Pinecone Picks

As we finish up the autumn season and holidays and head into the December and winter ones I thought we’d finish the season up with some pinecone crafts.

Wreaths and Garlands:

Christmas chandelier wreath with pinecones

Painted pinecone flower wreath

Rustic Christmas wreath with pinecones

Pinecone wreath

Pinecone tabletop wreath

Snowy pinecone wreath

Star wreath with pinecones and baubles

Pinecone and cranberry garland

Pinecone and pom-pom garland


Pinecone cakes

Pinecone Friends:

Pinecone penguin

Pinecone elves

Pinecone mouse

Pinecone cardinal

Pinecone turkey

Pinecone people

Pinecone gnomes

Pinecone fox

Upgraded Pinecones:

Gilded pinecones

Scented pinecones

Felt pinecones

Ombre pinecones

Pinecone firestarters

Bleached pinecones

Cinnamon scented pinecones

Other Fun Crafts and Decorations:

Pinecone bird feeder

Pinecone village

Pinecone stocking

Lighted pinecone arrangement

Pinecone ornament

Pinecone place card

Pinecone hurricane vase

Pinecone napkin holder

Glittered pinecone gift topper

Pinecone tie backs

Pinecone table runner

Pinecone topiary

Pinecone holiday bag

What are your favorite ways to decorate with pinecones?

Christmas Breakfast and Brunch

Today we’re taking a look at some recipes you may enjoy serving to your family and friends on Christmas morning. There are some old favorites as well as twists on old favorites to check out, and we can’t forget a little decadence for the holidays!


Spinach, mushroom and cheese casserole

Pancake casserole

Panettone French toast casserole

Mushroom, spinach and baked eggs

Huevos rancheros casserole

French Toast, Pancakes and Waffles:

Cheesecake pancakes

Pancake squares

Gingerbread pancakes

Blueberry dutch pancakes

Upside down apple french toast with cranberries and pecans

Apple french toast bake

Praline french toast

Overnight french toast

Gingerbread waffles

Waffles Florentine


Cinnamon streusel coffee cake

Apricot almond coffee cake

Blueberry coffeecake with lemon streusel

Cinnamon streusel coffe cake

French chocolate coffee cake

Biscuits and Breads:

Sausage cheese biscuits

Rum raisin bread

Honey caramel sticky buns

Monkey in a tree

Cinnamon star bread

Stuffed breakfast crescent

Cinnamon eggnog scones

Fresh apple cinnamon scones

Cornmeal rolls with honey butter

Brown sugar cinnamon danish

Cheese danish

Pecan rolls

Tangerine pistachio sticky buns

Blueberry cream cheese pastries

Even more ideas:

Pumpkin ginger polenta with stewed fruit and marscapone cream

Cider braised slab bacon

Bacon mushroom quiche with Gruyere and thyme

What will you make for your holiday mornings this year?

Feast of the 7 Fishes

Today we’re taking a look at 7 fishes that you could include on your Christmas Eve table, whether you’re Italian or not.  As usual we’ve got some traditional fishes included as well as some non-traditional ones.


Calamari, tomato and caper salad

Light and crispy fritto misto

Kung pao calamari

Oregano lemon grilled calamari

Stuffed calamari

Orange, asparagus and calamari


Butternut squash and mussel soup

Coconut curry mussels

Thai red curry mussels

Mussels in white wine and garlic

Spicy mussels and chorizo

Baja med mussels

Vegetable topped mussels with Chardonnay cream

Spaghetti with clams

New England clam chowder

Manhattan clam chowder

White clam pizza

Clams in cartoccio

Clams casino crostini

Spanish clam soup

Caribbean clam chowder

Broccoli raab and clams


Shrimp scampi

Penne with shrimp and herbed cream sauce

Lemon pasta with roasted shrimp

Roasted shrimp cocktail

Orzo salad with shrimp and feta

Sesame shrimp

Sriracha shrimp

Shrimp creole

Ginger soy shrimp

Shrimp and rice bowls


Hot crab dip

Crab quiche

Crab stuffed mushrooms

Chili crab

Crab croquettes

Chilled corn and crab salad

Asparagus and crab salad

Macaroni and brie with crab

Easy crab bisque

Filet with crab topping


Grilled salmon with herb and meyer lemon compound butter

Miso ginger marinated grilled salmon

Pan seared salmon with ginger lime sauce and peanuts

Salmon in parchment

Salmon and barley salad

Roasted salmon with lentils

Horseradish crusted salmon

Salmon, apples and fennel

Salmon pot pie

Orange salmon with edamame orzo

Zesty salmon pasta salad


Grilled scallops with orange scented quinoa

Lemon orzo with scallops

Scallops and chorizo

Scallops with hazelnut brown butter

Spicy seared scallops

Sea scallops in parchment pouches

Seared scallops with bacon

Scallops with dill sauce

Pineapple and scallop skewers

Grilled herb scallops with balsamic syrup


Mediterranean cod packets

Miso glazed cod

Memphis cornmeal battered cod

Chili roasted cod

Black cod with miso

Crisp baked lemon cod

Steamed cod with ginger

Cod provencal

Sesame crusted cod

Citrus salad with poached cod

Smoky cod with sweet potatoes

Steamed cod with gingery mushrooms

Herb-crusted cod with cauliflower mash

Cod and potatoes puttanesca

Almond-coated cod with cabbage-fennel slaw

More than one fish:

