhood breakfasts with Nutella on the table. Oma sent over the oval shaped jars from Germany. And, as many children in Germany, we spread it on our breakfast toast. I don’t recall eating it as a snack, but definitely as a breakfast treat. American Nutella is not...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 7, Lost, But Found, Jimmy Cake

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 16, 2013 | Category : Baking, Holiday Celebrations

instant coffee powder, chocolate jimmies, and the old recipe.

A Facebook friend, Bonnie, contacted me this summer regarding a cake from her family’s past. A loved one made this cake but never gave the recipe to anyone nor did anyone watch her make the cake. She described it as best she could and wanting to help, I researched her...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 6, Orange Slice Cake and Out of the Blue Holiday Blues

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 15, 2013 | Category : Holiday Celebrations

The quirky masterpiece smells so good!

Have you ever just been sitting there without a thought in your head, drinking coffee, eating cake and this feeling starts in your throat and wells up in your eyes, and it hits you, holiday blues. An aching so hard, a wish so raw, it is hard to even write;...

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12 Sweets of Christmas, 3-5, Stuffed Cookies: Chocolate Almond Joys, Santa Paws, and Cookie Stuffed Cookies

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 14, 2013 | Category : Uncategorized

Seriously fun cookies are being offered today with stuffed cookies. Not that I’m counting but this brings us to 5 sweets of the promised 12. Not that I’m heaping on guilt, but my tree isn’t even up yet and here I am inventing stuff to stuff cookie dough with. Just...

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12 Sweets of Christmas: 1-2, Sour Cream Poundcake, Brandy Snaps and Thoughts on Old Traditions and New

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 13, 2013 | Category : Baking, Holiday Celebrations, Recipes


I have been using this sour cream poundcake for 25 years. I give it as a gift, use it for wedding cakes, and as a snack cake. The subtle tang of sour cream offset by real vanilla appeals to most tastebuds and age ranges. It holds up to sauces, fresh...

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