Creamy Belgian Spice Cookie Treats

Belgian-Spice-Cookie-Cream-Treats-2The first few weeks after the holidays always have a bit of a stale aftertaste to them in my book. After the warmth and sparkly splendor of the pre-holiday season have taken their leave, leaving our surroundings seemingly bare and cold, I always get this urge to merge this “true” winter with the postcard-perfect winter imagery our Christmas Markets and related City decorations have implanted into our heads in recent weeks.

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Mandarin Orange-Almond Caramel Pancakes with Caramelized Figs and Cinnamon Crumble

Mandarin-Orange-Almond-Caramel-Pancakes-Caramelized-Figs-Cinnamon-Crumble-3Happy New Year everyone~! I hope you guys had yourselves a fantastic blast, welcoming 2020 last night – and of course, that you’re not still suffering from the lingering “consequences” a party-related blast has in tow on occasion.

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GW2 Wintersday Special: Bolo de Mel Muffins aka “Fruitcake”

Bolo-de-Mel-Muffins-Fruitcake-Honey-Cake-3Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic time so far~ I thought I’d close off this year’s parade of recipes – which I very much hope you guys enjoyed as much as we did – with one of my personal highlights in more than one regard, which also fits this festive occasion… in more than one regard! Talk about a roundhouse swat to tick all available boxes at once.. anyways, here goes the scoop.

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Winter Chocolate Box Special – Orange & Rosemary Marzipan Chocolates

Winter-Box-Chocolates-Special-Orange-Rosemary-Marzipan-Chocolates-3Alright guys, as always around this time of the year, it’s time for my Winter Box of Chocolates! This time around I actually had help during the selection (actually, help me out on this one… does “Everything!” qualify as help along the lines of “pick two out of these five”~? Hmmm?).

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Gingerbread Panna Cotta & Blood Orange Curd

Gingerbread-Panna-Cotta-Blood-Orange-Curd-3Come November, about 75% of the people I know well enough to mark their birthdays on my calendar are about to celebrate another chapter of their lives during the next handful of weeks. Whenever there’s related festive gatherings of 3 or more people – and the promise of food – involved in the shindig, I’ve noticed a peculiar drop in the upkeep of the Birthday Cake tradition. Not in general, mind you, just the children of winter seem to have lost interest in the concept for no evident reason.

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Salted Butter Caramel & Belgian Spice Cookie Chocolates

Salted-Butter-Caramel-Belgian-Spice-Cookie-Chocolates-3Aha, temperatures have dropped down to a level that allows chocolate to make an appearance in a non-ice-creamy or unintentionally-melted state~! By now, of course, the mindnumbigly aggressive Christmas brainwash, brought to us by our favorite food industry, is already in full swing, selling Christmas sweets since mid-September.

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GW2 Gluten-Free Cherry-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-Free-Cherry-Chocolate-Oatmeal-Cookies-2Warning! Health-Nut-Aleeeert~! Now, I’m aware that this might not be an opening fitting these extraordinarily delicious cookies, but they were in fact the first result of a snippet of health-related enlightenment I picked up rather recently – In the beautiful online-world of Tyria, of all places. Who would have thought~!

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Black Cherry & Limoncello Tiramisu

Black-Cherry-Limoncello-Tiramisu-6As Summer is returning, high temperatures and all, so is the time for easy-breezy-to-whip-up refreshments shining an appropriate spotlight on the edible stars of this season! The next three recipes I’ve prepped for you guys do, at least in my book, exactly that – highlighting mother natures masterpieces of Summer with little to no effort, leaving you with enough extra time on hand to go for a walk and enjoy the great outdoors for a while before digging in~

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Pineapple & Coconut “Virgin Colada” Energy Balls

Pineapple-Coconut-Virgin-Colada-Energy-Balls-2Ah, here it is, Summer! Outdoors season for Hubby and me has arrived! Whether it’s Hubby taking his bike up and down the surrounding mountains, me rolling out my Yoga mat beneath my favorite tree in the park or the both of us hiking the trails, having a healthy dose of backup energy stashed away in easy reach is always a good idea. Since I don’t do storebought energy/granola bars on principle, I have made a habit, as you guys might have noticed, of coming up with new energy ball combinations – while also whipping up our favorites, of course – on a very regular basis. That’s why there’s an fruity energy bite to be found in every single one of my chocolate boxes~!

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