Category Archives: Holiday

Rustic Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

My uncle made this rustic, gluten free pumpkin bread the other day and I was extremely impressed with the results. It is well spiced, has amazing texture from the walnut topping, and you can’t even tell it is gluten free. … Continue reading

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Warm Spiced Latte

The spice combination is what really makes the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, but at the ridiculous cost and questionable ingredient list, why not do it at home? Pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract are two key ingredients that … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Its fall, and we all know that means pumpkin! To start things off right I made a batch of Martha Stewart’s pumpkin cupcakes, but did my own take on a tasty caramel cream cheese frosting. Surprisingly, the cake isn’t too … Continue reading

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Irish Pasties

In 1966, in preparation for marriage, I began purchasing each volume of Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery as they periodically were sold at the grocery store. One of those volumes contained a beautiful account of how her family made pasties. … Continue reading

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Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Buttercream

Stout cupcakes are one of my favorite ways of dressing up a regular chocolate cupcake. The Guinness creates a very deep, complex flavor with the chocolate. In keeping it Irish (these were for St. Patrick’s Day, but good any time … Continue reading

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Top ‘O The Mornin To Ya

With the surname O’Keefe, there never has been a question of our ancestral roots. My second great grandfather O’Keeffe left Ireland and came to America in 1832, a decade before the Potato Famine. We assume he was Catholic but no … Continue reading

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Flawless Cutout Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are an easy way to create a festive treat for holidays or any special occasion. I always liked the idea of making cutouts, but they never turned out as well as I wanted so I stuck to plain … Continue reading

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Salt Frosted Ornaments & Trees

I saw a lot of pins of ornaments with Epsom salt used as frost on bulbs and knew I had to offer it as an option at my Christmas craft party . As expected people had even more great ideas … Continue reading

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Santa Hot Cocoa Gift

When I saw this craft on Pinterest I knew it would be a great addition to the project lineup for my Christmas craft party. Everyone makes the most adorable faces and each one turns out differently. The pin only gave … Continue reading

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Spiced Cranberry Apple Holiday Punch

I saw a recipe for cranberry-apple-ginger ale punch on Pinterest and thought it could be elevated with a spiced simple syrup to make it taste more like the holidays. The punch is easy to make and is perfect to serve … Continue reading

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