Candy Cane Star Pretzel Bites

Candy Cane Star Pretzel Bites : easy Christmas dessert

Prepare. Prepare yourself to make these for gifts and then eat the entire batch yourself.

Candy Cane Star Pretzel Bites : easy Christmas dessert

These are a Plan B treat. I wanted to make something simple like the chocolate peanut butter acorns, but for Christmas and using the Candy Cane Kisses. I decided to make elves with a white chocolate truffle, mini Nilla Wafers, and Candy Cake Kiss. MAJOR FAIL.

12 Days of Trader Joe's Christmas: Day 3, Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Should you buy Peppermint Bark Popcorn at Trader Joe's? Our review...

My shopping cart was filled to the brim with Trader Joe's goodies...truffles, and candies, and pastries...oh my! On my way to the register, I saw this bag of Peppermint Bark Popcorn, and there was just no resisting that cute packaging.

Trader Joe's Peppermint Bark Popcorn > He said/She said review

A 6-ounce bag of peppermint bark popcorn costs $2.99. The description on the package reads, "caramel popcorn coated in dark chocolate & enrobed in a white chocolate and peppermint candy coating."

12 Days of Trader Joe's Christmas: Day 2, Snowflake Pastry

Should you buy this at Trader Joe's? Review: Snowflake Pastry #traderjoes

Today we're reviewing Trader Joe's Snowflake Pastry. Bread filled with almonds and cocoa? They're speaking my love language.

Trader Joe's review: Snowflake Pastry #traderjoes

You'll find this over in the small "baked goods" area of TJ's. The pastry is fairly substantial in size (package says 9 servings) and costs $5.99. The cashier at Trader Joe's said this is best warmed up. Trader Joe's employees are so knowledgeable about their products, so we took her advice and warmed this at 350 for 5 minutes.

St. Nicholas' Day Decorated Cookies

St. Nicholas' Day Decorated Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

Happy St. Nicholas' Day! 

St. Nicholas' Day Decorated Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

Growing up, we didn't celebrate St. Nicholas' Day. I think my Aunt Janice was the first person I knew who really made a point to observe it. Then, when Jack attended Frassati Catholic High School (best high school ever), they celebrated in the traditional way by placing candy in the students' shoes. (Imagine a sea of black Sperrys left outside classroom doors...and Dominican Sisters filling them with candy...and the chaos that might ensue as students try to find their actual shoe among all of the identical ones. Ha.) I love St. Nicholas' Day!

St. Nicholas cookie cutter ♥ bakeat350.net

I bought this cookie cutter from Catholic Curio on Etsy. I love the shape and that it's imprinted for easy decorating.

how to make St. Nicholas' Day Decorated Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

Even with an imprinted or stamped cookie, you can still modify the design to match your vision. More on that in a sec.

St. Nicholas' Day Decorated Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

For the cookies, I used my perfect every time cut-out cookie recipe and my favorite royal icing recipe. Because of the style of cookie cutter, the cookies should be rolled to no more than 1/4" thick. I tried 3/8," and it just didn't work. Be sure dip the cookie cutter in flour before each cut for easier removal.

Pumpkin Bacon Carbonara

Pumpkin Bacon Carbonara ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Don't put away your cans of pumpkin quite yet...it IS technically still fall, after all!

And yes, you have the right blog. Contrary to popular belief, we do eat things other than sugar at the Edwards' house. *gasp*

Pumpkin Bacon Carbonara ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends today, I'm sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Bacon Carbonara. Traditional carbonara is simple and comforting; it's basically pasta with pork (guanciale or pancetta), eggs, and cheese.

Pumpkin Bacon Carbonara ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Here, I've used bacon and canned pumpkin for a slightly heartier dish that is perfect for a chilly evening. The eggs in the dish are key. They add a silky, creamy texture without adding cream.

I think you'll like it! (Don't worry...we'll be back to sugar in the next post.)

Pumpkin Bacon Carbonara ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Go get the recipe on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends