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  • white energy bites

    White Chocolate Energy Bites

    White Chocolate Energy Bites ~ this easy homemade chocolate candy is a healthy-ish dessert or snack that will give you a boost of energy in a cute little package!…

  • jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

    Jalapeno Goat Cheese

    Jalapeno Goat Cheese is a super simple but unusual cheese spread is an easy appetizer that will have you coming back for more…and more!  …

  • chocolate chip shortbread

    Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Shortbread ~ this classic buttery shortbread studded with chunky bittersweet chocolate chips melts in your mouth and gives the whole notion of chocolate chip cookies a whole new…

  • Irish Cream liqueur made from scratch

    How to Make Homemade Irish Cream (VIDEO)

    How to Make Homemade Irish Cream ~ this diy Irish Cream is a perfect copy cat of one of my favorite liqueurs.  It’s dangerously delicious, and ridiculously easy to make.  Mix…

  • Homemade clotted cream

    How to Make Clotted Cream

    Homemade Clotted Cream ~ (aka Devonshire or Cornish Cream) this luxurious spreadable cream is a must for afternoon tea and scones, but no need to buy those pricey little imported bottles,…

  • healthy chocolate bites

    Dark Chocolate Detox Bites

    Dark Chocolate Detox Bites are the healthy way to do dessert ~ these mendiants are made with anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate topped with fruits, nuts, and seeds ~ and they’re just…

  • homemade candy, Meyer Lemon, Dessert, chocolate

    Meyer Lemon Filled Chocolates

    Believe it or not these Meyer Lemon Filled Chocolates are super easy to make at home, and you can customize the chocolate and the filling in countless variations!…

  • The best gingerbread ever!

    Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread

    Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread ~ skip the trip to the pricey coffee shop and make your own moist and perfectly spiced frosted gingerbread.  It’s just right for breakfast, brunch, coffee break or…

  • white chocolate thin mints

    Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints

    Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints ~ just four simple ingredients is all it takes to make these minty copy cat Girl Scout cookies ~ add them to your holiday…

  • cranberry pistachio biscotti

    Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

    Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti ~ these crunchy twice baked cookies are a festive and easy holiday treat that anyone can make, and everybody loves! It’s been a busy baking week here at…

  • White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

    White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

    White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies ~ These are deep rich gingery butterscotch-y blondies studded with lots of white chocolate ~ guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit! I’ve got an early…

  • Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

    Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts

    Pumpkin Bread with Toasted Walnuts ~ a moist pumpkin quick bread studded with toasted walnuts makes a perfect fall breakfast or coffee break treat.…

  • Better than tarbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bread 4

    Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread

    This Better Than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread has all the bells and whistles of the original cranberry bars, but in an irresistible pound cake form.  Skip the coffee shop and stay…

  • Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly

    Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly is a must in every cook’s arsenal.  This easy small batch refrigerator recipe makes use of both sweet and hot peppers for a colorful, confetti-like look…

  • Blonde Chocolate Macadamia Bark

    This unique Blonde Chocolate Macadamia Bark is a completely new concept in chocolate!  White chocolate is slowly ‘toasted’ in the oven to a rich caramel, and the flavor is amazing.  Add…

  • Candy Cane Toffee, cut

    Candy Cane Toffee

    Candy Cane Toffee ~ a holiday twist on a classic candy that marries peppermint with buttery toffee! Leaving cookies and milk by the fire on Christmas Eve is so yesterday.  And…

  • English Walnut Toffee 1

    English Walnut Toffee

    English Walnut Toffee ~ there’s nothing quite like making your own candy, and this crisp nutty English toffee is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten ~ make it for…

  • Pistachio Shortbread 1

    Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

    Pistachio Shortbread Cookies ~ a classic buttery shortbread slice and bake cookie loaded with fresh pistachios.  These easy cookies melt in your mouth!…

  • Chocolate Marshmallows cut

    Chocolate Marshmallows (Instant Hot Cocoa!)

