In my family it has always been a tradition, and I encourage you in yours: A decadent Christmas Morning Breakfast. It gives you all a chance to connect and center first thing in the morning on a day that should be all about family. (who cares if it means mom has to get up at dawn to execute it?) I promise it will be worth it, as well as one of the things that your kids will always remember (example: I still remember my childhood Christmas breakfasts fondly) So whatever your family’s weakness is, (from cinnamon rolls to bagels) now is the time to indulge them!

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”christmas-morning-cinnamon-rolls” text=”Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”fluffy-doughnuts-with-brown-butter-vanilla-glaze” text=”Fluffy Doughnuts with Brown Butter Vanilla Glaze”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”macadamia-nut-sticky-buns” text=”Macadamia Nut Sticky Buns”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”homemade-bagels-new-york-style” text=”Homemade Bagels, New York Style”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”banana-waffles” text=”Banana Waffles”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”applesauce-walnut-cake” text=”Applesauce Walnut Cake”]

Christmas Cookies:

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”sugar-cookies-with-royal-icing” text=”Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-dipped-dried-fruit” text=”Chocolate Dipped Dried Fruit”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-white-chocolate-and-peppermint-cookies” text=”Chocolate, White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”cranberry-and-white-chocolate-chip-cookies” text=”Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”dark-chocolate-and-cranberry-cookies” text=”Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-ginger-cookies” text=”Chocolate Ginger Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”angel-thumbprints” text=”Angel Thumbprints”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”maple-shortbread” text=”Maple Shortbread”]


  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-caramel-cake” text=”Chocolate Caramel Cake”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-pots-de-creme” text=”Chocolate Pots de Crème”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”gingerbread” text=”Gingerbread”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”mint-chocolate-brownies” text=”Mint Chocolate Brownies”]

SuperBowl Sunday

All of the men in my family, (three brother in laws, two brothers, a dad and a husband, and now nephews!) loooooove themselves a Superbowl Sunday. I just like to stuff them silly. Here are some ideas for your own Superbowl pig-out!

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”super-bowl-crudites-pita-and-white-bean-dip” text=”Super Bowl Crudites Pita and White Bean Dip”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”crudites-platter” text=”Crudites Platter”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”julies-artichoke-dip” text=”Julie’s Artichoke Dip”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”edamame-dip” text=”Edamame Dip”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”guacamole” text=”Guacamole”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”spicy-red-pepper-dip” text=”Spicey Red Pepper Dip”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”spicy-pulled-pork-sandwiches” text=”Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwiches”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”5-alarm-chili” text=”5 Alarm Chili”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”spicy-turkey-chili” text=”Spicy Turkey Chili”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”white-chicken-chili” text=”White Chicken Chili”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”superbowl-shellfish-steam” text=”Superbowl Shellfish Steam”]

These are all easy, hand held desserts that are easy for people to pick up with a napkin and eat on the couch without a big mess.

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”brownies” text=”Brownies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”brown-sugar-blondies” text=”Brow Sugar Blondies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”double-dark-chocolate-cupcakes-with-dark-chocolate-buttercream” text=”Double Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Buttercream”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”pias-peanut-butter-cookies-2″ text=”Pia’s Peanut Butter Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-peanut-butter-cookies” text=”Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”snickerdoodles” text=”Snickerdoodles”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”trail-mix-style-oatmeal-cookies” text=”Trail Mix Style Oatmeal Cookies”]

Valentine’s Day

Here are a couple ideas, not only for romantic dinners, but for deliciously sweet ends! And lets not forget who enjoys Valentines Day the very most- the kids! There are a few cute treats that they will love too.


Cut these crackers into heart shapes to create a cute snack!

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”beet-and-cheddar-crackers” text=”Beet and Cheddar Crackers”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”radicchio-and-romaine-salad-with-pears-dried-cherries-and-blue-cheese-vinaigrette” text=”Radicchio and Romaine Salad with Pears, Dried Cherries and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette”]

Main Dishes:

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”beef-pot-pie” text=”Beef Pot Pie”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”rosy-rigatoni-with-sausage” text=”Rosy Rigatoni with Sausage”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”spicy-spaghetti-with-crispy-prosciutto” text=”Spicy Spaghetti with Crispy Prosciutto”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”macaroni-and-cheese-with-cauliflower-and-bacon” text=”Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower and Bacon”]


  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”pomegranate-fizz-cocktail” text=”Pomegranate Fizz Cocktail”]

Dessert ideas:

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-covered-vanilla-marshmallows” text=”Chocolate Covered Vanilla Marshmallows”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-beet-cake-otherwise-known-as-“the-best-chocolate-cake” text=”Chocolate Beet Cake, (otherwise known as ‘the BEST chocolate cake’)”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-caramel-mousse” text=”Chocolate Caramel Mousse”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-pots-de-creme” text=”Chocolate Pots de Creme”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-caramel-cake” text=”Chocolate Caramel Cake”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”gingerbread” text=”Gingerbread”]

For the Kids!:

  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”peanut-butter-and-jelly-cookies” text=”Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”pinkalicious-cupcakes” text=”Pinkalicious Cupcakes”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”chocolate-sugar-cookies” text=”Chocolate Sugar Cookies”]
  • [p2p type=”slug” value=”raspberry-cupcakes-with-vanilla-bean-butter-cream-frosting” text=”Raspberry Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Butter Cream Frosting”]