Recently I’ve been hit by a baking and cooking bug. I’m not saying at all that it’s a wonderful bug but I am trying. I’ve had a few hits out of the ballpark but mostly I’m totally a foul baller. Excuse my sports puns but I have baseball on the brain as the boys were playing their version of it today in the living room.
So here are a few recipes that am going to try over the next few weeks to get into the Christmas spirit as Mother Nature is not helping with the major lack of snow:
- Orange Cookies Dipped in Chocolate from Closet Cooking: Firstly anything with chocolate has to be good right but when combined with a nice citrus it has me drooling already! Plus, I love that the author of this site does not have some big fancy kitchen but in fact proves that anyone can make amazing meals even in tiny spaces.
- Mint Chocolate Cookies from My Baking Addiction: This is by far one of my favorite sites to sit and just drool at the computer screen. Once again we’ve got some chocolate going on but instead of citrus a mint—oh my!
- Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cake from My Baking Addiction: The boys and I will be making these next week in mini loaf pans as gifts for their teachers. The combination of blueberries popping in your mouth and the deliciousness of lemon is something that I know their teachers are going to love!
- Scalloped Potatoes from My Baking Addiction: Another one of my favorite reading sites this simple recipe is oh so good! Not only can I make it but I can make it without burning the kitchen down – that in itself is a huge accomplishment.
- Baked Oatmeal Bars from My Blessed Life (shown in photo): I can not wait to try these out. Cold cereal every morning is getting really boring and I know it’s not just me cause no one wants breakfast anymore. Boys ask to skip right to lunch. So this should be a welcomed treat and a healthy one at that!
- Mini Meatloafs from My Blessed Life: Perfectly sized so everyone gets their own makes this a dream for families with kids that know the difference between a slice of meatloaf that is 1mm thicker then their brothers. Plus, it’s super easy to make!
- Gluten-Free Ginger Lemon Bars from Gluten Free Girl: I adore this site. It takes everything that you think you know about gluten-free foods and tosses it out the window. I’ve made a few recipes from this site and while yes mine look nothing like her perfection but I’m pleasantly surprised by the taste each and every time. Don’t miss Shauna’s book either, Gluten-Free Girl and The Chef it’s beautifully done and the love story+amazing photos+cooking tips+recipes is one that any cook gluten-free or not will appreciate!
I do have an ‘addiction’ to recipe sites…especially a certain one with the word addiction right in its title. I don’t know what it is about them – okay I do know. It’s that longing to be able to not only make something that delicious sounding but for it to also look like the amazing photos and to be something that I’d want to share with more than the four guys in my home that aren’t that happy about being my taste testers.
What about you? What is on your kitchen to-make list this year?
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