Candy Cane Cutie Cocktail

Submitted by Trisha Lyn Fawver
Serves 1

Candy Cane Cutie CocktailTrisha says: I was sitting here at my in-laws in the wee morning hours of Christmas.  Everyone else in the house had already gone to bed.  I was listening to Christmas carols and doing my nails and decided I didn’t want to have more caffeine.  So the natural alternative is a cocktail, right?  Enjoy my quick original concoction, the Candy Cane Cutie.

Candy Cane Cutie Cocktail
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 Drink
  • 2 parts Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 part Half & Half
  • 1 Peppermint Stick
  • Ice
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  1. Add ice to an old fashioned glass (you can skip this step if both your beverages are already cold)
  2. Add 2 parts Irish Cream Liqueur to the glass
  3. Add 1 part half & half
  4. Stir with the peppermint stick or candy cane and leave for 2-3 minutes for the candy to dissolve a bit. Stir again.
  5. Top with a dollop of whipped cream (optional) & enjoy!

Foodie Gift Guide 2015

It can be hard to shop for the foodies in your life, especially if you have a simpler taste pallet than they do!  So I’ve put together a foodie gift guide for you with some of my favorite holiday treats and my prized cooking possessions that make my bland food taste SO much better!

I can say that I’ve personally used or eaten all of the things in this foodie gift guide and vouch for their excellence.  These are some of my favorite holiday edibles, drinkables, and indispensable equipment for holiday entertaining and cooking!

2015 Foodie Gift Guide

  1. Elegant Arrival Gift Set ($49.00 | Wine of the Month Club)
  2. Loison Panettone Classico Extra Quality Line ($19.99 | CyberCucina)
  3. Women’s ORIGINAL Sassy Black Apron ($34.99 | 25% off + Free Shipping w/ code GOBBLE25 through 12/1 | Flirty Aprons)
  4. Premium Gold Angus – 6 (6oz) Baseball Cut Sirloins ($74.95 | Chicago Steak Company)
  5. Crock-Pot SCCPCTS605-S Cook Travel Serve 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker ($42.40 |
  6. KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Qt Stand Mixer, K45SS ($189.97 | Walmart)
  7. Buttercream Frosted Cookie Basket – Medium Basket 18 Cookies ($39.99 | Cheryl’s)
  8. Designer 625 Refurbished ($369.95 | Blendtec)
  9. Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree SQUARES Gift Bag (33 ct) ($15.95 | Ghirardelli Chocolate)
  10. SodaStream Power Starter Kit ($149.99 | SodaStream)

Three Apps for Chocolate Lovers

ChocolatesGuest Post by Ashley Cranston

Chocolates are often associated with love and happiness. That’s because chocolate contains a chemical called phenethylamine, which is the same substance that the body releases when a person falls in love. Chocolates also contain dopamine, which is a natural painkiller, and serotonin that helps the body release chemicals associated with feelings of pleasure.

Thanks to the digital age, mobile apps were developed to help people find various kinds of chocolates. There are even companies that give away chocolates to users who would participate in gimmicks. One time, Shopmium offered free Lindt chocolate samples to its newly-registered users. Conversely, mobile gaming hub Pocket Fruity gave chocolate prizes to users during its Valentine’s Day and Christmas promos. With literally hundreds of chocolate-related apps to download, people would never run miss out on cool promos, free samples, or new products created by their favorite chocolate brands!

iChocolate  (iOS, $0.99)

iChocolate is a recipe recipe app that not only offers chocolate desserts but savory chocolate main dishes as well. It also provides vital tips on how to cook chocolate perfectly, and a built-in ingredient conversion measurement chart.

World Chocolate Guide (iOS, Android, Free)

The World Chocolate Guide lets users find the best chocolates shops near them, and around the world. Users can also filter their search by shop features like if a shop sells cakes, pastries, or hot chocolate. It also features detailed description of each shop, photo galleries, and customer ratings.

The Chocolate App (Android, Free)

This app is developed by Philadelphia Candies, a company that has been manufacturing the finest milk and dark chocolates since 1919. In it, users can browse the company’s finest selections of boxed chocolates, specialty chocolates, and gifts for every occasion. Users can even order through their Android-powered smartphone, and checkout with PayPal. The Chocolate App ships to customers all over the world.

Ashley is a self-confessed foodie. She loves trying out new restaurants and admits that she doesn’t go out of the house without a snack or two in her bag. She loves watching the food channel and feeding new dishes to her two little boys.

More! Foodie Cyber Monday Deals 2014

Cyber Monday SalesOf course, we have more deals for you since it’s Cyber Monday!  Some of these have been going on all week and expire today, but many are Cyber Monday exclusives.  Any deals that have *** before the link and no end date expire TODAY so jump on those first!

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  • Peeps: *** $3 off Peeps Christmas Ornaments + Free Ground Shipping
  • Woot: *** Black Friday/Cyber Monday Woot- Off

Thank you in advance if you decide to shop through these links.  We greatly appreciate everyone who we helped to shop this weekend.  Your choice to shop through these links doesn’t cost you anything, but it helps us to keep the lights on!

Happy Shopping!

Thanksgiving: Traditional or Modern?

How do you like your Thanksgiving dinner?  Do you go with the traditional roast turkey and all the fixings, do you buck tradition in little ways like deep frying your bird, or do ignore tradition entirely and head out for exotic cuisines from far off lands?  While Thanksgiving is mostly about family and food, there are other traditions.  Football, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and many other events vie for our attention on that fourth Thursday of November.

BigOven Food Fight Adult vs. Kid's Table (PRNewsFoto/BigOven)

BigOven Food Fight Adult vs. Kid’s Table (PRNewsFoto/BigOven)

This November, BigOven is starting a #FoodFight, asking cooks to sound off on the big Thanksgiving questions on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. BigOven will propose a Thanksgiving-oriented debate each day, and America’s cooks will weigh in. Results will be posted with related recipes, menus and tips from BigOven, a top-rated recipe and organization website and app with a database of 350,000+ recipes.

The #FoodFight encompasses both food and social debates:

  • TV allowed or no TV allowed?
  • Do you like to host or visit others?
  • Are sweet potatoes better with marshmallows, or does this classic belong locked in the 1950’s?

BigOven will ask cooks to sound off on:

Go on over & join the conversations!