    These fun homemade Chocolate Marshmallows will transform plain hot milk into a decadent treat ~ they’re super easy to make and impossible to resist! These chocolate marshmallows are the coolest things. …

  • All Natural Pomegranate Gumdrops

    All Natural Homemade Pomegranate Gumdrops are made with healthy fruit juice ~ this is an easy project to do with kids, and homemade candy makes a fabulous gift!…

  • How to Make Spiced Cocktail Cherries

    Spiced Cocktail Cherries are the ultimate gift for the cocktail lover in your life ~ make a small batch for the refrigerator, or can them for holiday gifting, these boozy cherries…

  • Hershey's Blossom Cookies with sprinkles

    Sprinkle Blossom Cookies

    Sprinkle Blossom Cookies are a festive twist on classic holiday cookies, kids of all ages love ’em.…

  • The Top Ten Holiday Cookies

    The Top Ten Holidays Cookies ~ these are classic, easy cookies to help you sail through the holiday baking season with ease! I know you can finds hundreds…thousands…of cookie recipes on…

  • Easy Homemade Gifts for the Host

    I know some of you are hosting the big meal tomorrow, but since there is only one host at any given Thanksgiving table, chances are many of you are going to…

  • Easy Crock Pot Cranberry Butter

    Crock Pot Cranberry Butter is an impossibly silky, tangy fruit butter that is made right in the slow cooker ~ you’ll want to slather this easy cranberry jam on toast, scones,…

  • Homemade Steak Sauce

    Homemade Steak Sauce ~ a creative way to make your own custom steak sauce at home, in your own kitchen!  This diy steak sauce makes the perfect holiday gift.…

  • Pecan Pie Shortbread on a wooden table

    Pecan Pie Shortbread

    Pecan Pie Shortbread — this cookie/pie mashup is a fun twist on tradition.  It looks just like a classic pecan pie, but underneath the crunchy pecans there’s a thick layer of …

  • Minimal Monday: Parmesan Cheese Crisps

    If you can open a bag of chips, you can make these Parmesan Cheese Crisps. They’re just as crunchy, and way more impressive. All you need is one ingredient ~ Parmesan…

  • Chocolate Espresso Chip Cookies

    Chocolate Espresso Chip Cookies are for serious chocolate and coffee lovers ~ these dark chocolate chip shortbread cookies melt in your mouth!…

  • Easy French Apple Jam Recipe

    This unique small batch Easy French Apple Jam Recipe is simple to make, has a gorgeous golden color, a fresh apple flavor, a chunky texture, and a surprise hint of spice…

  • DIY Marshmallow Dollops

    Who says marshmallows have to be square?  These little DIY Marshmallow Dollops fit perfectly on a cup of cocoa, and look prettier, too! This experiment marks the kick off of a…

  • Chocolate Truffle Cocoa Spoons

    Chocolate Truffle Cocoa Spoons ~ These whimsical chocolate spoons will transform any old cup of cocoa into a festive occasion, and they’re a simple way to bring a little cheer to…

  • Wild Porcini Salt Recipe

    Wild Porcini Salt Recipe ~ this simple homemade finishing salt will take so many of your recipes to the next level, it makes a great host gift, too!…

  • One Ingredient Maple Cream

    Maple Cream ~ this one ingredient wonder will blow you away ~ imagine a creamy, whipped maple syrup that you can spread like butter on everything from toast and biscuits to…

  • Mini Candy Bar White Chocolate Fudge

    I’m sure you’ve seen them.  Those packages of teeny tiny mini candies, right there in the grocery store checkout line.  I’m not talking about the regular minis that we’re used to…

  • Cardamom Fig Jam

    Grab fresh figs when you see them to make this delicious Cardamom Fig Jam ~ the homemade small batch freezer jam is wonderful on toast and scones, in sandwiches, with cheese…

  • Fresh Raspberry Vinegar

    Fresh Raspberry Vinegar ~ the intense fresh berry flavor of this homemade vinegar is going to wake up your salads, and so much more!…

  • White Chocolate Rocky Road Candy ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    White Chocolate Rocky Road

    White Chocolate Rocky Road has to be the coolest of candies. It’s a fanciful hodge podge of snowy white chocolate, nuts, mini marshmallows and a colorful mix of jellied candies and…

  • Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce | theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Simple Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce

