Mini Pancakes

Make mornings extra special with Teeny Tiny Pancakes. We all know minis taste even better!

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Things are getting so close, you guys. It feels absolutely wonderful to say that Christmas is this week. And I am so ready. Especially for the food. To be quite honest though, it has felt like Christmas Day almost every day for the last week or so. Given all the delicious treats that came out of our kitchen, we’ve definitely been spoiled. And this past weekend was no exception. On Saturday morning I started thinking about what I would like to eat on the morning of the big day and pancakes were the one thing that the hubby and I wanted. But I couldn’t whip up just any old pancakes.

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This miniature version of our breakfast favorite may be the only way I’ll eat pancakes from now on. You can devour an entire stack in one bite. How satisfying and mouthwatering does that sound?

I can confidently tell you that these are every bit as good as they look. You may want to give them a go! [Read more…]

Gingerbread Men

With less than a week to go, it’s Gingerbread Men time. This tried and true recipe should definitely join your recipe box.

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It’s official, guys. We’re less than 1 week away from Christmas Day. Ahhhh! The buildup is getting bigger and better. As I have mentioned before, I almost love the days leading up to Christmas, especially Christmas Eve, more than the actual day. I wish I could bottle up the anticipation and excitement I feel right now for the rest of the year (or the new year, which is right around the corner). My husband recently said that I will probably never grow out of my childlike fascination and enthusiasm, ha. I hope he is right!

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Last night he took me to an amazing Christmas Lights setup at a nearby farm. Over 100,000 lights all synchronized to Christmas music almost set me over the edge. They even had a giant snowman display singing “The 12 Days of Christmas”, which might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in a very long time. I could have driven through that Christmas Wonderland over and over again. Once we returned home, I was thrilled that a freshly brewed cup of tea and these Gingerbread Men were awaiting us.

I might die of cuteness overdose! [Read more…]

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Amazing Cheesecake Brownies topped with Cherry Filling. These festive-looking bars have Christmas written all over them.

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It was just a matter of time. Baking a pan of bars that are perfect to serve during the days leading up to Christmas (and beyond) was on the very top of my list. Every time I looked at it, I kept thinking that today was the day. But inspiration hadn’t struck, so I waited patiently until I had just the right idea.

And then it happened. While strolling the isles of the grocery store and spotting Cherry Pie Filling, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my future bars.

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Having been a bit obsessed with all things red and white this year, these bars turned out just the way I was hoping for. A generous layer of cheesecake baked on top of brownies and topped with those beautiful cherries.

Did I mention how much I love Christmas? [Read more…]

Holiday Mint Cookies

This may be Santa’s favorite cookie. If he is anything like us, he will not be able to keep his fingers off the cookie plate.

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Hello, fellow cookie lovers! How was your weekend? Adam and I had the best time visiting lots of friends and enjoying the Christmas season with those who matter most to us. When we made the initial plans to get on the road and travel to Iowa, I remember being worried about the weather. I am always hesitant to go anywhere when there is lots of snow in the forecast and temperatures are dropping extremely low. But have you noticed the absence of weather talk here on the blog lately? Things are super warm (high 40s) and there’s not a single flake of snow on the ground as of right now.

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Things are feeling a little weird, but the hubby and I are loving it. We’re not being trapped inside by Mr. Frost, have no snow to shovel, and most importantly aren’t freezing cold. Running errands and having full feeling in all of my limbs is a beautiful thing. And even though we aren’t covered in anything white, we are definitely feeling Christmas in the air.

Which may or may not be largely due to these Holiday Mint Cookies. Who needs snow when you have cookies to get you in the mood? I take cookies over winter anytime ;). [Read more…]

Hot Cocoa Donut Muffins

A Donut Muffin that tastes just like a cozy cup of Hot Cocoa. Yes, you need 1 or 10 in your life!

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Happy Friday, friends! Now that we’ve reached double digits in the month of December, I am feeling the Christmas shopping pressure. The hubby and I have yet to purchase a few gifts together and yes, I still have to make up my mind what to get him as well. I have a few ideas, but life holds some sweet distractions for me. Who wants to step outside and join the hustle and bustle when one could curl up inside with tea and a Hot Cocoa Donut Muffin in hand while watching Elf?! That’s the constant dilemma I find myself in.

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It’s a tough job being a food blogger, but someone’s got to do it. Also, someone has got to eat them… so I am blaming my Christmas shopping procrastination on these Donut Muffins. I think they can take it. Nothing could possibly take away from their amazingness.

You need to taste for yourself what is going on here. [Read more…]