Y’all, these are seriously the best cookies ever!
Like, salty, sweet, chewy, caramely, best cookies ever, that I’m totally obsessed with!
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!
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.
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.
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!
It’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!
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!
It’s the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on LLB 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!
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!
I was lucky enough to travel back to my home town in Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my family this year.
We had a wonderful time and even got a little snow!
My good friend Michael and adopted member of our family had this amazing apron custom-made for me!
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!
Ingredients (cranberry glaze)
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.
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.
Strain the glaze with a mesh strainer.
Glaze the turkey breast with a basting brush using the strained cranberry glaze.
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!
This turkey is so flavorful, moist and scrumptious!
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.
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*
*Baking with Style*
*Hostess with the Mostess*
*Little Leopard Book All Dolled Up*
*Cupcake Beautification in Progress*
*Treats for my Sweets*
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!
1. Begin to fill the ornament with the glass gems or pom-pom balls.
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.
3. Place the top back onto the ornament, then add the letters and stars!
Voila! 3 simples steps and your custom team ornaments are on the tree!
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!
Happy Holidays, Thunder Up and Boomer Sooner, from the Little Leopard family to yours!
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!
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