Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

button_2Only three days left until Thanksgiving. And you know what’s after that? Christmas! How did that even happen? Weren’t we just purchasing shiny new lunch boxes and spiffy backpacks just last week? It sure seems that way! But here we are, fast approaching the most magical time of the year.

And if you are like me, you are planning which handmade gifts to prepare and looking at your calendar trying to figure out how much time you have to make it all.

So today I have a wonderful resource to share with you. This year I am participating in a holiday blogging series over on Your Homebased Mom called A Handmade Holiday. It’s a series where you can get all kinds of tutorials on holiday projects that are perfect for gift giving!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate MixMy contribution to this series is a homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix that you can place into your holiday baskets! Full of minty flavor from crushed candy canes and chopped Andes candies, it’s a gift that’s easy to make and will definitely be happily received! For this recipe and all kinds of other holiday gift giving ideas, be sure to visit Your Homebased Mom for all kinds of inspiration!

All of the bloggers participating in this series are giving away a Blendtec Blender! Be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter below. How fun would that be to have for the holiday cooking season? Blendtec Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sweet Potato Pie Casserole

Sweet Potato Pie Casserole

Sweet Potato Pie CasseroleI spent this past weekend in the grocery store with the rest of humanity. Oh the crowds! At first I was going to wait until Monday because who wants to deal with hour long checkout lines? But my brain got the better of me when it reminded me of last year when I went on the Monday before Thanksgiving only to find all of the sausage to be sold out. Apparently New Englanders are partial to sausage stuffing.

And I can’t have stuffing without sausage, so I braved the crowds and spent a good portion of Saturday gathering my turkey day ingredients. My kids are sort of picky when it comes to a few Thanksgiving menu items. First, they prefer cranberry sauce out of a can. Why, I don’t know. I prefer homemade, so I serve both to keep the peace.

The kids also can never come to an agreement on one dessert. Each kid has a favorite that they supposedly can’t live without. So on our dessert table this year there will be a pecan pie, pumpkin pie and a chocolate chip cheesecake. No, I don’t get the cheesecake thing either. It’s puzzling.

And lastly, the kids prefer marshmallow topped sweet potatoes over any other kind of sweet potato dish I’ve tried to convert them to. I myself do not love marshmallow topped sweet potatoes. So I will be making two kinds of sweet potatoes this year. The kind the kids like and the kind I like.

Sweet Potato Pie CasseroleMy favorite sweet potato side dish is this Sweet Potato Pie Casserole that I’m sharing with you today. It’s part side dish and part pecan pie without a crust. Much less sweet than it’s marshmallow topped cousin with a decidedly adult splash of bourbon in the mix. Topped with crunchy pecans and a shallow layer of pecan pie goodness, it’s a gorgeous and satisfying side to serve with the holiday bird!

The best part about this dish is that you can make it the night before and heat it up the next day. And did I mention how quick it is to make? Gotta love easy recipes for the holidays!

Sweet Potato Pie Casserole
 
Author:
Recipe type: side
Serves: 4-6
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
 
Part pecan pie and part sweet potato casserole, this easy to make side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the holiday bird!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes cooked and mashed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup evaporated milk (or cream)
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch each of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon
For the Topping
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 cup pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooled sweet potatoes, eggs, brown sugar, evaporated milk, melted butter, vanilla, salt and spices. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pot over medium high heat, bring butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup and salt to a boil. Cook for two minutes at boiling point. Remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes.
  4. Spoon sweet potato mixture into a casserole dish. (I used a cast iron skillet)
  5. Mix egg and bourbon into butter/brown sugar mixture that has cooled and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour over sweet potato mixture and place pecan halves on top in circles.
  6. Place in 350º oven for 40-45 minutes or until crust has set and looks golden brown. Serve right away.

 

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Trees

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Trees

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Trees

Ok, so I know it's a little early to be posting Christmas recipes, but humor me here. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to put treat baskets together for my family and friends. Usually the baskets are stuffed with decorated sugar cookies, candied nuts and my semi-famous Espresso Snaps. But the one thing I don't usually include is homemade candy. Candy making has never really been my thing because I'm not a crafty type. And candy sometimes requires a bit of craft … [Continue reading...]

A Long Island Wine Adventure

When I think about vineyards, there are places that immediately jump to mind. California, France, Italy and Spain certainly. Long Island, New York? That would've never crossed my mind until a recent trip exposed me to the many fine wineries that inhabit the North Fork region of Long Island. My education started with a trip on the Cross Island Ferry which I boarded in New London, Connecticut. The ride was entirely pleasant with comfortable seating and a well stocked cafe. As I sipped my coffee … [Continue reading...]

Lobster Poutine

Lobster Poutine

LobsterPoutine

Last year I visited Canada and fell head over heels in love with the food scene. Every single restaurant I dined at served a memorable meal. But one of my favorite Canadian finds was poutine. Hot crispy fries covered with tangy cheese curds with a hearty gravy poured overtop, resulting in a oozy gooey mass of happiness. Once I came home, I was delightfully surprised to find that poutine was popping up in restaurants in the United States. All kinds of variations of the more traditional … [Continue reading...]

An Evening at Norwell Farms: Meet the Chefs

An Evening at Norwell Farms: Meet the Chefs

Norwell Farms

Norwell Farms recently hosted a farm to table benefit dinner which highlighted award winning local chefs who created dishes using Norwell Farms produce. Norwell Farms, which is located in Norwell, Massachusetts, is on a mission to feed the local community fresh food without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers and are taking steps to achieve organic certification. With a passion for sustainable local agriculture, Norwell Farms educates the community by … [Continue reading...]

Mexican Baked Eggs

Mexican Baked Eggs

Mexican Baked Eggs

I'm not a morning person. Far from it. But being a mom of four school-aged kids sort of requires that I get up early on weekday mornings. But on the weekends? Forget about it. I'm sleeping in. Luckily my kids are older and can amuse themselves when they get up. They know better than to expect breakfast at 7am on a weekend. I'm a brunch kind of gal on the weekends. Brunch is splendid, isn't it? A slow leisurely way of dining that's just as much about connecting with your loved ones as it is … [Continue reading...]

Winner!

Congrats to Petra J. for winning the A Beautiful Bite Facebook Flash Giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card. The winner has 24 hours to claim their prize and if they do not, a new winner will be chosen. Thanks for entering! … [Continue reading...]

Quick and Easy Linguine with Mushroom Wine Sauce and a Giveaway!

Quick and Easy Linguine with Mushroom Wine Sauce and a Giveaway!

Dreamfields Pasta

Weeknight dinners can be tough when you lead a busy life. As a mom of four, I've struggled with this forever. So when the folks from Dreamfields asked me to create a quick and easy pasta dish using their linguine, I was up for the challenge. After working with their product last year, I've been cooking with their pasta often. I love how one 2 oz serving of Dreamfields pasta provides 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. Any way that I can get more fiber and protein into our diet, the … [Continue reading...]

Pan Fried Pumpkin and Sage Spaetzle with Beer Braised Brats

Pan Fried Pumpkin and Sage Spaetzle with Beer Braised Brats

Spaetzle

I think there's a law for food bloggers that requires us to share pumpkin recipes this time of year or the universe implodes. Ok, so maybe nothing quite that severe. Maybe Pinterest ceases to exist. I mean if you removed all of the pumpkin recipes from Pinterest, what would be left? Just kitten photos I'm pretty sure. So I'm sort of required to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon because as cute as kittens are, a whole website devoted to them might be a little boring. Truth be told, I love pumpkin. … [Continue reading...]