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Blackberry Collins with St. Germain Liqueur

Blackberry Collins with St. Germain Liqueur

by Barbara Kiebel on December 19, 2014

When my birthday rolls around two weeks before Christmas, I have become accustomed to not making a big deal out of it. It’s smack dab in the middle of celebrating the biggest birthday of the year and as anyone born in December knows; good luck with yours mattering. Why I had a child on the 3rd of this month is beyond me; knowing what I know, I should have planned better! So when my friend Sandy asked me to meet her for Happy Hour; I was thrilled. She suggested a place near both of us that I had not been to before so we decided to meet at the Brick House Tavern and Bar. Why is a place a Tavern and Bar? Isn’t that redundant? Would that be the same as just calling it the Brick House Bar & Bar? OK, I digress, sorry.

Have Another Sip…


Last Minute Fruitcake – So Easy. So Good.

Last Minute Fruitcake December 17, 2014

This recipe for Wayback Wednesday not only goes back it time to when I first posted it in December of 2009 but even farther back to when I first started making it. A VERY long time ago. I just went and found the cookbook my inspiration came from which was a holiday book put out […]


Babkallah – When Babka and Challah Got Married

Challah filled with Chocolate strands like Babka December 15, 2014

Blame it on Bon Appetit. I’m still not caught up with my myriad magazine subscriptions that I got behind on after moving. While the rest of the world is peeking at new recipes for Christmas; I’m still reading about fall dishes. So call it prophetic that the other day I grabbed the latest issue for […]


The Merry Friar

The Merry Friar December 12, 2014

I love eggnog; always have. I can remember the combination of eggnog and my Grandma’s pecan butter ball cookies as a Christmas Eve tradition when I was a young girl so it’s been a longstanding love affair and a tradition I’ve kept alive my entire adult life. I’ve also been pouring a bit in my […]


Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars

Date, Nut and Coconut Bars December 10, 2014

Today is my birthday and while I do love German Chocolate Cake; that’s a big dessert to make without a party planned (check out my friend Brooks recipe that I’m DYING to make!).  So I decided to make myself a whole bunch of these Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars that I’ve loved since I was a […]


Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Potato, Leek and Goat Cheese Tart December 9, 2014

A few weeks ago I was working with my rote ‘background noise’ of the Food Network on the family room television. I’m not sure how long it will play that role in my world as it seems to be quickly turning in the Food Contest Network but for the time being I still prefer it […]


Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz

Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Fizz December 5, 2014

The Best Sugar Cookies

The Best Sugar Cookies December 3, 2014

It’s a great time for Wayback Wednesday; I have so many of my favorite holiday recipes that were first published on my site before people I know were even using the Internet. No, I am not kidding! These might not have been that long ago but I first put them online in 2004 and added […]


Potato Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Potato Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans December 1, 2014

I agree with you. They sound sort of weird and maybe a bit intriguing but overall certainly nothing extraordinary. Wait…I take that back. I might HAVE agreed with you. The truth is I’ve made plain old potato chip cookies off and on for years and while I love the salty crunch the chips added, it […]


Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon and Toasted Walnuts

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon November 25, 2014

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? NO? Me either. How does it always come down to this hectic frenzy right before holidays when I think I’m a planner? Well, for me, it has not helped one tiny bit that a local web host has decided to go out of business and he hosts several of my […]


Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast November 24, 2014

Really all I want to share is that you need to have this Blackberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Or Christmas morning. Or any holiday morning. Or birthday. Or…well you get my drift right? We not only love this immensely for the great breakfast dish it is but that love […]


Pear Pomegranate Cooler

Pear and Pomegranate Prosecco Cooler November 21, 2014

I think the opportunities for me to head into Denver proper have quadrupled since I moved further south. Murphy? Is that you? As a result I’m even pickier about events I’ll attend; factoring in a 2 hour round trip drive will do that! So, when the folks at the Thirsty Lion Gastropub invited me to […]


Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon November 18, 2014

I’m like everyone else when it comes to Thanksgiving dishes; there is something about the dishes we’ve grown up with that seem so appropriate on this day when we give thanks. For the abundance of friends, family and of course, food at the table. For my small family there has always been a Maple and […]


Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail November 14, 2014

I’ve been wanting to make this cocktail for the longest time. I once had someone order it for me when we met at a local bar and I loved it. It’s probably the prettiest cocktail ever and as much as I love purple that could be swaying me but it’s not. It’s sort of a […]


Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce November 11, 2014

Once the pumpkin craze hits the Internet starting sometime in August (it’s still SUMMER for crying out loud!); I feel more inclined to hide than participate. Can I be honest? I just don’t get it. I admit, I enjoy the requisite pie on Thanksgiving but that pie had better have plenty of sugar and bourbon […]