December 2014

December on Planet Byn {2014}

December 31, 2014 Monthly Recaps
Xmas Market

December always goes by so quickly, and even more so this year, as I went back to NYC for another quick trip at the very beginning of the month (I’m going to write a detailed recap of my NYC Eats). When I wasn’t baking cookies or wrapping presents, here’s what I was up to: I […]

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~ Champagne & Cookies 2014 ~

December 28, 2014 Cookies
The New Classics

It’s time for the recap of my annual Champagne & Cookies Christmas party! Last year there was a snowstorm on the night of the party, so I nervously started checking the weather about a week before, and it was nothing but clear skies. Hooray! Since I went on a little trip to NYC the weekend […]

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Wintermint Cake

December 21, 2014 Baked Sunday Mornings
Wintermint Test

My fellow Baked Sunday Morning members are making this glorious Wintermint Cake today, and it’s so perfect for the season. It’s three layers of rich chocolate cake, stacked up with peppermint chocolate ganache and peppermint buttercream. Can’t you just picture eating a lovely slice with a cup of hot chocolate, or coffee spiked with Bailey’s, […]

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Espresso & Hazelnut Biscotti {The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014}

December 15, 2014 Cookies
Espresso & Hazelnut Biscotti

I had a lot of fun participating in the The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap last year, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it again this December. I knew I would be preparing for a trip to NYC the week of the shipping deadline, plus trying to get a head start on […]

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Peanut Butter & Honey Granola {Gatherings Book Tour}

December 11, 2014 Breakfast
Peanut Butter & Honey Granola

This week we’re celebrating another amazing cookbook, and this one is all about entertaining at home. Gatherings by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal is subtitled “Bringing People Together with Food”, and I love everything that stands for. My obsession with Julie runs deep, and is currently in its 5th year. Ever since she changed my life […]

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Date Squares

December 7, 2014 Baked Sunday Mornings
Date Squares

Date Squares hold an extra special place in my heart as my Aunt Joan makes the best ones in the world. I’ve only ever eaten the ones she makes, and haven’t had them in about 10 years, but I refuse to eat any others so I don’t muddle my memory of hers. Until now! For […]

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