Category: Recipes

Banana Ghosts & Orange Pumpkins

Healthy Halloween Snacks for your Kids There is so much in the way of sugary snacking going on this time of the year. Why not feed your children something much more healthy? These banana ghosts and orange pumpkins will have them squealing with delight, while making sure they get the nutrition from healthy food instead…

How to Host a Halloween Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Halloween Cookie Swap

This Halloween, plan a Cookie Exchange. Every Christmas, people get together for cookie exchanges.   But this fun idea does not have to be limited to just the festive holidays.  Why should cookies be limited to just the winter?  I’ve put together some tips for hosting a Halloween cookie exchange. There are dozens of great Halloween…

Round up of Christmas Sweet Treats

30 of my favorite holiday recipes

These are some of my favorite Christmas Sweet Treat recipes. The holidays are such a fun time in the kitchen.  There are so many occasions when you can bring out your favorite Christmas sweet treats to share with loved ones.  Whether it is the dessert table for Christmas day, your annual cookie swap, or a…

20+ Fudge Recipes for the Holidays

20+ holiday fudge recipes at thegardeningcook.com

23 Holiday Fudge Recipes Do you love fudge? So do I.  I don’t eat it during the year because I just don’t have a lot of control when it comes to fudge. But during the holiday season, I always have a pan of it in my fridge. Be sure to check out these favorite fudge…

Pumpkin Recipes for Thanksgiving

Round up of Pumpkin Recipes from Soup to Drinks!

It is that time of the year. The pumpkins are everywhere and it’s time to think of new and tasty ways to use them after the carving is done and it’s time to think ahead to Thanksgiving. These pumpkin recipes are the perfect way to use up those pumpkins after you finish carving them! Round…

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Printable Recipe – Vegan Peanut butter fudge. This recipe for vegan peanut butter fudge is easy to do and makes delicious fudge very quickly. Many sweet treats can not be made easily for vegan diets because vegans do not eat butter.  This recipe uses Earth Balance Buttery stick margarine in place of the butter. Be…

Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Festive Christmas Gumdrop Cookies

Printable Recipe:  Gumdrop Cookies These festive gumdrop cookies are easy to make and very tasty. They would make a lovely addition to your annual cookie exchange. The cookies are full of flavor with a nice mixture of brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter combined with all purpose flour. Gumdrop candies give the cookies some extra…

Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge

Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge - Just plain delicious!

Printable Recipe – Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge Are you looking for an idea for a great handmade Christmas present?  This recipe for Bailey’s Irish cream fudge is sure to please your friends. The fudge is easy to do.  If you don’t have Bailey’s Irish Cream on hand, try my Homemade Bailey’s recipe. It tastes good,…

DIY Indian Corn Cakes

DIY Indian Corn Cakes

Indian Corn Cake Centerpiece This do it yourself project for Indian Corn cakes will really brighten up your Thanksgiving table.   The cakes are authentic looking and are easy to make. To make this project, you will need: 1 yellow cake mix 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts 9 inch baking pan 1 can of vanilla frosting…

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

Meringue Christmas Stocking Cookies

These delicious Christmas stocking cookies will be the highlight of your Christmas dessert table. The meringue cookies are brimming with the flavors of cream cheese and cranberries and are so pretty and festive. I love the texture of meringue cookies. They have a melt in your mouth thing going on that is very appealing, but…

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments

DIY Christmas Cookie Ornaments These Christmas cookie ornaments do double duty. They can be made as Christmas cookies and also used to decorate your tree with a few extra steps. Ingredients: 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature 1/3 cup of butter flavored shortening 1 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of honey 1 egg 1/2…

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

This festive cream cheese spread will put your party goers in a great mood. The spread is shaped like a candy cane but won’t stay that way long! This recipe has been shared from McCormick. Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread   Save Print Ingredients 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened ¼ cup (1/2…

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

What a great cookie these twisted candy canes would be to take your traditional Christmas cookie swap! Ingredients 1 box sugar cookie mix 1/2 stick butter, melted 1 egg 1/3 cup softened cream cheese 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for surface Red food coloring 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Christmas Tree Cookies

Chocolate-Mint Evergreen Christmas Tree Cookies

These lovely Christmas cookies have a mint puffy frosting tree and nonpareil and sprinkles for ornaments.  They would make a great addition to a Christmas cookie swap. Ingredients 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon large egg…

Candy Cane Cake

Candy Cane Cake

What a festive cake this would make for your Christmas table.  It is so pretty and delicate looking~but when you cut into it, you get the red velvet surprise. Ingredients   RED VELVET CAKE: 170g (6 oz) of butter 280g (1¼ cups) of caster sugar 100g (1/2 cup) of brown sugar 3 large eggs 1…

Banana Marshmallow Santa Head Treat

My Banana Marshmallow Santa hat EPIC FAIL DIY project.

