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.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim Bee December 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

So great photos, really love that first one of you. I laughed at the figure in front of the window. I have one similar. Love all your dishes this week. You really have a gift in capturing the light. Light is still my foe but I’m working on it.


Kate December 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Wow! Thank you so much Kim! That’s such a compliment. I find plenty of fault in my pictures and feel like I have so much to improve. I suppose we’re our own worst critics. I really appreciate your positive feedback. And your pictures are always gorgeous!


ChristineM December 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

Happy New Year Kate! I hope 2013 is even better for you and your family…..


Kate December 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Happy New Year to you too Christine!! I wish you and yours all the best.


Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta December 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

Yes, that’s a great picture of you, love the short hair! So glad you guys had a good Christmas, can’t wait to keep following you in 2013 🙂


Kate December 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Aww! Thanks Sarah 🙂 I actually had my hair even shorter so growing it out just a bit and I like it better. Thanks for reading and I look forward to continuing to follow you as well. Happy New Year!


Barbara | Creative Culinary December 30, 2012 at 12:33 am

What great photos and yes, you both look adorable in that first one! Glad to hear you had such a great holiday Kate and love that you love the omelet…or love that you think you will. Fingers crossed! Thanks for including it in your roundup…Barb


Kate December 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I absolutely DID love the omelet! I made it this morning, in fact and it was fantastic. It will certainly inspire me to try other sweet combinations with my eggs. My omelet still wasn’t perfect but it was much better than previous attempts. Happy New Year!


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