The newest addition to our Croatian Christmas Cookies for 2018 is Breskvice, also known as Peach Cookies! When my Great Grandmother, Grandma, Mom and I get together to bake our cookies each year, we have our our staples that we stick to. However, for the past few years, Mom and I have been exploring new recipes together to add to the mix, and this year it’s Breskvice! Continue reading “Breskvice (Peach Cookies)”
I may have said it before, but I’ll say it again – not a fan of sugar cookies! However I learned I am most certainly a fan of Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Cookies :). These cookies remind me of the brownies I make, but in sugar cookie form and I love it!
Mom’s in town for our annual Mother/Daughter Christmas weekend in Chicago where we do Christmas-y things, enjoy our annual Holiday High Tea at the Drake Hotel, and bake the rest of our Croatian Christmas Cookies. This year my excitement got the best of me thinking of Mom being here and all the friends we’ll be spending time with this weekend, so I got started early on a fun new recipe to share with them! Continue reading “Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Cookies”
Over the Holiday weekend, mom, Grandma (or “Baka” in Croatian) and I got together to start baking our Croatian Christmas Cookies! My Baka was telling me about a cake recipe that she wanted to try with me that she got from our Teta (Aunt) Milka. Baka mentioned that Teta Milka often bakes this recipe for Christmas, and once she mentioned it’s made with 12 eggs, I was like “WHAT?!, I’m intrigued”. The next day after we finished our first round of cookie baking, we started baking this cake together. It’s not often that I get the opportunity to bake something new with my Grandma, and I really, really enjoyed this time together learning something new from her. Continue reading “Croatian Walnut Torta (Cake)”
2018 marks the earliest that we’ve put up our Christmas decorations. For the past couple years, we’ve stayed in Chicago for Thanksgiving, however most years we travel back to Michigan both for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every year I’m always wishing the season was longer and that I have more time to enjoy our festive home. Finally this year I said to myself… “Katrina, why don’t you just start decorating earlier then?”. As if that was the most life-changing question I could have every asked myself LOL. I thought to myself “DUH”, why is that even a question? The Thanksgiving decor still stays up and is just further enhanced by Christmas decor and all is swell. Continue reading “Gingerbread Cake with Chocolate Ganache Filling and Caramel Cream Cheese Buttercream”
Trick or Treat! The Gingerbread Cookie just got a little spooky by becoming Mummies and Skeletons thanks to some fun Halloween decorating ideas! This is a classic Gingerbread recipe interpreted by Martha Stewart and decorated with a fun twist just in time for the Halloween season. Now I don’t have kids, but I sure did have a blast decorating these and I think it’s safe to assume that kids would enjoy this as well! Continue reading “Gingerbread Cookies”
Last weekend, I took a trip to the suburbs of Chicago to visit a pumpkin patch which is one of my all time favorite fall activities! This particular pumpkin patch had a lovely little shop with all the fall grocery items – donuts, pies, ciders, breads, all the squashes, APPLES and more. I came home with pecan pie, cinnamon-apple donuts, cider, squash and a bushel of apples.
Typically when I think of using apples in a Croatian dessert, it’s for my grandmothers apple strudel recipe which is to die for and is a bit different from traditional strudel. Continue reading “Croatian Apple Cake”