Shun Knife Giveaway! (closed)

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Source If you’ve been an Espresso and Cream reader for a while, then you may have noticed that giveaways have been a little sparse around here lately. I think the last giveaway I did was back during the beginning of October. I’ve been a little bit busy, sure, but the real reason I’ve been holding back on the giveaways is because I wanted to make December’s giveaway something really special. When I turned 18 my mom gave me the best … Read More

Toasted Pecan Shortbread

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Nothing like getting a jump on December cooking making, right? I was sitting on the couch with some of my cookbooks last week when I stumbled upon a shortbread recipe in Gourmet Today. There wasn’t anything different about the recipe. In fact, it was pretty simple. Straightforward and to the point is how I like my recipes. What really got me hooked on the idea of making this shortbread was the idea that it could be a blank canvas for … Read More

A Happy Thanksgiving, Indeed!

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  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of delicious food and plenty of dessert. And if you are a little bit crazy (like my family is), then I hope you got some amazing Black Friday deals, too!  We arrived back home to Orange City on Wednesday night and got to prepping for the Thanksgiving meal right away. My mom had already set the tables and had the turkey soaking in a brine, but there was plenty to … Read More

Video Tutorial: How to Make an Infinity Scarf

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As promised, I filmed a video tutorial this week on how to make the infinity scarf I posted a couple weeks back after getting a number of people asking me for the pattern I used. The thing is, I didn’t use a pattern, I just sort of flew by the seat of my pants and made it up as I go. Before you watch the video, know that:a. I know very little about crocheting, so my verbage and explanations are … Read More

Baked Oatmeal

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Since I’m guessing by now most of you have your Thanksgiving meal planned and your recipes selected, I thought it might be helpful to shift gears a bit. Chances are that during the next month you will probably have guests staying at your house overnight, or perhaps you are planning on hosting a brunch in the days leading up to Thanksgiving or Christmas. For me, this type of situation has always proved to be a little tricky. The most common … Read More

Rachael Ray: The FInale

In Uncategorized by Madison MayberryLeave a Comment By now I think that many of you have seen the finale of “Hey, Can You Cook?! All-Stars”. If not, head on over here to watch. I won’t spoil the ending for those of you who are planning to watch this afternoon or have it recorded on a DVR.  But since the final episode has now aired, I figured it was high time I shared the rest of the photos on my iPhone from the finale, as well as … Read More

Healthier Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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I promise that once Thanksgiving has come and gone, I will return to posting things that aren’t filled with pumpkin. But my love for the stuff is still going strong, and I intend to keep baking with pumpkin until Turkey day arrives. Last weekend I spent a little time scouring magazines looking for recipes for our family Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you all, but on Thanksgiving I prefer to indulge responsibly. There is nothing I hate more than the … Read More

Rachael Ray in Mexico

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  Ever since I returned from Mexico while traveling there for “Hey, Can You Cook?! All-Stars” I’ve been dying to share photos from my trip. Alas, I have had to keep my mouth shut and my photos to myself for quite a while in order to keep where and what we were filming a surprise for everyone watching at home.  Now that our Mexican adventure episode has aired, I’m happy to share a little glimpse into a week that I … Read More

You Should Roast a Chicken

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Quite often when Joey and I don’t feel like cooking (well, when I don’t feel like cooking), we pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store and I made a bunch of steamed and roasted veggies for me to eat and for him to pair with his chicken. As someone who knows how easy it is to roast a chicken, buying a rotisserie chicken always kills me inside because I know I could do it better. Well this past weekend, … Read More

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

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First of all, thank you SO much for your kind responses to my infinity scarf post! I am trilled that so many of your are interested in making one yourself. If I could share the pattern I used, I would. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow a pattern as much as I just experimented until I found something that worked. I’m thinking of putting together a video tutorial in the upcoming weeks for any of you who would like to give it … Read More

Winter Necessity: Infinity Scarves

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I’m not going to lie, I’m already pretty bummed about the inevitable fact that winter is on the way. Although I love this time of year and celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas, come January, I’m ready to be over with snow an colder temps. To keep me warm as the winter months drag along, I dusted off my crochet needles and made a couple infinity scarves in various weights and colors. A couple years back I made one for a friend … Read More

Caramel Pumpkin Pie

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This weekend Joey and I got together with a group of young couples at our church on Saturday night to share what we are thankful for, what God is doing in our lives and eat pie. Pretty awesome, right? Since we are still pretty new to our town and church, I knew I couldn’t bring just any old pie. I needed a pie that pulled out all the stops. And when I want a recipe that is sure to impress … Read More