Crazy for Peppermint

Wow, how has Christmas already come and gone? Is it really already New Years Eve??? I am always so sad when the holidays are over. I just love all the decorations, the parties, the time spent with family, the gifts :-), etc. Time just seems to fly by and now it is time to pack up the decorations and take down the tree 😦

Thankfully this last weekend, we were able to have one last celebration. We did a mini Christmas with the hubby’s side of the family! On Christmas Eve/Day we celebrated with my family so this past weekend we had Christmas all over again.

On Friday night when the Mr.’s parents arrived the four of us went out to a cute Italian restaurant in the Roosevelt neightborhood called Marcello’s. It was delicious! Saturday morning I made breakfast (Sausage Breakfast Rolls – will share another time) and then we headed out to Woodinville for a little wine tasting! We only did two stops. We went to Apex (had a deal there) and Patterson’s Cellar.

On Saturday evening, the East Side Pieps (brother and sister-in-law) joined us for a big dinner, presents and games! Despite my pork roast taking twice as long to cook than expected, the dinner turned out delicious. We also played a few rounds of Things which is a really, really fun game for a group!

On Sunday we went out to a nice brunch after church at Louisa’s in the Eastlake Neighborhood. I had never heard of it, but will definitely go back one of these days! Wish I would have taken pictures. The food was awesome and the cafe was super cute! I ordered the Six Veggie Scramble…yummy!

Ok, back to my food related items…this year, thanks to my new kitchen aid mixer, I have really been into baking. Also, as the Mr. loves ice cream and we have an ice cream maker, I have been wanting to try out some ice cream recipes! For some odd reason this season, I have really been drawn to peppermint recipes. No idea why, probably just because it seems to fit with the holiday so well. Anyhow, there were two recipes I made this year that were absolutely amazing. The first was a Peppermint Pound Cake and the second was Peppermint Ice Cream! Enjoy!

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Peppermint Pound Cake and Peppermint Glaze (from NancyCreative)

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups), softened
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan. In large bowl, blend sugar and softened butter. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Alternate adding flour and milk to mixture, blending well. Add peppermint and vanilla extracts, and stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 70-80 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then carefully remove from pan and cool completely. While cake is cooling, make the glaze.

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 crushed candy canes, for garnish

Mix first three ingredients together, blending well. Drizzle over cooled pound cake. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes, and let glaze set.

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Sadly I don’t have any photos of the ice cream. But do trust me that it is awesome and easy. Definitely worth it if you have a ice cream maker!

Peppermint Ice Cream (from Your Homebased Mom)

  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C half and half
  • 2 C whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C crushed peppermint candy

Mix together milks. Add in sugar, salt, vanilla and peppermint. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into ice cream maker and add in crushed candy cane. Process in ice cream maker.

Happy 2013!

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