Archive | November 2012

Friday’s Dessert w/ Alcohol: Eggnog Cupcakes w/ Spiced Rum

Happy Friday Y’all! To help get the weekend get started and to get us in the holiday mood – how about some delicious Egg Nog Cupcakes w/Spiced Rum. I really, really love egg nog.  I don’t necessarily just love it because of the alcohol content (well, that helps sometimes I guess haha) but I just love the taste of nutmeg and cinnamon and just the milky, frothiness of the drink.  Egg Nog also is yummy in cookies, candies and cakes! Here is a delicious recipe for Egg Nog Cupcakes w/Spiced Rum courtesy of Bakers Royale (the cupcake portion is adapted from Magnolia’s Bakery via Food Network). 

Hope you enjoy and have a most fantastic weekend 🙂


Egg Nog Cupcakes w/Spiced Rum


Christmas and Hanukkah Central

Happy Friday y’all! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday and you survived the overload of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie 🙂

We are now onto the major holiday season of Christmas and Hanukkah! This is the time of year to where I am in an all out passion driven crazy baking mood and my poor husband thinks I have gone over the edge.  I just love baking for the holidays – new recipes that I come across and old ones that are timeless to my family.   My stepdad always gets a few dozen of sugar cookies from me which he looks forward to every year.  My hubby (for all of his love and patience) gets to relish in his favorite Snickerdoodles and Russian Tea Cake Cookies.  My mother? She loves peanut butter cookies. My youngest son and I always make a Gingerbread House together (sometimes we are successful and other times we just eat it as it collapses). One of my favorite treats is Baklava.  Oh how I love Baklava!

Make sure to keep looking at the page Christmas and Hanukkah Central on our blog throughout the next month.  We will be posting recipes for alot of yummy cookies…cakes..all kinds of sweet stuff to celebrate the holidays!

Also, we will be putting up a recipe of the day all in honor of Christmas and Hanukkah.

Now…time to get busy and to get baking…

With much sweetness to you and yours!


A Healthy Alternative: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Need a healthy alternative to a Thanksgiving dessert? Try these Spiced Pumpkin Cookies! They are incredibly delicious and you won’t even be able to tell they are a healthy cookie – they are also rich in Vitamin A.

“…The deep flavors of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg make these wholesome pumpkin cookies delicious without the addition of butter—and they lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour. They are also the perfect texture for a sandwich cookie—fill them with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting…”  (Eating Well)

You can find the recipe from Eating Well right here.

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

The Day After…

If you are like the average person at the Thanksgiving meal, you eat until you your pants or skirt start to feel a bit uncomfortable and you can’t fathom looking at another food item for the rest of the day as you quickly fall asleep in your man chair and watch football (all men in America kind of assume this position by later afternoon, yes?).  But what about the family that is still with you the day after and they are hungry (again!) and in need of “breakfasty” type foods and don’t wanna eat turkey or stuffing in the morning? I usually just have a few boxes of several types of cereals and tell them to “go for it” but if I want to be extra motivated and do something nice for my family the day after Thanksgiving then I will make something quick, easy but looks as if I have been the ultimate hostess up at the crack of dawn to feed my lovely family (what is the saying about company and fish? Stinks after a few days? ha! Just had to throw that in here…really, I love my family!) Anyway, what about making a very yummy “breakfasty” food item from Pillsbury that will make those hungry family members super happy and they will be so impressed…they might come back again next year? 🙂

Here is the fantastic, simple and yummy recipe for Cinnamon Roll “Cake” Balls from Pillsbury.  You are going to be so surprised how quick and simple these are to make!

Cinnamon Roll “Cake” Balls

Sweet Potato Pie

As we are coming upon Thanksgiving and trying to figure out what types of pies to use on our tables this year…I decided to do a little bit of research on Sweet Potato Pie.  The Sweet Potato has an interesting history…did you know that it was one of King Henry VIII’s favorites? Also King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella enjoyed the sweet potato too! You can read more about the history of the sweet potato here along with some very old recipes.

Here is one of the oldest recipes in a cookbook published in the US for Sweet Potato Pie:

Peel your potatoes, wash them clean, slice and stew them in a very little water till quite soft, and nearly dry; then mash them fine, season them with butter, sugar, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon, and when cold, add four beaten eggs, and press the pulp through a sieve. Roll out plain or standing paste as for other pies, put a sheet of it over a large buttered patty-pan, or deep plate, put in smoothly a thick layer of the potato pulp, and bake it in a moderate oven. Grate loaf sugar over it when done, and send it to table warm or cold, with cream sauce or boiled custard.”
Kentucky Housewife, Lettice Bryan, 1839 edition

Here is modern recipe for today’s version for Sweet Potato Pie from Kraft and its one of my favorite recipes to use for making one of my most favorite pies. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!  Also, Kraft has an entire section dedicated to Thanksgiving dessert (and meal recipes too) recipes right here.

Sweet Potato Pie





Friday’s Desserts w/ Alcohol: Yummy Butterscotch Rum Cake

Guess what y’all? We’ve made it to Friday! Yippee! 

Now here is an extremely delicious dessert to make for your Thanksgiving feast or even for the upcoming holidays as well.  This Butterscotch Rum Cake from JoSele via Just a Pinch looks fabulous, easy to make and delicious! (PS. Make sure to check out Just a Pinch’s website…terrific place for all kinds of yummy recipes!)

Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend and if you are like me…we will be fighting the crowds together at Wal Mart for last minute Thanksgiving meal shopping.  Gotta love it, yes?

Tis’ the season for rum cake and egg nog! 🙂  

Yummy Butterscotch Rum Cake


Caramel-Pecan Pie

I am a true Southern gal at heart and proud to be a Virginian – so of course…I love Southern food! If its deep-fried, rich…heavy and fattening and makes your arteries feel like clogging just from one bite? It’s the perfect food for me.  One thing that I really enjoy about Thanksgiving is the traditional food that is served in our family each year and the memories of spending this special day together. Also, it’s the only time that I allow myself to indulge in the greatness and wonderfulness of Pecan Pie and Sweet Potato Pie. I think (my personal opinion of course!) that it should be illegal for any Southern person to dislike Pecan or Sweet Potato Pie 🙂

Here is a wonderful recipe for Caramel-Pecan Pie from one of my most favorite sources for all Southern food – Southern Living! It’s just really delicious and so incredibly rich and filling.  You can also find more Thanksgiving dessert ideas from Southern Living here.


Southern Living’s Caramel-Pecan Pie

(We are leading up to Thanksgiving! In the next week, I will be posting a recipe (or two) a day with some great dessert ideas.  If you have any that you would like to share with our readers, please send me an email at:  It’s always great to hear from you and I think it would be fun to share your fave Thanksgiving dessert ideas too!  ~ Coleen)