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Jazz up that fruit salad recipe with this Apple Pomegranate Salad that has sweetened whipped cream with apples, marshmallows, and lots of fresh pomegranate seeds.

Jazz up that fruit salad recipe with this Apple Pomegranate Salad that has sweetened whipped cream with apples, marshmallows, and lots of fresh pomegranate seeds.
 
 


Are you one of those people who plan holiday menus out weeks in advance? I’m really hoping you’re not, because I’ve got a fabulous fruit salad that belongs on your Christmas dinner table to share with you today!!

We keep things pretty traditional on Christmas – at least traditional for us. My mom’s birthday is on Christmas Eve, so we don’t do our big meal on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas day, after the excitement of the morning has worn down a bit. We usually do ham (although my mom is doing a ham and a turkey this year), and then the typical fixings – potatoes, veggies, salad, rolls, etc. But even though it’s pretty much the same thing every year, we still didn’t even have assignments down until yesterday. We spent the morning texting and deciding what we all wanted to bring.
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Tis the season! These Gingerbread Cookie Cupcakes have a gingerbread cookie bottom topped with a gingerbread cupcake. Then they are topped off with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting and another gingerbread cookie for triple gingerbread love!

Tis the season! These Gingerbread Cookie Cupcakes have a gingerbread cookie bottom topped with a gingerbread cupcake. Then they are topped off with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting and another gingerbread cookie for triple gingerbread love!
 
 


Well, we are in the home stretch. We are to the point where my kids are asking every 5 minutes how many more days until Christmas. I’m almost done with the shopping (just have to figure out what to get for my dad still!!). Santa has been visited, and miracle of all miracles, all of my kids sat on his lap and told him what they wanted. No tears, no frightened kids.

Let me tell you – I am ready to sit back and relax and enjoy a few days filled with family, food and fun. It’s the best time of the year!!
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Not your typical scones served with tea, this German Scones Recipe is deep fried dough that is served with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Not your typical scones served with tea, this German Scones Recipe is deep fried dough that is served with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Photos updated December 2014

 


Originally posted December 25, 2007 – The year I originally posted this recipe was the first year that my little family started the tradition of scones on Christmas morning. I’m happy to report that this tradition has continued and we have fried up this German Scones Recipe every Christmas morning except for one year when we were in a hotel on Christmas morning. This is a highly anticipated recipe every year. My kids were so confused when I made a batch of these to photograph. They kept thinking it was somehow Christmas, because that is the only time I make these! (Unless my husband wants them for his birthday.) I prepare the dough the night before and refrigerate it until we are ready for it in the morning. This makes A LOT, so I will usually use half of the dough on Christmas morning, and fry up the rest the weekend after Christmas. I’m not sure if these are actually German (the name was listed in an old cookbook) but we love them! They are kind of a mix of fry bread/sopaipilla/beignet/doughnut. It’s fried dough, and it’s delicious!!
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This Crumb Cake Recipe has a moist cake that is topped with a thick layer of crumb topping. This is the BEST crumb cake recipe!

This Crumb Cake Recipe has a moist cake that is topped with a thick layer of crumb topping. This is the BEST crumb cake recipe!
 
 


I have about 3,438 cookbooks on my list that I would love to own and cook from. I own a wide variety of cookbooks – everything from baking books to healthy cooking to cookbooks that cover it all. But I have to say – lately, it’s mostly been about the easy, fast recipes. As I get older, things just seem to be getting busier, and it’s hard to find the time for super extensive recipes.
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Eggnog Cookie Bark – This festive holiday recipe for Eggnog Cookie Bark is great for holiday gift giving or holiday parties. It is a fun way to eat a cookie!

Eggnog Cookie Bark - This festive holiday recipe for Eggnog Cookie Bark is great for holiday gift giving or holiday parties.  It is a fun way to eat a cookie!
 
 



Every single holiday season it happens. I think I’m on top of things, and then all of a sudden, just hours before I need it, I am reminded that I need a dessert or a treat or a snack for a party or event. And I’m left scrambling, trying to figure out what I’m going to do.
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Panasonic Toaster Review

I’m back with another idea for a last minute Christmas gift!!

So… We went over a year without a toaster.

No toaster, you ask? Yep. No toaster. We used to have one. It was a toaster oven that I was gifted about 10 years ago. When we moved into the house where we are currently living, I realized quickly how little counter space I have. The lack of counter space, combined with the fact that it was a 10 year old toaster oven (and it looked it – it was pretty bad) meant that there was no way I was putting that toaster on my countertop. I don’t like a lot on my counters, anyway, and the toaster oven was definitely not worthy of that counter space. There wasn’t room in a cabinet, and not in the pantry. But I needed somewhere to put it, since we did use it regularly for toast, so I put it on a shelf in the garage.
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