Lucky Guinness Chocolate Cake Shake

The Irish are not the only ones feeling so very lucky this St. Patrick's Day! "Why,pour" you ask? Well get ready for this four-leaf clover-like surprise. I am sharing a craving-satisfying chocolate cake, immersed in creamy and cool ice cream with a delicious dash of Guinness beer recipe! You will be ready to play the lottery once you see how lucky you are that it is quick to make, too.So, are you ready for some quick and delicious fun to get this cake shake St. Paddy's day party started? Then, let's get our ingredients together and meet after we kiss the blarney stone!First, I am starting out with the chocolate cake recipe so it has time to cool. To save some time and make it extra easy for this amazing holiday, I used ChocolateandCarrots' post that I found here on Blissfully … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Thanksgiving is almost here and it's time to start preparing your meal plan.  No time?  No problem!  I have an entire meal plan prepared for you.Appetizers:Pumpkin Puree - Use these tips and add pumpkin puree to different dishes for a fun twist. For example, stir some pumpkin puree into prepared hummus to make a delicious Thanksgiving appetizer.  Serve with warm pita bread.Cheese and Soup - Use these tips to prepare the perfect cheese platter, make sure you take a look at the suggestion for preparing a Thanksgiving appetizer by pairing Camembert with butternut squash soup.Entrees:Turkey - This turkey sounds delicious and will need to cook for around 6 hours and then sit for approximately 15 minutes before carving.  Alternatively, you can try these step … [Read more...]

Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham

This post is such a favorite - we wanted to share again for everyone starting to think about those special Holiday dinners - like Easter!  Enjoy! If your holiday house is anything like mine, then you run out of oven space very quickly.  That's what makes this recipe so great - whip out your trusty slow cooker and you can make a delicious Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham without so much as warming the oven!Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Ingredients:9-10 pound precooked spiral cut ham, bone in 2 cups honey 1 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons minced garlic (I use jarred)[sc:adsense ] Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham Directions:Combine all ingredients except ham in your blender and pulse until well blended. … [Read more...]

Chestnut, chocolate & pears cookies

Being Italian, eating chestnuts during the holidays is a must, whether it’s roasted chestnuts that I picked up in the woods with my family, chestnut paste on toast or chestnut flour in baked goods, I think that nutty sweet flavour just makes every food taste cosier!  The combination of chocolate chip cookie (i.e. one of the cosiest food in the world) and chestnut taste absolutely awesome! Brown butter and pear just make everything more nutty and flavourful!Chestnut flour is naturally sweet so these cookies contain less sugar than most chocolate chip cookies, pears also keeps them chewy on the inside while the outside is nice and crispy.Inspired from the Top With Cinnamon CookbookRecipe (makes 15 cookies)Ingredients5 oz butter 1 cup chestnut flour ¾ cup + 2 … [Read more...]

Holiday Parties Made Easy and Yummy with King’s Hawaiian and Walmart

(Sponsored) This blog post was sponsored by KING’S HAWAIIAN® Holiday at Walmart but the opinions are all my own.Are you ready for the holidays?‘Tis the season of festivities, and I can’t wait to plan a holiday party with friends and family. My first rule is to make sure that preparation and clean-up is simple and easy! I want to be able to enjoy the party and not worry about the food and mess. We usually invite families with a mixed age group, and, therefore, the menu has to be appetizing for everyone. To minimize the holiday stress, I rely on King’s Hawaiian and Walmart to help!The party planning begins with a quick trip to Walmart. My one stop go-to store for all my holiday needs! I grab a cart and get ready to conquer my holiday shopping list. The list is simple and … [Read more...]

Coconut Linzer Cookies

Holiday cookies are a really big thing in my family. Every Christmas my mother and I bake something like a billion different sorts to give out to family and friends. One of my favourites is the hazelnut Linzer cookie, an extra crumbly and buttery cookie filled with raspberry jam.These cookies are pretty similar to that seasonal favourite but they are also loaded with coconut flavour: coconut flour and sugar make these holiday cookies delicious and flavourful, plus they are also gluten free. They are fairly easy to put together and make a great home-made gift. Coconut Linzer CookiesIngredients½ cup hazelnut meal 1 ½ cup coconut flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp baking powder ¾ cup coconut sugar ½ cup butter (at room … [Read more...]