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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  • stef42678 By stef42678

    I would love to win! My favorite brunch dishes include waffles, muffins and quiche! These are all easy dishes to make ahead of time and require only a few ingredients. Have some fun and set up a waffle bar where guests can top their waffles with toppings of their choice.

  • thescarlette By thescarlette

    Friendship Tea Ingredients 1/2 cup instant tea powder 1 cup sweetened lemonade powder 1 cup orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves Directions 1.In a large bowl, combine instant tea, lemonade powder, orange drink mix, cinnamon and clove. Mix well and store in an airtight container. 2.To serve, Put 2 to 3 teaspoons of mix in a mug. Stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust to taste. I like to make a large batch and give a small bag of the tea with a festive cup to my friends.

  • malakijr By malakijr

    I'm adding my recipe for an easy bacon onion quiche! But another favorite recipe I have (featuring coffee, which is my favorite ingredients) is the easiest mocha fudge in the world. You just need 1 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (this is important as other chips don't seem to work with this recipe), 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, and 1 tablespoon instant coffee. Just heat the milk in a saucepan on the stove until bubbly, stirring constantly, stir in the coffee, and then slowly stir in the chips until melted. Pour mixture into an 8x8 pan lined with saran wrap and chill until set. Pop the fudge out, cut into squares, and you're done!

  • skonrad1965 By skonrad1965

    Wow would be great to win !!

  • D22300 By D22300

    OOO, I want to try the candied cranberries pictured! And enter the contest! :-) Thanks SheSpeaks!

  • sister3of5 By sister3of5

    Such great recipes! Thanks everyone and good luck in the give away.

  • snailIVIail By snailIVIail

    Hubby has been wanting a solid coffee grinder for the longest time. Nothing like the smell of those beans being ground and the oil seeping out. Yuuuum!

  • kelseyjl By kelseyjl

    I would love either of these prizes!

  • cancan By cancan

    I love a holiday brunch! My favorite thing is to make something savory in the crock pot. I also like to make orange rolls. One year I hosted over 90 guests for Christmas brunch! It was epic! I was teaching university at the time so invited all of the international students over, b/c they couldnt' afford to go to their home countries for the holidays.

  • dumweirdo By dumweirdo

    Eyes on the prize :)

  • PutiPerry By PutiPerry

    Breakfast Sausage Casserole with English muffins for the crust!

  • AutumnGriffin By AutumnGriffin

    Bookmarking, printing & sharing recipes myself since receiving your email about the giveaway. Fingers crossed that this Java Junkie/Williams-Sonoma fanatic wins the coffee maker!

  • Michalinajane By Michalinajane

    We like fruit pizza as a holiday dessert. The "crust" of the pizza is made with refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Then the "sauce" is a pkg of cool whip mixed with a pkg of cream cheese and a tsp of fresh lemon juice. The toppings we like are kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and mandarin oranges. This also makes a great summer BBQ dessert as well!

  • pattypaul By pattypaul

    My favorite holiday brunch is homemade cinnamon rolls, sausage and potatoe casserole, and coffee.

  • melissaspen By melissaspen

    I love she speaks and all the great contests and recipe ideas I get on here..I cannot wait to make those cinnamon rolls

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