Grandma's Bread Pudding Recipe

Thursday, December 31, 2020
This is delicious bread pudding Grandma use to make when I was a child using simple pantry ingredients we always had in the house.

Bread, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, just to name a few ingredients went into this comfortubg dessert casserole dish.

She then made her special sauce with vanilla (or bourbon sauce for the adults) to pour over the top while still warm, our family favorite..

Grandma lived with us when I was a child and made this often since dad worked at a bakery back then and we always had so much leftover bread in the house, this was a staple dessert in our home.

Mom would make Italian french toast, bruschetta, and many times with the stale bread, she used it up for old-fashioned homemade bread crumbs.

Nothing went to waste in our Italian household, they were very creative when it saved time, money, and trips to the grocery store.

Dad even had a garden, and occasionally grandma even added apples or berries to the bread pudding when in season.

Easy to make and the most comforting way to serve a dessert when you feel nostalgic since this is a blast from the past 1960s recipe.

If you love bread pudding you may also like to try our Limoncello bread pudding that's also an incredibly delicious version!

Scroll down to get her yummy recipe and let us know how you like it.

Old Fashioned bread pudding baked in the oven with a rich pudding sauce made with vanilla or bourbon


Baked Pecan Raspberry Brie

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
I can't think of anything better than a quick delicious appetizer like this Pecan Raspberry Baked Brie for a festive holiday get-together.

Brie is a soft-ripened cow's cheese from France, and so delicious served warm.

This sweet and savory creamy melted cheese is so addicting and delicious "Party Food" you just can't stop eating it.

How easy is this that in less than 30 minutes this is a beautiful appetizer to serve for your guest and so elegant?

For those of you that love phyllo dough wrapped brie just out my directions, that's just as easy to do below.

Just scroll down to the printable recipe card and make this for any occasion and make it as festive or plain as you like!

this is baked brie with fresh raspberries and pecans


New Year's Eve Recipes

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Here is the jackpot of New Year's Eve party recipes right here and a one-stop appetizer shop!

There is something for everyone here, and these can be anywhere from making them the whole menu for your party or just a quick bite before dinner.

We have a great assortment of elegant appetizers for that special occasion and even perfect for a wedding cocktail party.

We make a huge assortment of finger foods for all our parties and holiday functions, they're always a big hit, and most of the hot orderves freeze well to make ahead of time.

The hot assortment of appetizers can be kept on a warming tray or reheated in an air fryer for that fresh just made taste!

If I happen to serve many cold appetizers, I generally place them over a bowl of ice to keep them safe and cold all night.

Just scroll through our delightful assortment and check out what your family will like and maybe you would even like My Best Potato Side Dishesor Holiday Special Sides dishes to go along with these yummy finger foods for a large gathering.

this is a collage of new years eve appetizers


Leftover Prime Rib Stir Fry

Monday, December 28, 2020
I know you're saying who has leftover prime rib right? Well, we have so much after the Christmas holiday we love to repurpose it like this recipe in a stir fry.

A whole new meal is created just by adding some of your leftover vegetables or chopping up a few fresh ones you love to create this healthy meal.

While shopping for prime rib I always pick up a bag of mixed julienned vegetables that have shredded cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and snow peas.

I have even used this recipe to make delicious air fried tacos, wraps, there are many ways to serve this filling.

Leftovers can get really boring if you don't come up with some clever ideas, like making my Leftover Prime Rib Pot Pie which is another family favorite!

Make sure you check out my suggestions for serving this delicious stir fry and you may also like my Bourbon Chicken Recipe.

If you're a cabbage lover you may also like my Homemade Egg Rolls and My Easy Fried Rice recipes.

Scroll down to the bottom for this yummy printable recipe to make this tasty meal.

this is a pan of leftover prime rib used in a stir fry with many vegetables after the holiday


Easy Cabbage Roll Soup

Sunday, December 27, 2020
Easy Cabbage Roll Soup is simple and deconstructed something like and this can be made on the stovetop, slow cooker or instant pot.

