I had a recipe for some energy snacks made with peanut butter, coconut, honey, crushed Cheerios and chocolate chips. They turned out to be very yummy and I gave those out to friends and family too.
For the grand finale I made some Guinness and Bailey's cupcakes. The cupcake recipe calls for Guinness stout in the batter. Then you make a ganache that is dark chocolate, Bailey's, cream and butter (no calories there!) Then you make a frosting with powdered sugar, butter and Bailey's. They were so good! My guests got to take some home. I was disappointed that the ganache turned out pretty solid in the center of the cupcake. I thought it would be more the texture of a thick pudding. It was definitely a great recipe though.
And for flowers, my garden had not yet frozen so I cut the remaining white zinnias and put them in a vase filled with cranberries. It made a pretty centerpiece.
We were blessed to have both my boys with us on Christmas, along with Nick's wife and family, and of course, the best Mom/Grandma/Great Grandma ever! We had such a good time.
|My grandkids are so fun! They love my piano as you can see.|
Now I'm on to a new year with more baking and more flowers. Stay tuned!