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Tieks Review - Christmas Gift Ideas from Taste and Tell



Looking for Christmas gift ideas? I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things I am loving right now over the next few weeks to give you a few ideas of what to get for your loved ones or what to add to your wish list. Every girl needs the perfect pair of ballet flats, so today I’m doing a Tieks review!

I have been looking for the perfect pair of flats for years. As in over 6 years. I’ve bought everything from $20 Target flats to over $100 flats that the salesman at Nordstrom swore by.

But I never fell in love with any of them.
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This Cranberry Orange Baked French Toast Casserole is an overnight breakfast casserole that is filled with cranberry and orange flavors.

Cranberry Orange Baked French Toast Casserole - this overnight casserole is filled with cranberry and orange flavors.
 
 


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Can you tell that I’m a little bit obsessed with cranberry and orange this year? :)

I’m at it again, but this time I’m bringing you breakfast. We all know how crazy Christmas morning can be. I know when I was a kid, we would wake up hours before the sun came up. We would be so excited and wound up that it would be hard to go back to sleep. The rule was that we couldn’t wake our parents up that early, so we would eagerly await our parents so that we could start unwrapping presents.
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Moist and flavorful eggnog cupcakes are topped with a caramel eggnog buttercream in these festive and seasonal Eggnog Cupcakes with Caramel Eggnog Buttercream.

Moist and flavorful eggnog cupcakes are topped with a caramel eggnog buttercream in these festive and seasonal Eggnog Cupcakes with Caramel Eggnog Buttercream.
 
 



I remember the first time I had eggnog. It was New Year’s Eve. I don’t remember how old I was, but I was fairly young – probably 10-ish. My sister and I (it could have actually been more than one sister, but I don’t remember) were invited to a neighbor’s house. I remember drinking eggnog that night, and when the clock struck 12, we headed outside, banging pots and pans, thinking we were a pretty big deal.

**Side note to add – it has come to my attention that some people think that eggnog is an alcoholic beverage. Eggnog in and of itself is not alcoholic – typically made from milk/cream, sugar and whipped eggs – but alcohol is sometimes added. The eggnog we drank was not alcoholic, as well as the eggnog I use in my recipes. :)

I remember being somewhat enamored with that eggnog. Not completely in love with it, though. I’ve never been a big fan of drinking milk – I just don’t love the feeling of the thick liquid in my mouth and throat, and eggnog is like milk x 10. So these days, it’s usually on a few sips until I’m done.
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Not your typical sloppy joe recipe, these sloppy joes have an enchilada twist with delicious Tex-Mex flavors.

Enchilada Sloppy Joe Recipe - Not your typical sloppy joe recipe, these sloppy joes have an enchilada twist with delicious tex-mex flavors.
 
 



I bet you all were starting to think that all I was just going to post desserts all month, right? Well, it is December, after all.

But…

As much as I want to eat a cupcake for dinner, let’s face it – we need some real food in our bodies to keep us going and energized through this busy time of year. And today’s recipe is a great recipe to have on hand every time of year.
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Orange scented cookies are topped with a dollop of cranberry sauce in these festive Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies.

Cranberry Thumbprint Cookie Recipe - Orange scented cookies are topped with a dollop of cranberry sauce in these festive cookies.

Oh, how I love December. A few nights ago, we went to a live Nativity that is put on here, and it really put me in the Christmas mood.

Oh yeah – and all of the baking has helped, as well. :)

Only in December can I make a new sweet every day and not feel guilty about it!!

I mentioned the other day that I have been a bit obsessed with cranberry and orange lately. Well, those flavors show themselves again today in these Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies. A sweet orange cookie is topped with some tart and sweet cranberry sauce for 2 bites that taste just like Christmas. Yep – it doesn’t get more festive than these little cookies!!
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Homemade Caramel Recipe – perfect for gift giving, this homemade caramel is so tasty and addictive!

Homemade Caramel Recipe - perfect for gift giving, this homemade caramel is so tasty and addictive!
 
 


Originally posted December 17, 2009 – If there is one thing I get excited about every time December comes around, it’s the candy-making. Growing up, my mom always went crazy making candy for neighbor gifs, and she has passed that love onto me. And as much as I love a good assortment of candy, the homemade caramel is where it’s at for me!!

This recipe is fairly simple, but I do recommend using a candy thermometer. My biggest word of advice is to test your thermometer to make sure it’s accurate. And since water boils at different temperatures depending on altitude, you’ll need to adjust the temperature accordingly. This Homemade Caramel Recipe does take a little bit of time to make, but I promise it’s worth it!
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