It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

IMG_4806It’s Christmas time and that means more baked goods and more presents for everyone! My middle sister is a teacher of the second grade, bless her I don’t know how she does it! Anyway she wanted to do something nice for her kids and fellow teachers, so she asked me to make her some cookies. I’m sure when she asked she just wanted some regular cookies, but its me so I had to go all out!

I found so many cute Christmas cookies as inspiration that I couldn’t decide so I did all of them lol! I love the little reindeer with the lights in their antlers and the gingerbread men with the frosting on their heads was just too cute! And you can’t have Christmas cookies with out a Christmas tree right?! I think Christmas cookies might be my favorite cookies, at least for right now!

Chocolate Bread…yes please!

IMG_4768Everyone knows my obsession with chocolate, and I use the word obsessions knowing the crazy factor associated with that word! I just love it! It’s so good, especially a really good chocolate bar with just a hint of sea salt, mmmm… so good!

Anyway back to this bread, so my love of chocolate is what led me to make this yummy chocolatey goodness. I love making bread its really relaxing to me, it might be my favorite thing to bake to be honest. So I actually decided to make this bread for thanksgiving morning, cause you don’t get enough carbs on that day lol. I found it  in my Bake from Scratch cookbook, and if you don’t have that cookbook you should get it right now, so good!

This bread was so good, it was moist and soft and you have these delicious layers of chocolate running through out the bread! I highly recommend!

Christmas and Babies!

IMG_4761The theme as of late has been a lot of Christmas, but for a lot of baby showers, and I love it! I love Christmas! It’s one of my favorite holidays and I love when people come up with non-traditional themes for showers. It adds a really nice personal touch to showers!

So this shower was based on Eloise at Christmas, which I had never heard of before but now love! And the shower was for a baby girl so it was perfect! If you have also never heard of Eloise at Christmas like me, let me explain. They are books and I belive there is a movie, about this girl named Eloise who is celebrating Christmas in New York. The book has great drawn pictures with a lot of pink colors and some red accents. So cute!

So these cookies were going to be used as party favors for the guests to have to take home. I did Christmas trees, presents and Christmas lights, all in pink with some red accents and little pops of gold. They were so cute I hated to give them up, but figured its not very nice to steal cookies you promised to make!

Visions of Sugar Plums dancing in their heads!

IMG_4755Christmas time always gives such great material for cookie decorating, and I am always amazed with peoples creativity with parties and showers! So these cute cookies were requested by my best friends mom, she was throwing a shower for one of her friends who is having a granddaughter! Such a sweet idea I thought, and the theme was sugar plums, too cute!

She basically gave me the theme and told me I could do what I wanted with it. Which is nice and trusting but sometimes scary, cause what if I do something they hate! EEk! Well I went with some sugared plums, obviously, and some snowflakes. The sugared plums, I got from seeing a picture of a peach and thought I could just do that and make it purple! The snowflakes I used some gold and silver dust to give them a little extra sparkle! They turned out super cute and very in the spirit of Christmas!

The Cottage Kitchen

IMG_0014The Cottage Kitchen was written by Marte Marie Forsberg and is a great cookbook of some classic English country dishes! The cover of this book and the photographs inside are well done and show the food well and give you a great sense of the English countryside.

The book is separated into Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Afternoon Tea, each section has recipes for main dishes and desserts. Each section has a story, history or description of the season or dishes that go with that season. The recipes are well written and have the weight measurement and measuring cup quantities as well, because some people might not have a scale at home.

I baked the Lemon Curd Sponge Cake with Pistachios out of the afternoon tea section. I always liked the idea of having traditional English Tea so I really wanted to make something that would be at a traditional English tea.  It was a nice cake and the lemon curd was really refreshing! This was a great cookbook and I can’t wait to try other recipes out of this book

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The Quest for the Best Chocolate Pie!

IMG_4654For years I have been in search for the perfect chocolate pie. I know what you are thinking it can’t be that hard to find a good chocolate pie recipe! Well you would be wrong, because you don’t have my sister critiquing every single recipe!

She has these certain qualifications that a chocolate pie must meet. It can’t be made out of pudding, it can’t be a fluffy mousse pie, it can’t be to dense and on and on the list goes. I can’t tell you how many pies I have tried over the years that have not been up to scratch, its very disheartening for a baker I tell you! But this year was my year, and I  can’t take any credit for it! My oldest sister actually found a great recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction (I love her stuff) it was for a Sky High Chocolate Mousse Pie.

And guess what my sister loved it, she declared it a winner and thus concluding my search for a good chocolate pie that has taken way to many years to complete! If you have a picky chocolate pie lover on your hands I recommend you make this pie it may solve all your problems!