cream cheese christmas tree appetizer

This is my go-to recipe when someone asks me to bring an appetizer to a Christmas party. It’s fast, easy, delicious, and calls for minimal ingredients! Everyone loves it. Last night I made one with hot pepper jelly, and another with seedless raspberry jam (for the kiddos who don’t like spicy stuff.) Once again, it…

eggnog bread

This yummy quick bread is perfect for Christmas! I like to make mini loaves and add them to my Christmas gift baskets. It tastes just like the holiday beverage you know an love! ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 2 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup dairy eggnog 1/2 cup melted, unsalted…

chocolate lemon truffle kisses

Looking for a unique Christmas cookie? Something a bit different? Here’s a little recipe I dreamed up that was inspired by my favorite truffle flavor… Chocolate lemon. It translated to shortbread-covered cookie kisses very well. These are amazing with a cup of coffee, milk, or tea! Feel free to substitute Hershey’s hugs for the kisses,…

red wing holiday stroll & yuletide village festival

scenes from the red wing holiday stroll and yuletide village festival ~ a one man band ~ the scents of woodsmoke, kettle corn, cocoa, and pine in the air ~ me and the hubby toast the christmas season with mulled wine (served in fancy styrofoam cups) ~ christmas trees all decked out with fairy lights…

eggnog milk shake

A yummy, creamy, dreamy eggnog shake! You can make this with or without a shot of rum, depending on who you’re mixing it for. We love these because they make an awesome cocktail for the adults and a fun, sweet dessert for the kiddos! for one eggnog shake: 3 large scoops vanilla ice cream 1…