Archive for Holidays

February 7th, 2015

Valentine LOVE Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is one week from today!  {How did that happen?}  We’ve updated our  “Cupid Approved” recipes and free  printables to help you get inspired and spread the love.  After all, we all need a little extra love in our lives!


Cherry Pie Cutie Pies with Printable
Chocolate Strawberry Crisps
Be Mine Stud Muffin
DONUT forget I love you a HOLE bunch
Owl Always Love You
Love is Sweet
Love Bugs and Kisses and Valentine Wishes
I’ve Got a Crush on You



Red Velvet Crepes
Chocolate Crepes with Fresh Strawberry Cream
Swiss Eibrot {Caramelized French Toast Bites}
Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Bacon
Vanilla Waffles
Classic Waffles
Jam Butter
Buttermilk Biscuits
Eggs Benedict Casserole
Easy Jelly Donut Holes
Upside Down Turtle Muffins
Fruit and Yogurt Muffins
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins
French Toasted Angel Food Cake
Brown Sugar Pecan Coffee Cake
Double Chocolate Loaf
Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast Cups
French Toast Skewers with Blueberry Compote
Blackberry French Toast Bake {Breakfast Bliss}
Caramel Pecan Rolls
Sweetheart Smoothie
Ghiradelli Caramel Hot Chocolate
Raspberry Hot Chocolate with Nutella Whipped Cream
Pomegranate Apple Cider
Slow Cooker Apple Cider



Crusted Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Garlic-Herb Butter
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Pasta Carbonara
Crab Cakes with Remoulade
Crock Pot Sweet-Fire Wings
Honey-Lime Enchiladas
Coconut Curry Shrimp
San Francisco Chops
Quick Steak and Pepper Stir Fry
Hoisin Beef and Scallion Stir Fry
Sesame Noodles 
Ravioli with Toasted Walnuts and Spinach



Chocolate Fondue for Two
Toffee Fondue
Peanut Butter Fondue
Strawberry Fruit Dip with Cupid Kabobs
Red Velvet Souffle
Easy Strawberry Cake
Sugar Cookie Bars (use Valentine Sprinkles)
Super Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Owl Always Love You Cupcakes
Red Velvet Buttermilk Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Mini Black Bottom Cheesecakes
Cherry Cordial Cupcakes
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Pink Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
Turtle Bars
Blackberry Pie BarsChocolate Hazelnut Pie
Salted Caramel Pie
Fresh Strawberry Pie
Strawberry Shortcake with Sweet Cream Biscuits
Blackberry Cobbler
Chocolate Chip Pie
Milk Chocolate Soup with Cake Croutons
White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Pie
Triple Chocolate Pizza
Individual Fruit Pizza
Dark Chocolate Chunk Cherry Cake
Favorite Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache
Layered Turtle Cheesecake
Cherry Crunch
Magic Mousse Jello
Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Ice Cream
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Marshmallow Hot Fudge
Hot Fudge
Praline Pecan Sauce
 Caramel Sauce

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!


K&J Siggie


February 2nd, 2015

Easy Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Welcome February!  It’s that month we love and all things focus on those we love. Certainly it’s  a good time to celebrate with the fresh and Easy Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  This yummy cake would be perfect to make for your favorite valentine {hint, hint}.  The secret to this moist and easy cake is  it starts with a box mix; however, once you dress it up with a little sour cream to make it moist and some added strawberries for that fresh taste, you’ll never have to tell a soul about the box if you don’t want to! {wink}


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Keep this recipe on hand for Valentines Day, but remember it all through the coming summer potluck season.


Easy Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


For the Strawberry Cake

1  box Strawberry Cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup fresh, chopped strawberries

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

1 ( 8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a mixer bowl, add the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and sour cream. Beat on low speed until combined, and then on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the cup of strawberries and mix by hand, until just combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cake cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting: In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until combined and creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until combined. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until frosting is smooth and free of any lumps.  Frost the cake.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted slightly from Life in the Lofthouse




December 29th, 2014

Dip In! 25+ Dips for New Years Eve

We have had a wonderful Christmas with our entire family together and loving every minute!  We hope your Christmas was filled with fabulous food, friends and family!  Since we are still celebrating, we thought we’d update our list of favorite dips to Ring in 2015!

Whether you decide to have a big party to celebrate, or stay in for a quiet night with the family, chips and dips are always a great way to ring in the New Year!  Here’s a list of more than 25 of our favorites recipes to give you inspiration.  No matter which you choose, you’ll make a big statement with this  Chips and Dips New Year’s Eve Style presentation!


25 {Plus} Party Dips to Ring in the New Year

Piña Colada Fruit Dip

Cheesecake Dip

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Pumpkin Gingersnap Dip

Strawberry Fruit Dip

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball {gluten free}

Cranberry Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa-Homemade

Mango Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Corn and Poblano Guacamole


Mexi-Corn Dip

Chipotle Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Confetti Salad

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Creamy Parmesan Ranch Dip

Baked Parmesan Crab Dip

Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Crab Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dip

Bacon Dip

Layered Greek Dip

Texas Caviar

Pepper Blend Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Easiest Ever Appetizer



December 22nd, 2014

Cranberry Eggnog


Are you ready yet?  We hope amid the hustle and bustle of the season you take a few minutes to relax and enjoy.  How about with a cup of eggnog -one of our cherished traditions of Christmas!  Here’s a fun  way to dress it up for the holidays and combine it with cranberries, another seasonal favorite.

Cranberry Eggnog


3 cups eggnog, chilled

2/3 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, more for garnish

1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt


Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Garnish with additional cranberries.

recipe from Whole Foods



December 18th, 2014

Peace, Love, Joy, and Chocolate Hot Cocoa Gift with Printable tags

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Christmas is just around the corner – here’s a great little gift to show how much you care by wishing that special someone Peace, Love, Joy, and Chocolate – that about covers it all right!  This little hot chocolate kit will add warmth and a touch of love – the instruction banner reads:  Love is Brewing!  Mix with 2 1/2 cups hot milk or water.  Stir, Sip, Relax, and know that you are LOVED!  Just what you need to make someone’s holiday!



If you’d rather, this cute little tag is also a simple addition to any holiday chocolate goodie:


Peace Love Joy Chocolate 013


Have a warm and wonderful Christmas!!


Peace, Love, Joy and Chocolate Hot Cocoa Gift


1 (8 ounce)half pint mason jar

1/3 cup hot cocoa mix

2 candy canes. crushed

miniature marshmallows

Peace, Love, Joy, and Chocolate Printable

Love is Brewing instruction Printable

Double-Sided Tape

Red and White Twine

To Assemble:

Add cocoa mix to mason jar (wipe down the inside of the jar to keep it clear).  Add crushed candy canes.  Fill remainder of jar with miniature marshmallows.  Put lid on jar.  Position printable and add ring.

Use double-sided tape to attach instruction printable.

Finish with twine.

Note:  I printed the Peace, Love, Joy and Chocolate Printable on cardstock and cut with the Fiskars 2.5 inchcircle punch.  I printed the Love is Brewing printable on regular copy paper and secured with a small piece of double stick tape

Makes One – increase supplies as needed.

Download the PEACE, LOVE, JOY, AND CHOCOLATE  Printable HERE

Download the LOVE IS BREWING Instruction Printable HERE











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