This one-pan meal takes on all the characteristics of stuffed cabbage rolls but so much easier and can be ready in an hour.

Perfect for any weekday meal and if you're a busy cook, just use the slow cooker adding the rice 30 minutes before it's completed.

We love this cabbage roll soup on a chilly day, and it really has all the same flavors as stuffing those cabbage rolls that take much more time to make and this is so simple.

Scroll down to the end to my printable instruction card for this delicious recipe.

this is a bowl of cabbage roll soup


Hummingbird Cake

Saturday, December 26, 2020
Hummingbird Cake is a dense banana-pineapple spice cake that is popular in the Southern states and has a fabulous homemade cream cheese frosting through the layers.

The cake dates back to the late 70s was first submitted to Southern Living in 1978 by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina.

This cake became so popular it even won at a Kentucky State Fair in a baking competition.

This cake is sweet, moist and the nuts give it that crunchy roasted perfect bite.

This is one of my favorite recipes when I need to use up at least 4 bananas that are overripe, this is the perfect solution!

More often you will see this cake displayed with three layers of pillowy soft cream cheese frosting.

I take the easy way out and either pour the mixture into a 13 x 9 sheet cake pan or bundt to save time.

Either way, the flavors are a wonderful blend of spice, banana, and pineapple enjoyed by all.

If you love banana recipes also try my Banana Streusel Bars and my Banana Oatmeal Cookies both family favorites.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for both the easy delicious cake and frosting recipes.

this is a cake made from scratch that has banana, pineapple and spices in it called hummingbird cake


Salted Caramel Toffee Bites

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
This didn't last long, crunchy, soft caramel and chocolate.

This is so addictive you will not wait for Christmas to make it.

One of the easiest candy kind of cookie I have ever made.

It really is amazing how fast this decadent confection comes together everyone loves it!

This candy has so many names to it!

Christmas toffee, crack candy, saltine toffee, crack toffee, salted saltine crack candy, chocolate-covered cracker bark.

All I know, it's easy, fast, and no one thought it didn't take hours of work when eating it!

Foolproof, and best of all it's an inexpensive gift for teachers, associates at work or to take to a party!

You can make it all year long and decorate this candy to the theme of your event with my many suggestions below.

Crackers, chocolate, and caramel are what's in this and a sure delight.

I love making easy candy you may like my Chocolate Fudge, Amaretto White Fudge and our Irish Cream Truffles are quick and easy family favorites.

Scroll down you won't want to miss printing this off and trying!

this is a homemade candy often called  crack candy . This candy is sprinkled with red green and white little balls for the Christmas Holiday.


Quick Torrone Candy

Friday, December 18, 2020
Torrone is an Italian candy we usually make the homemade version around Christmas time, this is a quick version.

This nougat is quite different from my homemade authentic variation that would take much longer so in a pinch this is terrific and super easy.

Using a microwave, white chocolate, and some marshmallows is the start of this delicious candy confection.

You will need just a few more ingredients to get this candy treat on your holiday table.

I love making easy candy you may like my Chocolate Fudge, Amaretto White Fudge and our Irish Cream Truffles are quick and easy family favorites.

If you want a more authentic recipe then try my original Torrone recipe which requires lots of time and a candy thermometer.

This easy fast candy is perfect for gift giving for anyone who loves nougat and with the wafer or rice paper on top keeps it fresh inside for the days to come. Check out my other gift ideas in mason jars here Mason Jar!

If you're a candy lover you may also love Baked Caramel Corn, Slow Cooker Candied Nuts, recipes.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card below to get this easy torrone candy recipe.

this is torrone candy made in the microwave with roasted almonds in a nougat and wafer paper


Hobo Snack Mix

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Here is an easy recipe for one of the best snacks any time of day called Hobo Snack Mix.

Just about anything can be used in this snack recipe leftover in the pantry of cereals and crackers and the best way to use it up.

