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Peppermint Oreo Cake

It is now the week of Christmas and I have the perfect dessert to share with you! There’s peppermint, chocolate and frosting. What could be better?

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I took my Oreo cake and Christmasified it. (Is Christmasified a word? I’m going to say it is.) I seem to be making a lot of cakes lately and this is definitely one to add to our Christmas traditions.

I modified my Oreo cake recipe to use Trader Joe’s gluten free peppermint Oreos instead of the plain ones. Then I used crushed candy canes around the edges of the cake, and mixed some of the crushed candy canes and red food coloring into the icing to decorate.

Enjoy! And have a lovely Christmas week! 🙂

Update: I just noticed that Fiesta Friday is celebrating its 100th week. How exciting! As it’s Christmas Day I thought it would be fitting to bring this cake along. Thank you so much to Angie for creating and hosting Fiesta Friday, as well as the co-hosts this week, Judi, Molly, Steffi, and Suzanne. I love seeing the new recipes everyone brings. Have a very merry Christmas! 🙂

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Holidays

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas!

With all of the holiday bustle, I’ve been slacking off a bit in the meal department. I’ve been primarily sticking to some simple sides like rice and beans, sweet potato fries, and leftovers to fill in the gaps between all the junk food and sweets, cupcakes and muffins.

There has also been lots of pesto pasta with sundried tomatoes. Yum!

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There was, of course, also some gluten-free chicken fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

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I know, so healthy. But it was so worth it!

After the holidays, my plan is to get myself a little more focused and start eating healthier. There will be some interesting changes for me for sure, and hopefully some new recipes to go along with them!

But first, I have another family celebration! (And also some more junk to eat.)

Can you believe it’s already almost 2015? Do you have any New Year’s plans or resolutions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments or on Facebook!

Have a happy New Year!

Gingerbread House

Happy Monday, everyone!

Can you believe that Christmas is in only a few days from now? Crazy!

It has certainly sneaked up on me this year, although I’ve become more prepared as it’s neared.

As I mentioned on Friday, I’ve done some more Christmas baking. Honestly, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I’m a tad overwhelmed with it all. Too many cookies!

My husband loves it though, which I suppose is good considering it’s just the two of us and I couldn’t ever eat all those sweets on my own.

We did, however, have one bigger project planned. A gingerbread house.

I used my modified version of the grain-free gingerbread cookies. It would have worked perfectly if only I hadn’t screwed up. But screwing up is just a part of life, and, well, I guess that’s just how it goes.

Even with the absolute mess of it all, I can’t help but share it with you. Besides, the mess is what made it so much fun! Who cares about being perfect anyway? Where’s the story in that? I’m always up for a good story, so this one worked out perfectly!

Here was my fatal mistake.

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Stacking the house pieces on top of one another, and storing them in the oven–which I inevitably ended up preheating for some other baked goods, and I didn’t realize I left the gingerbread in there until I went to put the other tray in.

What difference did that make, you may ask? Well, for starters, the pieces stuck together. This wasn’t overly terrible, I still could have managed–but what really killed it was the softness.

They went from nice, sturdy, solid walls and roofs to a soft, soggy mess.

Of course, that didn’t deter me, and I decided to proceed anyway.

This is what it resulted in.

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The sugar glue helped, but not enough. Besides, the roof also sagged in.

After assembling and beginning to decorate, the roof caved in, or, fell off. So we did a… deconstruction… of sorts, and here’s what we ended up with.

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Simply beautiful.

We’re saying that a pipe burst, and apparently sharks are hiding in the pipes. Ooo… freaky.

Not really sure what else is going on here, but we still had fun decorating!

Have a wonderful Monday! I hope our lovely house has brought you just a little bit of joy.

Cookies

Happy Friday, everyone!

Yesterday was filled with so much cooking and baking in preparation for Christmas. Can you believe it’s less than a week away?

I’ve really been slacking off this year in the baking area this year. I’ve attempted to make amends, though I’m not sure this is good enough.

Thus far I’ve made snowballs, thumbprints, gingerbread, the dough for some lovely jam filled cookies, and a gingerbread house which I’m so excited to put together and decorate!

Then there was of course the white chocolate mint fudge, eggnog white hot chocolate, and… oh, who am I kidding? I don’t believe there was anything besides those. Oh, yes there was. I also made some eggnog fudge.

Here’s what I spent my Thursday on.

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Snowballs

My husband so meticulously lined up the little hugs. He's much more organized than I am, I just threw  mine in a pile.
My husband so meticulously lined up the little hugs. He’s much more organized than I am, I just threw mine in a pile.

Thumbprints

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Happy Monday, everyone!

I’m sorry this post is so late. Today I have some yummy treats for you! Gluten-free (grain-free) gingerbread cookies! I started with this recipe from The Coconut Mama.

It looked great the way it was, but I wanted to use molasses to give it that traditional gingerbread taste.

The addition of molasses changed it just a bit, so I decided to make my own card for what I did.

After the cookies were done, we decorated them.

These were my two favorites.

