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Strawberry Mint Granita

It’s so hot! I’m sure you all are tired of hearing this especially with summer officially starting this week. I’m not sure I can remember the temperatures being in the 90s in June so I am a bit grumpy with this early heat wave. That being said, I try to make desserts that don’t require the oven to be on for an extended period of time during the summer months. There are so many great no bake dessert options that…

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Churros

Cinco De Mayo is upon us so I had to do it. I had to break down and make churros. I have been eyeing this recipe for quite some time and knew that the only way to get the recipe up on the blog was to just do it! I knew I would love this recipe for churros because it’s fried dough that is then rolled into sugar and cinnamon. I mean, hello? Who wouldn’t love this recipe? And I’m…

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Chocolate Dutch Baby

I’ve been on a breakfast kick the last few weeks here on Jem of the South. I love baking, but I really love making breakfast too so it’s only natural that I gravitate towards making and sharing my breakfast adventures here. My latest breakfast quest was the dutch baby. I’d never had a dutch baby before, but I was intrigued by the recipe for a while so I knew I had to try making one soon. For a little background…

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Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts w/ Orange Glaze

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I can’t believe Christmas and New Year’s Eve have come and gone and we are now in 2015! I’m kicking off this new year with a healthier version of doughnuts. I know most people are setting healthier eating goals and I am totally onboard with that. I think eating healthy and exercising should be a lifestyle goal with a little indulgence along the way. πŸ™‚ You don’t have to…

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Orange Spice Shortbread

Let the record show I am not a cookie artist, but I own a ton of cookie cutters with hopes of one day being someone of an artist. Β Maybe. So, what’s a woman to do? I can’t let my cookie cutters collect dust so I use them to cut marshmallows like here and here. And I use them to make the best shortbread cookies ever! I love shortbread because it’s a simple recipe that requires lots of butter. Actually, it’s…

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White Chocolate Truffles

If you are looking for a simple candy recipe to make for Christmas, look no further than these white chocolate truffles! You only need minimal ingredients and you will be on your way to making these delicious and festive candies.         White Chocolate Truffles makes 12 recipe adapted from The Barefoot Contessa   IngredientsΒ  7 ounces of white chocolate; chopped 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Peppermint sprinkles, toffee bits or shredded…

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Russian Tea

When I was growing up, one of my dad’s sisters always made a batch of Russian Tea. I remember the tea coming in a old Nestea container swirled with orange Tang and yellow powdered lemonade mix. Do y’all remember Tang? Please don’t tell me I’m that old! But I digress, this tea concoction that my aunt made every year was a sure sign of the Christmas holidays for me. It was a great tea because it was spicy and citrusy.…

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Cranberry Orange Bread

I am a huge fan of cranberry orange muffins. I’ve been planning to make Β cranberry orange muffins for a while, but with most of my baking projects, I typically have too many on my list to bake so sometimes I just don’t get around to making all of my favorite things. For example, last year I finally made gingerbread after buying molasses two years in a row and never using it. This year, I dug my heels in and finally…

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Vanilla Bean Christmas Marshmallows

I’m a baker at heart, but making candy comes in a close second. I starting making marshmallows about 6 years ago when looking for different homemade dessert gift ideas. When I saw the price the company was selling the marshmallows for, I thought to myself, “Surely I can make these myself.” Once I found a recipe, it was on! I’ve made marshmallows every year since then. I always try to make them at Christmas since that’s when I first started…

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DIY Hot Chocolate Drink Bar

It’s that time of year where we all are craving hot drinks to keep us warm during these brisk Fall and Winter days. As Christmas and other holidays approach, parties and family gatherings are beginning. If you are looking for a good way to serve up hot chocolate this Winter for your family and guests I have a few tips on how to set up the perfect hot chocolate bar!     Tip 1: Start with a great homemade hot…

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