If you’re like me, you aren’t even close to finishing your holiday shopping. Perhaps, as in my case, you’ve been busy adding things to your own wish list, for instance, new bar supplies! Well, if I can’t help myself, hopefully I can at least help you. For our next gift guide of the season, I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite things that would make any home bartender shake (or stir) with joy! READ MORE
It’s that time of year. You know, when seriously delicious cookie recipes start making their way around the internet. I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites. So whether it’s dessert for the family, you’re attending a holiday cookie exchange, or just enjoy stuffing your face like me, consider this your inspiration. Start your ovens . . . it’s cookie time.
Remember those cute lil’ gingerbread houses from yesterday? Well, here’s another holiday project for your DIY pleasure using the same recipe– (mustachioed) gingerbread men garland! If you’re not up for the challenge of building houses out of gingerbread, this recipe is for you. All you need is a gingerbread man cookie cutter to make the shapes and use a straw to create the holes. String some bright ribbon and you’ve got a festive garland just waiting to be strung on your Christmas tree.
It’s the holidays — and time to get crafty! One of my favorite holiday traditions is making gingerbread houses with friends and family. These cute miniature houses are easy to make and so adorable. They rest perfectly on t he edge of a cup or mug. I used this template, which worked great but the decorations are only limited by your imagination! I topped these with crushed candy canes and red and white sugar and topped one of them off with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another gingerbread DIY using the same simple dough recipe I’ve used here. It’s versatile and sturdy enough to be handled even by clumsy hands like mine.
3 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
3/4 cup of corn syrup
1/2 cup of margarine
*Note: if you like the look of a darker gingerbread house, use dark brown sugar and dark corn syrup.
Thanksgiving is over and the season of giving is officially upon us. We’re doing all the work for you, scouring the internet with some of our favorite gifts that will reprieve you from the shopping madness! First up is is a gift guide for the baker – the one whose always has an abundant supply of flour and butter on hand and always has their kitchen warm and fragrant with something delectable baking in the oven . . .
Vanilla extract has to be one of the easiest things to make at home. All you need is liquor and premium quality vanilla beans and you’ve got homemade vanilla extract that is far superior to the store bought kind. I selected three types of beans: Madagascar for its rich and creamy flavor, Tahitian for its floral, chocolate aroma and Mexican for its bold and smokey essence. Since they take 2 months to cure, vanilla extract makes for the perfect holiday gift – just get a jump start on the process now!
Photography shot with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Small in size, enormous in performance.