Boozy eggnog

I have a tale to tell about this eggnog. I found the recipe in the summer, and I filed it away for more appropriate weather, knowing that there’d be a wintertime function where it’d be appropriate.

Of course a wintertime event came (the cookie party that I can’t stop talking about for some reason), and I was prepared. I bought extra eggs; I bought extra milk. I was quite excited– I’d never had homemade eggnog before, and I really like eggnog. The store bought stuff seems to get a bad rap in some circles, but regardless of the questionable ingredients they have, I like the thick, sweet libation. Of course homemade would be even better, so I had no hesitations.

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Raspberry streusel bars

raspberrybars5Dating someone who doesn’t love sweets and baked goods is a real downer for me; I love them so much that I always need to have something in the house. Sometimes my something sweet is a cake, sometimes cookies, sometimes there are desperate times and it’s semisweet chocolate chips.

Since I always want to eat baked goods, I make them pretty often. Unfortunately (but also fortunately), I frequently am the sole person who eats the batch of whatever has been prepared. Every now and then, though, I’ll make something that tempts Ben, and the next thing I know, it’s gone the next day. These raspberry crumble bars are one of those few and far between baked goods. Continue reading “Raspberry streusel bars”

Hazelnut chewies

chewies5Last year when I was looking for a cookie to make for the Christmas cookie party, I decided that I wanted to make something new, something that I’d never had before. I poured over my collection of cookie recipes (okay it’s mainly just two versions of America’s Test Kitchen’s holiday cookies edition) and decided on these hazelnut, Nutella-filled cookies.

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Gingerbread teddy bears

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This week kicks off Christmas cookie week. If you’re lucky, you’ll be taking off some time from work in the near future and have time to relax, have fun and make some goodies. I’m pretty excited about the prospect of all of these things, but I’m particularly excited about the goodies.

There’s just something exciting and happy and warm about making Christmas cookies. I really love cookies all of the time, and there aren’t any specific cookies that I only reserve for the holidays, but I’m going to kick off with the one you’re most likely to only make for a very special occasion: Gingerbread teddy bears. Continue reading “Gingerbread teddy bears”

Belgian beef stew

stew1I messed up last week. I told you that I had two good sides to go with turkey, and I really did, but posting on my blog completely slipped my mind on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. On Tuesday night, I got my post ready, added the pictures, even edited everything, but I got busy and forgot to post it on Wednesday. I feel bad that I left you hanging, and my excuses are lame: I woke up and finished the last Harry Potter book, which I’d been feverishly since the weekend, and, once I‘d finished, started checking off all the things on my to do list prior to a trip to Kentucky. Continue reading “Belgian beef stew”