This buttery snack is made in around 4 to 5 minutes in the microwave and totally addicting.

It is a little sweet and a little savory and sometimes even spicy depending on what you may want to add to it.

Once you grab a handful you just can't stop eating this.

Check out this simple coating and my several additions you can add to this recipe below.

This delicious irresistible snack is over 50 years old and we still make it often and it's perfect for parties and given as a gift when added to a Mason Jar!

If you're a snack lover late at night you may also enjoy, my Baked Caramel Corn, Slow Cooker Candied Nuts, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, and Italian Roasted Chickpea recipes.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card below to get this easy snack recipe.

this is a red crock full of snack chex mix and a mason jar for gift giving


Christmas Candy House

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Holiday projects are memories made and this Christmas Candy House will certainly give anyone that holiday spirit.

This is a fun tasty project I have been doing since I was 11 years old.

Back in the 1970s, I would save all my Halloween candy to make my candy house, and way back then, it was unwrapped toffee and tootsie rolls.

We usually made it different every year, and I will give you a list of suggestions on what to use that work perfectly waiting to eat this on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day if the kids let you wait that long.

As I got older I made them with my nieces and nephews, then my kids, and now my grandchildren.

We love to make fun treats like our Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes together.

If you're looking to start a delicious easy tradition, this fun project will live on to the next generation etched in their minds.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for these easy instructions on how to create this perfect candy house.

this is a cardboard container turned into a Christmas Candy house with all marshmallows , and colorful candies and frosting stuck to the sides


Baked Acorn Squash Recipe

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
These sweet baked acorn squash are the perfect side dish with any meat and so simple to make with just 3 ingredients!

The buttery filled cavity is so delicious and you can also add some other suggestions below to change them up, we love them with diced apples, raisins, and nuts!

Perfect for a side dish, drenched in a buttery cinnamon sugar sauce.

Acorn squash is in abundance all winter long, so if you haven't tried this sweet squash you're in for a real sweet treat!

If you love easy recipes like this one you may also like my Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipes, with 4 easy terrific toppings!

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this delicious recipe.

this is a butter cinnamon and sugar filled acorn squash baked into a caramelized glaze


No Bake Eggnog Pie

Monday, December 14, 2020
This No-Bake Eggnog Pie is a creamy holiday delight everyone loves and it so light it's the perfect dessert.

Using a premade pie crust and three other ingredients you are on your way to the easiest holiday dessert pie in minutes.

I usually make my own graham cracker pie crust and that is just another option and the recipe is added below if you prefer homemade.

This is always one of our favorites to make during the fall holiday menu planning and when eggnog is on the shelves.

We love making pies and you may also like to check out my roundup of Pie Pies and more Pies here on my blog.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this easy no-bake recipe.

this is a whipped cream eggnog fluffy pie with graham cracker crust


Pumpkin Pistachio Biscotti

Sunday, December 13, 2020
This Pumpkin Pistachio Biscotti is a welcome addition to our holiday cookie tray, it's perfect bursting with fall flavors.

I still love the traditional Anisette Biscotti but these are a wonderful change to any recipe collection.

These cookies bring the spirit of Christmas with the spices, pumpkin and wonderful fall chill in the air while baking!

These biscotti are a must on our holiday baking list they are the comfort of old-fashioned years past.

Grandma made all kinds of biscotti and flavors but this one was a family favorite to look forward to especially with hot espresso and a little anisette in it to warm us up.

Scroll down to my printable recipe cared for these delicious Pumpkin Pistachio Biscotti.

these are pumpkin biscotti Italian cookie with pistachio . They are  on a green and white flowered bup with a demitasse spoon of espresso coffee


Insalata Caprese Salad

Saturday, December 12, 2020
Caprese Salad is the best using Whole Milk Mozzarella, Cheese, and fresh tomatoes.

The Authentic style is tomatoes, fresh buffalo milk mozzarella, and fresh Italian basil leaves drizzled with either a balsamic reduction or aged balsamic vinegar.

The salad has been adapted through the years by adding olives, and other ingredients including a Panzanella Salad Caprese style with garlic coated bread cubes.

This is always one of our favorites to make during the Christmas Holiday Season, we get creative and make slices of cheese and tomato into wreaths and candy cane shapes.

This tomato salad makes a great lunch, side dish with any meal.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for complete instructions.

this is tomato and mozzarella salad with a balsamic reduction on top


Italian Fried Calamari

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Italian Fried Calamari (aka calamad in our Italian home or calamari fritti) is one of our favorite family appetizers traditionally made every Christmas Eve as part of the 7 Fishes.

Fried calamari is in the squid family of seafood and can be found fresh or frozen.

As a little girl, I would watch my mom every year clean and cut up the squid for the holiday and usually prepare it stuffed simmered in tomato sauce which is another delicious recipe you may try called Stuffed Calamari.

Later on, in years we adapted the tradition with both an appetizer made with crunchy coating calamari which is this one fried and the stuffed version.

Everyone loves this in our family dipped in a hot marinara sauce sprinkled with grated cheese and hot pepper flakes.

Fried calamari is a relatively recent addition to the American menu and only rose to prominence on American menus in the late 1970s.

For this delicious printable recipe scroll down to the bottom of this post.

this is squid fried with a flour coating and a white dish of marinara sauce for dipping


Reindeer Christmas Cupcakes

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Holiday Reindeer Christmas cupcakes are a must-make during the season.

The kids love them, young at heart, and they are so darn easy to make and fun too!

What's not to love, starting out with a cake mix but with added ingredients becomes a semi-homemade mayonnaise cake recipe included below in the printable recipe card.

Then using store-bought cookies and frosting with an artistic charm that everyone loves, you're on your way to Reindeer Christmas cupcake fun.

The office will love them, great to bring to a holiday party or just a fun project for the kids.

These even look fantastic on the Holiday table for a festive Christmas centerpiece since they are so cute and they taste so darn delicious.

Take a quick look at these printable easy instructions on the recipe card below and have some holiday cheer and fun with the family!

these are reindeer cupcakes for the Christmas holiday called Rudolph

Fun Times

I love making food art and not only do we make cupcakes, but the reindeer cookies we made with my mom's peanut butter cookie recipe are perfect to top a cupcake also or leave on the holiday cookie tray for more festive cookie treats.

The cupcakes in the bottom right are decorated with colorful m & m's and tinted green slivered almonds.

these are reindeer cookies on to of cupcakes for the Christmas holiday called Rudolph

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Well, Rudolph can be really easy to make like these chocolate frosted cupcakes, a cherry nose and broken antler pretzel ears.

The kids had such a blast with these and made everyone one these with google eyes just by piping a little white frosting with a dot of black in the center.

This was a great family fun experience anyone can do and get you in the holiday spirit.

You really can use just about anything to decorate these with, to make all kinds of different faces on your reindeer.

these are chocolate frosted reindeer cupcakes for the Christmas holiday called Rudolph

Ingredients You Will Need

  1. cupcakes baked
  2. frosting chocolate and vanilla
  3. vanilla wafers
  4.  maraschino cherries or red hots cinnamon candy
  5. marshmallow for eye or candy eyes already made or use piping frosting
  6. pretzels

this is a bowl of chocolate frosting

More Family Fun Holiday Recipes

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Holiday Peanut Butter Candy

Edible Christmas Sugar Cone Trees

Cookie Cutter Pancakes

Graham Cracker Houses

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Check Out The Photos

As you can see to make these reindeer cupcakes, they are simple to follow.

Just look at the photos and how easy they are, each of them is a little different.

Whether you use the cookies, frost them with simple decorating ideas you can transform them and adapt them any way you want.

Try using colorful candies of any kind and have fun with this as a family traditional projects with the kids.

Fun to make and fun to eat!

