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Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Cranberry Orange Jam

I start making gingerbread cookies before Thanksgiving (I save the gingerbread men however until December). Gingerbread cookies make the house smell amazing and just feels like fall to me….. Gingerbread Thumbprints with Cranberry Orange Jam For the Gingerbread: 10 tablespoons unsalted butter softened ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 large egg 1/3 cup […]

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Five of My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

  Baking is a big part of the holiday’s for me.  We bake a somewhat obscene number of cookies during the holiday season.  Once I get started I can’t stop!  There are always new ones to try and old ones that must be made because they are someone’s personal favorites.  I don’t want to disappoint […]

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Robin’s Holiday Checklist!

Robin’s Holiday Pantry Checklist The days between Thanksgiving and New Years are full of festive gatherings, gift giving and very often unexpected guests.   Feel ready for anything the season throws at you by stocking up on celebration essentials before the season gets to crazy. Here’s my list…… Beverages & Cocktails Hot Chocolate Coffee Tea Milk […]

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A Menu for a Perfect Holiday Soiree!

    Tis the season for lots of different kinds of parties non better than the “Holiday Open House”.  This kind of party can seem overwhelming to many but not for you, not now, because you’ve found this menu with make ahead options to make pulling off the party of the season so much easier! […]

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Robin’s Holiday Cocktail

Robin’s Holiday Cocktail  Tis’ the season for my favorite holiday cocktail.    People love it so much I have a framed copy of the recipe displayed at my make shift bar all season long, this way guests can make their own whenever they choose.  Even the best hostesses can’t be at two places at once or […]

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Halloween Decor-At Robin’s House

Ready for Halloween! It’s time for arguably my favorite time of year…the holidays!  I love decorating for Halloween but, I  forgo blood and gore  and instead opt for decorating  that slightly unnerves by using  black ravens and crows, small plastic spiders  and skulls which show up in unusual places. The crows in this photo came […]

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Donut’s for Valentines Day

I wasn’t planning on making donuts today but, when my son Scout woke up under the weather, my schedule out of the house was instantly wiped clean and, I thought…. “Why not make donuts?” I saw a donut like these made on the Today Show this week but, sadly, when I made them by the […]

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Sugared Cranberries

This is my new favorite holiday treat!  So easy and so beautiful in a silver dish or atop a creamy white cupcake. Homemade Cranberry Candy 2  cup  water 2  cup  fresh cranberries 2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup   regular sugar or superfine sugar or turbinado sugar Rinse fresh cranberries in a colander and set aside. […]

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Walnut Cookies

  I’ve seen recipes for these beauties in several places.  My favorite is the recipe which comes from the  King Arthur Flour website.  You used to be able to buy the individual molds from them, but they aren’t available right now.  They have a different type here.  The first time I made them I wondered […]

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Turkey 2011

  Although I am not hosting the Thanksgiving feast I am still making a turkey for the leftover factor and,  just because I love the smell of turkey in our home.   I have ordered a 16 lb heritage bird from Whole Foods and I can’t wait to taste it!  This year I am doing […]

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