how to make a marshmallow wreath | video

Marshmallow Wreath

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So, here I am, less than a week before Christmas, coming up with more Christmas decorations to fill my house. I have a problem. I can’t resist picking up little knick knacks of holiday cheer. Plaid reindeer, glitter Christmas trees, cheery wooden hedgehogs – it’s all to much for me to resist. Cuteness plays a big factor on whether or not something appeals to me. Especially when it comes to all things Christmas.

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marshmallow fudge bark

Marshmallow Fudge Bark

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Last night, as I was tucking the Buddy into bed, I realized that this week is his last week of school before Christmas vacation starts. After mentioning it to him, we both sort of looked at each other and were a little stunned. He was thrilled, clearly, but all I could think is, “How can we already be so close to Christmas?” I think so much negative emphasis has been put on how early everyone starts thinking about the holidays, but I for one am glad it starts early. If we waited until December 1st, I would be crushed that I only got to enjoy a few weeks of Christmas music, our tree and *gasp* holiday baking.

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gingerbread hot toddy

Gingerbread Hot Toddy |

Have you ever had a hot toddy? I hadn’t until recently. In fact, up until a few weeks ago, my only thoughts when it came to hot toddies were hot cups of liquor that people used to drink when they were sick. I was looking around at classic winter cocktails and the hot toddy kept rising to the top of my brain. I decided I needed to look into this classic drink a little further.

I came across this awesome video on classic hot toddy recipes and how to experiment with the basic components to make them your own. Well, I was beyond inspired to break out my bourbon and whiskey and get to work. Continue reading

peppermint bark brownies and thoughts on simple baking

Peppermint Bark Brownies |

I have a confession to make, although it’s nothing earth shattering. I mean, how serious could it be when I’m talking about brownies?

Spoiler: I’ll be talking about brownies in a minute

The confession is that I’m a lazy baker. Totally, and utterly lazy. I like baking cookies because they tend to be uncomplicated, and while brownies from scratch aren’t difficult, I find brownies from a box to be even easier and when doctored up with some of my favorite candy, they’re utterly irresistible. Continue reading

sausage egg souffle

Sausage Egg Souffle |

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My family doesn’t boast hundreds of recipes that have been passed down and made again and again, but we do have a few, and the ones we have are held in very high esteem. We’re not fancy folks, and growing up in the Midwest my parents and grandparents have always made good ol’ comforting food. Some of my family’s favorites are my mom’s Swirl Chip cookies and my Great-grandma’s Butterscotch Haystacks. It’s no wonder that my favorite family recipes revolve around the holidays. Perhaps it’s nostalgia, but I think it’s just when we tend to put a little extra something into our cooking. Continue reading

stove top spiked hot chocolate

stove top spiked hot chocolate

Have you ever made stove top hot chocolate? Not from a mix, but just a few simple ingredients heated in a small pan on the stove. It’s truly not any more difficult than mixing up a cup of hot chocolate from a mix. Well, perhaps slightly more involved, but really not much. For the record, I’m not opposed to mixes. I love the variety of flavors that come out in the stores during the holidays. French vanilla, mint, caramel – all of them are fabulous. But the truth of the matter is, I don’t always keep a mix on hand out of pure laziness. Continue reading

HiLine coffee pods review + giveaway

HiLine Coffee Pods Review + Giveaway |

This giveaway is provided by HiLine Coffee.

Happy Coffee Monday! I have to say that I’m seriously considering making that a thing here on JT. I can’t really think of a better way to start a Monday morning than a good old strong cup of coffee. Oh wait, I just thought of something better: giving away $100 worth of HiLine Coffee Pods!!! That’s right, I’m happy to have been able to sample HiLine Coffee’s new line of Coffee Pods (compatible with any machine that takes k-cups – including my nifty new iCoffee Opus Brewer!)

A few months back I had the chance to try out HiLine Coffee’s espresso capsules that are compatible with Nespresso brand machines and it’s been love ever since. When I found out that HiLine was launching whole bean coffee as well as k-cups, I just about died with excitement. I’m a total sucker for good coffee, and HiLine has not disappointed.  Continue reading

holiday flavor painted cookies

Holiday Flavor Painted Cookies with McCormick |

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It is officially not too early to talk about Christmas! I love it when we reach the point when I don’t have to feel guilty for singing Christmas songs and browsing the holiday baking aisles at the grocery store. All the cute packaging is too much to resist: boxes covered in snow flakes, red and green bags, and lovely ribbon. It’s seriously too adorable and makes me want to get baking up a storm.

The only problem is that I’m not so much into the fussy cookie decorating. I’ve spoken about it in the past, but frankly I don’t have a lot of patience to intricately decorate sugar cookies. I LOVE a decorated cookie, but when it comes to creating something special in my own kitchen, I like to find some alternative ways to decorate – especially when the kiddos want to help, which is always. Continue reading

peppermint affogato

Peppermint Affogato |

Happy day after Thanksgiving! Are you shopping? Did you shop? I’ll admit that I’m not much of a black Friday shopper, and that’s putting it mildly. I’m not one for crowds and chaos. I can hardly stand shopping at the mall during regular months but add in over caffeinated poorly rested shop-a-holics? No thanks.

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chocolate dipped sweet potato chips

Chocolate Dipped Sweet Potato Chips | jellytoastblog.comThis is one of my favorite non-recipes of all time. It’s two ingredients. To call it a recipe would just false advertising. So, let’s call this more of a “serving suggestion”. I’m fairly obsessed with sweet potato chips, especially those Terra chips. Man, I love those things. I always want to pronounce them “tarot” chips but I’m always wrong. Whatever, you know the chips I’m talking about. And if you don’t, you can use whatever type of sweet potato chips you’d like. Homemade if you’re feeling unnecessarily ambitious.

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