Posts in Holiday
Dairy-Free Double Hot Chocolate

Hello! I haven’t posted on this space in some time. I have some exciting things happening… more on that very soon! ;)

In the meantime, hot chocolate has been a daily occurrence in my life. I was never a huge hot chocolate drinker - I usually just enjoy it a football games or around the holidays - but lately it’s all I crave. It’s rainy & dreary over here today, so you can bet I just made a batch!

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Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

Need a last minute dessert to bring to your family on Christmas? 

Look no further.

Here are rich truffles with a hint of mint. If you like Thin Mint Girl Scoot Cookies, you'll love the flavor of these! Or, if you don't prefer mint, leave it out! You'll have rich dark chocolate truffles that are so delicious. 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs {gluten-free, vegan}

Easter candy is officially covering store shelves, which means it's one of my favorite times of the year! It's the spring colors that get me excited. 

But, I"m not a big fan of the sugar overload and weird ingredients in most candy at the store. Which sadly includes those Reese's eggs. But let's face it, they are so so so delicious that I think everyone deserves to enjoy a peanut butter egg - so it's a good thing they are SO easy to make and with A LOT less ingredients than on the packages eggs ...and no refined sugar! 

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Edible Gifts: Fruit & Nut Oatmeal and Candied Cashews

If there is one time of year to give someone a gift that you've spent time on in the kitchen, it's the holidays. If you need something for a co-worker, boss, secretary, friend, neighbor.... I have two words for you: edible gifts.

Each holiday season, I drive home with a few jars of candied nuts or cookie-mix-in-a-jar. And my now husband and I infuse olive oils and give to our parents in small bottles. The best part about making something is that one - it's easy. Two - it's thoughtful. And three - when they eat or make what you bring them, they will think of you!  

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HolidayAnna BeckRecipes
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups {vegan}

Last week I went home and helped my mom with a holiday dessert party. It was just her and me in the kitchen one afternoon. I like to think it's where we belong, where I grew up and where I always go back to. Right there in the kitchen with my mom. 

You know, when I started this blog almost 7 years ago, I hadn't gone to culinary school. I didn't feel like a master baker or pastry chef. But, I learned most of my baking ways through my mom (that, and religiously watching Martha Stewart and just about every Saturday morning cooking show on the Food Network). It was a hands-on class each time I baked cookies with her or made homemade pies or canned jams. My mom has taught food/cooking classes, so I always felt that she was my teacher of sorts!

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Holiday, VeganAnna BeckRecipes
My Dad's Cranberry Salad

Growing up and still today, my mom was the one in the kitchen, cooking and baking. Always getting homemade meals on the table for our family of eight and still today, with our ever-growing family with spouses and grandkids.

And the holidays were no exception. Homemade pancakes or cinnamon rolls in the mornings and homemade soups throughout the cold, winter day. She really did (and does) it all during the holidays!

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars {gluten-free}

Well, as much as we can't believe it, Thanksgiving is just a few days away! 

I feel as if I'm not ready. I haven't had enough pumpkin things or crunched on enough leaves. So I'll be trying to do that as much as possible from now until Thursday...

Today is a Thanksgiving inspired post. But also one that you can make well into December. 

I made these pumpkin bars last weekend for a dinner party. Which was more of a mingle-while-grabbing-food-off-our-large-table type party, so small bites made it easy for guests to pop in their mouth, no fork necessary. And these bites were a hit! 

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Halloween is allllllmost here!  

I think maybe it's the candy-filled holiday spirit, but I've been thinking about candy more than usual lately... 

Instead of buying packaged candy bars, I've been making these peanut butter cups for Halloween parties and to indulge in on the weekends. My husband even took a batch to his work Halloween party...

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