Easy Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

One of the topics I've talked about previously here on Blissfully Domestic is the importance of being organized when it comes to holiday entertaining. I put together this checklist for Thanksgiving some time ago, but it really does apply to all holidays when you are entertaining at home. One thing that many people overlook is how many appliances, burners, and how much oven space is needed to cook their holiday meal. Anything that can be prepared or made in advance, even a day or two beforehand, is essential to ensuring that things run smoothly on the day you have guests coming over. I have the added problem of ensuring I'm catering to one of my kids who is on a gluten-free diet, whilst the other kids don't enjoy the taste of a lot of gluten-free items so the more that I can make ahead … [Read more...]

A Pomegranate Pear Cocktail for the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching and if you are anything like me you tend to over-prepare with lists, menus, and your favorite recipes compiled, right down to pre-dinner cocktails ... which of course require pre-holiday sampling, especially whilst decorating. Well, let me share a very festive cocktail with you that will make the perfect addition to your holiday bar cart. The best part is that part of it can be made a day or two ahead of time, the rest is put together in no time at all, bringing out your inner mixologist and impressing your guests. A Pomegranate Pear Cocktail Ingredients (per cocktail) 2oz Vodka 2oz pear puree - 2 pears and 2oz simple syrup 2oz pomegranate juice garnish: pomegranate arils, fresh pear slices, fresh mint … [Read more...]

5 Decadent Winter Desserts

The snow is falling, the fire is crackling and you're snuggled under your quilt wondering what to make for the book club meeting. Not just any dessert will do for these girls; you need decadence and frill. From finger foods to oh-so-smashing cakes these wintertime desserts will impress your guests! 1. White Chocolate Snowdrift Cake - BHG.com Even the name begs for another slice. A marbled cake with a cream cheese, whipping cream, and white chocolate frosting garnished with candied cranberries? Melt in your mouth snowy goodness. 2. Winter Fruit Crockpot Crisp - Steph's Bite by Bite Drag out your crockpot, girls, and use up that winter crop of apples and pears! I really like that this recipe doesn't take up extra space in the oven, making it the perfect winter dessert for those evenings … [Read more...]

Mini chocolate & coconut mini eclairs

A few years ago I was working in a pastry shop that mainly sold éclairs. There were about a billion different flavours and 3 sizes: the regular one, the tiny one and the small one, known as "baby" éclair. Needless to say, baby éclairs were my favourite, aside from having the cutest name in the world, they also have the perfect size for snacking and trying different flavours. These baby/mini éclairs are filled with whipped coconut cream and chocolate ganache. They're also dipped into melted chocolate. And sprinkled with flaked coconut. And da-da! the cutest and most delicious French dessert is ready to be devoured! Notes: You can freeze the (piped) choux pastry and bake it when you are ready (no need for defrosting). Choux pastry recipes usually suggest to … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese: The New Thanksgiving Side Dish

Mac & Cheese Please! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it will be time to gather with friends and family and indulge in all the delicious food. It's very easy to make unhealthy choices during the holidays and we all regret them later on. Mac and Cheese is honestly one of my favorite side dishes during the holidays because it's always so comforting. Who can resist the cheesy gooey delicious dish?! I certainly cannot but I also do not want to add on several pounds to the waistline from one serving. One of the wonderful flavors of the season is pumpkin and it's so delicious in baked goods and very healthy! Adding this to the classic dish gives it a wonderful flavor and adds so many wonderful healthy benefits. This dish is much lighter in calories thanks to the pumpkin but … [Read more...]

Small Batch Pumpkin Cookie Dough Energy Bites (GF and Vegan)

  Hands on those of you who love energy balls but who don't actually need that much energy to fuel their mid-morning coffee breaks! Either because you are sitting at a desk all day (i.e. me) or because you can easily get addicted to those delicious sweet bites (i.e. also me). However, we still energy to fuel our (supposedly) intense intellectual effort, just in smaller quantities. This recipe is my go-to snack for revision time: it comes together in five minutes, it's not excessively sweet and only makes enough bites to fuel your brain correctly! You can also double or tripe the recipe if you are not revising/working alone. Add in any extra ingredient you wish to (seeds and nuts are a good idea) and substitute coconut flour with almond/cashew powder to experiment a … [Read more...]