Tag Archives: Christmas

Pomegranate Coconut Mojito Punch

Sparkling pomegranate soda & coconut water are added to this mojito punch recipe, perfect for celebrating everything from holiday parties to Summer BBQ’s!

Sparkling pomegranate soda & coconut water are added to this mojito punch recipe, perfect for celebrating everything from holiday parties to Summer BBQ's!

Holiday season is upon us and it also happens to be my birthday today!

I started off the birthday celebration on Friday night by mixing up this festive Pomegranate Coconut Mojito Punch.

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Naan Pizza Rolls

Mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and basil pesto are wrapped up in garlic naan and baked into delicious pizza rolls, perfect for a party appetizer or snack!

Naan Pizza Rolls

With holiday parties in full swing, I’ve got party apps on my mind, so I partnered up with my friends at Stonefire Naan to create a recipe that’s delicious, super easy to make and perfectly festive for the holiday season!

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Bundt Pan Sausage Stuffing

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

Preparing Sausage Stuffing in a bundt pan is so easy, the presentation is beautiful and it frees up casserole dishes for other sides at Thanksgiving!

It’s Day 5 of Thanksgiving Week, the last day of this delicious week of Cajun Turkey, Roasted Cajun Mashed Potatoes, Chili Roasted Sweet Potato Salad and Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch! But don’t worry, I’ve saved my favorite part of Thanksgiving for last, the stuffing!

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Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch

This recipe for Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch is perfect for holiday parties, Friendsgiving, or anytime you need a Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

This recipe for Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch is perfect for holiday parties, Friendsgiving, or anytime you need a Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

It’s day 3 of Thanksgiving Week on the blog and today we’re getting boozy!

If you love a good Moscow Mule, (and really who doesn’t?!) you’re going to love this Moscow Mule Punch Recipe!

It’s festive, delicious and the perfect Moscow Mule recipe for a crowd!

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Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies

Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies

Y’all, these are seriously the best cookies ever!

Like, salty, sweet, chewy, caramely, best cookies ever, that I’m totally obsessed with!

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Roasted Turkey Breast with Blue Cheese Mushroom Gravy

Adding blue cheese to mushroom gravy makes a creamy and flavorful gravy recipe that’s perfect on top of sliced roasted turkey breast.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Blue Cheese Mushroom Gravy Recipe

In my family, we love to prepare a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey at the holidays. We have a small family, only 6 of us for Christmas dinner, so making a turkey breast gives us the perfect amount of turkey for everyone!

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Sweetpotato Double Chocolate Cookies

Sweet Potato Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Last night, I was invited to make a guest appearance on Tonight In San Diego, a fantastic variety show featuring local San Diego talent.

During my appearance I talked about holiday entertaining and showed them a few of my favorite holiday recipes including Mini Buffalo Chicken Tostadas for an appetizer, Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch for a cocktail and these “Secret Ingredient” Double Chocolate Cookies for dessert.

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Cranberry Pear French Toast Bake

Cranberry Pear French Toast Bake Recipe

If you’re a fan of a little sweet, a little tart and a lot of delicious, than this is the holiday breakfast of your dreams!

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Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers are the perfect appetizer for holiday or Superbowl parties & a great way to use up leftover stuffing!

Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers

It’s holiday party season people! And what says holiday spirit more than Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers?!

That’s right, I added stuffing to Jalapeno Poppers!

The original idea came after Thanksgiving when I still had Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas on my mind, but then as my annual holiday party came closer last weekend, I started to think that they would be the perfect appetizer for my party.

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Mason Jar Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Mason Jar Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

While I pride myself on holding off of Christmas music, baking and decorating until after Thanksgiving, I have no problem starting the Christmas party the day after Thanksgiving, which is exactly what I’m doing on the blog today!

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Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry

This scrumptious puff pastry recipe is filled with cream cheese, turkey and cranberry relish, perfect for putting those Thanksgiving leftovers to use!

Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry Recipe

It’s two days until Thanksgiving, and while some of you might be preparing to make your first whole turkey EVER, I actually got to experience this feat two weeks ago!

