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Cranberry Bundt Cake with Gingerbread Glaze #CIC

Welcome to the December edition of the Crazy Ingredient Challenge!  I guess you could call it the holiday edition because the ingredients selected this month are just perfect.  If you haven’t visited before, this challenge is to create a recipe with two truly unique ingredients that are not traditionally cooked together. I’m always so excited to share with you the results of the challenge and each month and just keeps getting better and more creative. Spearheaded by the lovely Dawn at Spatula’s On Parade, this is one group of talented chef’s who come up with these recipes each month. You all ROCK!

So I know you’re on the edge of your couch… or chair… or park bench…. December’s ingredients are…… Cranberries and gingerbread!

Delicious and moist cranberry bundt cake with orange zest. The gingerbread glaze makes it an amazing holiday dessert!  www.lorisculinarycreations.com

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Sunsella Pastry Scraper & Chopper Review #sunsellapastryscraper

If you have never tried a pastry scraper, then the Sunsella Pastry Scraper and Chopper is just what you need. I’ve never used one before so when I had the opportunity to review one, I was all over it.

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Tickle My Tastebuds #31 – Christmas is almost here!

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means….. Tickle My Tastebuds #31 is live and waiting for you to share your delicious recipes. I am loving all the holiday recipes that have been shared over the last few weeks. Many have inspired me to try something different.

Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds

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Alpha Grillers Grill Brush. Clean that nasty grill quickly and efficiently. #alphagrillers
I’m sure I’ve told you many times how we grill year round even with a foot of snow on the ground. Ok, not we. I send hubby out when the snow flies and I stay warm and toasty inside. One of his least favorite things about grilling is cleaning the grill. It’s a dirty job but some one has to do it. When I had the opportunity to review the Alpha Grillers brush, I thought it would be great! After all, finding an easy effective way to clean the grill is a good thing, right?

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Holiday Cupcakes with Whipped Rum Icing

Vanilla Holiday Cupcakes with Whipped Rum Icing

Happy holiday season everyone!! As I mentioned in yesterday’s cooling rack review, I made some delicious holiday cupcakes for hubby before he went back to California to handle stuff for his mom’s estate.  This recipe is out of Janell Brown’s “One Sweet Year of Cupcakes” cookbook. I bought it when I was at the Pinner’s Conference last month. If you don’t know Janell, you should. She won Cupcake Wars September 2012 and has two shops here in Utah called One Sweet Slice.  I’m so very fortunate to have a great cupcake shop like her’s fairly close to work.  So, I took on her vanilla bean cupcake recipe for hubby.

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Bellemain Oven Safe Cooling Rack Review #coolingrack

Elevate your baking with the Bellemain Oven Safe Cooling Rack

It’s the holidays and we are well into baking season. I don’t know about you, but I try to get my “Betty On” (copying the commercial) this time of year. Well imagine the happy dance I did when I got the opportunity to review the Bellemain Cooling Rack. I could wait to bake!!

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Tickle My Tastebuds #30 – Cranberries!!!

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means….. Tickle My Tastebuds #30 is live and waiting for you to share your delicious recipes. I am loving all the holiday recipes you have shared with us. Thank you!  Hope you all are having a festive holiday season. Now, onto the party…………

Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks & Foodies

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks and Foodies

This post contains affiliate links.

Are you still struggling on gift ideas for friends and family?  I was too and looked at some of the gift guides I found on the net. I think I’m about done, but I wanted to take this opportunity to help you with your list and give you an idea of my favorite things that I think all cooks and foodies should have in their kitchens. I have all of these and I wanted to share them with you.

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Susie’s Hope DVD Review and Giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Susie's Hope DVD Review and Giveaway

Hubby and I are big time animal lovers. We recently added three dogs to our zoo of four cats and a parrot. Many people think we’re crazy taking on my mother-in-laws three dogs when she passed in September, but we didn’t want them split up or go to a shelter. We have space both in  our home and in our hearts.

Which leads me to this movie.  Susie’s Hope is a movie about overcoming fear, trust and loving again.

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Keep Food Fresher Longer with the Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System

If you’re like me and shop at Costco (or Sam’s Club), you probably purchase your meats in bulk then freeze them for later. I’ve been doing that awhile now since it usually not only saves me money, but also time and gas driving to the store frequently. And I’m not a big fan of grocery shopping. But I’m even less of a fan of wasted and/or spoiled food. Well, the Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System has gotcha covered.

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