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Month: December, 2016

RecipeGirl: Princess Cruises Relaxing Hideaway: The Sanctuary

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Princess Cruises Relaxing Hideaway: The Sanctuary Dec 30th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
Today I’m sharing my final post for Princess Cruises Relaxing Hideaway: The Sanctuary

Princess Cruises Relaxing Hideaway: The Sanctuary

Even when you’re on a giant cruise ship, you may feel the need to get away from it all… get away from the crowds, the pools full of children and the busy bar scene. Although there are actually a lot of places on The Ruby Princess to find peace and quiet, The Sanctuary was a special place that I had to check out.

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RecipeGirl: Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer Recipe

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Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer Recipe Dec 26th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s an appetizer that anyone can make: Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer Recipe

Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer recipe - from

You’ve probably seen this recipe around from time to time. It has been floating around on the internet forever, so the exact origin is probably impossible to nail down.

These are nothing genius, they’re nothing gourmet, and they’re not even anything very special. HOWEVER, these are the appetizer on the table that everyone will gobble up immediately!

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RecipeGirl: Fireplace Remodel

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Fireplace Remodel Dec 24th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
We’ve done a little bit more remodeling in our home since our big Master Bathroom Remodel– this time, we re-surfaced our boring ‘ol fireplace – giving it a Fireplace Remodel.

Fireplace Remodel at a home in the mountains of Lake Tahoe - by

This is the after-picture, so I’m giving you a sneak peek! But if you look at the photos following, you’ll see what a big change this was.

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RecipeGirl: Old Bay Potato Latkes

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Old Bay Potato Latkes Dec 22nd 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s an easy recipe that is impressive too: Old Bay Potato Latkes

Old Bay Potato Latkes recipe - from

When I was in college, I worked at a Jewish elementary school as both a teacher’s aide and after-school daycare director. It was there that I became rather familiar with all kinds of Jewish food, traditions and holidays. They took me in and embraced me, and I was happy to learn all about it.

I ate more challah and bagels in those three years than I can remember. I tried matzoh ball soup, kugel, sufganiyot, rugelach, brisket, borscht, and hamantaschen. And every year at Hanukkah, there were endless amounts of latkes served up too. I’ve only made them at home a couple of times, and I was happy to try a new recipe this week.

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RecipeGirl: Red Currant Thumbprint Cookies

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Red Currant Thumbprint Cookies Dec 20th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
These Red Currant Thumbprint Cookies are pretty on a holiday cookie platter.

Red Currant Thumbprint Cookies recipe - from

The cookie dough for these is rolled into balls, dipped in egg white and rolled in pecan pieces. As is typical with a “thumbprint” type of cookie, your thumb is pushed into the cookie ball before baking in the oven. When the cookies come out of the oven, they do puff up a little bit… so after a short amount of cooling, you’ll use your thumb again to re-create the indentation in the center of the cookie

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RecipeGirl: Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

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Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls Dec 18th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
This is an easy and delicious, no-bake dessert: Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Balls drizzled with chocolate - from

These goodies are so easy to make that it’s crazy. If you’re not much of a baker, then you’ll be happy with this recipe because it’s NO BAKE. That means you’re much less likely to screw anything up.

And if you’re at high altitude and have trouble with baking, you’ll be happy to know that this one won’t get messed up by the altitude either.

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RecipeGirl: Eggnog French Toast Casserole

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Eggnog French Toast Casserole Dec 17th 2016, 11:00, by Maryanne Cabrera
This Eggnog French Toast Casserole will make holiday breakfast a breeze to serve!

Eggnog French Toast Casserole recipe - by

I normally gravitate towards grab-and-go breakfasts: muffins, scones, croissants. Basically anything I can eat quickly with my morning coffee. Weekend breakfasts are a completely different story. That’s when I crave a hot breakfast, fresh squeezed juice, and free time to lounge around.

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RecipeGirl: Winter Holiday Sangria

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Winter Holiday Sangria Dec 15th 2016, 11:00, by Nick Evans
Over the holiday season, have a batch of this delicious and easy Winter Holiday Sangria in the fridge to make entertaining easy!

Winter Holiday Sangria recipe - from

I’m not sure that there’s any better cocktail for entertaining than a good homemade sangria. The best part about it is that it actually gets better the longer it sits (up to a few days) in the fridge. This time of year, when visitors are always popping in and out, I like to keep a good homemade sangria pitcher in my fridge for easy entertaining.

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RecipeGirl: Roasted Pork with Blackberry Sauce

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Roasted Pork with Blackberry Sauce Dec 14th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
Here’s a fancy dinner recipe that really isn’t fancy at all: Roasted Pork with Blackberry Sauce

Roasted Pork with Blackberry Sauce recipe - from

Today I’m highlighting a dinner recipe that is quick and easy, and it’s definitely pretty enough for holiday entertaining.

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RecipeGirl: Chocolate Mint Wafers

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Chocolate Mint Wafers Dec 13th 2016, 11:00, by Lori Lange
These Chocolate Mint Wafers are the perfect holiday treat! They look so pretty edged with red and green nonpareils, and they would make a fabulous, luxury addition to your holiday cookie platters.

Chocolate Mint Wafers cookies recipe - from

These cookies first debuted here on RecipeGirl a few years back. I discovered the recipe in Martha Stewart’s old Everyday Food magazine… remember that one? I loved that tiny book-like magazine for its simple recipes. Anyway, this recipe has always been very much loved.

If you’re fond of the Girl Scout thin mint cookies, then you’ll really be happy with these chocolate mint wafers. They’re just like a copycat Girl Scout thin mint cookie! In other words, they’re addicting. You’ll want to eat a bunch of these guys.

Chocolate Mint Wafers cookies recipe - from

Of course, if it’s March or August or some other month, you can certainly make these cookies and enjoy them any time of year. They’re awesome!

Thanks to Miranda from the blog for these beautiful photos. Miranda is one of the photographers for, and she captured the deliciousness of these cookies perfectly!

Yield: About 34 cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Chocolate Mint Wafers

These cookies resemble the Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies in both appearance and flavor.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large Eggland’s Best egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles or nonpareils, for decorating (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  4. Scoop out the dough by the teaspoon and form balls; place on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart (they won’t spread much). Dip the bottom of a glass in water, and flatten the balls into 1 1/2-inch rounds (about 1/4-inch thick). Bake until slightly firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Keep parchment on baking sheets.
  5. Make the chocolate coating: Place the chocolate, peppermint extract and salt in a glass microwave-proof pyrex bowl or measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth and hot. Remove from the microwave and set next to parchment lined baking sheets. If you do not have a microwave, you can melt the chocolate in a small pan over very low heat, stirring constantly until melted.
  6. Dipping the cookies: Set each cookie across the tines of a fork, dunk in chocolate. Tap the underside of the fork on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off and create a smooth top. Gently place cookies on baking sheet, and decorate with sprinkles (if desired).
  7. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened, about 30 minutes, and keep chilled until ready to serve.


  • These may be frozen.

SOURCE: (Adapted barely from Everyday Food)

Here are a few more mint cookie recipes you might enjoy: