Eggnog Bread with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

Eggnog Bread with Eggnog Cream Cheese Icing

I’ve had a love affair with eggnog since I was little. When I was around 7 years old my mom, who was an elementary school librarian, brought home a cookbook with simple recipes that kids could make on their own. One of the recipes was a no-cook eggnog that my brothers and I must have made 1,000 times; it was so yummy. I’ve managed to pass my eggnog obsession on to my girls. Every time they see eggnog in the store they beg me to buy it. With the holidays approaching eggnog is a staple in our house. So when I ran across my friend Jenni Field’s (Pastry Chef Online) recipe for Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting I knew I needed to find something to spread it on! I was contemplating pound cake when …

Black-Bottom Cheesecake Bars

Black-Bottom Cheesecake Bars

“Black-Bottom Cheesecake Bars” has been sponsored by Ankarsrum Original USA but all photos, thoughts and opinions are my own. Over the years my sweet-tooth had diminished a lot. Now I find myself attracted to more savory foods like Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce, Inside out Grilled Cheese, Iowa Pork Tenderloin sandwiches with Tangy Apple Slaw, just to name a few. But there is one dessert that gets me every time. Cheesecake. I just can’t resist it’s creamy deliciousness. So when I saw the newest Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni featured cheesecakes from Melanie Underwood’s book Making Artisan Cheesecake, I knew I couldn’t miss it. (You can watch the replay here.) Every cheesecake they made on the show looked amazing! But as soon as I saw the Black-Bottom Cheesecake bars I knew I …

Tasty Tuesday – Dole Pineapple Whip

Tasty Tuesday – Dole Pineapple Whip

If you’ve been to Disney World or Disneyland in the last 10 years or so, I’m fairly certain you have heard of a Dole Pineapple Whip… if not, it’s about time you did!! Truthfully, until a friend sent me this recipe from Food.com, I had never heard of a pineapple whip before! I haven’t been to Disney World since before I was married, when my husband Colm (my boyfriend at the time) and two friends met me down in Orlando for a long weekend. And I don’t remember seeing a Dole Pineapple Whip. Of course we spent a lot of time on Pleasure Island partaking in adult beverages so I wasn’t exactly looking for one. When I made the Food.com recipe it was just okay. I knew I could make it better so I, …

Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

My 15-year old SUV has been in the garage for a week having a new exhaust system installed and getting the A/C repaired (lucky me). Because it was the last week of school I had something going on each day where I needed a car, so I ended up driving my husband to work and picking him up every day. I felt like I’d spent my entire week in the car… Today I told him to just take his car and I’d survive being stuck at home for the day. My kids spent 2/3 of the day watching TV. Finally after listening to 6 hours of Psych in the background I’d had enough! I threw my kids outside and told them to turn on the sprinkler and have fun outdoors …

Tasty Tuesday – How to Make The Best Whipped Cream Ever

In our family, one of our favorite treats is freshly made whipped cream on pretty much anything sweet. Cake, fruit, pie, ice cream, pudding, you name a dessert/treat and it tastes better with fresh whipped cream. My kids will eat it plain right out of the bowl. Okay, okay… so will I. A couple of years ago we were living in Williamsburg, VA and had the opportunity to purchase our Thanksgiving dinner from the country club my husband was working for at the time. With his manager’s discount, it was actually cheaper for us to buy the fully-cooked meal than for me to buy the ingredients and then cook it myself. One of the things that was included in the package was a plastic container of what looked like whipping cream, but …

Tasty Tuesday – Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever! [recipe & review]

I love to bake. I don’t do it as much as my kids would like, but when I do bake, I do it well! (Bread and cookies are my specialties, they never last longer than a few minutes in the house unless I bake when the kids aren’t home, lol).   This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time. And it was the perfect recipe to test out my new BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat I received as a sample. I always use parchment paper when baking cookies. I love how easily the cookies come off the pan and when I’m in a hurry I’ll just pick up the whole batch of cookies using the parchment paper and then place everything down on the cooling rack. I was a little …