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.
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!
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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.
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.
This Monday was an absolutely perfect day! I made a wonderful breakfast casserole/quiche for breakfast. (Today I have that recipe for you. If you don’t want to hear my tangent about Christmas and the holiday season, then feel free to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.)
The smell of the casserole made me think of the holiday season. Quiche was always my family’s traditional Thanksgiving breakfast. We’d wait with anticipation for the amazingness that awaited us Thanksgiving morning. After a long morning of food preparation, family bonding, and just a general good time, of course.
Outside, clouds covered the sky in a beautiful blanket of white fluffiness. Which of course made me think of snow, which made me think about Christmas even more.
So what did I do? I turned Christmas music on of course! (Just a tad excited, remember?)
Then I thought, what more perfect way to add to this happy feeling than to have hot chocolate as well. So I quickly made some up for my husband and I.
I just use the hot chocolate recipe on the back of a container or something like that. I’ve been making it so long now that I don’t fully remember where it came from. It’s so simple. Just about a Tablespoon of powdered cocoa, a spoon or two of sugar, and a dash of vanilla. Fill the mug about 3/4 of the way full with steaming hot water, then add milk (or even eggnog) the rest of the way.
As I listened to the music, sugar cookies started to sound absolutely amazing. Being gluten-free, it’s been awhile since I’ve had sugar cookies. This year I want to change all that.
In my family, Christmas was (and still is) a big deal; full of food and music, movies and good memories. We’d go all out on cookies in particular, and last year I modified some of our recipes to be gluten-free, but I didn’t do all of them. As it gets closer and I start really getting into Christmas baking, I’ll share some of those with you as well.
This year I also want to try candy-making, as it’s something I’ve only barely dabbled in before.
So I was on a mission. A mission from God. (Man, I haven’t seen Blues Brothers in a long time.)
Okay, enough of that. I was on a mission to find the perfect gluten-free sugar cookies.
I’m not the best at baking when I deviate from recipes as you can tell from this post… But I’m working on it and getting better. So it’s only a matter of time! Which is a really exciting thought!
Anyway, I didn’t have much gluten-free flour, but I had a cake mix, so I decided to try to find a recipe that would include that. I found more of them than I was expecting, but they were all pretty much the same, so I have my own recipe card for that as well (I did change them slightly, otherwise I would just link to one of the many posts).
Look at those cookies!
I made a cream cheese icing for them with cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I have no idea what the measurements would be for that, so I don’t have that recipe for you. But you could try it yourself!
Have you noticed that stores are beginning to put their Christmas stuff out? How do you feel about it, are you excited to start the season, or feel that it’s too soon?