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Rum-Praline Shortbread from PasstheSushi.com

Santa is packing up the sleigh and reading for his ride. The reindeer are nibbling on their candy canes and fueling up. Elves are putting in the last go round and probably looking forward to a nice day off in their PJs. Kids are bursting at the seams in anticipation. And I for one am pumped. This holiday season flew by. Came too quick. Rushing by without a moment to savor. I have nothing wrapped and am disappointed that I didn’t find magic gifts this year that I knew would delight. But, as a client just asked me if I […]

Holiday Party Tips and a Killer Cranberry Vanilla Bean Cake

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Throwing killer parties is work – but it’s also a blast and I love doing it. If it were up to me, every Friday night would be all about entertaining. But we all know that’s not realistic. When I do get to entertain large groups of friends and family, I always have a game plan, a keep it cool mantra, and roll off my shoulders attitude about everything. Once you do it a few times, it becomes a breeze and you’ll see just how easy throwing a killer holiday party can be. 15 Holiday Party Tips to get you prepped […]

Classic Brownies – and a KitchenAid Christmas Favorites Giveaway!

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Today is double awesome! I have teamed up with 19 other bloggers, hosted by Karyn of Dieter’s Downfall and Pint Sized Baker, and we are hosting a HUGE holiday favorites giveaway. There’s like a billion prizes to be one (ok, 20, including the grand prize) but that’s still kind of crazy, right?! Let’s kick things off with some holiday brownies. A classic recipe. Nothing fancy, no layers, no stuffing, no hidden candy surprises. Just a classic down home brownie. Because sometimes that’s all you need. PrintClassic Brownies Ingredients1/2 cup shortening 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 […]

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

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{Notes from my past self to my future self – some weekends are awesome} Yesterday was one of those rare days where Handsome and I had off and weren’t obligated to some crazy list of events that sped out weekend into a blur that we wouldn’t remember three days from now. No, it started with sleeping in. It was followed by a serious dose of mountain biking with a friend of mine. Some hipster activities that involved leggings, Converse’s, over priced coffee shops, and loitering at one of our local bike shops. We then tried to get all outdoorsy by […]

Bakery Classics: Nutella Cream Puffs

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It’s amazing what you can remember about food. The world goes whizzing by us at such a ridiculous speed that I can’t keep up. And, I’m no Super Woman juggling a job and three kids like a lot of you are. I’m just trying to hold my own. I don’t know where yesterday went. But I can remember exactly the first time my father made cream puffs. I can remember the smell of the choux paste baking into perfect little balls in the oven filling the house and how excited I was to pop an over stuffed cream filled bite […]

Christmas Brunch: Slow Cooker Eggnog French Toast Monkey Bread

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This Monday is supposed to kick off a new series on PtS since the soup kitchen has closed. But since it’s Christmas Eve and all I want to do is run around cleaning and stressing over Christmas dinner humming holiday music and baking cookies I’m simply going to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and wonderful holidays! Here is a painless Christmas brunch idea that can be tossed in the crock pot early while the unwrapping madness occurs and is ready in time for when everyone remembers they are hungry. Here’s a little sneak peek at things to come in the following Mondays. […]

Andes Mint Brownies

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You know those commercials  this time of year jamming jewelry down your throat? Then there’s the reminder that it really is ‘engagement season’ by the random texts and phone calls I have gotten lately from excited friends who are sharing their good news. But you know what sends me over the top? Facebook rubbing my nose in it. Facebook loves to remind you someone has had a change in their ‘relationship status’ for far too long. I saw it, I congratulated, now go away. But no, every time I log in for the next week, Facebook is going to point and laugh it’s little […]

Red Velvet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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While traveling to work the other day I had on the Serious XM Country Christmas radio station and I heard something that reminded me what Christmas was all about. I didn’t catch the very beginning, so I am not sure if it was the DJ’s personal story or something previously recorded, but who ever was talking was reminiscing about childhood Christmas’s in a small town. He talked about how his family only had one strand of lights, how they didn’t have much, but as children they never knew. He talked fondly of his mothers baked goods. Cookies and pies. He went into […]

Triple Peanut and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s full on gift giving season now whether you’re ready or not. Lucky for you, I was brainstorming with a friend of mine and we came up with the idea of a great little stocking just for foodies! If you are looking for some inspiration for your culinary inspired friends, we got you covered! Wine Pump  I can’t say how many bottles of wine have ended up being dumped down the drain after a party. Corks break and you don’t know how to properly store the leftovers. This cute little gift boxed vacuum / pressure pump from Peugeot removes air from the bottle to preserve your […]

Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate Malted Bundt Cake

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We are all of 6 days into December and the rest of the food blogging community went and left me in the dust. Preparedness has never been my thing. I didn’t roast a turkey in October and have a bunch of Thankgiving themed posts for you. Heck, I barely made any ‘large meals’ in November at all and I didn’t even make a turkey. I did pull out holiday decorations once for some photos, but immediately boxed them and put them away. So no fancy bokeh tree shots for you (yet). My static backgrounds will have to do. Besides, you just love […]

White Chocolate Coconut Cookies & a Lingerie Gift Guide that isn’t Victoria’s Secret

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  Gentlemen, I am going to have to ask you to scroll down to the recipe, me and the girls have to have a chat. Or maybe you should stick around and check out these hints to spice up that holiday stocking. Alright ladies, this Diggin’ it Tuesday is for you. If things around you house are anything like mine, every special occasion or holiday, I can guarantee one thing for certain, that little pink bag… And you know what, that gets old. There’s nothing wrong with a little black and lacy for special occasions, but Viccy S isn’t for everyone all […]

Triple Layer Chocolate Mousse Pie

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Pie Month. It came. It went. And I’m terribly sad to see it go. I took on pie month as a challenge to myself to conquer pie dough. And conquer I did. There was a double crust with shortening A traditional dough, replacing the water with vodka for a flaky crust. One from the pros at Cook’s Illustrated, with a touch of cinnamon, rolled in graham cracker crumbs. A quick puff pastry that makes me believe I may never need store bought again. And finally today’s simple tart recipe that was flaky, butter, and hands down my favorite of the bunch. This one will be my […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oh dear God. Brace yourselves. I wasn’t prepared or ready for it. I didn’t feel it coming on. I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to happen this year. Then as I was standing around waiting to get some images framed at the art store the other day, Christmas landed in my cart. (bet you were expecting something much more dramatic, huh?) Garland, ornaments, windings, whohas, and ribbons exploded from the aisles and threatened to take me hostage if I didn’t send a few home with myself. So I did. Because I can’t not. (The bags are currently hiding in my car […]

Post Holiday Eggnog Pancakes

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It’s hard to find a balance between what to post on Pass the Sushi and what not to. I don’t photograph everything I eat (trust me, you would be appalled) but I do try to photograph the good ones. There are a few that have never even made it to a ‘photo shoot’ because I simply can’t be bothered with making them look pretty before devouring them. I am trying to strike a harmony between my tummy and my food blogging self that maybe will someday share with you some of my favorite fall back meals. As for December, there just wasn’t enough […]

Eggnog Cupcakes

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Seriously, what’s a birthday without some cupcakes? I hope everyone is prepped and ready for Christmas day and enjoying some quality time today. Or at least you are calming things down and will be able to relax by tonight. I have a bit of festive work, then some holiday party-ness and a long over due Christmas Eve dinner with my family. Then I will tuck myself in tight and await a visit from Santa. Eggnog Cupcakes Discovered on Annie’s Eats, from Baking Bites & Cook’s Illustrated Ingredients: For the cupcakes: 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teas. baking soda ½ […]

Eggnog Sugar Cookies

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There is a mountain of presents in the middle of being wrapped, all the grocery shopping is done (I hope), and the stockings are all set to be hung. I’m taking a moment to unwind a minute and watch a little bit of The Santa Claus 3. I was expecting to be doing this with an additional 90 pounds of energy running about, but sadly, Gouda won’t be spending the holidays with us. So let’s have a little holiday run down for everyone who may be interest, if not skip ahead to the recipe for the tasty sugar cookies below. […]

Christmas Breakfast? Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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I may be in my twenties, but Christmas morning has never changed. I wake up early giddy with anticipation. I try to not wake anyone else. Finally, I drop one too many spoons or shut the pantry door a little too hard and everyone else wakes up. There is the childlike joy of unwrapping presents under the tree and the mess of paper that follows. We never made Christmas breakfast. Ever. Chocolate chip cookies, candy and pure excitement was all we needed to fill our tummies. But if you did want your family to have something more than pure sugar […]

Christmas Dinner and a Holiday Giveaway

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same (in this modern world of ours) without Christmas specials. I love finding the same classic movies on over and over again from Thanksgiving on. Nothing quite makes you smile like the distant hum of all the Whos down in Whoville or when Linus gives his Christmas monologue. That is the meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown. So what do Christmas specials have to do with food? Not a whole lot. But, these Cornish hens reminded me of the humble dinner that Bob Cratchit served his family for Christmas. (Another Christmas classic my dad would always watch […]

