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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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Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

I am way too excited about this recipe.

because of THIS:

Coco Whip

So Delicious recently released a coconut based whip topping, and it is good. I was able to preview a bunch of their new product and holiday seasonal items (fun stuff coming soon!), and this Coco Whip is what I was most excited about. You can find this in stores now. I have two tubs for this week alone.

Before this even landed on my doorstep, I knew exactly what I would make.

Piña Colada Dessert Bars

Growing up, our holiday table always included a jello salad.

Now, I have that same question many ask – why is this called salad?

Whatever it was originally called, back then it was my favorite. I have updated the original recipe from my Grandma Z, adding a pretzel shortbread crust and … well I don’t call it salad.

The main ingredients of a [click to continue…]

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Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Shots

 

’tis the season!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know I am already starting with the holiday decor.

I am already making lists – parties, events, and the food that will go along with each one! I have some new ideas in mind, to go along with my festive favorites.

 

Savory Chili Cheese Spread

Spicy Savory Cheesecake Spread

 

As the holidays get closer, I will be sharing my new recipes with you. Until then, I have collected a few recipes that I plan to bring along to holiday parties, and share on my own party tables.

See my Holiday Recipe slideshow here:

 

Check out Bite, Sip, Nosh, and Dip – Festive Recipes For The Holidays

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see all recipes at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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Roasted Purple Potato Soup

Yesterday we had some weather come through.

I woke up at 5, ran down the stairs with Rosemary, looked out the window to see a yard covered in white.

The snow was all gone by 9.

A non event, really. A media storm.

Friends in higher elevations had several inches of snow, lasting all day long. I ventured outside with my camera, but never drove – so the clicking of freezing rain I heard all day actually could have been something. We stayed safely inside.

Purple Carrots

I made soup.

Purple Potato Soup.

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Amaranth Stuffed Acorn Squash

This is one of the most flavorful dinners I have had in a while.

…and because Jason has this thing with squash – as in he won’t even try it – I had the other half for breakfast the next day. Yep. I cannot be the only one who does that? Savory breakfast for the win.

It kept me full and happy until 2 in the afternoon. Goodness.

I will definitely be making this again, and stuffing Jason’s half in a portobello or over a salad. He has to try this filling, and so do you.

Super Seeds

Super excited to share this recipe with you, from my friend Kim’s new book, Super Seeds – The Complete Guide To Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, & Amaranth.

In addition to this recipe, I have already tried the Cocoa Cookie Batter Power Bites, and the Crunchy Topped Pear Muffins, which were both amazing. The recipes I have dog-eared to try include Pineapple Fried Quinoa, Lemon Basil Quinoa Salad, and the Pesto Veggie Burgers. Yum, right? Just a [click to continue…]

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Savory Chili Cheesecake Spread

I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

I know it is early, but I for one am already thinking about the holidays. Planning menus – yes, I really am – and thinking of new recipes that can do double duty as a game day appetizer and as Thanksgiving day snacks.

For me, game day is as much about the food as it is the game, really. Holidays? Those are all about getting together with family and friends, and many of those gatherings include food.

I cannot wait to sit around with the family on Thanksgiving. We usually are at my moms, I always arrive early, we sometimes play cards, and there are always many delicious edibles to be had. We always watch National [click to continue…]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Part One of finding incredible vegan foods on a cross country road trip.

Since my birthday was spent in a corn field with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, we celebrated my birthday the night before, with some “Swanky Vegan Comfort Food” at Modern Love Omaha.

So excited to finally be visiting Isa’s much anticipated restaurant, I wanted to order one of everything on the menu. Now that I have been there, I want to go back and order one of everything on the menu.

I know that being one week in on our road trip at the time – with minimal fresh veggies and lots of peanut butter oatmeal breakfasts – may have enhanced this experience, but I will always appreciate fresh ingredients prepared in a creative and thoughtful way. This is what Isa and her staff does, and does very well.

Modern Love Omaha

To drink, we ordered Cardamom Ginger Soda.

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Chili Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños

I was invited to develop recipes for the McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mixes Launch as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received product, was compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own.

You know I am all about game day food, appetizers, shared plates and Happy Hour at Home. I have said more than once that I love appetizers for dinner (and often order a couple small plates rather than the huge entrees most restaurants want to give you).

So, did we actually eat jalapeño poppers for dinner?

Why, yes. Yes we did.

McCormick Gluten Free Chili Spice

These are perfectly acceptable for dinner, though – a protein and veggie packed update on the cheese filled original. Fantastically spicy and filling, we ate these with a simple salad on the side.

Plus, you can eat a whole bunch of them.

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