    Simple Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce is the classic thick gooey chocolatey sauce from your favorite ice cream parlor, made quick and easy at home.…

  • Limoncello Cocktail Cherries

    Summer cocktails call for summer cherries, and these Limoncello Cocktail Cherries are so good you almost don’t need the cocktail at all! The last time I made cocktail cherries I soaked…

  • Nutella Magic Shell

    Nutella Magic Shell ~ this rich chocolate hazelnut sauce hardens on contact with anything cold, and turns plain ice cream into a magical dessert for kids of all ages.…

  • Bitter Orange Marmalade

    Bitter Orange Marmalade is a sophisticated jam made with a shot of whiskey, Irish style!  It pairs perfectly with thick slices of toast, biscuits, and English muffins.…

  • How To Make Lavender and Rose Simple Syrups

    How To Make Lavender and Rose Simple Syrups ~ these easy homemade simple syrups can be made with all sorts of edible flowers for a romantic pop of flavor in drinks…

  • How to Make Homemade Sprinkles!

    How to Make Homemade Sprinkles ~ This is one of those projects you might just want to keep to yourself.  At the very least you’ll probably get a quite a few…

  • Pink Grapefruit Habanero Jam

    Pink Grapefruit Habanero jam is a unique hot pepper jam with an irresistible sweet hot flavor…pair it with some cream cheese and crackers for the best appetizer ever.  …

  • How to Preserve Lemons

    How to Preserve Lemons ~ Moroccan preserved lemons is a unique condiment that brightens up a lot of Middle Eastern recipes but can be hard to find in stores ~ I’ll…

  • French Press Breakfast Chocolate

    French Press Breakfast Chocolate ~ this easy method makes a thick, rich, frothed hot chocolate just like the Europeans enjoy!…

  • Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce on eggs

    Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce

    Homemade Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce ~ this homemade hot sauce is the real deal, and easy to make in your own kitchen, if you dare!…

  • DIY Cocktail Cherries | theviewfromgreatisland.com

    DIY Cocktail Cherries

    DIY Cocktail Cherries — because every great cocktail deserves a great garnish, and this is one cherry you won’t leave at the bottom of your glass! Instead of reaching for a…

  • Coffee and Cardamom Truffles

    Easy Coffee and Cardamom Truffles ~ this easy homemade candy is a decadent combination of dark chocolate, cardamom, and coffee, reminiscent of the flavors of Turkish coffee!…

  • Hazelnut Fig Seeded Crisps

    I know you’ll get a kick out of these Hazelnut Fig Seeded Crisps if you’re a fan of those fancy store bought crisps.  Even more so if you’ve been intrigued but…

  • Classic Peppermint Bark is so easy to make!

    Peppermint Bark

    Peppermint Bark ~ holidays are all about tradition, and tradition is all about repetition.  That’s a round about way of saying that the holiday season can’t begin until I’ve made a…

  • How to Make Pomegranate Molasses

    How to Make Pomegranate Molasses ~ an easy method for making this authentic classic Middle Eastern condiment right in your own kitchen with pomegranate juice!…

  • Jamaican Jerk Spiced Nuts in a wooden bowl

    Jamaican Jerk Spiced Nuts

    Jamaican Jerk Spiced Nuts is a fun and festive appetizer with a intriguing combination of flavors ~ and it’s so easy to make!  These zesty mixed nuts are the perfect starter…

  • Better-Than-Fruitcake Bark

    Better-Than-Fruitcake Bark ~ nobody loves fruitcake, but every everybody flips for this chocolate bark loaded with dried fruits and nuts!…

  • Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

    These festive little chocolate covered marshmallows are so easy to make even the kids can get involved. They turn plain hot chocolate into a decadent treat. Remember the HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS  from…

  • Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

    Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows ~  these plush, pillowy marshmallows are amazing, and so easy to make.  They’ll take your hot cocoa to a whole new level!…

  • Minimal Monday: A Trio of Finishing Salts

    A Trio of Finishing Salts makes a super fun diy project for the holidays ~ who wouldn’t want these vibrant flavor boosters in their kitchen? Do your friends a favor, put…