Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Did you check out yesterday’s recipe for pumpkin pancakes? So good. Yum!

Today, I’d like to share my recipe for pumpkin muffins. These are for rich, dense, moist muffins. They have the perfect balance of spice and pumpkin flavors, and are not too sweet. They’re great on their own, warm or cold… but would also be fabulous with cream cheese, or a bit of cream cheese frosting. (more…)

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Ah! Today is day 2 of my “mental health weekend” with my husband. After so much work, rushing around, and general stress the past few weeks, we made a pact to engage in NONE of that, this weekend. No work, no car repairs, no chores, no stress. Awesome!

Of course.. we kind of cheated. Free time means I’m freed up to play around in the kitchen.. which means I can experiment, make home cooked meals… etc. This wasn’t totally a bad thing – We’ve been on a bit of a pumpkin kick ever since the Pumpkin Nanaimo Bar creation a couple weeks ago, and could now finally act on it.

So, this morning I made pumpkin pancakes AND pumpkin muffins! The pancakes are SO tasty – full of flavor, very fluffy and moist. SO good! Read on for the recipe – muffins recipe coming tomorrow! (more…)

Happy Thanksgiving – Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bar Recipe!

Happy Thanksgiving!

You know, this is my very first Thanksgiving as an out-of-the-closet immigrant! Feels good to not have to worry if wishing “Happy Thanksgiving” in the beginning of October will “out” me!

Unfortunately, this is also my first Canadian Thanksgiving that I’m actually too busy to celebrate. Normally, we celebrate both Thanksgivings each year. It kind of snuck up on me, too. I was listening to the Z103.5 morning show online, as I always do.. and they were excitedly talking about their long weekend plans. Drat!

So, while I didn’t have time or energy to really do much for Thanksgiving this weekend (because today isn’t a stat holiday in the USA), I decided I’d do something that was at least Thanksgiving-ish and Canadian – I’d invent a new, Thanksgiving themed Nanaimo Bar! It may not be a full turkey dinner, but as desserts go – you can’t get more Canadian than a Nanaimo bar. Done! Click through for a photo and the recipe!

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Easy Blood Orange Cranberry Dark Chocolate Fudge

And here we are, the final day of my “blood orange plus cranberries” candy making freakout! If you missed the past few blog entries, be sure to check out our recipes for Blood orange cranberry toffee, Easy blood orange cranberry white chocolate fudge, and TRADITIONAL blood orange cranberry fudge. Whew.

Today’s recipe is very similar to Friday’s recipe, but ends with a very different flavor profile. Again, this one takes about 2 minutes to make – let’s get to it!

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Traditional Fudge – Blood Orange Cranberry Fudge

Day 3 of my “blood orange essential oil + cranberries” candy recipe binge! Only 1 more coming, I swear!

If you haven’t seen the past 2 days worth of entries, check out our recipes for Blood orange cranberry toffee and Blood orange cranberry easy white chocolate fudge. Takes more time to type the name of that second recipe than it does to make it!

Yesterday, I mentioned the two different types of fudge, before leading you down the easy path. Well, today’s the traditional route! Be sure to follow my instructions – stirring too much, when you’re not supposed to, not allowing the syrup to cool, etc can result in a grainy fudge. What you’re aiming for here is CREAMY. Yum! On to the recipe!

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Easy Blood Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Fudge

If haven’t read yesterday’s post yet, you should. It gives a bit of background info on the next couple days worth of recipes… basically, all a love letter to Blood orange essential oil! Today, I’ll be sharing my recipe for blood orange cranberry white chocolate “easy” fudge.

Now, there are two main types of fudge. It doesn’t have anything to do with flavor, it’s about base ingredients and technique:

Easy fudge takes about 2 minutes to make (aside from the time it takes to cool and set), and just two base ingredients: Some type of chocolate, and sweetened condensed milk. You melt them together, add some flavorings, and let it set. DONE.

Traditional fudge takes a little more time and effort, and completely different base ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, milk and butter. You cook it to a certain point, allow it to cool, beat it, THEN let it set.

Today we’re going for an easy fudge, tomorrow I’ll be posting a traditional fudge recipe. As mentioned yesterday, they’ll both be flavored with blood orange essential oil and cranberries – a favorite combination of mine. What can I say, I was on a kick! Let’s get to it… (more…)

Blood Orange Cranberry Toffee

So, it’s officially fall! All over Twitter and the blogosphere, people are talking about getting back to baking. It’s always fun to see what everyone’s up to. However, as someone who bakes year round, fall means something else to me, culinarily speaking – it means CANDY MAKING season.

Sure, it’s easy to make candy year round.. I just don’t, really. In the fall, you not only have the pretty colors and crisp air to inspire you.. you have references to Halloween – some subtle, many not! – all around you. Fall is when we here at Celebration Generation start looking forward to our annual Halloween trip out east, and plan trips to pick apples. Mmm freshly picked apples. Mmm freshly picked apples, dipped in molten, flavored sugar. Yum. Have you tried making candy apples at home? If not, click that link – our recipe is easy and tasty!

Well, I went on a candy making binge this past weekend, and will be sharing the recipes with you over the next few days. 3 different styles of fudge, plus one toffee… all flavored with blood orange essential oil, and crammed with sweetened, dried cranberries!

Blood orange essential oil is my favorite flavoring, by far. It’s the oil pressed from the peels of blood orange rind – not an alcohol infusion, such as vanilla extract. It’s sunny, it’s potent.. and it’s pure awesomeness. Yes!

If you don’t have blood orange essential oil on hand, I highly recommend ordering some online. A quick Google search yields a ton of results for ordering online. I now order bulk from a wholesaler, but when I first played around with it, I ordered small bottles from Anabell’s Escentials on Ebay. Good stuff!

Anyway, let’s get started!

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Hop Flavored Dark Chocolate Truffles

If you saw yesterdays’ blog entry, you have already had a preview of the kind of yummy, twisted thinking that an unfortunate fall ended up inspiring. This is the second half of that epiphany: Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Hop Flavored Dark Chocolate Truffles!

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Hop Flavored Beer Lollipops Recipe – LolliHOPS!

This morning, I took a pretty nasty fall. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been dealing with a particularly stubborn hip injury. Long story short, I spent the day first in extreme pain, then high as a kite on Codeine.

Why am I telling you this? Well, it had a big part in inspiring today’s recipe! They say “In Vino veritas” (In wine, truth). Yeah, well… In Codeine, Inspiration!

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Shot Tectonics – The Science of Layered Shooters

Layering shots is not only a pretty way to pour delicious drinks, it’s also a lot of fun. A bit of flavor mixology, some math, some experimentation, pretty colors… that’s always a recipe for entertainment! It’s a shame that it seems to be a technique that’s gone out of favor – the fast paced environment of today’s clubs has put a kibosh on the previous popularity of layering. Bah! Let’s bring it back!

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