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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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  • goodtogether By goodtogether

    This would be awesome!

  • sweettart501 By sweettart501

    I would love to win something.....I could really use a coffee grinder as my husband loves to buy coffee beans instead of ground coffee. Thank you for the chance...crossing fingers!

  • honey1900 By honey1900

    I don't have a fave brunch recipe...but I make amazing things with coffee.

  • alycat098 By alycat098

    My favorite holiday treat is Monkey bread....

  • lbot2k By lbot2k

    This would be a great prize to win!!

  • lbot2k By lbot2k

    Overnight Coffee Cake 1 (3 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding mix cup packed brown sugar cup chopped pecans 1 (18 count) package frozen dinner rolls, thawed cup (1 stick) butter, melted Combine the pudding mix, brown sugar and pecans in a bowl. Arrange the rolls in a greased bundt pan. Pour the melted butter over the rolls and sprinkle with pudding mixture. Let rise, covered, in a closed oven for 8 ? 10 hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Invert onto a serving platter.

  • gmclane By gmclane

    Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup chopped pecans 8-oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained, reserving juice 2 carrots, coarsely grated I FOUND THIS ONE THE INTERNET A FEW YEARS AGO AND IT HAS BECOME NOT ONLY MINE, BUT MY ENTIRE FAMILIES FAVORITE. Preparation: In large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over reserved pineapple juice and let stand 2-3 minutes. Then pour sugar and salt on top of gelatin. Pour boiling water over all and stir until sugar and gelatin are dissolved. Add lemon juice and stir to blend. Add pecans, pineapple, and grated carrot. Pour into 8" square glass baking dish. Cover and chill 4 hours until firm. Cut into squares to serve and top with a bit of mayonnaise. 9 servings

  • Byrdy1999 By Byrdy1999

    love a nice cup of coffee after dinner, it settles my stomach and is a nice way to loose weight. It satisfies my sugar craving while being low calorie. Yum.

  • Byrdy1999 By Byrdy1999

    my favorite recipe is cinnamon sugar french toast. Take 4 eggs mix together with 2 tbs of milk, 2 tbs of vanilla, and 4 tbs of cinnamon. Take a piece of whole wheat bread, and dip. Then transfer to a hot skillet with melted butter, cook until brown then serve...yum always a hit. For an extra oomph use cinnamon butter on top when taking off the skillet.

  • hotwhllvr79 By hotwhllvr79

    My 9 year old son likes Monkey Bread on Christmas morning, so I buy a box from the store. I would have liked to make it fresh this year, but things were just too busy. One year I made a breakfast casserole. It came out o.k. I like to keep things simple on Christmas morning as there is enough festivities going on, and I like to enjoy sitting on the floor opening gifts with my boys.

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