Chorizo and Manchego Beer Bread

Chorizo and Manchego Beer Bread

Over the Christmas holiday, Chris and I attended a dinner party over at our friend EW’s house.  We decided to bring a bottle of wine and this bread.  I know EW is a HUGE bread lover so I thought I’d bake him a loaf.  In the past, I have baked him savory breads but he seemed to love beer bread more than others.  I’m guessing it’s the dense texture and the crusty top.

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New York-Style Crumb Cake

New York-Style Crumb Cake

Today is a special day.  It marks my 15-year union with Chris.  And I say union because we were together for 11 years before we got married.  He’s the most loving, understanding, caring and giving man I know.  And I feel so lucky to have him as my partner.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Holiday Chip Brownie Bites

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Holiday Chip Brownie Bites

Christmas is a week from now and wow, it sure sneaks up on you quickly.  Is it me or do you notice how quickly 2013 is going by? When I had a full-time office job, the year never passed this quickly.  Now that I’m a homemaker/blogger, the days go by in a blink of an eye.  Anyway, I hope everyone has gotten their Christmas shopping done.

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Eggnog Kahlua Chocolate Chunk Crumb Muffins

Eggnog Kahlua Chocolate Chunk Crumb Muffins

Can you tell I’m a huge fan of crumbs? I can’t help it.  I just want to add crumbs to all my muffins, bread and cakes! I’m finally starting my holiday baking.  So for my first baking recipe, I thought I’d kick it off with something eggnog and something Kahlua! Yes, it’s a FANTASTIC combination if you haven’t tried it already.  This is definitely a muffin you’ll want to have coffee with.  It’s like peas and carrots, they go hand-in-hand.  And a little dark chocolate can never hurt in a combination like this.

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Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Around the Thanksgiving holiday time, it’s always the most chaotic time of the year.  I have Chris’ birthday around that time, as well as my nephew and niece all a day or two apart from each other.  This year for Chris’ birthday, we took a trip to Napa to celebrate.  Then after the trip I had to prep for Thanksgiving.  Last year we were in Mexico.  We also moved into our new house so we didn’t really have our Thanksgiving dinner in our new home until this year.  Having said all that, my blog took a backseat.  Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  I know we did.  Our bellies were full!

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Cranberry-Apple Crumb Cake

Cranberry-Apple Crumb Cake

In this household, we’re big coffee/crumb/streusel cake eaters.  Actually, we love anything with crumb toppings.  Muffins, bread, cakes.  You name it, we love it.  The more crumb the better! Cakes with layers and thick frosting, not so much.  I love looking at them but eating them is another story, unless they’re *really* good and it has to be chocolate.

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

Hello friends! Chris and I got back from our road trip Wednesday night.  It has been so busy and chaotic that I haven’t been able to post until today.  I’m playing catch-up now so apologies if you haven’t heard from me.  I can’t believe we’re in mid November already! Wasn’t Halloween not too long ago?! I feel like I didn’t get a chance to do as much pumpkin related recipes as I’d like this year.

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Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Happy Wednesday friends! I wanted to squeeze a few more pumpkin recipes in before the season ends so here’s another one.  I’m not sure if the markets are still carrying pumpkin cream cheese.  If they are, you should definitely buy a package and make this.  I’m not big on cheesecake in general because they’re huge and so rich (I’m thinking Cheesecake Factory here…).  I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation.  But cheesecake bars, I love.  They’re smaller and for me, it’s plenty to remedy any sweet cravings you may be having.

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