Gingerbread Cookie Cup & Cocktail

Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite things during the holidays so today I’m sharing recipes for gingerbread cookie cups and gingerbread martinis.

Gingerbread Cookie Cup With White Chocolate Ganache and Crushed Peppermint – Makes 24 Cookie Cups

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Ingredients

1 package of Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough

2 Tablespoons of white chocolate chips

1 Teaspoon of heavy cream

1/4 cup of crushed peppermint

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Fit cookie dough into muffin tin cavities to form cup shape.
  3. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
  4. While your cookie cups are cooling make your white chocolate ganache – put heavy cream into small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until close to boiling. Add white chocolate chips and mix until smooth.
  5. Put spoonful of white chocolate ganache into each cookie cup.
  6. Garnish each cup with some crushed peppermint.

 

Gingerbread Martini Cocktail 

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Potato Pancake Mini Muffin Cup, 2 Ways

In honor of Hanukkah starting this week i’m sharing two different potato pancake mini muffin cup recipes.

Potato Pancake Mini Muffin Cup With Homemade Apple Sauce – Makes 12 cups

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Ingredients – 

1 box of Trader Joe’s Potato Pancakes 

1 apple of your choice

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of water

3 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Recipe – 

  1. Core, peel and cube apples and place in saucepan. Add water, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove and serve either slightly warm or cooled if desired.
  4. Pan fry frozen potato pancake according to directions on packaging.
  5. Once cooled (give around five minutes) fit potato pancake into muffin tin cavity to form cup.
  6. Add applesauce to each potato pancake cup.
  7. Enjoy warm!

 

Potato Pancake Mini Muffin Cup With Pureed Broccoli With Creme Fraiche – Makes 12 cups

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Ingredients – 

1 box of Trader Joe’s Potato Pancakes 

1 cup of broccoli florets

1/2 cup of Crème Fraîche

4 tablespoons sour creme

1/3 cup of parmesan cheese

scant 1/8 teaspoon of grated nutmeg

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

Recipe – 

  1. Make Pureed Broccoli With Creme Fraiche following these directions.
  2. Pan fry frozen potato pancake according to directions on packaging.
  3. Once cooled (give around five minutes) fit potato pancake into muffin tin cavity to form cup.
  4. Add Pureed Broccoli With Creme Fraiche into each potato pancake cup
  5. Enjoy warm!

Three Awesome DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

Today i’m sharing three homemade holiday gift ideas, which are the perfect hostess gifts for any holiday party you attend or are great gifts for your work colleagues and friends as well!

  1. Holiday Cookies

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One of my favorite homemade gifts is baked goods so for the holiday season I recommend making some festive peppermint white chocolate chip cookies using this recipe. To package the cookies I like the look of clear bags with these labels and red and white bakers twine.

2. Hot Chocolate Mix In A Mason Jar – 

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Another nice DIY gift option is hot chocolate in a jar. Here is a recipe from Love Grows Wild blog.  You can also add a mini bottle of baileys to give someone a spiked hot chocolate gift pack.

3. Spicy Cocktail Pecans – 

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Another nice homemade gift idea is spicy cocktail pecans using this super easy recipe. I also really like the packing demonstrated in the picture above, which seems easy to replicate using kraft lunch bags, green burlap, and labels, which can printed on card stock and cut with scalloped scissors and held together with cloths pins.

Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes & Décor Ideas

Hard to believe, but it’s officially the holiday season! Today i’m sharing some recipes and decor inspiration that are perfect for anyone who is hosting a holiday cocktail party or if you are just looking for a festive appetizer or dessert that will help get you into the holiday spirit!

Signature CocktailPomegranate-Rosemary Sparklers 

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Appetizers – 

  1. Holiday Cheese Board 

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2. Spinach Cheese Balls

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3. Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

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4. Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts 

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5. Mushroom and Gruyere Tartelettes

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Desserts –

1. Peppermint Sugar Cookies

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2. Spiced Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting 

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3. Chocolate Puddings with White Chocolate and Peppermint-Dipped Pretzels

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Décor Inspiration

Gold and black party ideas Photo Courtesy of: Elements of Style 

Gold Holiday Party Ideas Photo Courtesy of: Hostess With The Mostess

Additional Holiday Party Recipes

26 Delicious Things To Serve At Your Holiday Party – BuzzFeed

Cookie Dough Brownie M&M and White Chocolate Ganache Bite & Cocktail

What better way to start out the weekend then with some dessert and a cocktail! Today i’m sharing a recipe for a cookie dough brownie M&M and white chocolate ganache bite, which was inspired by the The Domestic Rebel’s Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs . I’m also sharing the recipe for the M&M Delight Cocktail to sweeten up the start of your weekend.

