The Weekend Whisk – 12/29/12

by Kate on December 29, 2012

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Happy Saturday! Are you all recuperated from the holidays? Hope you all had a special time filled with family, friends and happy memories were made. We had a wonderful Christmas. Honestly, this was one of the best.

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Seeing both Maddy and Molly dive into presents and surprisingly, sharing one another’s new toys.

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HB was more reserved in her unwrapping. I suppose at nearly 15 years old, it’s not cool to tear into your gifts with reckless abandon.

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Although Mike definitely tore into some of his presents with the same enthusiasm as the little ones did. We cherished each moment of presents, family and of course, food.

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Our celebrating continues this weekend. Each year for Christmas we go to my father‘s house and to Mike’s parents house while our extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins do their own thing. But each year, a few days after Christmas the whole family gets together at my father’s house to catch up, celebrate and spend time together.

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It’s a relaxing family gathering that’s wonderful each year with each family bringing food to make for a tasty get together as well. I like it because everyone still gets to see one another without having to add one more stop to their Christmas day travels.

So are you all ready to ring in the new year? I feel like 2012 has just flown by but I’m ready to greet 2013 with open arms. But before we say goodbye to 2012, here’s what was going on around Food Babbles this week. Have a fantastic weekend!




Peppermint Meringues 2Peppermint Meringues

Cinnamon Pecan Toffee Cookies 2Cinnamon Pecan Toffee Cookies

Panettone 3Panettone

Peppermint Chocolate Cake 1Peppermint Chocolate Cake

And the most popular post this week was…

Eggnog Bundt 2Spiked Eggnog Bundt Cake with Bourbon Glaze

 Babbles Bookmarks:

Pesto Parmesan Pine Nut Russian Rose Loaf from Life’s A Feast: I don’t know how I missed this when Jamie first posted it but I’m so happy to have discovered it now. You need to see this absolutely gorgeous loaf of bread, beautifully braided and twisted to look like a rose. Not only do the flavors of the bread sound fantastic, but Jamie’s clear instructions make it sound so easy to make this lovely bread. 

Tourtiere Hand Pies from Just A Smidgen: These little hand pies sound so flavorful with beef, pork, onions, garlic and warm spices. I love handheld food and this is something I really need to make soon. My mouth is watering just looking at them!

Omelets with Goat Cheese & Raspberries from Creative Culinary: When I think about omelets I immediately think savory. I love these omelets paired with fresh raspberries and creamy goat cheese. Now I just need to master making an omelet. I intend to try these this weekend!

Orange Meringue Tarts with Grand Marnier from Savory Simple: I love making homemade curds so an orange curd in a phyllo shell topped with a spiked perfectly browned meringue? Yes please! These sound like bite size heaven.