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bakingentertainingNew Year's Eve

Need a sweet treat to ring in the New Year?  Try these Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes.  Popping the bubbly at midnight is surely a lot of fun, but why limit yourself to the late night?  These gorgeous cupcakes are show-stoppers in both flavor and style.  These may look

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Every year my Mother, Sisters and I get together and bake cookies to give out as gifts. We bake a bunch of different cookies and put them in tins for family and friends. One of my favorite to bake are Noel Nut Balls. These cookies melt in your mouth. Everyone

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diningentertaininggiftshandmadeTop 5wine

  1.  Sagaform wine decanter with oak stopper  $34.99  2.  Al Stephens hand-forged cheese slicer  $30  3.  Bonsai Forest  $50  4.  Pure Integrity 26 oz Soy Candles $23.99  5.  handmade Garlic House  $35

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Birthday Partydiningentertaininghousehold

My son’s plates are slowly out numbering my own plates. He doesn’t help my habit when he is just as excited about getting a new plate as I am! My son has his own cabinet filled with plates, bowls, and cups of his very own. When it comes to my

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christmas cookies
bakingchristmasentertainingfrom scratchrecipes

I couldn’t resist one more batch of cookies for Christmas and as you can probably tell, I found myself some snowflake cookie cutters. Now, ordinarily I would bake your standard sugar cookie for decorating purposes but I promised to make a gingerbread house for my daughters, which we did from

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Oatmeal, Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
bakingchristmasdiningfrom scratchrecipes

It’s a Christmas cookie extravaganza out there – and I am adding to it with my version of these very Christmassy looking treats I found in the most recent Bon Appetit magazine. These simple oatmeal cookies are peppered with three different chocolates, nuts and some brightly coloured cranberrys that look

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diningentertainingfrom scratchhealthy snackrecipes

There is something very comforting about soup and Potato and Leek soup is one of my favourites and so easy.  Leeks are what I would call a gentle vegetable – long, lovely and lush. Beautiful to look at and the flavour they impart is subtle but almost bold at the

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Buorbon & Maple Pecan Pie

It’s hard to escape a celebration or dinner party in our household without making a Crack Pie – it is Mr Man’s absolute favourite dessert and what he has requested (and is getting) for Thanksgiving. Despite this I still had the urge to do something traditional, I loved the Bourbon

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bakingfeedingfrom scratch

While walking through the bookstore one day, I spotted this adorable cookbook with a retro looking cover. The book was called Deceptively Delicious…such a fun name. I then remembered that Oprah had this on her show (check it out here) and Jessica Seinfeld created it. All of the recipes look

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pumpkin cream cheese muffins
autumnbakingdiningentertainingfrom scratchrecipesthanksgiving

Mr Pumpkin has finally got the better of me and I am now ‘pumpkinised’. It’s true, for the last couple of weeks I have been avoiding pumpkins with a steely determination. Turning a blind eye to those ‘come hither’ looks they give whenever I glance their way. Shaking off their

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