Santa Cupcakes

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Every year, we get together with my husband’s extended family to celebrate Christmas, and we usually have between 15 to 20 kids there.  For the last couple of years, I’ve been asked to make cupcakes for the kids.  This year, I decided on Santa ones.  They take me a good three hours to make from start to finish, but getting big hugs and smiles from little ones makes it all worthwhile.

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Christmas Brunch

Since getting married, Sean and I have been starting some of our own holiday traditions.  This year, we had my Dad over for brunch Christmas morning, and I made eggs Benedict for the first time, Sean’s favourite breakfast meal.  My family loved it, so for the years when we have breakfast/brunch at our home, this will be our Christmas menu with loads of fruit, good coffee and mimosas.

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Simple, slightly indulgent, and a little bit more special.

Sesame Street Cupcakes

On the topic of kids, I thought I’d share the cupcakes I made for my niece’s 2nd birthday back in February.  I used red M&Ms for Elmo’s nose, when they should have been orange.  My niece could still make out “who” the cupcakes were meant to be.  My job was done!

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Turtles

My interpretation: A dark chocolate puddle, topped with toasted pecans, a dollop of caramel, drizzled with Nutella and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Sean and I brought these to a friend’s home tonight and they were a hit.  Warning: They’re messy.  Our friends’ two-year old son wouldn’t eat them with his fingers in fear that his little hands would get sticky.  Such a cutie!

My Forever Valentine

This year, Sean and I stayed in for Valentine’s Day.  I made a pot roast (Ina Garten’s Recipe using red wine), and served it with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

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Sean made his now specialty, Crepes Suzette.  He used Bobby Flay’s recipe, but I must say, he’s become a chef in his own right.

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They were delicious.  I had four servings all to myself.

Sean has been the most loving, patient, encouraging, and  supportive husband a girl could ever dream of having.  I thank God everyday that He has brought us together.

Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

When I go to Starbucks, I often get a slice of their lemon and poppy seed loaf to go along with my coffee.  I always thought of trying to make it myself, and when my Dad had requested a cake that wasn’t too sweet for his birthday, 2 weeks ago, I gave it a try.

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I used the recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf (with sour cream) from Canadian Living.

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I even made it again for when we had our grief care group over tonight.  A sweet lady who is a part of our group, says she never eats sweets, had seconds!  I’m going to take this as two thumbs up!