I both love and dread this time of year. It's such a merry, festive time with Christmas songs playing wherever you may be and the scent of cinnamon filling the air. Everybody seems to be full of Christmas joy and we suddenly lose all of our inhibitions (and taste) by proudly donning jumpers that look like they have been … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti
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The Christmas tree is up, the line to see Santa is over 4 hours long outside Nordstrom, and the Gingerbread Village is displayed in full Star Wars themed glory (Gingerbread Star Wars?!!!) at the Sheraton hotel - so it MUST be Christmas! Our holiday always starts on Christmas Eve with mom's yum-tastic Italian dinner, followed by a family breakfast and present opening … Continue reading Christmas Bliss Bowl + Cranberry Sauce Bonus Video!
Are you sitting down? Because I have something to tell you, something that may come as quite a shock... ...because today's recipe is like no other on my blog. You'll find no chocolate, no candy, not even any peanut butter. Most surprisingly you'll discover this recipe contains NO SUGAR! Yes that's right, self-confessed sweet-toothed queen of the … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
My appetite and waistline are already well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Being a food blogger, and having Thanksgiving to add to my culinary repertoire this year, I feel just like a turkey with my rapidly expanding waistline in the run-up to Christmas! This week's recipe has certainly not helped matters for it contains my most favourite … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Peppermint Patties & Mint Crunch
There can be no doubt, Christmas is on it's way! The party season has begun and my social calendar is already buzzing with lunches, dinners, and more importantly, drinks. Like most, I do enjoy a Christmas tipple! Even more so since moving to Seattle with my tee-total husband, as I now only tend to "indulge" at Sunday dinner … Continue reading Christmas Cheers: Drinks & Cocktails
Today I am congratulating myself with a huge pat on the back and TWO squares of peppermint fudge, because I succeeded in resisting all temptation! I cannot say it was easy and I definitely cannot deny that I wasn't sorely tempted to give in - but I did it, I ignored all festive urges until the month of December! Don't get me … Continue reading Christmas Countdown: Festive Peppermint Fudge
The American Thanksgiving holiday is very much like an English Christmas. We all stuff ourselves silly with turkey on the "big day", then rush off to shop for bargains at Black Friday or Boxing Day Sales. But in America there is a big difference, the following Monday is Cyber Monday, when consumers can expect even bigger deals online. So, … Continue reading Cyber Monday is Coming!
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Green beans are wonderful and very nostalgic. Many people will have grown up with fond memories of eating home-grown green beans from the vegetable patches of their back garden. However, rather surprisingly, it was not until I arrived in Seattle that I discovered the wonderful dish that is Green Bean Casserole. Again it was at mom's dinner table that I got my first … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Green Bean Casserole
It's just 5 days until Thanksgiving and I cannot wait! We will be celebrating with a big family dinner at mom's, with each of us bringing our allocated dish. There will be roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, carrots and green beans and then there's the Thanksgiving dessert. But while dessert is the dish that me and my sweet tooth … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Pumpkin Pie
Catching up with family and friends is fantastic, but every meeting is held over brunch, lunch or dinner. So while I thought my waistline was going to be endangered by the legendary American portions, it is in fact back home in England where I can feel the pounds invading my hips. The food in America is … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Biscuits & Gravy
I've just arrived in the UK and am SO excited to be back. I love living in Seattle, but as Dorothy said "There's no place like home" and who could argue with a girl in such fabulous shoes?!!! But there was something rather disagreeable waiting for me in the arrivals lounge at Heathrow - not my family, my girlfriends, or even George … Continue reading Thanksgiving Countdown: Skillet Cornbread
Today is always one of the hardest days of the year for me, because today is my husband's birthday. That's not to say it isn't a day of happiness and celebration, because it most definitely is, but like many other men, my husband is insanely difficult to buy a gift for. He is the man who has everything, … Continue reading Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot! The 5th November is Guy Fawkes night in the UK, an annual celebration of Guy Fawkes' failed plot to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder and kill King James the First. Every year we now celebrate the survival of the King with large bonfires, topped with a … Continue reading Sticky Toffee Apple Cupcakes
The evenings are drawing in and there's a brisk chill in the air, so I've been seeking warmth and comfort in whatever which way I can. One morning, looking out at a grey sky full of rain clouds I decided to make a bold move and re-light the fires of an old flame. I don't think my husband will mind, … Continue reading Slow Cooker White Chicken Chilli
Why do the weekends always go too quickly? Especially when they are great weekends like the one I just had. It was typically cold, wet and grey outside, but I spent most of it inside, cosy and warm, huddled up on the sofa with my hubby. I didn't even have to cook as our Mom … Continue reading Halloween Fright Night Fudge
Trick or treat? Trick or treat? Let's bake something good to eat, Something spooky, scary and mean, Spookadoodles for Halloween! It's just one week until Halloween, and yes, I'm still excited! I have eaten so much pumpkin I'm starting to turn orange and my waistline is steadily becoming pumpkin-shaped due to all the Halloween candy I've devoured. By the … Continue reading Spookadoodles Halloween Snickerdoodle Cookies
With Halloween being just two weeks away you're probably 'up to your neck' in Halloween planning - finding the perfect Halloween costume, buying 'Trick or Treat' candies, and organising the Halloween party of the century - and what party is complete without signature cocktails? So, being a self-confessed cocktail advocate, I thought it only my duty to share this definitive guide on how to … Continue reading Ghoulishly Great Halloween Cocktails
We 'Millennials' are often criticised for falling victim to the law of instant gratification. Instant gratification is basically the desire to have what you want and to have it now. Imagine the scene... ...I'm having a fantastically successful girls night in when the unthinkable happens - we run out of wine. Do we go without??? Do we stop … Continue reading Three Ingredient Pumpkin Oreo Chocolate Brownies
It's only 17 days until Halloween (my first in the USA!) and I'm as excited as Buffy at a Vampire party! Halloween is a huge occasion in the USA and they certainly know how to celebrate. The stores are brimful of Halloween treats, from Pumpkin flavoured Oreo's and Pumpkin Spice Lattes to eye ball shaped bubblegum and gravestone … Continue reading Halloween Pumpkin Spice Pops