feasting with friends

A Sweet Sunday Shout-Out

When you’re on the hunt for a recipe extraordinaire, who do you turn to for inspiration?

Perhaps Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart or Mom? Occasionally, I’ll turn to all three. But not today. Not this time.

This time I turned to Nancy C., Suzanne, Prudy, grin and bake it and Lil’ Luna. All bloggers. All trusted sources of good and delicious recipes. I turned to these blogs for help in filling my Christmas gift boxes of goodies. My boxes are overflowing with scrumptious treats.

Two kinds of quick breads (baked in mini loaf pans) and a half dozen or so different cookies. I even included pretzel “turtles” (recipe on the Rolo bag!).

The “turtles” are the simple combination of a small pretzel, topped with a Rolo candy, placed on a parchment lined baking tray, (soften the chocolate in a 350°F oven for 3-5 minutes), top each with a pecan half, refrigerate until firm. Done… eat… enjoy!


Next up is a fabulous Cranberry Pumpkin Bread from Nancy@nancycreative. It’s a delicious bread utilizing fresh cranberries, spiced pumpkin puree and my addition of some chopped walnuts. Watch out… one bite and you’ll be hooked.

pumpkin cranberry bread

I found a recipe for Snickerdoodle Bread from the blog Lil’ Luna. Such a delicious concoction! It utilizes cinnamon chips (made by Hershey’s in the states) to give it some added zing.

snickerdoodle bread

Both Suzanne of apuginthekitchen and Prudy of butterbasilandbreadcrumbs showcased delicious chocolate thumbprint cookies recently. I couldn’t decide which one to make… so I made both… plus a variation of my own using a candy-cane Hershey kiss. Both recipes are festive and fabulous… you can’t go wrong with either one.

chocolate thumbprint kisses 3 ways

I made a Toffee Bark from the blog “grin and bake it”. The final product taste similar to a Heath Bar. Surprisingly, the base for the bark is… wait for it… saltine crackers! Don’t let that little nugget of information scare you off… it’s fabulous!

toffee bark

My boxes also contained my Pignoli Cookies (I shared that recipe in my last post) and an iced shortbread snowflake cookie (coming soon). Thanks to all of the other blogs out there, my boxes had a delicious variety of sweets… thanks to all!!

pignoli {pinenut} cookies

Go ahead, drool over these delightful treats then click on over to the various sites to view the recipes I sourced. I’m heading back to the kitchen… there’s more work to be done!

Tick tock, tick tock… the calendar says I have three days to go!




  1. Nancy, I so would love to read your post on reaching your milestone, but for some reason, the error message I keep receiving is “page not found”. I wonder if others are experiencing this as well. I tried to send you a comment on that post, and it wouldn’t let me post either.

    • Hah…you caught me! I’m currently editing that one, Loretta. I hit the “publish” button instead of the the “preview” button… The REAL post will be up this evening. Thanks for the effort in trying to find the post. 🙂

  2. Liz

    fantastic! That toffee bark especially has me weak in the knees. What a fun read 🙂 And thus far–until I actually make something–it’s calorie-free 😉

  3. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a holiday tin of these cookies? As you, I’d hit those pignoli first but that doesn’t diminish the others, by any means. I, also, like how you think, Nancy, when it comes to cookies. If you cannot decide which of 2 choices to bake, bake both! Now, if only I could get on your Christmas cookie delivery list. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much Nancy for the shout out. Your cookies are Gorgeous!!! Love them all and the loaves, snickerdoodle loaf, Wow!!! I love Prudy’s festive and beautiful thumbprints. So many sweet treats, love them all. Thank you again and Happy Holidays.

    • You’re very welcome, Suzanne! Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipe to give me the inspiration. 🙂 The cookies are a hit in our house!

      (By the way…being we both made the mistake of buying the “wrong” kisses this year, I’m starting to think Hershey does that on purpose so they sell twice as many! Hahhah)

  5. Thank you so much for the shout out Nancy! I just said to my husband, it’s so much fun when you see your recipe made by another blogger… And not just any blogger, but one of the big time bloggers. I can’t tell you how much that means to me! They look spectacular! I’m loving your version and Suzanne’s version too! I still have a couple of days, maybe I can fit them in to my schedule.. Haha! My get up and go is going away fast!!

    Everything looks so good.. I don’t know where you’re finding the energy to get them made!! ❤️

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