Rudolph Cupcakes

Rudolph Cupcakes

Yield: 24
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M
Easy festive holiday Rudolph the Reindeer cupcakes. He had a very shiny nose and all the kids love them even if they say it glows! Make some fun time for the holidays with these delicious easy cupcake ideas!


  • 1 bag of large pretzels (leave the whole or  broken in half to make antlers)
  • 1 large bottle of maraschino cherries cut in four pieces and blotted dry with paper towels for the nose or see other options below
  • 1 bag of miniature marshmallows cut into pieces
  • mini chocolate chips for the pupils or see below for other options
  • white frosting and chocolate frosting
  • vanilla wafers mini or regular depending on the size of your cupcakes
  • a piping bag (if using to decorate) or use a zip lock bag
  • 1 box of your favorite chocolate cake mix
  • Note: see photos to choose what you would like to decorate your reindeer with
  • Optional: use candy eyes already made, M and M's for the nose, red hot candy or maraschino cherries, or make out of tinted frosting
  • Cake:
  • 1 chocolate or white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of water


How to cook Rudolph Cupcakes

  1. Pour the cake mix into a bowl and add the eggs, mayonnaise, and water. 
  2. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended around 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into paper-lined cupcake tins. Bake until middles are set and a toothpick comes out clean. Around 20 minutes.
  4. Cool Completely.
  5. Frost with canned chocolate frosting and pick out a method to decorate them.
  6. To Decorate:
  7. Either top them with Peanut butter reindeer cookies (as shown in the photo above) or add vanilla wafers, red hots for the nose, pretzels, and cut marshmallows and mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  8. You can also make cupcakes frosted:
  9. Use broken pretzel pieces for antlers. 
  10. Mini marshmallows cut up for the background of the eyes or white frosting.
  11. Add the cherry pieces for the nose. 
  12. Place 1/3 cup frosting in a zip lock bag snip off the end slightly.
  13. Use to pipe eyes onto marshmallows. 
  14. These freeze well and can be made ahead of time for all your party and entertainment needs!
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these are easy festive rudolph cupcakes for Christmas

More Fun Recipes to Try

Eggnog Cake using a cake mix
Sugar Molds for Cake Decorations and Cupcakes
Tropical Beach Spa Cake with Samantha a creative fun activity
Chocolate Torte
Mock Cassata Cake for Easter (cake mix recipe)
Cream of Coconut Cake

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


Spice Bars

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
These are simple Spice Bars with just the right spice blended into a cake cut into perfect squares for a fall tasting comfort dessert.

The bars are super simple with common pantry ingredients and can be left plain, dusted with powdered sugar or spread with cream cheese frosting.

Spice bars are just packed with flavor using cinnamon allspice cloves and there are even some other additions you can stir in below so dont miss our suggestions.

If you're a fan of spice cakes and cookies, you may also want to try my Spanish Bar Cake recipe, Pumpkin Spice Bars, and my Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies they are all loaded with fall flavors.

This basic spice cake is easy to make and goes terrific with a hot cup of coffee and a big glass of cold milk

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for this easy recipe for homemade Spice Bars and print it off.

these are spice bars with cream cheese frosting on a white porcelain dish


Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies

Monday, December 7, 2020
I love making these great baking memories with my kids and now grandkids and these Reindeer Peanut Butter Cookies are perfect for all ages!

Mom's peanut butter cookie recipe molds easily to create these adorable festive delicious cookies.

Christmas time makes the best memories that last a lifetime and the kids just love them.

The best part is eating them of course, the cookie is crunchy on the outside soft on the inside!

This dough smells wonderful and simple to just by rolling it into balls and pinching the bottoms for the chin of the reindeer.

We also use this same dough to make thumbprints filling the middle with jam or Hershey's kisses, you will find also in the recipe card.

The recipe was mom's go-to recipe and is more than 50 years old and I still have this one written on an index card in her handwriting.

As the years pass this is the cookie my grandson still enjoys making every year with me and he looks forward to making these with me.