Cookie Dough Brownie M&M and White Chocolate Ganache Bite – Serving Size:  Makes 12 cups

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Ingredients –

1 package of cookie dough, I used Trader Joe’s Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

1 box of brownie mix + ingredients listed on box (egg, canola oil, water)

1/4 cup of M&M’s, divided

2 Tablespoons of white chocolate chips

1 Teaspoon of heavy cream

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Follow directions on brownie  mix to make brownie batter.
  3. Fit cookie dough into muffin tin cavities to form cup shape.
  4. Add brownie batter inside each cookie dough cup.
  5. Add a couple M&M’s into the middle of the brownie batter in each cup.
  6. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until brownie batter in cooked through.
  7. Make your white chocolate ganache – put heavy cream into small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until close to boiling. Add white chocolate chips and mix until smooth.
  8. Put spoonful of white chocolate ganache into each cookie dough brownie bite.
  9. Add a couple of M&M’s to each cup to garnish.

M&M Delight Cocktail

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Stuffed Sweet Potato, 3 Ways

Stuffed sweet potatoes are one of my favorite easy weekday lunch/dinners, which is demonstrated in this blog post and also this blog post. Stuffed sweet potatoes are one of  my go to meal options because they are inexpensive, super easy to make and they are a great way to use whatever leftovers you have in your fridge. I usually will make a sweet potato and have half the potato with either soup or salad for dinner and then the leftovers for lunch the next day.

1. Veggie, Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato – Serving Size – 1 Potato

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Ingredients – 

1 sweet potato

1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s Misto Alla Griglia

1 tablespoon of Pesto

1 slice of Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat Sliced Lite Cheddar, cut into bite sized pieces

Recipe – 

  1. Bake sweet potato according to these directions.
  2. Microwave veggies for 1 minute.
  3. Add pesto to veggies.
  4. Cut baked sweet potato in half and add veggies and cheese on top of each sweet potato half.
  5. Microwave sweet potato until heated through and cheese has melted.
  6. Enjoy warm!

2. Buffalo Tempeh, Peppers, Refried Beans and Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potato – Serving Size – 1 Potato

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Ingredients – 

1 sweet potato

1/4 cup of tempeh, crumbled

2 tablespoons of hot sauce

2 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s fire roasted peppers and onions

1 tablespoon of refried beans

2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 tablespoon of cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Recipe – 

  1. Bake sweet potato according to these directions.
  2. While sweet potato is baking sauté peppers and crumbled tempeh until heated through. Turn heat low, add hot sauce and simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Once sweet potato is baked let cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. Cut sweet potato in half and add refried beans, tempeh filling and shredded cheddar cheese to each sweet potato half.
  5. Microwave sweet potato for 1 minute or until heated through and cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.
  6. Enjoy warm!

3.  Shredded Chicken, Chickpea, Veggie and Feta Stuffed Sweet Potato  – Serving Size – 1 Potato

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Ingredients – 

1 sweet potato

1 baked lemon & olive oil baked chicken tender, shredded

1 tablespoon of Goddess Dressing

2 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Misto Alla Griglia

1 tablespoon of chickpeas

1 tablespoon of cooked sautéed kale

2 tablespoons of crumbled feta

Recipe – 

  1. Bake chicken tenders according to these directions.
  2. Marinate baked chicken tender in goddess dressing for at least 15 minutes or overnight.
  3. Bake sweet potato according to these directions.
  4. Microwave veggies (misto alla griglia and sauteed kale) for 1 minute
  5. Once sweet potato is baked let cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Cut sweet potato in half and add veggies, shredded chicken and feta  on top of each sweet potato half.
  7. Microwave sweet potato for 1 minute or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  8. Enjoy warm!