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Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider

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Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

The holiday season is the perfect time for sparkling drinks. Stressed out from shopping? Champagne. Forget to add the sugar to your gingerbread? Champagne. Family won’t stop asking what your six month old baby wants for Christmas? Champagne (baby doesn’t want champagne, mommy does). It’s an A+ holiday problem solver. And you don’t have to drink it alone, that might get boring (and you might get a little too tipsy). I’m hear with the perfect solution!  Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.

Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat [Read more…]

12 Fantastic Fudge Recipes

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Fudge is one of those things that I have to save for the holidays. It’s not that I don’t like it, in fact I love it too much. I can easily make myself sick eating it, recover and then do it again the the next day. I never learn. One of my favorite things about fudge is how versatile it is. Just about any flavor combination you can imagine can get turned into a fudge recipe. I’ve done some research (it’s pretty grueling to stare at dozens of fudge recipes when you’re hungry) and picked out 12 fudge recipes that cover the whole spectrum from classic chocolate to the slightly wacky green tea. Get your sweet tooth ready!

12 creative and delicious fudge recipes that cover the whole flavor spectrum including chocolate, fruit and even green tea flavors

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge

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Whip up a decadent dark chocolate cherry fudge with this quick stove top recipe. Overflowing with tart cherries this sweet treat is sure to be a holiday hit

Whip up a decadent dark chocolate cherry fudge with this quick stove top recipe. Overflowing with tart cherries this sweet treat is sure to be a holiday hit

There is a Mennonite-owned market on my way home from work; they have the best deli meat, an infinite variety of sprinkles and a whole aisle devoted to chocolate covered things. It’s hard to pick but lately I’ve been drawn to the dark chocolate covered cherries and cranberries. Those snacks were the starting point for two of my holiday recipes this year. First up is a decadent Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge.  You’ll need dried tart  cherries for this (they might be called Montmorency). I bought a bag of dried bing cherries first and they tasted like raisins, don’t get those. I bought mine at the same Mennonite market but believe it or not, Target carries them. [Read more…]

Baked Mango Sriracha Chicken Wings with Ginger Lime Sour Cream Sauce

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The closest  I’ve ever come to intentionally running my husband over with my car was last summer. I was canning picked pepper rings and I mixed up my bags of mild peppers and super hot peppers. They pretty much looked the same so I asked him to try one and tell me which it was. He assured me it was the mild one, of course trusting that my husband wouldn’t try to kill me with capsaicin I popped a piece in my mouth. Well… HE LIED. Moral of the story: I no longer trust my husband to tell me when things are hot. He was pretty  intrigued when I told him I was going to make Mango Sriracha Chicken Wings, he also told me the sauce wasn’t very hot. That’s why  I decided to make up a quick Lime & Ginger Sour Cream Sauce to go on the side. I was surprised when my 2 year old stole a wing from my husband and licked her plate clean. Personally I like them with the sauce.

Bake up a tray of Mango Sriracha Chicken Wings for your next party, serve them with a Lime & Ginger Sour Cream sauce to temper the heat [Read more…]

Whiskey Ganache Filled Chocolate Hearts

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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like hearts, chocolate and booze. At least that’s true when you aren’t pregnant, but I am, so I didn’t even get to try these lovelies. I can say a very willing group of victims co-workers found them delightful, though to be fair I stacked the deck. My first choice wouldn’t have been Jameson Whiskey but sometimes you gotta play to your audience. I will say it has a strong enough flavor to come through even though there is only the equivalent of one shot in the whole batch of Whiskey Ganache Filled Chocolate Hearts. You won’t get drunk on them but the whiskey definitely makes itself known.

Whip up a batch of Whiskey Ganache Filled Chocolate Hearts for all your adult Valentines [Read more…]