Mini Caprese Puff Pastry Tarts

I’m a big believer that sometimes the best and tastiest recipes are the simplest.  This recipe is solid proof on that being true.

Mini Caprese Tarts! Mini bites of heaven with basil, balasmic, tomato, and mozzarella. YUM!We were looking for a simple and delicious appetizer to make for our first Valentine’s dinner as a married couple.  In the past we have always gone out, but this year is different.  This year we are finally married, finally own a home together, and are saving  money for a deck! 🙂  I don’t want our dinner at home to be lacking in any way, and these appetizers will add the perfect romantic, tasty, and easy touch to the meal!

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Vanilla Mint Coffee Creamer

An easy four-ingredient, chemical free, homemade vanilla peppermint coffee creamer recipe that costs only pennies to make!

VanillaMint Coffee Creamer

In what seems like a blink, the weather has gone from brown and autumn-y to cold and white and generally blah for most of the northern hemisphere. This Arctic Chill whatever the weatherman keeps talking about is for the birds. Why does it have to be so cold?!

Aw, who am I kidding, I live in Florida. It’s barely touched us. But I truly do feel for all of you northern folks and I sincerely hope the cold is tolerable, and isn’t messing with your holiday season. The best way, in my mind, to deal with cold weather is to drink lots of hot beverages; hot cocoa, hot toddies, coffee. If the snow is keeping you indoors and away from Starbucks at any point this coming winter, but you’ve got to get your peppermint coffee fix, all you need is four relatively common ingredients to make this homemade VanillaMint Coffee Creamer recipe!  [Read more…]

Cranberry Bourbon Cheesecake Bites

Cranberry Bourbon Cheesecake Bites - a delightful treat at any holiday party! | Get the recipe on MyCookingSpot.com!

It is with heaviness in my heart that I look at today’s date. Another year has gone by, and another Christmas season is drawing to a close; while, this year, I was anxious for Christmas to be over (thanks to my day job.) I now wish that I had been able to take the time to slow down and take it all in… [Read more…]

Butter My Hot Rum

buttered-rum-2To me, the holidays are about being around family and friends; hanging lights, trimming the tree, singing carols and drinking the old fashion cocktails of the season.  With times being what they are, in this busy life, you may never even have had the privilege, or the joy, of drinking a fresh cup of homemade Eggnog.  You may not even know that a Tom and Jerry is, not just a cartoon, a classic Christmas cocktail.

This drink took the forties and fifties by storm, when drunk in many a Hollywood holiday film (even though it has been a traditional yuletide beverage since 1820 when Pierce Egan wrote Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom; Pierce wanted to promote his book so why not invent a cocktail…best idea ever!)

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