Christmas recipes

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

This Reese's peanut butter cup fudge has a crumbly bottom layer, a rich chocolate middle and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on the top. It is TO DIE FOR!

If you like a fudge with texture this is, hands down the best tasting fudge ever! If you love Reese’s peanut butter cups, you will want to dive right into this pan as soon as it sets.  IT IS THAT GOOD! This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge has everything that you want in a fudge…

Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers

These cranberry pecan crostini appetizers make the perfect party appetizers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoursinCheese #CollectiveBias It’s time to make some Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers! Cranberries are one of those foods that always seem to find their way onto the holiday table.  These lovely Cranberry Pecan Crostini Appetizers are the perfect appetizers to start…

Fudge Brownie Truffles

These fudge brownie truffle are so festive looking!

‘Tis the season for fudge, and brownies, and truffles. These Fudge Brownie Truffles combine all of my favorite tastes in one delicious bite.They are so tasty that they’ll deserve pride of placement on your holiday dessert table. The holidays give me an excuse to cook up a batch or two of my favorite treats.  I…

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake will…

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Oh the weather outside is frightful and the time is just delightful – or something like that!  The time is just perfect for making these Lemon Snowball Cookies!  After all, what is more perfect for the cold weather than a tasty snowball bite of goodness? The holiday season is the time for making cookies.  There…

Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial – Super Easy DIY Project

Grocery Bag Dispenser

Are you a grocery bag hoarder?  I have always been one.  They have so darn many uses, that it is a shame to just throw them away when you come back from a shopping trip.  But keeping them tidy can be a problem. This DIY Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial gives me a place to keep…

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted root vegetable medley

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias It’s time for a roasted root vegetable medley. Fall flavors combined to make this roasted root vegetable medley a hit with your family. This post may contain affiliate links for your cooking experience. For me, fall is…

10 best Bars Recipes to tempt your sweet tooth.

10 of my favorite bars recipes

My favorite type of desserts to make are bars and squares.  The main reason is the simplicity of making them.  Many bars recipes are no bake, and even the ones that require time in the oven are still easy to put together. They are also “forgiving” in that you can substitute one ingredient for another…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

This Reese’s peanut butter cup fudge is absolutely foolproof. If you are looking for me in December, you will likely find me in my kitchen making fudge.  I love to eat it. I love to make it, and I love to take pictures of it.  I’d make it year round if my hips would not…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and…

How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Ham

Cooking the perfect holiday ham is as easy as your secret ingredients for the glaze. This recipe is simple to do and tastes heavenly. thegardeningcook.com #ForTheLoveOfHam

Treat your family to a holiday ham this Perfect Holiday Christmas instead of a turkey. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ForTheLoveOfHam #CollectiveBias For years, our family always had turkey at both Thanksgiving and for our Christmas meal. But a few years ago, I…

Eggnog Muffins – A Holiday Favorite

Eggnog muffins - make a great Santa treat

 Christmas morning is always special at our house. We open our Christmas gifts throughout the day, not just in one mad rush, and we stop mid morning for a nice Christmas breakfast or brunch. These eggnog muffins will be sure to become one of our holiday favorite brunch additions in years to come. It’s Christmas…

15 Tips for Making the Perfect Gingerbread House

Making the perfect Gingerbread house is easier than you might think! See my 15 tips to make sure yours is the best one yet. thegardningcook.com

Making the Perfect Gingerbread House is Easy with these 15 tips. We love to make Gingerbread houses each year. It has been a tradition ever since Jess was a little girl.  And even though she is grown and living away, she comes home for the holidays and we always take the time to make a…

Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

drizzled pecan pie cookies

These pecan pie cookies are the perfect choice for your next cookie swap, or to add to your holiday dessert table. My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.  He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on…

Peppermint Rice Krispie Ball Cookies

Treat Your Family to These Peppermint Rice Krispie Ball Cookies. This recipe is one of those thatI think are going to be so simple when I start and then I end up spending much more time doing them that I ever thought they would take. But, trust me, sometimes that extra effort will end up being…

Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

Treat your family to these apple crumble baked apples. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias Tis the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean tis the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us…

Funfetti Peppermint Chocolate Truffles – New Christmas Sweet Treat

These Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles are the perfect bite to finish any holiday meal. They are easy to make and taste just delicious.

Add some fun to your holiday dessert table with these Funfetti® peppermint chocolate truffles. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias Truffles are as much a part of my holiday traditions as decorating a tree is.  I love to make all kinds of…

My Mum’s Butterscotch pie with a Torched Meringue Topping

My Mum's butterscotch pie

Celebrate the Holidays with Mum’s Butterscotch Pie One of my fondest holiday memories, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, is my mum’s butterscotch pie.  The pie is rich and creamy, sweet and mum use to make batches of them every year.  (She had to make extras, or there would be none left after my brother got…

Home Made Almond Joy Candy Recipe

Home made Almond Joy Candy. Super easy to make and so delicous

Home Made Almond Joy is Easy to Make One of my favorite candy bars is an almond joy.   I’m pleased to say that home made almond joy candy is very easy to make, so you can have it as often as you want, without a trip to the grocery store. The recipe couldn’t be more…

Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide – 9 Super Kitchen Gift Ideas

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Kitchen - thegardeningcook.com/

Kitchen Gift Guide. Anyone who cooks normally also loves kitchen products and food gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Kitchen Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this gift guide should give you lots of…

23 Favorite Holiday Fudge Recipes to Celebrate in Style

Favorite Holiday Fudge Recipes for Your Sweet Tooth The holidays are the one time of the year when I have fudge on hand all the time. I love it all year round, but my waist line won’t let me keep in handy. Or rather, I have no self control when it comes to fudge. ..hanging…

20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain The holidays are here, and for many this means week so entertaining, indulging and basically forgetting to eat well.  Extra junk calories seem to be everywhere, from eggnog, to fudge, to chocolates in your stocking.  As fun as this is to enjoy all of these, it you do, it inevitably leads…

White Chocolate Mosaic Fudge

White Chocolate Mosaic Fudge

Printable Recipe – White Christmas Mosaic Fudge I love fudge. It is my favorite sweet treat.    I don’t make it very often, since I try to watch my weight, but Christmas time is when I forget about that and make batches of it to eat and to share. This recipe for white chocolate mosaic Christmas…

Tips to Save during the Holidays – Frugal Entertaining

20 Smart frugal ways to save during the holidays - thegardeningcook.com/

Save Money During the Holidays with these Frugal Tips. The whole essence of a successful holiday season does not lie in the amount of money you spend, but in the time, thought and care that you devote to the activities that you plan.  These frugal tips will make your holiday season something to remember without…

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss cookies

Candy Cane Peppermint Kiss Cookies for Your Cookie Swap. These sweet treats are a variation on the normal kiss cookie that is so often seen this time of the year. These candy cane peppermint kiss cookies are lighter than the traditional kiss cookie but super festive. Perfect for a cookie swap or to take to…

Snowman Christmas Cake

Sweet Snowman Christmas take - picture tutorial!

Your kids will love to make this sweet snowman Christmas cake.  The cake will be the hit of your Christmas buffet.   He is made of a chocolate base and covered in butter cream frosting and then decorated. Amazon.com Widgets Make your cake by following the recipe below.  While the cake is cooling make the butter…