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Salted Caramel Bourbon Bonbons

Happy December and Happy Holidays!

I am kicking off the holiday festivities with Whiskey Week – all week we are talking bourbon, scotch, all things whiskey in cocktails and recipes. There are some tasty things made with our favorite spirits, from drinks to sweets to savory foods to… drinks!

Whiskey Week

 

First up, one of my favorite sweets to make – truffles! These were dragged through the snowy garden, to give them a festive wintery white coat. Chocolately sweet with just a hint of salted caramel, these always go quick from the party table.

Salted Caramel Bourbon Truffles

 

I am joining the holiday festivities today over at Keepin’ It Kind, where my friend Kristy is hosting a Vegan Cookie Swap Party!

Come on over, say hello and see my recipe for Salted Caramel Bourbon Bonbons.

Cheers!

 

 

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Sparkling Watermelon Ginger Punch

I made cocktails again.

Jason and I both have been taking turns playing bartender lately. His are tequila based, with all kinds of citrus flavors. Mine? Savor all the fresh fruity flavors of [click to continue…]

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Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas

ah, summertime.

It truly is my favorite time of year. Longer, warmer days equal more time outdoors, fresh creations with garden ingredients, cool cocktails with friends.

Sitting out in the evening, relaxing while the daylight leaves and the yard’s nightlights come on. Frogs in the pond croak now and then, causing the dogs to jump off our laps and snif snif snif in search of the frog…

Grapefruit Thyme Margaritas

My latest libation creation is a fusion of two favorites – mimosas and margaritas. Fresh herbs from the garden (the thyme came back from last year!) mix well with bubbly and my favorite reposado tequila.

Follow me over to Kim’s place for my recipe: Grapefruit Thyme Mimosa-Ritas.

Grapefruit Thyme Mimosas

Cheers!

 

 

 

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strawberry valentines bars

More Valentines, this time a deep delicious red. I warned you about my feelings on Valentines and the colorful and chocolatey treats that must accompany in my house. Keeping the love going today.

Flavorful layers of summery strawberry and Oregon hazelnuts combine in this simple and healthy Valentines treat.

vegan strawberry bars

My recipe is over at Ricki Heller’s place today – please go say hello!

strawberry hazelnut bars

 

I shared this recipe with Healthy Vegan Fridays.

 

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double chocolate truffle skulls

Here in Portland, it feels like it’s been Halloween for a week already. Last week we had two parties to dress up for, and we have been seeing friends and other Portlanders dressing up since … last Wednesday, really.

Maybe some of those were not costumes – this is Portland after all.

The dachshunds have also been dressing up – new costumes this year include Basil as [click to continue…]

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This time of year, in addition to the normal fun holiday buzz, there is the extra excitement of celebrating with friends. Everyone seems to be focused on the festivity of the holiday season, and the giddy smiles and happy laughs happen even more right now.

One of those giddy happy feeling friends is Lora – her friendship continually reminds me of why I love this online community so much.

Lora recently mentioned my fudge recipes from last year, so I created one just for her.

and I made it extra fun.

Lora is so supremely talented and it shows in her culinary creations – I am beyond honored to be a guest at her place today!

Please go visit Lora and my mandarin orange fudge recipe!

 

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Today I am going to a fabulous party, you may have heard of it?

Cara’s Clean Eating Cocktail Party.

She has been hosting this delicious party all through the month of November and into December. Several of my friends and favorite bloggers have shown up to the party before me, and they have brought some amazing foods.

I wanted to make something bright and vibrant for Cara and her party, something that falls under Clean Eating and is still knock your socks off stand up and wave your hands in the air dance around the room fantastic.

I used a couple of my favorite kitchen tools – my food processor and dehydrator, a favorite ingredient – Irish moss, and some fresh winter citrus. Bright and vibrant has been achieved.

This tropical spread is citrusy and sweet and fluffy like a mousse should be, and the crackers are crispy bites of bright.

Come join the party – please go visit Cara to see my orange pineapple crackers with tropical mousse spread.

Cheers!

 

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

I can officially say that now, right? Thanksgiving is complete, so now can we focus on the rest of the holiday season?

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, or if you were not celebrating, simply a nice weekend.

Our holiday was so lovely – as I mentioned, my dad joined us at my mom and step dad’s house, and I could not have been happier. I definitely missed having my sister and her husband there that day, they were out of town. We often go to Missouri on Thanksgiving, to see Jason’s family, and the only thing that could top this weekend would be having both families together. Perhaps someday.

Thanksgiving began with a brunch at my other sister’s house, where Dad also joined us. Jason and I then stopped back at our house to pick up Basil and all the food I had made, and we headed to my mom’s place right away. I like to spend the whole day at my moms…  I used to spend the night the day before!

We avoided shopping crowds the next day, opting for a fabulous lunch and movie instead. Saturday the Ducks won our Civil War game, and I had a super fun girls night out with a show at Tony Starlight’s Supperclub.

The holidays and merriment begins!

More holiday festivity – all month long, my friend Roxana has a holiday series where she is featuring delectable holiday goodies and some fantastic giveaways.

To see my orange creamsicle shortbread, please visit #25RecipesToXmas.

 

Happy Holidays! 

 

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