Delicious Holiday Food, Recipes & Prizes to Win

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 12.21.11
Delicious Holiday Food, Recipes & Prizes to Win

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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  • jeepgirlxoxo By jeepgirlxoxo

    Breakfast ideas are great! I tried a few! I so need that coffee grinder though! Would make it easier on me to have my own then to borrow a friends every time I need to grind!

  • momofboys By momofboys

    Every year as far back as I can remember, we always had cinnamon rolls and homemade Christmas cookies for breakfast. I've kept that same tradition with my family, and I hope it's one my kids continue when they have families of their own.

  • ngcisneros By ngcisneros

    I like to make baked oatmeal and bacon and eggs for Holiday brunch!!

  • millerjb5 By millerjb5

    I love fresh brewed coffee in the morning. These products sound fabulous and I would love to give them a try. I love all the new ideas on this comment board too! Happy New Year everyone!

  • srexrode By srexrode

    I added the recipe in the recipe area, too!

  • srexrode By srexrode

    We like chocolate oatrage:) Chocolate Oatrage Snack Cake Servings: 12 Ingredients: 1 cup Butter or margarine, soft 1 1/2 cups Oatmeal, quick -OR- Old fashioned, uncooked 1/2 cup All-purpose flour 1 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed 2 Eggs 1 cup Walnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon Vanilla 12 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided Directions: In large mixer bowl, mix butter, oats, flour, brown sugar, eggs, walnuts and vanilla. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed or until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips. Spread batter into 8" square microwave-safe baking dish; cover with wax paper. Cook on HIGH power 4 minutes; rotate dish 1/4 turn. Cook on HIGH power 4-5 minutes longer or until top of cakeappears dry and bottom is an even color. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup chocolate chips over top of warm cake. Let stand 10 minutes, then spread chocolate evenly over cake. Cool directly on counter top. Cut into serving pieces.

  • pjs_n_coffee By pjs_n_coffee

    Our favorite Christmas morning breakfast is Oven French Toast and Farmers Casserole. I can make them both the night before then all I have to do is put them in the oven while we're opening gifts. Both are super simple to put together. Oven French Toast: 1-16oz loaf of french bread cut into 1" slices. Grease large baking dish (a little larger than 9x13) place bread in bottom of dish. Mix together 3/4 cup half and half, 1 cup milk, 4 eggs, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour over bread slices. Cover and store in refrigerator over night. In the morning combine 6 Tablespoons butter, 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 Tablespoons corn syrup in small saucepan. Heat just until bubbly. Pour over bread. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. I have also placed apple slice in the bottom under the bread and that is really good!

  • mtditty By mtditty

    This would be a great prize to win!

  • missey2011 By missey2011

    COFFEE in the am mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Teemaws By Teemaws

    Our family tradition is for everyone (my husband, two daughters, two son-in-laws, three grandsons and one of them is now married and our newest addition one great granddaughter) to spend the night at our home. I get up early on Christmas morning and fix pecan waffles, bacon, eggs, grits and orange juice for the gang! Now that our grandsons are older, we can sit around and enjoy breakfast as a family! We always talk about the "old days" from when our daughters were small to the excitement of our grandsons and now our new great-granddaughter! Our daughters clean up the kitchen and then we begin opening our gifts! It is a wonderful time of reflection and a time to give thanks for all we have!

  • benson0892 By benson0892

    I love the holidays with Christmas music, new years decor, egg nog, cranberry sauce, warm fires, and family parties.

  • winnie11 By winnie11

    My favorite and everyone elses in my family is so quick and easy for cand- Melt 1/2 package of chocolate almond bark, 1 bag of semi chocolate chips and 1 bag of milk chocolate chips together in oven on low, then mix in your choice- party mix nuts, cashews, raisins, coconut, marshmallows the possibilities are endless and drop by spoonful on waxed paper til set. SUPER easy and tastes fantastic! A definite must have in our family!

  • affleck11 By affleck11

    Easy oreo Truffles!! I mean, EASY, Oh so bad for you and delicious! Crush a 16 oz bag of Oreos to a fine crumble reserving 6 cookies to crumble on top later ( crush in a food processor or use a rolling pin bag method). Add an 8oz bar of of room temp cream cheese and mix. Roll into small balls and dip into melted chocolate and top with reserved crumbles..put in fridge and sit. Let guests rave! I just made these last night for our New year's party and used white chocolate this time around..YUM. Looks so festive! I also used Wilton melting chocolates, but you can use any old chocolate and just make sure it doesnt burn.

  • smoeller67 By smoeller67

    Make a hot chocolate with 2% milk, real cacao powder, little brown sugar, a shot of amaretto and some whipped cream on top, sprinkle chocolate powder on top

  • vanessa722 By vanessa722

    After the dinner my all family come together to the kitchen and we always coke Do-Ahead Egg Bake, teh recipe is very easy but delicius,We do at night and just bake at the morning, You jus need 8 eggs, 3 cups milk, 8 cups French bread cubes (3/4 inch). 1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry, 12 slices Bacon, cooked, crumbled 1 pkg. Cheddar Cheese, divided, and WHISK eggs and milk in large bowl until well blended. Stir in bread. Add spinach, bacon and 1-1/2 cups cheese; mix lightly. Pour into baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheese. Cover; refrigerate overnight. Heat oven to 350F. Bake, uncovered, 50 min. or until top is puffed and golden brown.

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