Black Cherry Ladyfingers

Tis the season for hosting get-togethers with your friends and family while working full time, raising a family, and also trying to find time to write and/or create art. 

This dessert is very quick and simple to make. (You can even make it the day before an event.) Yet it looks fantastic (and festive!) when it’s done. 

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Cranberry-Apple Tea Loaf

This is a nice loaf to serve if you are entertaining during the winter months. It smells fantastic when it is baking and can be served hot from the oven. Ingredients: 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (don’t thaw frozen) 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 2 tablespoons orange zest 1 large apple, peeled and chopped…

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Sangria by Vonnie Hughes

Fellow author Vonnie Hughes joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a sangria recipe that can be made with or without alcohol. Just because New Year’s Day has passed doesn’t mean the parties are over. Take it away Vonnie! This is a lovely beverage to serve over the holidays. The color is festive and…

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Wickedly Good

If you are looking for a DIY present this year, a home-made lip sugar scrub might be just what you need. Most store-bought scrubs may taste sweet, but they contain ingredients that should not be ingested. This scrub combines simple ingredients that are entirely edible. I first thought of this scrub when I read the ingredients…

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Double Chocolate Biscotti

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Be sure to check back…

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Fudge Thumbprints With Raspberry Filling

It’s the week before Christmas, so that means it’s time for baking (and eating) cookies! If you do not like the “traditional” type of Christmas cookies–sugar, ginger bread, almond, and so forth–I have some recipes for you this week that will cause Santa to leave extra presents under the tree. Be sure to check back…

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DIY Holiday Gifts: Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel sauce traditionally made with milk and sugar that has been simmered together for seven hours. The slow-cooker (crock pot) method allows you to monitor the color of the caramel. Plus the end result is an instant gift! Ingredients: 2 fourteen-ounce cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk Water Materials:…

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Limited Edition Holiday Value Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Coconut Ice by Vonnie Hughes

Fellow author Vonnie Hughes joins me in the virtual kitchen today. Take it away Vonnie! This is a perfect sweet for the holidays or any time of the year the desire for something sweet and cool strikes your fancy. COCONUT ICE Taryn Navarro on Unsplash.com 3 breakfast cups (mugs) of white sugar 1 ounce of…

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Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie

Fresh raspberries really bring out the flavor of the chocolate in this brownie. If you enjoy brownies that are crunchy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside, bake them until the sides are clearly set but the center is only just set. If you test with a toothpick, it should be clean…

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Clarisonic Gift Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Easy Holiday Side Dish–Carrot Salad

Carrot Pineapple Blueberry Salad Carrot Raisin Salad is a classic dish that my family served during the holidays. Both my Grandmother and her sister (my great-aunt) made this special treat whenever we would get together to celebrate. This salad takes a turn from the original by adding both chunks of pineapple and dried blueberries in…

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Limited Edition EOS Holiday Collections

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Cheese Ball Pumpkins for Your Holiday Table

HL Carpenter joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a beautiful cheese treat for your holiday table. Take it away HL! October was National Pumpkin month, but we think such a beautiful fruit should get more than just one month of notoriety. So smile, say cheese, and make your own yummy appetizer for any…

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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

This is a wonderful side dish for any holiday get together. It can easily be prepared the day before. Ingredients: 3 eggs 3 pounds red-skinned potatoes 3 celery ribs, finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup cider vinegar or rice vinegar 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 1 tablespoon chopped…

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Holiday Escape with Sol Janeiro

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Holiday Gift Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Free Holiday Recipe Book!

Let’s Get This Cookbook Party Started! Who doesn’t love the holidays? You get to bond with family and friends, shop till you drop for that perfect gift, decorate the house to your heart’s desire, plan a meal worthy of gracing your table, and attend all those fabulous parties. Wait…hope I didn’t exhaust you already? Yes,…

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The Language of Flowers: A Victorian Tradition

For centuries people have attributed meanings to flowers, herbs, and various plants. Interest in floriography, or the language of flowers, soared during the reign of Queen Victoria. This cryptologic style of floral communication could “say” what members of the society dared not speak aloud: the rigid social constrictions of the upper class helped to create a “language” that is indeed beautiful to behold.

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Italian Cooking with Sloane Taylor: Easy Chicken & Pasta Dish to Try This Holiday Season

This scrumptious meal fills your home with a beautiful aroma that teases your taste buds. Sorry, no photos. My family polishes off this dish before I can snap the camera!

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Steampunk Holiday Greetings

As the Christmas Holiday approaches, I hope that you all enjoy your time with friends and family. Chris (Note–this is an actual hotel in a city near where I live. Is it any wonder that I love steampunk when I can see such beautiful buildings throughout the year!)

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