Snowflake

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I’m really looking forward to having a gingerbread house this year! When I was growing up we would make them every year. I haven’t made one in so long. Hopefully I’ll have a post about that sometime this week.

Is gingerbread a traditional part of your Christmas celebration?

Have a wonderful week!

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Eggnog White Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Mint Fudge

Happy Friday, everyone!

I have had a simply lovely week this week filled with all sorts of Christmasy things.

Today it is all about the white chocolate! This year I had wanted to try my hand at some candy making, instead of just focusing on the usual cookies and baking. I’m not sure how much I’ll be doing, but thus far I’ve made some yummy white chocolate mint fudge.

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I used the Nestle fudge recipe and tweaked it a bit with white chocolate and a nice hint of mint. Then I added a few drops of food coloring onto the fudge after pouring it in the pan, and swirled it around for a more festive look.

Since I already had plenty of white chocolate chips on hand, I figured that white hot chocolate sounded incredible. I’ve been wanting to try a warm eggnog drink for awhile, so hey, why not combine them? And that’s exactly what I did. It’s a perfect combination of silky smooth sweetness that is just perfect for the holidays and a cold winter’s evening.

Do you have any holiday favorites?

I hope you all enjoy! Have a fantastic weekend!

Eggnog

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white-chocolate-mint-fudge

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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Monday, everyone!

This past Monday was spent entirely on a bus. Yes, the entire day on a bus. Wasn’t too bad, but I obviously didn’t get a chance to really make anything.

However, Sunday afternoon my mom and I made some gluten-free cinnamon rolls for a tasty snack. We used South Beach Primal‘s recipe, which you can find here.

We did change the filling to be a more traditional brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, with some pumpkin butter mixed in. And also subbed out the honey for maple syrup instead.

My mom also made a pumpkin cream cheese icing to top them off. I was quite impressed!

Cinnamon roll

Cinnamon rolls were always our Christmas morning breakfast, So I’m happy to have found a recipe to use for them this year! I’ll probably make some orange cream cheese icing, since that was always my favorite.

I hope you enjoy these cinnamon rolls if you decide to give them a try! Do you have a traditional Christmas morning breakfast? I’d love to hear from you in the comments and connect with you on my Facebook page.

Have a wonderful week!

Christmas And Fiesta Friday

Happy Friday, Everyone!

In light of the Christmas season, I’ve decided to post a little extra this month. It should be filled with baked goods and candies, maybe some decorating or projects as well!

I’ve decided to participate in Fiesta Friday this week. Jhuls from The Not So Creative Cook invited me to join in on the fun last month, and I’ve been waiting for a good time to begin! This seems like as good a time as any whereas I’ve been so busy throughout the month of November that I haven’t had the chance yet!

So, in preparation for Fiesta Friday, I made these cinnamon apple cookies last night! Then proceeded to enjoy them with a warm mug of hot chocolate, which made for the perfect cozy evening.

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The recipe still needs a bit of tweaking, but I’ll be sure to post it after I’ve experimented a bit more!

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday, or perhaps a bit sooner on Facebook.

It’s An I Don’t Know What

Happy Thursday, Everyone! I hope you’re getting as excited for Christmas as I am!

I’m much further behind in my Christmas preparation than I usually am, though our home is filled with Christmas music and talk of decorating and baking. I have to start actually working on it, there are only three weeks until Christmas!

Some of our decorating is done, but we have yet to get a tree. I’m a big stickler for having a real tree, and the ones we looked at yesterday looked pretty sad. I’m sure we could have dressed them up a bit, but I have a difficult time with the idea of spending money for an already dead looking tree.

So I get to spend tomorrow out Christmas shopping and looking for a tree!

Anyway, today I’ve been feeling a little under the weather and wanted something nice and warm to contrast with the cold outside. So I decided to make something… I’m not entirely sure what to call it, but it tastes good! That’s what really matters anyway, right?

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I just threw some stuff in a pan. Rice, a can of tomatoes (I hate using the canned ones, but it’s all I had), jalapenos, brussel sprouts, margarita mix, pepper, garlic and onion powder, oregano and a bit of pink salt. Then I topped it off with some shredded cheese! Yum!

I hope you’re staying warm and cozy on this chilly December day. Have you gotten a Christmas tree yet, or do you like to wait a little longer?

I’d love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day!

Green Eggs And Ham

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and maybe got a chance to start on some Christmas decorating and all that.

I’ve spent the past week with my family, and it’s been truly wonderful! Monday was our first day at my parents’ and I made green eggs and ham for my little brother that morning for breakfast.

He loved it!

I just added a couple drops of green food coloring to the scrambled eggs before cooking them and that was it! I do have a picture, but no laptop, so I will update this post later with a photo.

Update: Here’s the picture of green eggs and ham, on a Spider-Man plate, of course!

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It was wonderful having everyone together for Thanksgiving again! Now I’m looking forward to getting home and really starting on Christmas stuff.

How was your Thanksgiving? Are you ready for Christmas?

I’d love to connect with you on Facebook, here’s my page if you so desire. Have a great week everyone!