Time to Ring in the New Year!

New Year's Eve is here people and this little cocktail will not let you be nodding off as the New Year approaches!

Champagne may be the drink of choice for many on New Year's Eve, but save the bubbly for another time and try this unique drink...

A Midnight Martini is a dark, easy to make martini with strong coffee flavor ~ chilling the espresso before making ~ is an important element to the drink.

Although, the martini is sweet enough on its own, the simple syrup adds a nice little froth to it. 

It's the perfect cocktail to keep you going into the wee hours!

Midnight Martini Cocktail


2 ounces Grey Goose vodka
1 ounce espresso or strong coffee (cold)
1 ounce Kahlúa
Healthy splash of simple syrup
Orange twist for garnish


Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake it hard for 10-15 seconds.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with orange twist.



Christmas Wishes for You

If I could make a Christmas wish for you,

it would be for

peace and happiness,

and good health too.

Not only now,

but for the

whole year through.

Merry Christmas,


Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies

The scent and flavor of peppermint 
is prominent in my mind 
when I think of Christmas, 
and this little cookie isn’t afraid to flaunt its 
great peppermint taste!

The recipe is adapted from a Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookie Cookbook.  It’s a twist on basic sugar cookie dough that is shaped into balls, then rolled in crushed peppermint candy, before baking.

Crush the candy in a plastic bag to avoid having a mess, and bake the cookies on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, to avoid another mess.  

To make larger cookies:  form rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls before rolling in crushed candy; bake for about 14 minutes.

The cookies have a refreshing taste and a festive look.  For an extra holiday kick, I added a little dose of peppermint extract.

They bake into a crisp cookie with a good little crunch ~ they’ll almost melt in your mouth, really!

Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies
Printable recipe


 1½ cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
4 ounces flat round peppermint candies, about 28 discs
2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter with granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Beat in egg, vanilla and peppermint extracts until just blended, scraping down sides of bowl.
Reduce spead to low and beat in flour mixture until combined.
Refrigerate dough until firm, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, place peppermints in a resealable plastic bag and finely crush with a meat mallet.
Transfer to a shallow bowl and mix with sanding sugar.
Form rounded teaspoons of dough into balls.
Roll in crushed-candy mixture to coat.
Place 2” apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake until edges are starting to brown, about 11 minutes.
Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
(Gently break off any bits of melted candy from edges of cookies, if necessary.)
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container, between sheets of waxed or parchment paper up to 1 week.
Makes about 30 cookies.


Walnut Buttermilk Quick Bread

A whiff of this freshly-baked bread is 
just enough 
to remind you of the bread 
your mom made 
from scratch.  

It’s chock-full of succulent walnuts embedded in slightly sweet dough that’s spiced just right with cinnamon. 

It’s a quick and easy bread to pull together ~ a simple recipe that proves you don’t have to be a baking pro to make it.  

This walnut bread is dense, moist and delicious, with the only problem being, I should’ve doubled the recipe and made two loaves.

Toasted for breakfast is the way I like it!

Walnut Buttermilk Quick Bread
Printable recipe


3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup walnuts, rough chopped
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg, lightly beaten
1⅔ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour an 8” x 4” loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients through cinnamon.
In another bowl, combine egg and remaining ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until moistened.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake 55 minutes to 1¼ hours, until a toothpick inserted in center is dry.
Let stand for 10 minutes.
Remove bread from pan and transfer bread to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Cool completely before slicing.



Cranberry-Sauced Chicken

This robust sauce takes chicken
 leftover turkey
from ordinary to extraordinary 
and will 
revive your faith in fowl!

Cranberry sauce combined with Robusto Italian Dressing, balsamic vinegar, sherry and onion soup mix blends into a tangy sauce to top the chicken breasts.

What you end up with is tender, flavorful tasty chicken, with a tangy sauce that is the right combination of sweet and tangy.  It’s proof that cranberry sauce shouldn’t just make an appearance on the holiday table.

Here’s hoping you give this a try, it’s delicious and easy too!

Cranberry-Sauced Chicken

4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup cranberry sauce
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup Wish-Bone Robusto Italian Dressing
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Arrange chicken in a 13” x 9” baking dish.
Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir well.
Spoon mixture over chicken.
Bake for 1 hour or more, until chicken is cooked through.



You know,

nobody can ever

cook as good as

your Mama.

~ Paula Deen

You know, nobody can ever cook as good as your mama. Paula Deen
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You know, nobody can ever cook as good as your mama. Paula Deen
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/paula_deen_431843?src=t_cook


Jules-Alexandre Grun

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