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Cranberry-Almond Holiday Rice

December is here, and with it comes unavoidable stress. Everyone’s schedule gets packed with activities and Christmas parties, or what we call convivios, and you want to make it to everything! You also probably want to throw a little convivio yourself and you try to find a date where most of your guest list can make it.  My schedule is specially packed because we have 5 family members’ birthdays during the first two weeks of December.  As much as you try to have a low-key, cozy, at home holiday… it’s impossible, right?

This month, we want to share easy but delicious recipes that you can use for your Christmas party, or holiday meal.  The first, is this cranberry-almond rice which is simple to make, but makes a big impression because of its delicious taste and its color palette.  It’s different from you usual rice dishes because the added cranberries give it a sweetness you don’t expect. Trust The Foodies’ Kitchen, and try this recipe.

Helga

Almond Cranberry Rice
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Foodies Freebie: December 2013 Wallpaper Collection

December is a month full of goodness: family, friends, the closing of a year and the preparation for the next. This is a month were most of us spend plenty of time in the kitchen preparing for both Christmas and New Years dinner, but we love it (we do!): as soon as our guests take that first bite, they see all the cookies, all the goodies set up on the table, kids building their first gingerbread house… We love it!

Today we are sharing our December  2013 Wallpaper Collection with you, featuring some of our favorite ornaments ‘ we love that lil’ gingerbread man! As always all of our desktops are iOS7 and Retina display friendly. Feel free to download them all!

Kitty & Helga

Foodies Freebie: December 2013 Wallpaper Collection - Draft

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Simple Apple Tart

A few days ago, I had 5 gorgeous apples and half a recipe of a pie dough, so I knew that I had to make this Apple Tart. The recipe is simple. Very simple. You roll out the dough, place it in a tart dish, then place the sliced apples, bake and brush with an apple syrup. I was afraid this recipe would be so simple that my dad (and favorite critic) would think it wasn’t sweet enough.

But since I trust Deb’s recipes with my eyes closed, I went ahead and baked it. Then.. the time of truth! After dinner, I served the tart and it was a success. It surprised us all. The tart is flavorful with the perfect amount of sweetness to it, not too dry and light. Give it a try!

Kitty

Simple Apple Tart

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

We can’t go through this season without cupcakes suitable for fall, so we turned to one of our favorite blogs for a recipe: Sweetopia.  You get all the flavors from the spices we usually use this time of year, like cinnamon and nutmeg and they are wonderfully moist…a perfect pairing for a hot cup of good coffee to be enjoyed on a crisp afternoon. Usually, I’ll try a recipe from one source, and try out a topping or a sauce to go with it from a different source or I’ll make up my own recipe.  This time I tried the complete recipe, so I made the cream cheese frosting too, and it’s a perfect match. Aside from being delicious, I liked that this recipe is easy to make, so you can get the kids to help out.  Happy baking!

Helga

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
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