Wishing You All…

A Very Merry Christmas!

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Homemade Eggnog

If you’ve never tried or made eggnog from scratch before, let me urge you to do it. Today. It’s my favorite Christmas drink. You can find my step-by-step photos over on the Tasty Kitchen Blog here.

Reuben is sick today. I hope he feels better soon – it’s sad to see him so miserable.

This evening, if he’s feeling up to it, we’re heading over to Reuben’s family’s house (a few miles down the road) for a new-to-me tradition: a soup party! Sounds like an awesome custom to me. Family members bring a different kind of soup to share. So far I’ve heard rumors of seafood, squash-apple-parsnip and oyster (or was is clam?). I’m planning on bringing my Sausage and Potato Soup.

Another new-to-me tradition: opening presents on Christmas Eve. We’ve always saved our presents for each other for early Christmas morning. When do you open your presents?

I leave you with these beautiful words from the hymn “As with Gladness Men of Old” — it’s not one often sung, but the words are powerful. The tune is the same as “For the Beauty of the Earth

As with gladness men of old

Did the guiding star behold

As with joy they hailed its light,

Leading onward, beaming bright

So, most gracious Lord, may we

Evermore be led to Thee.

Holy Jesus, every day

Keep us in the narrow way;

And, when earthly things are past,

Bring our ransomed souls at last

Where they need no star to guide,

Where no clouds thy glory hide.

Merry Christmas from Reuben & Erica!

No-Bake Granola Bars + A Few Favorites

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Hey everyone! Did you survive Thanksgiving?

Methinks you’re gonna need some good, wholesome energy food during holiday prep. These no-bake granola bars are low-fuss so quick to mix up. Make a batch and store in the refrigerator for emergency snacks.

You can check out the step-by-step instructions and recipe over on the Tasty Kitchen Blog here.

Here are a few things I’ve been lovin’ from around the web…

Coffee & Tea Print by Bunny Pumpkin on Etsy

This blog. The photos are just lovely.

Eggs Benedict. Why have I never made this before?!

Woodnote Photography Blog

This lovely kitchen.

Erica Lea Photography

Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch. It’s just good.

Cranberry Cake. Looks so pretty and festive.

This house. And this one.

Lisa Congdon

This sentiment via Lisa Congdon. Just…yes.

Chemex coffee maker. You can buy me one for Christmas, if you want. πŸ˜‰

Tasting Spoons. I need them in my life.

This engagement session. It’s just – I can’t – It’s lovely.

Catherine Huckerby

Photo by Catherine Huckerby

Open shelving. I want it someday…

Tall gingerbread houses.

Chai Shortbread Cookies with Sea Salt. Omnom.

Tiramisu Cake by Call Me Cupcake. Purdy.

What have you been loving lately?

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Spicy sweet pumpkin cupcakes with freshly ground espresso, whipped cream and caramel sauce. Convinced yet?

As Reuben and I drove home from a birthday party for my little niece (I made these for the occasion), I mentioned that I was going to eat a cupcake when we got home. β€œMy cupcake?!” Reuben protested. I assured him there were two left.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

You can check out the step-by-step instructions and recipe over on the Tasty Kitchen Blog.

Hope you’re having a marvelous Monday!

xoxo

Erica Lea

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

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Hey, ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been AWOL for the past couple of weeks. But I have a very good excuse: I was sick with various things for two weeks. Yeah, it was nasty. AND I’ve had a severe case of writer’s block.

But I’m gonna make it up to ya’ll in the form of cookies + a giveaway! Look for it next week.

For now, go check out my guest post on the Tasty Kitchen Blog. This Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is marvy. And it’s super-easy.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Have an awesome day!

xoxo

Erica


Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Scones + Monday Favorites

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Hey everyone! I baked some super-delicious scones. You can check out the recipe + step-by-step photos & instructions on the Tasty Kitchen Blog. {LINK}

Stuff I love at the moment:

Recipes:

Provencal New Potatoes via Simply Recipes | Roasted Broccoli Soup via i am baker | Homemade Lemon Curd via Have Cake, Will Travel | Lemon Crepes via Cook Me Tender | Chocolate Jam Sandwich Cookies via Desserts for Breakfast | Banana Cake with Butterscotch via White on Rice Couple | Thai Tea Ice Cream via Amandeleine

Products:

Cake Plate | Edwyn Collins Mugg | Le CafΓ© Mug | Porcelain Lip Bowl | Bone China Spoons | Rosewood Serving Knife | Linen Apron | Monochrome Cup Set | Bowls | Bowls | And More Bowls | Be Happy Tea Towel | Rustic Honey Pot |

What are you lovin’ today?