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Apple Honey Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini

Since I can never get enough wine and cheese in my life, I present to you a super simple crostini appetizer recipe featuring cheese, paired with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Wine!

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Pear Pomegranate Martini

Pear Pomegranate Martini

For todays festive new drink recipe, I partnered up with my friends at bai to bring you a tasty, low calorie, naturally sweetened martini!

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Italian 5 Layer Dip

Tracking PixelIt’s just 9 days until Christmas, so today I’m sharing a simple, tasty and festive holiday appetizer recipe with wine pairings, sponsored by Mirassou wines!

Italian 5 Layer Dip

I love this Italian 5 Layer Dip because it can be as simple or as homemade as you would like!

Roasted garlic hummus, basil pesto and tomato bruschetta can all be easily found packaged at the grocery store or simply made using the recipe links below.

Layer them all up and you have a festive holiday dip that’s full of delicious Italian flavors and ready to be enjoyed with Mirassou fruit-forward wines!

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

This Dish. Two words. Mouth Watering.

One bite of this risotto and you’ll be in creamy, cheesy heaven!

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Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

This bacon wrapped turkey breast is covered in a balsamic garlic herb rub then wrapped in a bacon weave for a flavorful, juicy turkey recipe.

Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

It’s the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog and I’ve saved the big kahuna for last! That’s right, the turkey, the epicenter of the Thanksgiving table!

Since we have a small family, we started preparing a turkey breast a few years back instead of a whole turkey. It’s the perfect size for 4-6 people and if you want to try a couple of different turkey recipes, this is a great way to do it! Read the full post here!

Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball

Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball

There might be nothing I love more in life than cheese…. ok, maybe my Mom and Dad and the movie Elf, but that’s about it. Everything else comes second to my obsessive love of CHEESE!

For my annual Christmas Birthday Cocktail Party I decided to make the Buffalo Cheese Ball from my cookbook “Buffalo Style“. I decided that the savory cheese ball needed a sweeter counterpart, therefore the Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball was born!

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Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Turkey is brined in white wine, rubbed with spices, roasted in the oven, then glazed with cranberry sauce in this cranberry glazed turkey breast recipe.

Cranberry Turkey Breast

I was lucky enough to travel back to my home town in Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my family this year.

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We had a wonderful time and even got a little snow!

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My good friend Michael and adopted member of our family had this amazing apron custom-made for me!

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It definitely got me excited to go in the kitchen and prepare our Christmas feast, which included this delicious Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast!!

I made this dish on Thanksgiving a couple of years ago along side my Herb Crusted Turkey Breast and my Mom loved it so much that she specifically requested it for Christmas dinner!

Although you do have to brine it the night before, it’s still super simple to make and only takes about 30 minutes of actual work time to prepare the brine, rub the turkey and make the glaze!

Turkey Breast Brining Ingredients

Ingredients (brine)

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3-4 lb. boneless turkey breast

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Ingredients (rub)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme

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Ingredients (cranberry glaze)

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup orange flavor liqueur

Combine all of the brining ingredients in a large container, then place the turkey breast in the brine and place into the refrigerator overnight.

Remove the turkey in the morning and pat dry, then brush with olive oil.

Next, combine the spice rub in a small bowl.

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Rub the spices over the turkey and place in a baking dish. Roast the turkey in a 375° oven for one hour.

In the meantime, prepare the cranberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Wait for the cranberries to begin bursting, then stir well and allow the glaze to simmer over low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.

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Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.

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Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.

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Serve the strained cranberries on the side as a cranberry sauce for guests to top their turkey with, if so desired!

Place on a platter with a sprig of thyme and a few whole cranberries for a beautifully presented dish!

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

This Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast is so flavorful, moist and scrumptious!

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Hope everyone had a delicious, fun, happy and memorable holiday season!

Thanks to Emeril Lagasse on Food Network for the original inspiration for this recipe!