Peanut Butter Brownies

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I’m pretty certain that I discussed on here and in the past how I believe in Christmas magic I’m still a fan of Santa and yeah I still send a letter to the North Pole every year. I realize this is probably uncommon in an adult, but as I passed an elderly woman the other night in the market who was humming Christmas carols out loud to herself, I couldn’t help but smile and believe in Christmas magic. Maybe it’s naive to believe that the month of December brings out the best in people, maybe it’s crazy to think that […]

Rich n’ Thick Adult Hot Chocolate & Whipped Dollops

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I’m having a bah humbug moment. As I type this I am listening to Christmas carols but there is still no tree gracing my living room with pine needles everywhere. There is nothing wrapped. There is no holiday menu planned. I’ve cooked today, cleaned today been to the market today, and really I am not feeling it. Which is not like me at all. Normally I am a Christmas fanatic. One of those insanely perky people who will wish random strangers Merry Christmas and dance about with my Santa hat on with no fear of judgement from anyone. This year its not there. This […]

Coffee Cake Cookies and Christmas Music to add to your collection

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I’ve only once before talked about music on this site (well, ok, reviewed music on this site) but since my love of music, especially holiday music runs deep, I figured it was time for a small dose. For those of you who don’t want to listen to the jingly and jolly you can just skip on ahead to the tastiness. Joey + Rory Farmhouse Christmas: I downloaded this before previewing anything. Yes, I like twang. Yes, I like country. Get over it, I also like red meat, comic books, video games and movies with big explosions so you can put up […]

Red Velvet Krispy Treats and a Sephora Mascara Review

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To say I’m not girley is… putting things lightly. I have previously discussed on here my attempts to be more feminine, such as the time I decided to wear more skirts, which lasted about a week. I’ve always been more grounded in blue jeans, more comfortable in a T-shirt, and more cozy in a hoodie than I’ll ever be in one of the 9000 pairs of high heels I own. Nothing stops me from buying more shoes though.  I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, figuring why not just start now, so with that in mind I went and did […]

Christmas Lists and Ad Hoc’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’m not good at Christmas Lists… Santa asks for a list and I can’t think of what to ask for (though, he will debate with me about the truth to that statement) and my secret Santa has stated that he simply won’t get me anything I intentionally ask for. But the idea of getting out the crayons and doodling out a a recap of my years good behavior and some stocking stuffers brings out the kid in me. I thought it would be fun to have a little Christmas List of my own to share with you guys this year? […]

Getting through the holidays, one sip at a time.

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Remember, a great hostess always greats her guests with a great drink at the door, and if your holiday season has been anything like mine this year, you’re going to need a stiff drink to make your way through the next few days. Unless your one of those people that gets violent, a good mixed drink will help you to relax, unwind and not look like you want to kill someone. It will help with conversation and laughter will come with more ease – heck, it may not even be fake at if you help yourself to a few. The […]

Cookie dough and Oreo Truffles

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I believe cookie dough makes a great treat. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some fresh out of the oven warm ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie goodness. Every now and then though, a spoon full of cookie dough is where it’s at. When I was little my mom would give us spoonfuls of the stuff as a treat (same woman who served us chocolate jimmy sandwiches too), and once in high school an entire roll of cookie dough was split into thirds and eaten as an afternoon snack – in one sitting. I know there’s raw egg in it and […]

I believe in Santa Claus and a No Fuss Fudge

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The other day my co-worker asked my boss and I when is the right time to explain the ‘truth’ about Santa to his little boy. His son is getting to that age where some kids know, and others don’t, but he doesn’t want his son to be picked on or bullied in school for still believing in Santa. When he asked, my boss and I in a rare moment of agreement, said “you don’t”. We don’t want my co-workers kid to be picked on or anything, but who says when the right time is? I am in my 20’s and […]

Chocolate & Candy Cane Marshmallows

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Put on your pearls, lace up those apron strings and get ready to play little Suzie Homemaker, because you won’t be spending much time in the kitchen for this one and everyone will adore you for how thoughtful you are for making these charming little marshmallows. What cup of cocoa isn’t better with marshmallows? These little numbers do their job of melting into your beverage with glee. Seasonably fashionable, simple and adorable – what’s not to love? Hosting this season? These marshmallows make a great party favor. They are also a great little gift for teachers or co-workers.   Chocolate […]