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...]

How to Plan a Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

  If you are trying to come up with a festive theme for your upcoming New Year's Eve Party, consider a Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party! The Great Gatsby era was all about decadence, over the top parties and speakeasy bars; a combination perfectly suited to New Year's Eve celebrations of all sizes! INVITATION The first step when planning your Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party is the invitation.  According to the website TinyPrints, the invitation is the best way to communicate to your guests what it is that you are celebrating and what the event is all about.  Be clear on your invitation what the theme is and if you want guests to participate in the theme, such as dressing in Great Gatsby attire. Plan to mail the invitation approximately four to six weeks prior to the … [Read more...]

12 Days of (Christmas) Cookies

On The First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...A Cookie Cookbook! Okay, maybe I only wish that but, I do love cookies.. gingerbread, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chocolate chip... you name them, I love them.  Just call me Cookie Momster (hee hee, get it) One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the smell of piping hot cookies baking in the oven and the bright, shining eyes of my family and friends as I serve up plates of decorated cookies and the sounds of their sighs as they crunch delightedly on some of my favorite homemade treats. This Christmas season, I want to share with y'all some of my favorite cookie recipes and I want y'all to share your favorite cookie recipes with me, too.  I am going to feature 12 days of Cookies here on Blissfully Domestic.   … [Read more...]

Skillet S’mores Mini Dessert Recipe

When you can't swing a bonfire or face the mess of traditional s'mores, these skillet s'mores are the perfectly portioned desserts. Whether you want to make them during the middle of the heat of summer or in the dead of winter, this mini dessert is easy to whip up and will satisfy those cravings. Use the graham crackers to dip into the marshmallows and melted chocolate. This gives you all the S'mores yumminess with the chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers together, without a bonfire! Brilliant! Mini Skillet S'mores from From Brazil To You Ingredients 60% cacao chocolate chips marshmallows low-fat honey graham crackers [sc:adsense ] How-To In an oven safe container (I used mini skillets), line the bottom with chocolate chips. Broil in the oven until … [Read more...]

Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies

Now that Summer has passed and you are in full-on Halloween and Thanksgiving mode, the infamous pumpkin pie is here! I made this pie for the first time last year and it was the belle of the ball. Even my grandmother who is the greatest baker I know was stumped at what this pie was made of. Needless to say, it had her in a trance...a pumpkin pie trance. I promise, you'll have your family and friends all dying for this recipe. And as my husband says, 'It's the perfect combination of textures. My favorite pie you've made thus far.' Also, the great thing about this pie is that it can easily be made in one big pie too, if you'd prefer that over miniature pies. Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies adapted from Chocolate & Carrots Essential Equipment Non-Stick Four Cup Pie … [Read more...]

15 Citrus Recipes for Fall

In the South, citrus fruits are thought to be primarily Summer fruits. However, our Northern friends tend to enjoy citrus more in the Fall months. Little did I know, as a Southerner, that there are so many Fall recipes that feature citrus fruits as a main ingredient or, at the very least, a complimenting ingredient. Today I have quite a few recipes that include a piece of citrus fruit in its repertoire. From breakfast to dessert, you're sure to find a recipe here that will delight your taste buds! /1/ Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Pistachios - The flavor of this grapefruit will explode in your mouth! Coupled with honey and pistachios, you're sure to have a delectable breakfast with this recipe. /2/ Cranberry Orange Muffins - Muffins are never a bad idea for breakfast. Make … [Read more...]