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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Cranberry Eggnog Bread

When I am in the mood to bake I often find myself looking for sweet quick breads. Many loaves have baked up, but this one, oh this one. Eggnog and cranberries are up front and center, which is what I love about this recipe. It is strong in flavor and the texture is wonderful.
This has to be one of the best sweet breads I have ever made. The texture, the taste, everything about it was absolutely fantastic.

To make a Cranberry Eggnog Trifle using this recipe: Cube the cranberry eggnog bread. For the filling I combined a package of instant vanilla pudding with eggnog (however much it calls for on the package, typically it is 2 cups.) After that has set for a few minutes, combine it with a container of cool whip. Mix with an electric hand mixer then layer in a trifle dish. Fantastic.

Many thanks to the wonderful blog, Your Cup of Cake for this recipe. I skipped the glaze only because I used every last drop of eggnog in the bread itself. Enjoy!

Italian Spumoni Cookies (Cherry, Vanilla and Pistachio)

Today I'm happy to be bringing you a new favorite Christmas cookie. Let me present to you the Italian Spumoni Cookie. Layers of cherry, vanilla and pistachio make up this delicious holiday cookie. While quite crisp after cooling, they will soften just a bit if you store them in a tupperware or a ziploc overnight.

Personally I have usually seen the spumoni flavor combination as cherry, chocolate and pistachio, but after researching it I found that vanilla is also used and is labelled as spumoni as well. I find the red, white and green to be very festive for the holiday season. Adorable and they taste wonderful to boot. I adore cherry and pistachio so this cookie is right up my alley.

I  adapted a recipe found at The Gold Lining Girl. I did omit the pistachio nuts to save a little money and my kids prefer it without a lot of nuts. There are a few small nuts here and there from the jello pudding mix, but that was it. There are lots of details in the instructions below, so please be …

Hot Chocolate Snowballs

Are you guys ready to begin Christmas baking? I know I am.

These delicious hot chocolate snowball cookies have a few surprises inside. First, they are made with hot chocolate mix, meaning you can use a plain mix or jazz things up a bit by using a flavored hot chocolate mix like peppermint.

Second, they have a bit of cream cheese mixed into the dough, giving them a great flavor and texture. I tweaked the original recipe just a bit by making the cookies larger and reducing the cooking time. I like my cookies to be tender so this worked out very well. Many thanks to Melissa's Cuisine for the recipe. Enjoy!