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Delicious Holiday Food, Recipes & Prizes to Win

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 12.21.11
Delicious Holiday Food, Recipes & Prizes to Win
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Are you feeling refreshed after a fun-filled holiday weekend?  Maybe you're a little weary after shopping, cooking, travelling and lots of celebrating this week.  Well, with the New Year festivities just a few days away we'd like to remind you about this great round up of recipes for you to try and enjoy!  Our favorite is the stress free brunch which you can make ahead, it's a great idea at any time of year! Thanks to resident food blogger Julie Grice of Savvy Eats Blog for these festive options to try in your kitchen, they are unique and stress free! 

For that perfect winter warmer with a little pick-me up don't forget to enter our fabulous giveaway to win the king of coffee grinders, the Virtuoso Coffee Grinder  ($250) and some amazing new Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaning products available only at Williams-Sonoma. Enter a recipe AND/ OR a comment for a chance to win, see below for entry details.


Great Breakfast Ideas

Whether you're entertaining or just adding a little something new to your breakfast repertoire, here are some great recipe ideas and ways to plan a stress free brunch.

Take a look at 14 Special Breakfasts for your Christmas Morning

Pictured: Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls from Two Peas and Their Pod



Homemade Food Gifts

If you need a last minute something to bring along to a party or just a little something personal for a friend or neighbour, here are some inspired food gifts for friends, hostesses, and of course your favorite foodies.

Read Last Minute DIY Food Gifts


Pictured Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries from a Spicy Perspective






Delicious Winter Warmer Drinks

Lastly who can resist a hot sweet drink this holiday. The perfect festive beverages use seasonal flavors and ingredients to create a memorable way to warm up this winter! 

Try these great recipes with your friends and family this year in  11 Warm Beverages for Cold Days, our favorite is the Grown-up Hot Chocolate! Yum!

Pictured:  Grown-Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows from How Sweet It Is.


This Weeks' Recipe Giveaway

Now to accompany your New year's brunch or dessert what could be better than great cup of coffee with a seasonal blend of freshly ground beans brewed to perfection. There is nothing quite like that smell of fresh ground coffee filling your home.  This week we have a fabulous Virtuoso Coffee Grinder ($250) and some Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaning products to give away, so you can spruce up your French press, drip or espresso maker in no time.

All you need to do to be entered for a chance to win: Submit your favorite holiday dessert or brunch recipe to SheSpeaks Recipes OR  add a comment to this blog post, by 6pm December 29, 2011.  You can enter a recipe AND a comment and you will have two entries to win!

Giveaway Prizes:

Virtuoso Coffee Grinder- $250 Value


Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaning products available exclusively at Williams Sonoma.


 The contest starts Dec 21, 2011 and ends Dec 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.



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  • kellibliss By kellibliss

    My favorite holiday breakfast/brunch is when my family and I get together on Christmas morning at my sister's house where we all engage in and cook eggs, English muffin with some ham, bacon or sausage and also home fries making it a delicious breakfast with a cup of coffee. Then we serve the plates and gather around the table together and eat and have a lot of laughs.

  • Paintedglass By Paintedglass

    Peach Delight 1 box cinnamon graham crackers, crushed 1 large pkg. vanilla instant pudding 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 large can sliced peaches, drained 1 large container of frozen whipped topping, thawed 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping 2 Tbsp. chopped nuts 1. Prepare pudding according to package directions and mix in ground cinnamon; set aside. 2. Crush cinnamon graham crackers in a blender or place in a plastic bag using a rolling pin. 3. Fill the bottom of a large bowl with half of the cinnamon graham cracker crumbs. 4. Cover crumbs with half of prepared pudding. 5. Distribute half of the peach slices over pudding. 6. Spread half of the whipped topping over peaches. 7. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. 8. Drizzle caramel ice cream topping over top of last layer of whipped topping. 9. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

  • Paintedglass By Paintedglass

    Banana Delight 1 package Vanilla Waffers (crushed) 2 large boxes French Vanilla Instant Pudding 4 or 6 bananas, sliced 1 large container of Cool Whip 2 Tablespoons of Chocolate Syrup 2 Tablespoons of Chopped Nuts (optional) 1. Make pudding according to package directions; set aside. 2. Crush cookies in a blender or place in a plastic bag using a rolling pin to crush. 3. Fill a large glass bowl with half of the cookie crumbs. 4. Cover crumbs with half of the prepared pudding. 5. Distribute half of the banana slices over pudding. 6. Spread half of the whipped topping on top of bananas. 7. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients. 8. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top layer of Cool Whip. 9. Sprinkle with chopped nut.