Not all projects work out the way I intend them to and this cute little marshmallow banana Santa Head is definite proof of that. I found this cute project on Pinterest last year.  The website Creative Kid Snacks, no longer had it on their site and every site that shared it linked to a page…

Sweet Christmas Angel Cookies

Christmas Angel Cookies

Printable Recipe:  Sweet Christmas Angel Cookie Recipe These sweet angel cookies are as much fun to make as they are delicious and cute. The kids will really enjoy making them with you. To make the cookies you will need to first make the bodies and then decorate the cookies with twisted pretzels, frosting and colorful…

Pigs in a Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Recipe

Pigs in a Pilgrim Hat

Printable Recipe:  Pigs in a Pilgrim Hat These cute Pilgrim hats are a variation on the old “pigs in a blanket” appetizer, except in this case the pigs are all dressed up for Thanksgiving. The recipe is fun and easy to do.   The original recipe that I found used bologna and hot dogs.  I adapted…

Snowmen Cake Pops – Cute Christmas Treat

Snowman Cake pops

Make yourself a Snowman Cake Pop These adorable little snowmen cake pops are sweetness on a stick.  The project is made from cake batter that is made into balls and threaded on a popsicle stick and then decorated. To make the project, you will need cake batter, fruit roll ups for the scarf, some popsicle…

Rice Krispie Candy Corn Turkey Balls

Rice Krispie Candy Corn Turkey Balls

These adorable Rice Krispie Thanksgiving Turkey balls are so sweet.  Let the kids help you make them, but they may not make it to the table! Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine 1 10-ounce package of regular marshmallows OR 4 cups of miniature marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal 24 lollipop sticks or wooden popsicle sticks 1 12-ounce package…

Cute Turkey Cupcakes

Cute Turkey Cupcakes

DIY Thanksgiving Project: Turkey Cupcakes There are many ideas on the internet for Thanksgiving inspired desserts but these cute Turkey cupcakes are very special. To make the cupcakes, you will need the following supplies: Duncan Hines Chocolate Cake mix – made into cupcakes Chocolate Frosting Vanilla Frosting Red and Yellow food coloring. Cake decorating tips. …

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ghost Sandwiches

Your child will love this Ghost Sandwich! Transform an ordinary sandwich into a Halloween work of art that your child will love to eat. Just make your sandwich, use a ghost shaped cookie cutter to cut off the crusts and decorate the face with raisins for eyes.  So cute! Idea shared from BHG.

Christopher Columbus Jello Boats

Christopher Columbus jello ships

Columbus Day Snack:  Christopher Columbus Sailing Ships This cute snack is a great idea to send to your child’s school to celebrate Columbus day. The recipe is simple.  Just use blue jello cups, add a skewer (could even be a pretzel for more fun) and add an orange slice. Top the whole thing off with…

Marshmallow Turkey Cookies

Marshmallow Turkey Cookie

Printable Recipe – Marshmallow Turkey Cookies If you love to decorate cookies, this recipe for Marshmallow Turkey cookies is for you. The cookies are made with a store bought chocolate marshmallow cookie, some short breads, frosting and a steady hand! To make the cookies you will need the following supplies: Short bread cookies with a…

10 best Halloween Recipes

10 Favorite Halloween Recipes

Whip up a Fright with one of these Halloween Recipes Looking for a neat recipe for your Halloween party this year?  Why not try one of these great ideas? All are fairly easy to do and will delight both the young and young at heart.  Just click on any of the images to go to…

Mini Christmas Pizzas

Mini Christmas Pizzas

What could be more fun that pizza at Christmas time?  Why, Mini Christmas pizzas, I think!  Use your cookie cutters to turn an ordinary pizza into a special treat. I found these adorable pizzas on Rhodes, and thought I would give them a go. These sweet mini pizzas are perfect for your Christmas buffet table. …