Feb 212013
 

in no particular order.

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one
TWO PIECES OF FRENCH TOAST
FOUR SLICES OF BACON
A THICK SLICE OF MUNSTER
WITH A DRIZZLE OF MAPLE SYRUP
 
two
SHREDDED CHEDDAR MELTED ACROSS
GRILLED ONIONS AND PEPPERS TOPPING
BOURBON BBQ MARINATED MUSHROOMS
AND STUFFED INSIDE A HOGIE ROLL
 
three
TOASTED WHOLE WHEAT
WITH A SMEAR OF COOKIE BUTTER
MEETS HONEY GINGER PEAR PRESERVES
ON ANOTHER PIECE OF TOAST
 
four
SLICE OF CAKE
BIT OF ICING
PIECE OF COOKIE
 
five
START WITH A SLICE OF YOUR FAVORITE ITALIAN BREAD
SLATHER IT WITH TRADER JOE’S HOT & SWEET MUSTARD
ADD A BIT OF THE SHARPEST CHEDDAR YOU CAN FIND
PILE IT HIGH WITH RICH, DELICIOUS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS
BLANKET THEM WITH MORE OF THAT UBERSHARP CHEDDAR
AND MORE OF THAT RIDICULOUS MUSTARD OF AWESOME
ATOP ANOTHER SLICE OF BAKED PERFECTION. GRILL IT.
 
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Dec 272012
 

The sugary treats I’ve been eating this month…

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1. Mini Peppermint Candy Canes – classic, and extra adorable. [mini is always adorable, right?] Perfect for a post lunch treat, a stir in a mug of hot chocolate, or crushed up atop some ice cream.

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2. Brachs Christmas Peppermint Nougats – these have been a favorite since I was young.  I ALWAYS buy an extra bag after the holidays to enjoy well into the new year. [I’m a pro at rationing treats.] 

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3. Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane – A delicate mint candy with stripes and tiny little candy bits throughout.  

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4. Mint Chocolate M&M’s – if you couldn’t tell by now, I have a thing for mint ;)  These little beauties are especially nice for holiday baking; Liz has a great recipe for Chocolate Mint M&M Cookies.

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5. Queen Anne Cordial Blueberries – only about one hundred times better than cherries.  Bought these this year on a whim and we’ve been loving them over at THS HQ.

What are your favorite seasonal candies?

Top 5: Gift Guides

 Posted by at 6:00 am  Ramblings
Dec 132012
 

Everyone has their own gift guide.

I have my own guide to gift guides. All the best I’ve found in the past few weeks:

  1. Gift Guide 2012: Something to Read – The Amber Show – this list is so much more than just best sellers and e-readers.  I love her recommendations and think several of them would fit for that “gift for anyone” everyone ends up needing to choose at least once each year. [grab bag, newish co-worker, a gift for that person you didn’t expect to exchange with and then they show up at your door with a gift for you…]

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  2. Holiday Gifts for Runners to Fit Any Budget – rUnladylike This list covers prices as low as $6, and celebrates runners of all levels and experiences.  Whether the runner on your list is strictly running for hobby, or someone who loves to crush competitors in road races each weekend, there’s a good bet that you’ll find some great suggestions on this list.

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  3. Pug Lovers Gift Guide – Brownies & Zucchini Of course, Kelly’s list is perfect if you have someone to buy for who happens to love pugs – but I found her list helpful for other friends, too.  Kelly’s suggestions for ways to celebrate a certain characteristic of a loved one are creative and spot on.

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  4. Give the Gift of Cookbooks – Shuttterbean Great suggestions for cookbooks, her reasoning behind choosing each as a gift this year covers a variety of “perfect for”s. I think a cookbook makes a terrific gift because you are giving the opportunity to experience life through those recipes forever, possibly passed down through generations. [I know there are recipes I rely on often from my Mother’s cookbooks.]

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  5. Gifts for Coffee Lovers – the Kitchn – A great collection covering a wide range of price ranges.  I am personally drooling over a few of the items on this list myself.  I’m keeping this list on hand in my “gifts for impossible people” favorites folder; I think it could dig me out of some gift giving anxiety situations in the future.
      
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Whose gift guides have you enjoyed this holiday season?  Any I should check out?