Vanilla Wafer Cakes

Vanilla Wafer Cakes |

Merry Christmas Eve! Hard to believe it is that time again. In my quest to make simpler desserts around the holidays, I came across some posts about vanilla wafers being transformed into cakes. You may have seen these across Pinterest or on the boxes of vanilla wafers at the store. They seemed very easy, and this fit the bill of easy desserts to make before Christmas. I’m so glad I gave these a try!

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Butterscotch Haystacks

Butterscotch Haystacks |

Sometimes the holidays can be overwhelming. You may have a lot of cooking, baking, wrapping, shopping, and work to do before Christmas comes. It can be nice to have no fuss candy to make, either for guests, gifts, or yourself. I have started my own tradition of making Christmas treats for my family instead of buying the packaged candies. I love making candy and treats for others, so this year I wanted to do something I haven’t made for anyone: haystacks.

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles |

I have started my annual Christmas candy experimentation for this holiday season. In recent years, I started to make my own candies for family and friends instead of buying packaged candies for Christmas. Before giving never before made candies to friends and family, I like to test them out personally (and on my guinea pig husband). Well I’ve stumbled upon another odd sounding recipe that really intrigued me. I couldn’t believe how easy it sounded. And for a chocolate based candy, it wasn’t terribly unhealthy. I give you the dark chocolate avocado truffle!

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Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Mousse |

Right before Thanksgiving rolled around, my eyes spotted a pumpkin ice cream at dinner one night. I have eliminated excess sweets from my diet, so needless to say I was slightly saddened that I had to turn down pumpkin ice cream. Since then, I have been dreaming of this ice cream. I decided to make something similar to the pumpkin ice cream: pumpkin mousse.

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Chocolate Silken Mousse

Chocolate Silken Mousse |

Tofu seems to be a staple in the vegetarian diet. Well, except in my diet. Truth is I’ve only had tofu a handful of times in my life. What may be more surprising to some is that in nearly a decade of being a vegetarian, I’ve never made anything with tofu. I’ve never even purchased tofu. Samuel is not a fan of tofu in general, so this also had influence on my experimentation. Yes, tofu is very bland on its own. It definitely needs a lot of help in order for it to be considered delicious.

In order to transform the bland tofu into something worthy of the adjective “delicious,” I had to pair it with a very flavorful ingredient. Prepare yourself because you are about to think I am crazy. Ready? Continue reading