The Ultimate Christmas Cookie: Too Pretty To Eat

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding...Oh, bring us some figgy pudding...Oh, BRING us some figgy pudding, and a cup of good cheer!No figgy pudding here, just the Christmas classic: decorated sugar cookies!Now, don't expect to pop these pretty designs out in an hour. To save me some sanity, I baked the cookies one day and decorated the next.Don't let me scare you now, but it actually took me a total of 9 hours to decorate all of the cookies. And don't fret either. It was a joyous occasion listening to Christmas music on Pandora and decorating until my heart's content.It's an especially great idea for homemade Christmas gifts for you friends and family.You can even get your kids involved. For example, you could decorate the main body of the tree and let the kids … [Read more...]

10 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers!

As far as I’m concerned there are two kinds of people in this world: those that appreciate the beauty of coffee and those that don’t. I’m the former & this post is for those like-minded folk that think that getting out of bed almost solely is worth it because of that first beautiful sip of coffee in the morning. The selection that I’ve chosen would make great gifts for your favorite Mom, Dad, Grandparent, Best Friend, Daughter, Son, Teacher and on and on… Enjoy! Custom K-Cups One of the things that I love about my writing assignments is finding fun new goodies out there that I might not have noticed before. These K-Cups are adorable & would make a great take home gift after a party or in this case a unique birthday gift for a colleague or loved one.Circle Monogram … [Read more...]

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 CocktailIngredients (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...]