The best traditions are born in the kitchen, aren't they?

The recipe card below is printable with mom's recipe for peanut butter cookies and the instructions just scroll to the bottom.

these are peanut butter cookies shaped into a reindeer with pretzel ears, mini chocolate chips for the eyes and red hot cinnamon candy for the nose. A festive Christmas cookie


Seafood and Crab Lemon Scampi

Sunday, December 6, 2020
One of the easiest pasta seafood dishes I make.

This Seafood and Crab Lemon Scampi is addicting if you are a seafood lover.

When I am in the mood for seafood, this is my go-to recipe.

I just love the simplicity and it's full of flavor and so delicious.

This seafood pasta is the best ever and I am a huge fan of this dish.

Our family enjoys this dish often on Christmas Eve and add the traditional 7 fishes for the holiday season.

We loved it so much we now enjoy it often all year long.

Scroll down and print off the recipe.

this is a seafood medley of all kinds of fish to make a scampi, This is how to make a lemon scampi sauce with scallops, shrimp, haddock, crab, lobster, clams and all kinds of seafood. You can even make a spinach and lemon sauce for this seafood which is another version I have added. This is all in one pan seafood that will go over pasta.


Irish Cream Truffles

Saturday, December 5, 2020
These Irish Cream Truffles are a deliciously creamy chocolate confection and a perfect candy treat for the holiday plus they make great gifts.

Although I do make my own Copycat Irish Cream, you can use any flavored liquor with my several suggestions below.

The truffles are very smooth using heavy cream and good grade chocolate, everyone will think you purchased them in an expensive specialty candy shop.

Simple to make and they don't take much time or much cooking other than just using the microwave to melt the chocolate.

For gift-giving, store them in pretty festive tins, but they should only be left out up to 3 days unrefrigerated, these will stay fresh up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator so be sure to store them properly.

Just scroll down for these easy printable instructions.

these are chocolate Irish Cream Truffles on a holiday plate rolled in assorted toppings


Holiday Wreath Rice Krispies Treats

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Rice Krispie treats are so versatile to make into shapes and this wreath was the perfect idea for the kids to make it was so easy.

Using a springform pan and a glass, the treats cooled perfectly to look like a wreath and viola, we just have to give it some cherries for decoration.

We love to mold Rice Krispie treats into creative shapes and usually, we even make small little wreaths with the mixture during the holiday, this was so much easier all in one pan.

This makes such a perfect centerpiece on the Holiday tables with the pretty tinted green marshmallows.

If you need a fast and festive dessert to bring to a party, this is always loved by everyone.

Just scroll down for these easy printable instructions.

this is a rice krispies treat shaped into a wreath with cherries


Roasted Glazed Sweet Potato Cinnamon Slices

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
It doesn't get much easier than this Roasted Glazed Sweet Potato Cinnamon Slices recipe!

Slices of sweet potatoes baked on a cookie sheet!

Perfect for a side dish, drenched in a buttery cinnamon sugar sauce.

Sweet enough not to do a thing to them but these are sure to please that cinnamon lover and spice up the Holiday table!

If you love sweet potatoes you may also like to try my Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipes, with all terrific toppings!

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this delicious recipe.

these are a honey coated roasted sliced sweet potato


Almond Paste Butter Crescent Cookies

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
These Almond Paste Butter Crescent Cookies are buttery crunchy cookies and can be molded into any shape, we like the crescent but also shaping the dough into candy canes are perfect for the holiday.

The baked cookies are dipped into the fudgy chocolate on both ends then into nuts just makes them look so festive.

Using some simple pantry ingredients, these cookies are super easy to mold and bake and also freeze well if you make them ahead of time.

If you have a hard time finding almond paste, I make my own Almond Paste Recipe you can try.

Scroll down to print out this easy recipe along with some tips to get these beautiful holiday cookies on your trays.

these are almond paste crescents a butter almond flavor cookie dipped on both ends with chocolate and tinted nuts to match Christmas