Seafood linguine

Bucatini with clams and scallops

Braised calamari stuffed with shrimp and herbs

San Francisco seafood stew

Hearty fish chowder

Caribbean seafood stew

What fish recipes would you recommend?

Christmas Food Gifts

Today I thought we’d look at some awesome DIY food gifts you can give to family and friends.

Granola and Trail Mix:

Pumpkin seed trail mix

Fig ginger granola

Savory thyme granola

Gingerbread granola



Cookies, Scones:

Christmas macaroons

Lemon crispies

Toffee pecan cookie

Toasted coconut drops

Triple fruit fruitcake mix

Toffee blondies

Coconut crunch cookies

Gingerbread scones

Apple cinnamon muffins

Chocolate nut cookies

Toffee blondies

Cranberry bran muffins

Blueberry ginger hotcakes

M&M cookie mix

Chocolate peanut butter M&M cookies

Cinnamon spice muffins

Soup Mixes:

Curried lentil soup

Spicy three bean soup


Flavored vodkas

Limoncello (video)

Hot chocolate mix (video)

Spiced apple tea mix

Peppermint hot chocolate

Sauces and Syrups:

Herb infused olive oil

Spicy cinnamon syrup

Sundae sauce

Caramel bourbon vanilla sauce

Slow cooker pear and apple butter

Sweet pomegranate syrup

Chunky cranberry relish

Peppery peach sauce

Cranberry syrup

Lemon curd

Cranberry chutney

Strawberry chia jam

More ideas:

Salt blends

Personal coffee blend

Scented sugars

Candy cane marshmallows

All purpose spice rub

Jamaican jerk rub

Multipurpose meat marinade

Savory herb salt rub

What DIY food gifts have you received and loved or are your favorites to give?

12 Days of Christmas, Day 12

Can you believe that today is the day before Christmas?  Me either! Let the celebrations begin!


Breakfast: Apple almond cinnamon strata

Snack/Appetizer: Herb and goat cheese stuffed mushrooms

Dinner: Shrimp risotto

Dessert: Red velvet holiday trifle

Cookie: Christmas peanut butter blossoms

Gluten Free: Turtle brownies

Food Gift: Nutty squash dog treats

Drink: Holiday punch


Santa: “We believe” Santa clothesline decoration

Trees/Wreath: Wood pallet and ornament ball tree

Angels: Paper fan angel

Cards: Reindeers in the dark card

Ornaments: Toothpick star

Lights: Christmas town candle and jar

Misc Decor: Clay Christmas lanterns

Games: Christmas tic-tac-toe

12 Days Inspired: Drum ornament

12 Days of Christmas, Day 11

Only one more day in our countdown and tomorrow is Christmas Eve!


Breakfast: Caramel crunch rolls

Snack/Appetizer: Dilled onion cheese balls

Dinner: Fettuccine with lobster, tomato and saffron

Dessert: Chocolate cheesecake candy cane bars

Cookie: Cinnamon sugar roll cookies

Gluten Free: Cherry and chocolate cheesecake

Food Gift: Individual brownie cheesecakes

Drink: Holiday punch


Santa: Santa napkin rings

Trees/Wreath: Semi-circular paper tree

Angels: Angel bells

Cards: Christmas tree card

Ornaments: Gorgeous and creative salt dough ornaments example one, two

Lights: Illuminated grapevine spheres

Misc Decor: Mistletoe pomander

Games: Holiday family feud

12 Days Inspired: Shelf sitting pipers piping

12 Days of Christmas, Day 10

Only a few more sleeps before Christmas Day, do you feel the excitement in the air yet?


Breakfast: French chocolate coffee cake

Snack/Appetizer: Farro and pine nut tabbouleh

Dinner: Mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin

Dessert: Cornmeal wreaths

Cookie: Holiday spice cookies

Gluten Free: Turkey risotto

Food Gift: BBQ sauce and rub

Drink: White hot chocolate


Santa: Santa box

Trees/Wreath: Mini ornament wreaths

Angels: Fabric angel

Cards: Stitched tree card

Ornaments: Bird seed ornaments

Lights: Lit cardboard Christmas tree

Misc Decor: Clothespin reindeer

Games: Dunk the bells

12 Days Inspired: 10 lords a leaping cookie project