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Candy Cane Scones

Candy Cane Scones

I am finally feeling human again and able to eat some food so it was time for a holiday bake. Jack and Ewan have their holiday program tonight so why not let them have a special holiday treat as an after school snack.

One of my favorite holiday flavor combinations is chocolate and peppermint. There is just something about it the screams Christmas to me. Growing up what kid didn’t love candy canes?!

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

As I mentioned before I am now a little hooked on gingerbread paired with orange. This is my version of a dessert we had on Thanksgiving at The Biltmore Estate. What better way to say Merry Christmas than with a snow topped chocolate gingerbread bundt cake?

This is my favorite bundt pan for the holidays. It reminds me of a snow topped European building once the powdered sugar is sprinkled on top. It’s so simple and festive.

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Merry Christmas

Once again time has gotten away from me. It is already Christmas Eve! Happy holidays to all of you! I hope you enjoy some time with the family and eat delicious food.

While I did not have time to post much for the holidays I thought I would share some of our holiday food traditions. Christmas Eve we have homemade pizza. I don’t recall how this started, but for as long as I can remember my family has always had pizza for Christmas Eve. There have only been one or two dough disasters with emergency pizza delivered! This is a fun tradition we continue with our boys. We will be headed to my parent’s house shortly to enjoy our pizza dinner with them.

Dessert is rather simple. Homemade Christmas cookies and homemade eggnog. The eggnog is a MUST. If you have never had homemade eggnog you must try it. There is just no comparison to what you buy in the store. The boys and I made a double batch yesterday and they are thrilled. They already told Daddy that he needs to try Mommy’s “special drink”!

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As for the cookies, this year we have gingerbread men as well as some reindeer and stars that stand up. Traditional vanilla cutout cookies are a hit with the kids too. One of my favorites is jam thumbprints. I used hazelnuts and filled them with homemade white chocolate raspberry jam. I also made one of the classics my mom always made, candy cane cookies. I dipped them in dark chocolate. The shape didn’t turn out well, but they still taste great! To round it all out we have mint chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge (Josh’s must have).

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Christmas morning is all about opening presents. Growing up I was the one waking the family early, even in college I would get them all up at 5am! We have a pot of hot tea while we open presents. Cinnamon toast is a classic in our family too, just enough to hold you over until brunch. This year we are having biscuits, country ham, scrambled eggs, fruit, an almond pastry and of course our mandatory mimosas, sparkling juice for the kids.

We don’t have a traditional Christmas dinner. Every year is something different. It took us some time, but last night we finally decided on a Raclette dinner. A Raclette is a European table grill/broiler contraption. We will grill shrimp, scallops, steak, squash and mushrooms on top. In the broiler trays we will broil the potatoes, broccoli and cheese to melt. It is a fun drawn out dinner similar to fondue which requires plenty of wine!

What are your holiday food must haves and traditions!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ONE AND ALL!

Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Granola

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I must warn you, this granola is seriously addictive! It all starts with an innocent hand full. And then another, and another…until you have no idea how much you have really eaten. Not that I would know from personal experience. Okay, confession time. I came home from the gym yesterday and kept nibbling while taking pictures of this granola. I did just burn over 1200 calories so it can’t be too bad can it?!

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