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Foodies Freebie: December 2015 Wallpaper Collection

The Holidays are here! For our December 2015 Wallpaper Collection we share some of our favorite holiday cookies and bars, including lebkuchen (store bought, no shame!) and an upcoming recipe of Cranberry Bar Cookies that are perfect for the season. This is definitely one of our favorite times of year. Friends and family come back from abroad (or you can go visit them!), we share so much more time with loved ones and time seems to pass slowly. Something magical happens when you bring the family together: whatever bumps on the road one might be going through, suddenly they seem lighter and laughter is stretched from the afternoons to the evening.

We also feature a special version of the wallpaper, from Little Foodies. Kristen is home at school vacation, and when she saw that we were working on the December Calendar, she wanted to do her own version of it, so she added a few of her own hand-made decorations into the picture. Bellow our Desktop wallpapers, you will find the Little Foodies version of our downloadable.

We hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy this time with your family and friends!

Helga & Kitty

Foodies Freebie: December 2015 Wallpaper Collection

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Halloween Collection: TFK’s Best Recipes

It’s that time again! It’s amazing how the months have passed by so quickly, and we find ourselves at the beginning of the holiday season, definitely our favorite time of the year. I’m looking forward to this holiday season, because this year I’ll get to cook more with my daughter, who is bigger now and already very active in the kitchen. For those of you who are new to our blog, you can find her recipes in the Little Foodies section.

One of our favorite holidays is Halloween, so we have gathered our favorite recipes that we have posted in the past 5 years of blogging so you can pick your favorites and try them for your own spooky party. We’ve also included our downloadable templates, and a few spooky stories from Guatemalan folklore.

Helga & Kitty

2015-10 Halloween Special

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Bourbon Spice Cake with Bourbon Whipped Cream

We are so close to sharing the big surprise we have in store for you… In the meantime, here’s cake! This is the second time around I’ve baked this Bourbon Spice Cake. Last year I was planning on sharing it for the holidays, but I ended up baking it on Christmas, and I over baked it a little bit, and ended up a little bit too dry. Nothing that a little bourbon and whipped cream couldn’t handle. Second time around, was the charm. This year, I was able to take my time baking. Yesterday morning was perfect. Clear skies, the sun was shinning and the light in November is just unique. You don’t get this kind of light in March or April. The November light has always an orange hue that I absolutely love. I started preparing my mise en place, grabbed my camera… and the entire baking was smooth and easy.

The original recipe calls for shortening, but after testing it last year, butter was used instead. And I sifted the dry ingredients as well. You can easily double the recipe, and the cake comes out great. No issues there. Since I made it before, I can tell you, that because this cake uses molasses and brown sugar it is a sweet and sticky cake, so prepare your loaf pan with parchment and you will not be suffering when trying to unfold your masterpiece. To remove the parchment carefully, I didn’t take pictures of that part, but the easiest way is that after you remove the cake from the loaf pan with the parchment paper, let it sit for about 25 minutes, and turn the cake upside-down to a flat surface (or a second cooling rack) and peel the paper off. Then turn it back on its good side again and start brushing the bourbon like nothing happened.

Since I wanted a lighter topping on the cake, I prepared a sweet whipping cream and added some Jack Daniels as well. The liquor’s flavor is subtle, and compliments the cake very well. When tasting the cake, we also think this cake would do great with crystallized fruit!

Kitty

Bourbon Spice Cake

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