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 6-8

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Ingredients

    Brine
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3-4 lb. boneless turkey breast
  • Rub
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • Cranberry Glaze
  • 12 oz cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup orange flavor liqueur

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the brining ingredients in a large container, then place the turkey breast in the brine and place into the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Remove the turkey in the morning and pat dry, then brush with olive oil.
  3. Combine the spice rub in a small bowl.
  4. Rub the spices over the turkey and place in a baking dish.
  5. Roast the turkey in a 375° oven for one hour.
  6. Prepare the cranberry glaze by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Wait for the cranberries to begin bursting, then stir well and allow the glaze to simmer over low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  8. Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.
  9. Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.
  10. Serve the strained cranberries on the side as a cranberry sauce for guests to top their turkey with.
  11. Place on a platter with a sprig of thyme and a few whole cranberries.
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Little Leopard Book Holiday Photo Shoot

Last week I had the pleasure of working with Photographer, Drew Casey, for the first time. A fellow Okie with several mutual friends it was the perfect match for the Little Leopard Book holiday shoot!

I love the holidays, decorating for them, cooking for them and most of all… throwing parties for them!

I wanted to take pictures that incorporated all of the above to show my little leopard holiday spirit across the blog and around the LLB social media universe!  Thanks to Drew for helping me accomplish just that!

*Cupcakes and Cranberry Martinis*

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*Baking with Style*

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*Hostess with the Mostess*

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*Little Leopard Book All Dolled Up*

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*Cupcake Beautification in Progress*

Frosting Cupcakes

*Treats for my Sweets*

Christmas Hostess Serving Cupcakes

*Happy Holidays*

Christmas Style

How to Make Your Own Team Holiday Ornaments

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These holiday ornaments are so simple to make, they are a great way to show your team spirit at the holidays and get a little crafty while you’re at it!

Because of the simplicity (and lack of messy products), these are perfect to make with kids of any age.  They will love having their own special ornament to put on the tree while showing off their favorite team colors!

I made two different ornaments for my two favorite teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the OKC Thunder!

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Supplies Needed:

  1. Clear plastic ornament balls – $.49 (each)
  2. Colored pom-pom Balls – 15 for $1.69
  3. Colored small glass gems – small bag for $2.79
  4. Basketball (baseball or football) beads – small bag for $3.99
  5. Small Foam Letter Stickers – $2.99
  6. Small Foam Star Stickers – $1.49

Steps:

1. Begin to fill the ornament with the glass gems or pom-pom balls.

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2. For the pom-pom ball ornament, I layered the two different colors top/middle/bottom.

For the glass gems and basketballs, I began with one color, added the basketball beads in the middle, then added the other color on top.

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3. Place the top back onto the ornament, then add the letters and stars!

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Voila!  3 simples steps and your custom team ornaments are on the tree!

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The great thing about these ornaments is the colors and letters can be completely customized to match middle school, high school or college colors, as well as NFL, NBA or MLB!

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Happy Holidays, Thunder Up and Boomer Sooner, from the Little Leopard family to yours!

Little Leopard Book’s First Christmas

I wish I had one of those cute little t-shirt’s that says “My First Christmas” to wrap around the little leopard book… but I don’t… so I’ll just leave a post so she’ll be able to remember her first Christmas!

This Christmas I’ve re-confirmed 3 things about my life:

1. I have the best family in the world!

2. I love food!

3. Nothing makes me happier than when my friends and family are happy!

The greatest Christmas gift to come this year was the newest addition to my “LA Family”, one of my oldest and best friends first baby boy came into the world just in time for some turkey and mistletoe! I am so excited to welcome him to the family when I arrive back to LA!

I was blessed enough to spend Christmas in Houston with my Mom, Dad, Brother, Aunt, “FSIL” (Future Sister In Law) and 86-year-old grandma!  I feel so lucky to still have a living grandparent to spend the holidays with and the highlight of my day was watching her read my blog on my Mom’s iPad!

I hope your holidays were filled with food, friends, family and fun… and remember 3 out of 4 ain’t bad 😉

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Bloggies!