  • linzsnoop By linzsnoop

    each year my husband and i host a brunch for our friends, and i usually make a frittata. Here is my go to receipe: Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 small red potatoes, sliced 1 cup torn fresh spinach 2 tablespoons sliced green onions 1 teaspoon crushed garlic salt and pepper to taste 6 eggs 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Directions 1.Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Place potatoes in the skillet, cover, and cook about 10 minutes, until tender but firm. Mix in spinach, green onions, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes, until spinach is wilted. 2.In a medium bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Pour into the skillet over the vegetables. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until eggs are firm.

  • kitshair By kitshair

    peach Kuchin:1box yellow cake mix,one lg. can sliced peaches,16 oz.sour cream,3/4 cup butter(soften) 2eggs.9x13 dish.Mix cake and butter together and press in dish bottom and sides.Drain peachs(set aside)bake crust 10 min. on 350.Mix eggs and sour cream together.Cool crust,then arange pach sliceson top,drizzle sour cream and egg mixture over peaches,bake 30 min. on 350.Serve warm with ice cream or put in fridge and eat cold.Yum Yum good!

  • Paintedglass By Paintedglass

    Sorry, I entered my recipes for your contest in the wrong place. I corrected myself and entered my recipes for your contest in the SheSpeaks recipes entry; I hope I win.

  • lorialcorn2006 By lorialcorn2006

    My favorite holiday disert comes from england called Eaton Mess - it was a favorite of my Mother in law before she passed away here is the easy way to make Eaton mess you can do it this way or make your own meringue cookies wich is much harder than just buying them premade 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar 3 cups coarsely crumbled pink or white meringue cookies (about 4 ounces) Gently stir together strawberries and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Cover, and let stand at room temperature until juices are released, at least 30 minutes or overnight Coarsely crush berries using a potato masher. Whisk together cream and confectioners sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold in cookies and berries (with juices) until almost combined but ribbons of juice remain. serve right away its very tasty

  • musicalsguru By musicalsguru

    I added my recipe for Cranberry Fluff!


    My kids love Monkey Bread 3/4cup butter (do not use margarine) 1cup packed brown sugar 2tablespoons whipping cream 3 1/2 cups Original Bisquick® mix 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons butter, softened (do not use margarine) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1egg 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon Heat oven to 350°F. Spray tube cake pan with pam cooking spray large bowl stir Bisquick mix milk sugar 3 tbl butter vanilla & egg until soft dough forms Shape dough into 1inch balls In small bowl, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. Roll ball in sugar mixture place in pan. Sprinkle with any remaining sugar mixture. Bake 22 to 28 min or until golden brown Cool 10 minutes. Place plate upside down over pan turn plate and pan over Remove pan Serve warm. u can also use pillsbury dough Kids & adults love em My house these are only made for the holidays to keep them so excited to have them family looks forward 2 them Merry Christmas jingleHugs Ty enjoy *+*

  • christinlilly By christinlilly

    We always do a fish dinner on Christmas day. This one is SOOOO easy! INGREDIENTS: 1 12 oz can tuna (I used chunk light) 6oz whole wheat egg noodles (half of a bag) 6-7 oz cheddar cheese with dill 1/2 cup milk salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Cook noodles as directed. Drain. While noodles are cooking, melt cheese along with salt and pepper Add in milk slowly, stirring into cheese until it is a creamy consistency (it may be a bit lumpy, but should be thickish) Add in tuna to cheese, stir. Place cheese/tuna mixture into noodles and toss. Garnish with parmesan if you desire. ETA: I submitted this recipe to be reviewed for posting under SheSpeaks Recipes

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